Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mid-Atlantic TV: January 16, 1982

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling
on the WWE Network
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries and 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: 1/16/82
(taped 1/13/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]

Bob Caudle & David Crockett open the show, continue to talk about the write-in contest of who made the most impact in 1981. Apparently, the address to write in to has been scrubbed by the Network. Roddy Piper, with his RP grin, joins the announcers. He’s not going to step in the ring. He has a show that goes nationwide (referring to his Georgia Championship Wrestling gig). Crockett asks Piper about who Ole should pick as a partner. Piper knows, but he won’t reveal.
Caudle introduces the next match via blue screen.


Match 1
Terry Taylor d. Ben Alexander
Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour. Roddy Piper sticks around in place of Crockett. The show improves tremendously. No offense to Mr. Crockett, but he was the worst TV announcer of all time. I guess I did mean some offense. The funny thing about Piper as a heel commentator is that he called the action straight away for the most part. He always put himself over in an arrogant manner, but so entertaining. Crockett is back (darn). He informs us that Slaughter is going nuts over Sandy Scott’s injunction on his $1,000 from the Blackjack Mulligan, Jr. situation. Slaughter won’t get his money back until he gives Mulligan, Jr. another shot. Piper throws in a line about Taylor’s body: “If body’s meant something, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be the toughest man in the world!” Taylor wins with the abdominal stretch/pin combination.

—Int. w/Caudle: Terry Taylor

Taylor is blowed up, by his own description. Taylor can’t get a word out, so Caudle mercifully ends the interview.


Match 2
Austin Idol d. Mike Davis
Idol is back on TV for the first time in a while. Davis gets some offense in, but Idol wins with the Las Vegas Leglock. Idol facials make it look like he is selling the finisher, not dishing it out.
-local promos

No local promos on this Network episode, but this is where my notes say they would go.


—Int. w/Caudle: Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Mulligan, Jr.
The elder Mulligan talks about his kin, and how he raised his son. He can fight his own battles. He’ll be the greatest. Junior jumps in, and asked Dad to let him handle his own business. “I don’t need you, Senior. I need you, but not every time.” He talks about the Cobra Clutch challenge. He broke out of the hold, and it doesn’t matter that the TV went off the air. Senior says he will help his son, only if asked. I would say this is the seeds for a great heel turn, but it never happened. We go to a taped arena match next.

Match 3
Blackjack Mulligan Sr. & Blackjack Mulligan Jr. d. Jim Nelson & Rick Harris
This is from the Nov. 3, 1981 Charlotte Park Center taping. Dave Hebner is the referee. Not sure who the announcer is. Maybe Rich Landrum? Mulligan pins Harris while applying the claw. Not even Nelson could break it up.
Junior has some final comments, saying he will still team with Senior.


—Int. w/Caudle: Ole Anderson & Gene Anderson; Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Jim Nelson
Ole says he needs more time to find a partner. Slaughter makes fun of the Mulligans. He will give Junior a thousand dollars’ worth of pain. Nelson stands in the background holding the U.S. title belt.
Blue screen intro for the next match.


Match 4
Jake Roberts d. Bill White
For the record, Jake has always been called Jake the Snake during this Mid-Atlantic run. Piper is still on the mic. He calls Roberts the Abe Lincoln of wrestling because of his body type. Roberts wins with the knee lift. It looks like Austin Idol wanders out at the end of the match, but nothing came of it.
My original notes say the local promos would go here. None on the Network edition.


Match 5
U.S. Heavyweight champion Sgt. Slaughter [ch.] (w/Pvt. Nelson) d. Buddy Landell in a non-title match.
 Caudle reminds us of the ongoing write in contest for who contributed the most in 1981. Piper says himself. Ah, we finally have an address to 421 Briarbend in Charlotte. Landell is able to fight out of the Cobra Clutch once. Sarge gets the win with a small package. Interesting finish. Slaughter applies the Cobra Clutch post-match. BTW, Sarge is often called Sgt. Bob Slaughter. Mulligan, Jr. jumps in the ring. Slaughter bails and Nelson gets the brunt.

Cue closing credits.


Results for the week after the jump...

Results for the week, 1/11/82-1/17/82 (source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker)

Mon., 1/11/82 Greenville, SC
Ray Stevens beat Ole Anderson
Blackjack Mulligan, Jr. beat Sgt. Slaughter by countout
Michael Hayes beat The Ninja(sub for Terry Gordy) via pinfall
Johnny Weaver beat Billy Robinson
Terry Taylor beat Jim Nelson
Alfred Hayes beat Vinnie Valentino

Tue., 1/12/82 Columbia, SC
Mike Davis d. Tony Russo
Terry Taylor & Buddy Landell d. Pvt. Nelson & Mike Miller
Johnny Weaver d. Billy Robertson
Ray Stevens d. The Ninja
Sgt. Slaughter d. Blackjack Mulligan, Jr.

Tue., 1/12/82 Raleigh — Raleigh Civic Center
Vinnie Valentino beat Bill White
Tony Anthony beat Jeff Sword
Chris Markoff beat Don Kernodle
Ox Baker & Carl Fergie beat Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood
Roddy Piper beat Ricky Steamboat
Jimmy Valiant beat Austin Idol

Wed., 1/13/82 Charlotte, NC(TV)
Terry Taylor vs. Ben Alexander
Austin Idol vs. Mike Davis
Blackjack Mulligan, Jr. & Sr. vs. Ricky Harris & Jim Nelson
Jake Roberts vs. Bill White
Sgt. Slaughter vs. Buddy Landell

Thu., 1/14/82 Norfolk, VA
Sgt. Slaughter vs. Blackjack Mulligan, Jr.
Roddy Piper vs. Ricky Steamboat
Ray Stevens & Johnny Weaver vs. Gene Anderson & The Ninja
Don Kernodle vs. Billy Robinson
Plus other matches

Fri., 1/15/82 Charleston, SC
Blackjack Mulligan, Sr. beat John Studd in a Texas cage match
Ox Baker and Carl Fergie beat Jay Youngblood and Jake Roberts in a No DQ Match
Vanessa McNeil vs. Leilani Kai
Vinnie Valentino vs. Jeff Swords

Fri., 1/15/82 Richmond, VA
Sgt. Slaughter vs. Blackjack Mulligan, Jr.
Roddy Piper vs. Ricky Steamboat
Ray Stevens & Leroy Brown vs. Ole Anderson & Masked Superstar
6-girl battle royal including Wendy Richter, Karen Sommer, Fabulous Moolah, Donna Christianello, Joyce Grable & Peggy Lee
Plus other matches

Sun., 1/17/82 Toronto, Ontario
Angelo Mosca beat John Studd(10:11) to win Canadian Title in a cage match
Johnny Weaver beat Alfred Hayes in a cage match
WWF World Champion Bob Backlund beat Greg Valentine
Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura beat Tony Parisi & Domenic DeNucci
Dino Bravo beat Frankie Lane(10:10)
Pat Patterson beat Kurt Von Hess(9:12)
John Bonello draw Tim Gerard

Sun., 1/17/82 Greensboro, NC
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Sgt. Slaughter by DQ
Ricky Steamboat beat Billy Robinson (sub for Ivan Koloff)
Blackjack Mulligan, Jr. & Jake Roberts beat Ox Baker & Carl Fergie
Ray Stevens beat The Ninja to get 5 minutes with Gene Anderson
Ray Stevens beat Gene Anderson
Michael Hayes & Jimmy Valiant beat Terry Gordy & Austin Idol
Jim Nelson beat Jay Youngblood
Terry Taylor beat Chris Markoff