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Mid-Atlantic TV: February 20, 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: 2/20/82
(taped 2/17/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]

[We skip a week on the Network. February 13 show currently unavailable.]

Bob Caudle & Roddy Piper open the show.
Piper talks about Steamboat and the wrestler who contributed the most in 1981 and something from last week.

—Int. w/Roddy Piper: Sgt. Slaughter
Piper grabs the mic and interviews Slaughter. Mutual admiration society. Caudle looks upset. It appears he wants to regain control of the mic, but neither Piper nor Slaughter will let him.

Match 1
Blackjack Mulligan Jr. & Jake Roberts d. Buck Brannigan & Don Gilbert
Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. Caudle picks up on the mutual admiration of the prior interview. Piper still won’t reveal his partner. Austin Idol is at ringside, with a handheld movie camera. Caudle speculates Idol will study the film. Piper says he has VCR at home and records the matches. Young is the #1 official, according to Piper. The finish has Roberts whip Brannigan into the ropes, tags Mulligan who nails him with the flying forearm for the pin.


Match 2
Sgt. Slaughter [U.S. champion] d. Vinnie Valentino (Non-title match)
Slaughter seems more aggressive than normal. Nelson is at ringside, but so is another wrestler who looks identical (white top, camouflage cap and pants). Caudle identifies him as Don Kernodle, clean shaven. Idol is back out with his camera. Slaughter wins with the Cobra Clutch.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle
Caudle sounds like he has a cold. He throws to a clip of Dusty Rhodes from the Mid-South TV studio on Shreveport (before they moved to the Irish McNeil Boys Club). Slaughter narrates the clip. Slaughter says he used an armbar in the match, because he saw this tape earlier and Rhodes used an armbar. Not sure who the opponent is, but Alfred Nealy is the referee. Rhodes wins with the elbow. Slaughter brags about himself, and his Cobra Clutch. Nelson and Kernodle stand silently in the background, until ordered by Slaughter to tell who the greatest wrestler is. “Sir, Sgt. Slaughter, Sir.”


Match 3
Porkchop Cash d. Ben Alexander
Porkchop is wearing cutoff jean shorts with a belt. Piper joins on the commentary mid-way through the match. Piper and Caudle talk about who the top teams in the tag tournament will be. Caudle picks Anderson & Hansen to win the tournament. Piper picks himself, and his yet to be named partner. Piper calls Cash an intelligent wrestler, and mentions his partner, Leroy Brown. Cash wins with a leaping headbutt.

—local promo w/Big Bill Ward: Roddy Piper
Ward wants the Ann Arbor audience to send a SASE to the Charlotte office to receive a Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling bumper sticker. Piper delivers another Piper classic. Works in an “Uncle Arbor” line. Did you know he was one of the greatest soccer players in Scotland and he’s never lost a match? You can tell Ann Arbor was the end of the bicycle line. You can hear some audio bleed into the local promo.


Match 4
NWA TV championship: Ivan Koloff [ch.] d. Tim Horner (not Rick Benfield)
The wrestler is listed on the Network as Rick Benfield, and that’s what Caudle calls him, but this is Tim Horner. TV title on the line. As the match starts, Jimmy Valiant makes a cameo, meaning the Network overdub drowns everything else. Piper scoffs if he could beat Koloff. Of course he could. Horner gets one move in for the match. Koloff wins with the knee driving down into the back of the head.


—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ray Stevens; Blackjack Mulligan Jr.; Ricky Steamboat; Jake Roberts
Stevens said his partner got hurt (without actually naming Pat Patterson) at the hands of Anderson & Hansen. It happened 2/14/82 in Charlotte, for the record. Stevens says he’s got Dusty Rhodes and Leroy Brown to partner with him in subsequent tournaments. Mulligan Jr. says he’s still hunting after Slaughter. As a side note, the elder Blackjack Mulligan debuted on this date (2/20/82) on WWF as a heel, about to engage in a feud with Andre. Steamboat praises Flair for giving him a title rematch (a little context lost here). Roberts talks about Piper and Slaughter’s fascination with each other.
Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen.


Match 5
Mike George d. Steve Sybert
George is a Mid-Atlantic newcomer, best known for his time in Mid-South and Central States. Austin Idol is back at ringside, filming. George wins with the shoulder breaker, impressing Piper.

—local promo w/Big Bill Ward
Ward plugs the bumper sticker again. Johnny Weaver is in again, putting over the bumper sticker as well. They keep teasing a trip to Ann Arbor, but no dates announced.


—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike George
George says Sgt. Slaughter knows why he’s there. Short and simple.

Match 6
Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen (w/Gene Anderson) d. Tony Anthony & Rick Benfield
Idol is still at ringside, filming. Great double team moves by the heels. The most impactful wrestler of 1981 contest is still going on. Hansen pins Anthony after the clothesline, then a knee drop.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ivan Koloff; Austin Idol; Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen & Gene Anderson
Koloff complains about Valiant. He says he’ll tear him apart. Idol talks about his filming, as its his goal to win the World Heavyweight championship. The Andersons and Hansen are up next. He likes the $25k tournament prize.

“So long for now!”

House show results for the week after the jump....

Results for the week, 2/08/82-2/14/82  
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker)

Mon., 2/8/82 Greenville, SC
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Harley Race
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff by DQ
The Ninja beat Ray Stevens
Jay Youngblood & Johnny Weaver beat Carl Fergie & David Patterson
Porkchop Cash beat Mike Miller
Tony Russo vs. Mike Davis

Tue., 2/9/82 Columbia, SC
Blackjack Mulligan, Jr. beat Sgt. Slaughter in a lumberjack match
Jake Roberts beat John Studd by DQ
Porkchop Cash & Jay Youngblood beat Carl Fergie & Pvt. Nelson
Mike Davis beat Chris Markoff
Don Kernodle beat Tim Horner
Keith Larson beat Mike Miller

Thu., 2/11/82 Winston-Salem, NC
NWA champion Ric Flair vs. Leroy Brown
Roddy Piper vs. Ricky Steamboat
Big John Studd vs. Blackjack Mulligan in a bunkhouse match
Carl Fergie & Eddie Mansfield vs. Porkchop Cash & Jay Youngblood
Jim Nelson vs. Don Kernodle
Chris Markoff vs. Mike George

Thu., 2/11/82 Sumter, SC
Jake Roberts & Jimmy Valiant vs. Austin Idol & Ivan Koloff
Lumberjack Match: Johnny Weaver vs. Lord Alfred Hayes
Leilani Kai vs. Velvet McIntyre
Jeff Sword vs. Tony Anthony
Mike Davis vs. Steve Sybert

Fri., 2/12/82 Newberry, SC
Roddy Piper vs. Ricky Steamboat
Porkchop Cash & Jay Youngblood vs. Carl Fergie & Eddie Mansfield
Mike Miller vs. Mike Davis
Don Kernodle vs. Steve Sybert
Chris Markoff vs. Tony Anthony

Fri., 2/12/82 Charleston, SC
NWA World Champion Ric Flair vs. Blackjack Mulligan, Jr.
Leroy Brown & Jake Roberts vs. Sgt Slaughter & Pvt. Nelson
Plus other matches

Sat., 2/13/82 Hampton, VA
Ricky Steamboat beat NWA World Champion Ric Flair by DQ
Porkchop Cash beat Austin Idol
Porkchop Cash(sub for Blackjack Mulligan, Jr.) beat Sgt. Slaughter
Eddie Mansfield & Carl Fergie vs. Mike Davis & Tim Horner

Sat., 2/13/82 Florence, SC
The Ninja beat Doug Gilbert
Chris Markoff draw Don Kernodle
Velvet McIntyre beat Joyce Grable
Jay Youngblood & Terry Taylor beat The Ninja & Gene Anderson by DQ
Blackjack Mulligan, Sr. beat John Studd in a lumberjack match

Sun., 2/14/82 Asheville, NC
NWA World Champion Ric Flair double countout with Ricky Steamboat
Sgt. Slaughter beat Jack Brisco
Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen beat Ray Stevens & Tommy Rich
Austin Idol beat Jerry Brisco
Keith Larson beat Jeff Sword
Vinnie Valentino beat Bill White

Sun., 2/14/82 Charlotte, NC
NWA World tag team tournament (regional), first round: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen beat Jay Youngblood & Jake Roberts
NWA World tag team tournament (regional), first round: Ray Stevens & Pat Patterson beat Ivan Koloff & Austin Idol
NWA World tag team tournament (regional), first round: Jack & Jerry Brisco beat Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Jim Nelson
NWA World tag team tournament (regional), first round: Roddy Piper & Greg Valentine beat Blackjack Mulligan Sr. & Jr. by DQ
NWA World tag team tournament (regional), semifinal: Jack & Jerry Brisco beat Roddy Piper & Greg Valentine
NWA World tag team tournament (regional), semifinal: Ray Stevens & Pat Patterson beat Stan Hansen & Ole Anderson by DQ
NWA World tag team tournament (regional), final: Jack & Jerry Brisco d. Ray Stevens & Pat Patterson by forfeit
Ricky Steamboat d. Killer Kahn
NWA World champion Ric Flair DDQ Tommy Rich
(Wrestling ‘82/Shedlock)