Monday, April 01, 2019

Mid-Atlantic TV - September 12, 1981
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling
on the WWE Network
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries & Reviews
by David Taub
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

An introduction: I will review these episodes of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling as they appear on the WWE Network. I will attempt to note Network edits, and catalogue what is going on in the episode. I won’t go heavy on the play by play of each match, as I’m looking for context of the storylines going on at the time. I will also include results for the week (Monday-Sunday of the given week) as I find them. Please email with any corrections, typos, results, other details at 

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 9/12/81
(taped 9/09/81 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed

[WWE Network edit: the theme song is replaced by a similar groovy jazz theme. It plays throughout the bumpers and close as well.]

Bob Caudle & David Crockett introduce the show, announcing Ron Bass is the new TV champion. Although not mentioned, he defeated Greg Valentine Sept. 6 in Asheville. Apparently, no TV footage of the title switch which kind of defeats the purpose of the title. They also discuss Wahoo vs. Piper feud and they will both be kept off television. BTW, Caudle wearing his Augusta green jacket special.

—Interview w/Bob Caudle: Ron Bass
Basic babyface interview from Bass, fighting for the fans.

Match 1
Rick Steamboat & Jake Roberts d. Jim Nelson & Mike Miller.
Stu Schwartz is the referee for this and all matches for the hour.
Steamboat has just returned from Japan. Roberts finishes off Nelson with the knee lift, then a back suplex for the pin. Steamboat cuts off Miller to secure the victory.


Match 2
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Ivan Koloff d. Terry Lathan in a non-title match

Koloff dominance. Wins with coming off the top rope with the knee to the back of the head. Interesting that Mid-Atlantic never had a no top-rope move rule, while Georgia and Mid-South did.

Caudle & Crockett throw to a clip of Wahoo McDaniel vs. Sgt. Jacques Goulet, presumably from last week’s Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. Piper distracts Wahoo, and Abdullah the Butcher appears, bludgeoning Wahoo in the corner with an object, just carving up his forehead. The tape goes into that black inverted footage (better than a censored X, I suppose). Three underneath wrestlers, including Mike Davis, try to break it up to no avail.

As a result of this, Wahoo had to vacate his United States Heavyweight championship. Many station managers legit received complaint calls because of the violence involved.


Match 3
Super Destroyer & The Grappler d. Don Kernodle & Scott McGee
Is it McGee or McGhee? No graphics. It’s been spelled both ways throughout the years. Kernodle looks strong, but the masked heels win with a Super D superplex on McGee.

—Interview w/Bob Caudle: Rick Steamboat & Jake Roberts; Ron Bass & Jay Youngblood
This could be the “generic” interviews in the usual local promo spot. Steamboat talks about learning while wrestling in Japan. Jake is wearing a cowboy hat, with a snake band, and a head. Generic threats to the heels.

Next up is Youngblood and Bass. Bass name drops the heels, saying they are ready to face them in singles or tag. Youngblood puts over Bass.

Caudle introduces the following match on the magic blue screen (which never fully works If you watch close enough).


Match 4
Sgt. Slaughter d. Mike Davis
This is Slaughter’s TV debut. Dominance by Slaughter, finishing off Davis with the “cobra hold.” Ole Anderson is at ringside, cheering for Slaughter.


Match 5
Abdullah the Butcher (w/Roddy Piper) d. Ron Ritchie.
Sonny Fargo is the referee.
This is from World Wide Wrestling, with Rick Landrum and Johnny Weaver on the mic. Abdullah goes outside and rams Ritchie’s head on the announcer table. It’s finished quickly with an Abdullah elbow for the pin.

Match 6
Ron Bass & Jay Youngblood d. Ali Bey & Rick Harris
Longest match on the show, about seven minutes. Bass pins Harris with the running power slam.

—Interview w/Bob Caudle: Ivan Koloff; Austin Idol; Sgt. Slaughter; Ole Anderson
Quickie interviews to close the show. Koloff is impressed with Slaughter. Willing to face any challenger for the Mid-Atlantic championship. Idol rambles about himself.

Slaughter asked the green jacket announcer what his name is. “Bob.” “From now on, your name is Jack.”

“So Long For Now” Caudle signs off.

Results for the week: Sept. 7-13
(results form Sports and Wrestling blog)

Mon., 9/07/81 Greenville, SC
Ivan Koloff vs. Ricky Steamboat
Ole Anderson vs. Ric Flair in a bullrope match
Nikolai Volkoff & Chris Markoff vs. Johnny Weaver & Leroy Brown
Jake Roberts vs. Jim Nelson
El Toro vs. Mike Davis
Ali Bey vs. Laurent Soucie

Tue., 9/08/81 Columbia, SC
Ron Ritchie d. El Toro
Mike Miller d. Frank Monte
Don Kernodle d. Ricky Harris
Paul Jones d. Mr. Fuji
Ricky Steamboat & Leroy Brown & Ron Bass d. Jimmy Valiant & Greg Valentine & Austin Idol
(Wrestling ‘81/Shedlock)

Tue., 9/08/81 Raleigh, NC
Wahoo McDaniel beat Ivan Koloff by DQ
Roddy Piper vs. Jay Youngblood
Johnny Weaver vs. Chris Markoff
The Grappler & Super Destroyer vs. Jake Roberts & Terry Lathan
Plus other matches

Thu., 9/10/81 Norfolk, VA
Ric Flair vs. Ole Anderson
Wahoo McDaniel & Leroy Brown vs. Roddy Piper & Abdullah The Butcher
The Grappler & Super Destroyer vs. Jay Youngblood & Dewey Robertson
Austin Idol vs. Paul Jones
Jake Roberts vs. Jacques Goulet
Jim Nelson vs. Don Kernodle

Fri., 9/11/81 Knoxville, TN (Mulligan/Flair promotion)
Kevin Sullivan & John Studd vs. Jay Strongbow & Terry Taylor
Tennessee Brass Knuckles Champion Rick Connors vs. Ron Wright
Blackjack Mulligan, Jr. & Wayne Farris vs. Tony Anthony & Crippler Canyon
Randy Rose vs. Mike Fever
Plus 2 other matches

Fri., 9/11/81 Charleston, SC
Mike Miller beat Frank Monte
The Grappler & Super Destroyer beat Mike Davis & Terry Latham
Jake Roberts beat Les Thornton
Ricky Steamboat & Leroy Brown beat Greg Valentine & Ivan Koloff

Fri., 9/11/81 Spartanburg, SC (Special Friday Card)
Scott McGee d. El Toro
Sgt. Jacques Goulet d. Ron Ritchie
Dewey Robertson d. Mr. Fuji
Nikolai Volkoff, Chris Markoff & Alfred Hayes NC Johnny Weaver, Ron Bass & Jay Youngblood
Ric Flair beat Roddy Piper

Sun., 9/13/81 Hampton, VA
Wahoo McDaniel beat Abdullah The Butcher
Ric Flair & Leroy Brown beat Roddy Piper & Greg Valentine
Grappler & Super Destroyer beat Dewey Robertson & Jake Roberts
Ron Bass beat Jimmy Valiant
Plus other matches

Sun., 9/13/81 Columbia, SC
Wahoo McDaniel beat Abdullah The Butcher

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