Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Mid-Atlantic TV Report: Christmas Day 1982

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
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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: 12/25/82
(taped 12/15*/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network Direct Link to this show Mid-Atlantic 12/25/82
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*Gateway note: MACW doubled up tapings for two straight nights at the WPCQ studios to get enough TV taped for the rest of December and into the new year. We believe taping dates were 12/14 and 12/15.

Note: The taping date is an educated guess. I see no records of JCP running from 12/17-12/24/82, as they took their annual pre-Christmas break. The prior year, the taped multiple days in the same week to allow for such a break. Match results don’t indicate either way for 1982. My guess is this was taped Thursday, Dec. 16. The card listed that night in Sumpter was probably the night before.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
[TAPE] World Wide Wrestling: Youngblood breaks the Cobra
Youngblood is glad to be back. We go to a tape from last week’s World Wide Wrestling, Steamboat & Youngblood vs. Pvt. Nelson & Ricky Harris. Nelson as Youngblood in the Cobra Clutch. Sgt. Slaughter, who is at ringside, is gloating. Youngblood breaks out with a side Russian legsweep and score the pin. Slaughter can’t believe it. Back to the Mid-Atlantic studio. Youngblood lets Slaughter know that he broke the Cobra Clutch, and other people will study it.


Match 1
Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood d. Bill White & Frank Monte

Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. Quick teamwork from the babyfaces. Youngblood pins Monte after being slingshotted in from his partner.


Match 2
One Man Gang (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Ron Ritchie

For the record, Gang entered Mid-Atlantic after finishing  a 10-month run in Mid-South. No references to George Gray this week. Weird to see Gang in his early days with long hair and not wearing black. Easy win with the power slam.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink
A few parting shots from Humperdink. He says ’83 will be his year.

Match 3
Dory Funk, Jr. d. Mark Fleming

We go right to our next match. No mention of the $100,000 Golden Challenge anymore. Caudle says we’ll see footage of another House of Humperdink member, Bruiser Brody. Funk wins with the spinning toe hold submission.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Dory Funk, Jr.
This is in lieu of local promos. The two discuss various goings-on. Funk praises Steamboat & Youngblood, even Sweet Brown Sugar. But, Sugar has a big mouth. It’s a conspiracy against Funk. He says he’s fought animals — no, not going the racist rout, he means it literally i.e. cattle — so he’s a tough guy.

Match 4
Sweet Brown Sugar d. Ken Timbs

Caudle notes Sugar has a hard head. Of course. Sugar wins with a weird looking move. It looks like he is going for a flying head scissors, but ends up rolling forward. Timbs is on his back, with Sugar’s legs squeezing his head. The move befuddled Caudle.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sweet Brown Sugar; Jack Brisco; Roddy Piper
Sugar responds to Funk. He promises to pay Funk back as long as (Sugar) is “young, gifted and black.” Brisco comes in to talk about One Man Gang and Bruiser Brody in the area. He calls Humperdink a rooster.
Piper is in. He still has a big bruise on his left temple. He said he has to be on good behavior. He talks about Flair & Valentine. A calmer Roddy this time.


Match 5
Non-Title: Jack Brisco [Mid-Atlantic ch.] d. Joe Lauren

Very interesting match. Short, but Lauren controls nearly all of it. Brisco’s only moves are of the defensive variety. Big bear hug by Lauren (aka the future Road Warrior Animal). Brisco reverses a body slam into a roll up to escape the win. 


Match 6
Bob Orton, Jr. d. Masa Fuchi

We jump to the next match (see explanation at the end). Caudle still pronounces it “Fuji.” Lots of wrestling here. Orton, showing his versatility, wins with a jumping splash from the inside turnbuckle. Think of that move Vader used to do. Not sure why the abrupt cut into the match. Wonder what got cut.


-Int. w/Bob Caudel: Jack Brisco; Bob Orton, Jr.
Brisco puts over Lauren. Obviously, they saw something in that power house. Brisco talks about causing trouble to the House of Humperdink. Saying Jos LeDuc is going after him. Orton talks more of the battles against Humperdink.  He puts over Ernie Shavers as the trouble shooting referee.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink

[TAPE] Championship Wrestling from Florida: Bruiser Brody
Humperdink throws to a clip from Championship Wrestling from Florida, of a studio match involving Brody. Humperdink does most of the narration. James J. Dillon and Big John Studd are in Brody’s corner. Bill Alfonso is the referee, and you can faintly hear Gordon Solie in the background. Brody wins with a knee to the throat. Humperdink talks smack on Brisco, Piper, etc.

Match 7
NonTitle: Greg Valentine [United States ch.] d. Pork Chop Cash

Valentine dominates, and pins Cash by taking a abdominal stretch and falling back into a pinning position. Didn’t even work the legs.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Greg Valentine; Dory Funk, Jr.; Don Kernodle
Valentine noted the finish of his match, saying he could be called the Man of 1,000 Holds. Valentine cedes to Funk, to allow him to catch his breath. Funk calls Sugar and Ernie Shavers “Stymie and Buckwheat.” Caudle refers to a video earlier in the hour of Ernie Shavers (which I guess explains the cut between the Brisco and Orton matches).

Kernodle talks smack on Youngblood and Steamboat. Valentine then gets concern saying he should be barred from the studio. Piper is on the set. Piper says he doesn’t want trouble. Valentine pokes him and calls him a punk. Piper then knocks Valentine down with a big right hand. The Hammer sells the heck out of it. He recovers to run down Piper.

“So long for now!”


End notes: As this is the last episode of 1982, my awards for the year:

MVP: Roddy Piper
Piper did it all. Great heel. Great babyface with a turn in August. Dynamite interviews. And his matches were decent too.
Babyface: Jimmy Valiant
Very subjective here. But, fans ate up Valiant’s act. He was in Mid-Atlantic as a babyface all year long.
Heel: Sgt. Slaughter
Slight edge over Piper. Slaughter was in the territory all year as a heel. Just carried on that great bully demeanor.
Technical wrestler: Jack Brisco
Need I say more.
Match of the year: Brisco vs. Piper, 7/10/82 Mid-Atlantic TV
Since this can only really be based off what was aired on TV, this match was dynamic. Culmination of weeks of smack talking on both sides. The top heel and babyface meeting. The importance of the championship. And, a finish that saw Piper nail Brisco with a roll of coins, then completely deny it. Classic stuff.
Tag team: Slaughter & Kernodle

A very helter-skelter year for tag teams in Mid-Atlantic. Especially, with the World tag team tournament debacle. But, once Slaughter & Kernodle showed up in September as new tag team champions, they gelled and engaged in an outstanding feud vs. Steamboat & Youngblood that culminates in the next year.


Results for the week, 12/20/82-12/26/82
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock

Sat., 12/25/82 Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Coliseum
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle
Jimmy Valiant, Bob Orton & Jerry Brisco beat Jos Leduc, Bruiser Brody & Oliver Humperdink
Jack Brisco beat Paul Jones
Mike Rotundo beat Leroy Brown to win NWA Television Title
Johnny Weaver & Sweet Brown Sugar beat Gene Anderson & Dory Funk, Jr.
Bill White beat Mike Davis
Rick Harris beat Porkchop Cash
Pvt. Nelson beat King Parsons

Sun., 12/26/82 Greensboro, NC; Greensboro Coliseum
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine in a Texas death match
Sweet Brown Sugar beat Dory Funk, Jr. in match with Ernie Shavers as special referee
Jack Brisco beat Bruiser Brody by DQ
Mike Rotundo beat Paul Jones
Jerry Brisco & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Gene Anderson & Masa Fuchi
One Man Gang beat Mike Davis