Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Mid-Atlantic TV: December 19, 1981

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

This is a review of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling as it appeared on the WWE Network. Results are included for the week (Monday-Sunday of the given week) as available. Please email with any corrections, typos, results, other details at 1davidtaub@gmail.com

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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 12/19/81
(taped 12/09/81 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed. 

Caudle & Crockett run down the action for the hour.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter
Slaughter goes over the Cobra Clutch challenge. $1,000 for the winner. Caudle reminds him last week about Jay Youngblood. Slaughter says Youngblood had his chance.

Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour.

Match 1
Jake Roberts & Black Jack Mulligan Jr. d. Charlie Fulton & Kris Markoff.
Markoff no longer has the water polo cap. Caudle & Crockett note Gene Anderson is now managing Ninja. No word on Bob Holliday. Mulligan pins Fulton following a bulldog.


Match 2
The Ninja (w/Gene Anderson) d. Mike Davis
Davis gets one brief defensive flurry, but Ninja thwarts it with a kick to the upper ribs. Ninja then goes for a second rope headbutt for the pin.


Match 3: Terry Taylor d. Mike Miller
The elder Blackjack Mulligan joins the announce desk, wanting to take Slaughter up on his Cobra Clutch challenge. He could use the money. Mulligan also praises Taylor, calling him World championship material. A somewhat competitive match, mostly ignored by the commentary. Taylor gets the submission with something that looks like a Figure Four, but not quite.

—Local promo w/Rich Landrum
Landrum mentions this is airing on WIHT-31 in Ann Arbor. Sgt. Slaughter (with Pvt. Nelson holding the U.S. championship in the background) talks. No cards in Ann Arbor, so Slaughter spends time talking about his friend, the former President Gerald Ford, a Univ. of Michigan alumni. Slaughter reminds us the show airs Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.


Match 4
Jimmy Valiant d. Tony Russo
Network had the Dixieland overdub music for Valiant. Valiant has a bowtie and fancy coat, with “First Class Male” on the back. “Watch It” is his message on the back of the tights. Running elbow wins it for “Handsome” Jimmy.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle:  Rick Steamboat & Paul Jones; Jake Roberts
Jones talks low key about Ole Anderson. We go to last week’s video of Ray Stevens saving Steamboat from a double-team sneak attack by Ole & Piper. After the clip, more comments about Ole, as Roberts joins in as well.


— Int. w/Bob Caudle:  Big John Studd and Roddy Piper
Fans chant “We want Blackjack.” Studd wants him too. He wants to get the last laugh. Studd is wearing a maroon leather coat. Piper joins in, and somewhat incoherent rambling.
Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen.


Match 5
Non-Title: Billy Robinson [European Champion] d. Don Kernodle
Of course, no title belt accompanies Robinson. Caudle & Crockett discuss the differences in the European style. Another longer-than-expected competitive match. Robinson hits the inside backbreaker while in a side headlock of Kerndole for the pin.

Sgt. Slaughter demonstrates the Cobra Clutch on Tony Anthony.
Anthony volunteers as he sits in a chair in the ring. Caudle is befuddled, when Slaughter asks him to bring the mic in the ring. We see a technician help Caudle make it happen.
Caudle narrates everything about the Cobra Clutch. Slaughter asks Anthony to tap his arm when the Cobra Clutch gets to tight. Very deliberate segment. Of course, Slaughter doesn’t feel it when Anthony slaps. Slaughter lets go, then kicks the chair out and applies the hold on for reals. Pvt. Jim Nelson, in the ring prevents referee Stu Schwartz from breaking it up. Jay Youngblood, Jake Roberts, Terry Taylor and Blackjack Mulligan Jr. storm the ring. Slaughter and Nelson split.

—Local promo w/Rich Landrum

More introduction of the Ann Arbor audience to the Mid-Atlantic stars. Jay Youngblood says it best “I have no idea when we’ll come to Ann Arbor.” Try never. Youngblood talks about Indians living in Pontiac, Michigan and screws up the channel number (don’t worry, Slaughter and Landrum did it earlier). Porkchop Cash comes in and fares a little better. Jake Roberts says he’s only flown over Ann Arbor.
The great questions remain: how did Mid-Atlantic find its way to Ann Arbor TV? Why bother with local promos for a market they would never run (albeit, they did do promos later for a GCW show in Lansing).


Match 6
Non-Title: Pretty Boy Fergie & Ox Baker [Mid-A Tag Champs] d. Keith Larson & Jay Youngblood
Fergie is now known as “Pretty Boy.” No word on when, where and whom Fergie & Baker won the championship from. A rarely acknowledged championship on TV at this time. Baker heart punches Larson, and Fergie makes the pin.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle:  Paul Jones, Jay Youngblood, Jake Roberts and Blackjack Mulligan Jr.
Rapid fire interview time: Jones mumble about Sgt. Slaughter. Youngblood says Slaughter owes him $1,000 for surviving the Cobra Clutch challenge from last week. Mulligan & Roberts challenge any tag team competitors. Roberts says Baker & Fergie looked impressive.

“So long for now!”

Results for the week: None.
Crockett took an apparent Christmas break between Dec. 14 and Dec. 24. That’s why they went two weeks in a row with back-to-back taping days in Charlotte.