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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: July 2, 1983

Mid-Atlantic Championship 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 Follow @TaubGVWire

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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 7/02/83*
(taped 6/29/83* at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
(*WWE Network Date. Original broadcast date may be one week earlier.) 
WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]
WWE Network Direct Link to this show: Mid-Atlantic 7/02/83 
Mid-Atlantic Gateway story on this show.

Sometime in 1983, the listed dates of the Mid-Atlantic TV shows on the WWE Network begin to be off by one week. At that point moving forward, the dates listed by WWE network are one week later than the correct date of the original broadcast.

Note: After nearly 30 years, this is the final studio version of Jim Crockett Promotions.

Match 1
Non-title match: Greg Valentine [United States Champion] d. John Bonello
The match is joined in progress. Stu Schwartz in stripes is the referee. Mike Rotundo joins Bob Caudle on commentary. Valentine dominates, winning with a half-crab submission.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: The Brisco Brothers
Jerry insults Rotundo’s suit. Caudle informs him this is not the Briscos’ interview time. They don’t care. Jerry keeps mocking Rotundo. They finally walk off, as Caudle apologizes. Rotundo says they have no class.


Match 2
Non-title match: Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco [NWA World Tag Champs]
d. Keith Larson & Rick McCord
Larson & McCord look like twins. Jerry is riding Larson. Aggressive mat wrestling by the champs. Jack suplexes McCord, and just drops him. He tags in Jerry who makes the easy pin.
The Briscos return to the announcer desk, where Jerry just keeps ripping on Rotundo.


-Clip of Wahoo McDaniel vs. Magic Dragon (w/Gary Hart)
Caudle & Rotundo narrate a clip from an unnamed arena. A chop fest eventually won by Wahoo, who makes the in pin after a big chop.


-Comments from Ric Flair and Roddy Piper
We are in front of the blue NWA set. Flair says Harley Race is coming in. He says he won’t get away with a controversial St. Louis decision in the Mid-Atlantic. Piper says he’s made friends with Mr. T. As in Mr. Tire Iron. Piper threatens the heels in the area.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Rotundo
This is in lieu of local promos. Rotundo is disappointed in the Briscos. He goes on about how a champion should behave.

Match 3
Jimmy Valiant & Bob Orton Jr. d. Bill Howard & Joel Deaton

Talk about contrasting styles. This is Deaton’s first TV appearance. Rotundo still with Caudle at the announcer’s desk. They talk about Valiant’s war with Kabuki. Valiant pins Howard with the elbow.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
The Briscos interrupt. Jerry is on fire with the insults, calling Steamboat & Youngblood ex-champs and has beens. Steamboat is upset, but not too fired up. Jerry says this is the Brisco Brothers hour. Finally, Steamboat had enough and chops Jerry down and knocks him out.


Match 4
Dick Slater d. Vinnie Valentino

Slater is outwrestling Valentino. Meanwhile, Caudle & Rotundo keep talking about Steamboat & Youngblood. In fact, Steamboat joins the announcer’s desk still angry at the Briscos. He leaves just as soon as he entered. Slater getting more aggressive. Caudle says the Assassins are coming in, and one of them may be the son of The Great Bolo. Slater executes a running Samoan drop, and a knuckle to the side of Valentino’s temple which earns the submission!

-Comments from Harley Race
Harley is again in front of the orange NWA set. He calls Flair a fluke. Harley has dominated wrestling for 10 years. It will remain that way until he hangs it up. He won’t give Flair any more opportunities.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Dick Slater
Slater targets his comments towards Dusty Rhodes. He’s been known as the Midnight Rider, but not Errol Flynn?!? He talks about men carrying around crowbars (i.e. Roddy Piper). Slater says he’s also targeting Flair. He wants to be a winner, and to do that is to be as vicious as he can be.


Match 5
Dory Funk Jr. & Jake Roberts (w/Paul Jones) d. Brett Hart & Mike Davis

Hart engages in chain wrestling with Dory. Davis gets a flurry of offense, before Roberts takes control. Jones joins the announcers, and can’t wait to award his Dream Contest poster to Rhonda Manning. Funk forces Hart to submit with the spinning toe hold.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Brisco Brothers
Jerry is still dazed, so Jack does the talking. He complains about Steamboat’s karate, but he’s never seen a karate man who can take on a wrestler.

-Paul Jones Dream Contest Award presentation
Another segment that was widely tape traded. Rhonda Manning of Florida is in the audience and emerges to accept the giant Paul Jones poster. She’s a looker. She hugs and kisses Jones, who is offended. He starts yelling at her. She’s nearly crying. Caudle is trying to get him to calm down. Paul asks her if she would sell it for $5,000. She said she would try to. That offends Jones as well. Rufus R. Jones comes out and tells her not to talk to a lady like that. Jones tells him to get out of her. Paul slaps Rufus, then hides behind the woman. Rufus gets to him anyway. The action spills into the ring. Funk and Roberts come out and tear his clothes off. Paul starts pounding away. A triple-team beating. Bob Orton makes the save. Rotundo goes at it with them to.

Caudle’s “so long for now” gets cut off by the Network overdub of the closing credits.

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Results for the week, 6/28/83-7/03/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 6/27/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Gene Anderson beat Jacques Goulet
Keith Larson beat Rick McCord
Kelly Kiniski beat John Bonello
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Magic Dragon
Rufus R. Jones beat Bill White
Ric Flair beat Dory Funk, Jr.
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

Tue., 6/28/83 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
Masa Fuchi d. John Bonello
Rick McCord d. Jerry Grey
Brett Hart d. Bill Howard
Magic Dragon d. Johnny Weaver
Great Kabuki d. Jos LeDuc
Ric Flair & Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine & Dory Funk, Jr.

Wed., 6/29/83 Charlotte, NC; WPCQ-TV studio
Greg Valentine beat John Bonello
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Rick McCord & Keith Larson
Jimmy Valiant & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Joel Deaton & Bill Howard
Dick Slater beat Vinnie Valentino
Jake Roberts & Dory Funk, Jr. beat Brett Hart & Mike Davis
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Bill Howard
One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski beat Rick McCord & Keith Larson
Dick Slater & Greg Valentine beat Jerry Grey & Masa Fuchi
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Mike Davis & Brett Hart
Jos LeDuc d. Joel Deaton
Dory Funk, Jr. & Jake Roberts d. John Bonello & Vinnie Valentino
Note:  6/29/83 was the final television taping at WPCQ in Charlotte, NC  Starting on 7/6/83, the taping were mobile at different locations, the first being in Greenville, SC on 7/4/83

Fri., 7/01/83 Charleston SC; County Hall
Ric Flair & Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine & One Man Gang
Mike Rotundo beat Kelly Kiniski
Johnny Weaver beat Bill White
Mark Fleming beat Bill Howard
Mike Davis beat Red Dog Lane

Fri., 7/01/83 Lovington, VA
Cy Jernigan beat Joel Deaton
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Princess Victoria & Susan Starr beat Terry Shane & Leilani Kai
Keith Larsen beat Vinnie Valentino
Ric McCord beat Masa Fuchi

Sat., 7/02/83 Greensboro, NC; Greensboro Coliseum
NWA World Champion Harley Race beat Ric Flair by DQ
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Roddy Piper & Wahoo McDaniel no contest with Greg Valentine & Dory Funk, Jr.
Cage match: Jimmy Valiant & Rufus R. Jones d. Gary Hart & Great Kabuki; Sonny Fargo
Dick Slater beat John Bonello
Susan Starr beat Leilani Kai
Gene Anderson beat Joel Deaton

Sun., 7/03/83 Wilmington, NC
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Jimmy Valiant vs. Great Kabuki
Jake Roberts vs. Mike Rotundo
Bob Orton, Jr. vs. Kelly Kiniski
Masa Fuchi vs. Vinnie Valentino
Mark Fleming vs. Jerry Grey

Sun., 7/03/83 Savannah, GA; Savannah Civic Center
NWA World Champion Harley Race beat Ric Flair by DQ
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine & Dory Funk, Jr.
One Man Gang beat Jos Leduc
Dick Slater beat Johnny Weaver
Keith Larson & Ric McCord beat Jacques Goulet & Bill White
John Bonello beat Bill Howard