Thursday, July 18, 2019

Mid-Atlantic TV: January 2, 1982
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling
on the WWE Network
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries & Reviews
by David Taub
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 1/02/82
(taped 12/30/81 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed. 

It’s a new year as we switch to 1982. Before the review, here are the current champs:

  • NWA World Heavyweight: Ric Flair
  • United States Heavyweight: Sgt. Slaughter
  • Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight: Roddy Piper
  • NWA TV: Ivan Koloff
  • World tag team: Ole Anderson & Gene Anderson
  • Mid-Atlantic tag team: Ox Baker & Pretty Boy Fergie

And, a quick summary of top babyfaces and heels:

Ricky Steamboat
Black Jack Mulligan
Black Jack Mulligan, Jr.
Jimmy Valiant
Ray Stevens
Jake Roberts
Jay Youngblood
Paul Jones

Sgt. Slaughter
Roddy Piper
Big John Studd
Ole Anderson
Ivan Koloff
Austin Idol

On to the show.

Bob Caudle & David Crockett preview the hour and ask fans to consider which wrestler made the most impact in 1981. I sense a write-in contest is coming.

Match 1
Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood d. Mike Miller & Chris Markoff. 
Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour.
Markoff must have defected. He is spelling his name “Chris” instead of “Kris” and dropped the water polo cap. More talk of the most impactful wrestler of 1981, good or bad. Caudle predicts a big 1982 for Ray Stevens. Back to the match. The heels have a good run. But, it’s Jake Roberts pinning Miller after the knee lift.


— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Roddy Piper
The next match can’t begin, because Roddy Piper has something to say. Mainly, he’s made the most impact in 1981. He also complains Flair hasn’t given him a title shot.

Match 2
NWA TV title: Ivan Koloff [ch.] d. Ron Sexton
Clarification on the TV title rule (maybe). The TV title is on the line for the first 15 minutes of the match. But these TV matches are 10 minutes in time limit only. Sandy Scott joins the announcer’s desk. He says Slaughter and Ole think they’ve been #1 for 1981. It’s all Koloff. He finishes Sexton off with the driving knee to the back of the head for the pin.

—local promos w/Big Bill Ward
First appearance on the Network for Big Bill Ward. He’s talking about a 3/16/82 card at the George Whythe  HS Gym in Whytheville, VA. Also, 3/09/82 at Christiansburg HS Gym in Christiansburg, VA. And “tomorrow” at the Roanoke Civic Center. “Tonight” at the Brushfork Armory in Bluefield, WV. It’s Koloff vs. Valiant for the TV title; and Super D vs. Jay Youngblood, mask vs. Youngblood leaves town.
Les Thatcher now holds a mic for Super D. This is NOT Scott Irwin. He literally has a bus ticket for Youngblood. I’m guessing taped from the Knoxville studio.
Ward is back with Lord Al Hayes. Decent heel interview for his lumberjack match vs. Johnny Waver. Ivan Koloff is next, talking about his match vs. Valiant. Koloff holds the TV title belt.

A check of future results says the Bluefield card took place March 6. So, this must be the tape from the Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, WV market, which aired nine weeks after the original airdate. Bicycling tapes at its best. The results also say that Super D is Don Kernodle.


Match 3
Ray Stevens d. Tony Russo
Stevens still has one of the World tag team championship belts. Stevens wins with the piledriver


—Int. w/Caudle: Jake Roberts, Black Jack Mulligan, Jr. and Ray Stevens
Babyface interview time. Roberts enjoyed his Christmas break. Went back to the family farm. Said a hog on the farm reminded him of Ole Anderson. Roberts has his stoic interview style down, just not as creepy in later years. Black Jack Mulligan, Jr. joins in, saying he is chasing Slaughter. No word on the result of that cliffhanger from last week, whether Junior survived the Cobra Clutch challenge. Stevens holds the World tag title belt. Says Ole is tough, but he will put an end to it.

Caudle introduces the next match via bluescreen.


Match 4
Blackjack Mulligan, Jr. d. Bill White
Details. Not Ole Anderson’s strong suit as booker. The spelling is back to one word: Blackjack for this week. Slaughter comes out and joins Caudle & Crockett. They finally bring up the Cobra Clutch challenge from last week. Slaughter says he won. The announcers disagree.

—local promos w/Big Bill Ward
Ward runs down the upcoming cards in Whytheville, Christianburg, Roanoke and Bluefield. Johnny Weaver talks about his lumberjack match vs. Lord Al Hayes. Jay Youngblood talks about his mask vs. leaving town against Super D. Youngblood even says he’ll cut his hair if he loses.


Match 5
Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Nelson d. Mike Davis & Terry Taylor
Davis & Taylor work on their foes’ arms. Caudle & Crockett calls it good strategy to counter the Cobra Clutch. But, despite the best effort, Davis succumbs to Slaughter’s Cobra Clutch.

—Int. w/Caudle: Ivan Koloff, Ole & Gene Anderson
Ivan talks about Koloff supremacy. Says he will keep his TV championship. The Anderson brothers are in. Gene talks about Ninja. He complains about Stevens. Ole trash talks Ray Stevens. Ole says Sandy Scott can stop him here, but he can’t stop him in the ring.

“So long for now!”

 Match results

Results for the week, 12/28/81-1/03/82 after the jump...

(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker)

Mon., 12/28/81 Lynchburg, VA
Mike Davis d. Tony Russo
Tony Anthony d. Charlie Fulton
Jay Youngblood d. Chris Markoff
Paul Jones d. Ninja by DQ
Lumberjack match: Johnny Weaver d. Lord Al Hayes
Leroy Brown & Jimmy Valiant d. Roddy Piper & Ivan Koloff
(Wrestling ‘82/Shedlock)

Tue., 12/29/81 Raleigh, NC
12/29/81 Raleigh, NC
Blackjack Mulligan, Jr. vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Ivan Koloff & Jim Nelson vs. Leroy Brown & Jimmy Valiant
Johnny Weaver vs. The Ninja
Plus other matches

Fri., 1/01/82 Richmond, VA
Pvt. Kernodle beat Mike Miller
Jake Roberts beat Pvt. Nelson by DQ
Billy Robinson beat Johnny Weaver
Ray Stevens & Ricky Steamboat beat Ivan Koloff & Gene Anderson
Sgt. Slaughter beat Blackjack Mulligan, Jr.
Ole Anderson beat Paul Jones in a loser leaves town, fence match

Fri., 1/01/82 Charleston, SC
Blackjack Mulligan, Sr. beat John Studd
Jay Youngblood & Jim Valiant beat Dr. X & Carl Fergie
The Ninja beat Buddy Landell
Terry Taylor beat Chris Markoff
Mike Davis beat Tony Russo
Tony Anthony draw Keith Larsen

Sat., 1/2/82 Greenville, SC
Ric Flair beat John Studd
Ray Stevens beat Ole Anderson
Terry Taylor beat Jeff Sword
Johnny Weaver beat Doug Vines
Blackjack Mulligan, Jr. beat Chris Markoff
Michael Hayes beat Terry Gordy
Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood beat Ox Baker & Carl Fergie

Sat., 1/2/82 Hampton, VA
Pvt. Nelson beat Don Kernodle
Billy Robinson beat Paul Jones
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff to win NWA (Mid Atlantic) Television Title
Roddy Piper beat Ricky Steamboat
Sgt. Slaughter beat Blackjack Mulligan, Sr.

Sun., 1/03/82 Roanoke, VA
Ric Flair beat Ole Anderson by DQ
Sgt. Slaughter beat Blackjack Mulligan, Jr.
Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood beat Ox Baker & Carl Fergie
Billy Robinson beat Don Kernodle
Lord Al Hayes beat Keith Larsen
Tony Anthony beat Tony Russo

Sun., 1/03/82 Greensboro, NC — Greensboro Coliseum
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat John Studd (27:00) in a no DQ match
Blackjack Mulligan, Sr. double DQ Sgt. Slaughter (16:00) in a match with 2 referees
Roddy Piper beat Ricky Steamboat
Ray Stevens beat Ole Anderson in a Texas street fight
The Ninja beat Johnny Weaver
Buddy Landell & Mike Davis beat Chris Markoff & Mike Miller
Terry Taylor beat Jim Nelson