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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: January 1, 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: 01/01/83
(taped 12/29/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
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Match 1
One Man Gang & Paul Jones (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Mike Rotundo & Jimmy Valiant

Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour. Caudle notes that Mike Rotundo defeated Leroy Brown on Christmas to win the TV title. Anytime Valiant came in, his Network overdub music played for a moment. No idea why. Valiant is able to handle Gang. As the referee becomes distracted by seemingly nothing at all, Jones trips Rotundo. Gang follows with a big splash for the win.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Bill Apter
Apter is in studio. Caudle holds a copy with Bob Backlund on the cover. Apter has the Inspirational Wrestler of the Year award. It goes to Roddy Piper, but Piper isn’t there to accept it. Caudle throws it to a TV clip from Flair and Valentine destroying Piper’s face from the 12/04/82 episode. Caudle then throws it to taped comments from Piper, recorded from the World Wide set. This is recent, as Piper’s face is healed. Piper says this isn’t the first time someone took a shot at him, but this will be the last time for you (Flair).

As a side note, Apter appeared at a taping that morning in Tampa for Championship Wrestling from Florida. He presented Barry Windham the Most Improved Wrestler of the Year. And yes, Apter wore the same outfit on both shows.


Match 2
Bruiser Brody d. Vinnie Valentino

Wow, Bruiser Brody in studio. All Bruiser, winning with a knee to the throat.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Rotundo
Caudle says what a Christmas present for Rotundo to win the TV title. Rotundo thanks the fans in Charlotte, and all the babyfaces who supported him. Valiant showed him how to fight guys. Valiant comes out with a hug and kiss. The Network overdub drowns most of it out.


Match 3
Tommy Gilbert d. Don Kernodle by reverse decision DQ

This is Gilbert’s first appearance, at least for this run. Caudle is impressed with Brody. Gilbert makes a fight of things, with some reverse kicks. But, Kernodle utilizes a top-rope clothesline, and finishes Gilbert with the Cobra Clutch. Kernodle refuses to break. Steamboat comes in and jumps off the top rope to lay a chop on Kernodle. Kernodle scatters and the referee officially reverses the decision.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Don Kernodle; Paul Jones, One Man Gang and Sir Oliver Humperdink
Kernodle says Slaughter couldn’t be there because he is meeting President Reagan at the White House. He complains about Steamboat interfering in his match. Their goal in 1983 is to put them out for good.
Humperdink is sporting a bandage on his head. He talks about how his House will take care of Jimmy Valiant, Roddy Piper and company. Jones says the House of Humperdink is not dad.


Match 4
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco d. Jim Dalton & Ken Timbs

Jack works a long period of mat wrestling with Dalton. Jerry works on Timbs’ leg. Timbs is back in a singlet this week. Jerry forces Dalton to submit to the Figure Four. Timbs tries to make the save, but Jerry comes in and rolls him up.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
This is in lieu of local promos. Jerry says it’s a thrill to team with his brother. Jack says the House of Humperdink is crumbling. He talks about One Man Gang and Bruiser Brody arriving. They will run them off. He is glad Youngblood is back, and thinks he and Steamboat will win the tag team title. Then, the Briscos can challenge for it. Jerry also mentions Dory Funk, Jr.’s $100,000 challenge. Jack says he’s beat him before.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jack Brisco
Brisco holds a Polaroid of Piper and a fan, Gerard. Brisco talks about the House of Humperdink, but they’re ready.

Match 5
Rick Steamboat d. Masa Fuchi

Fuchi works on Steamboat’s left arm. Caudle says his use of the Kiwi Roll reminds him of Abe Jacobs. Steamboat breaks free, and eventually hooks on the Octopus hold (although it is not called that) to secure the submission.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ricky Steamboat
Steamboat talks about the ways of Slaughter and Kernodle and their run-ins. He says they need to fight fire with fire. Kernodle comes out and asks Steamboat “in a nice way” to get out of there. Steamboat doesn’t. Steamboat wears a shirt that says “Great Hawaiian Punch.” Kernodle tears Steamboat’s shirt and we have a brawl going on. Credits start rolling. Caudle is still calling the action. Steamboat gets the better of it.

Caudle closes it with “Fans we’ll see you next week.


Note: As we start a new year, a review of the champions at the star of 1983:
NWA World Heavyweight: Ric Flair
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight: Jack Brisco
United States Heavyweight: Greg Valentine
TV: Mike Rotundo
World tag team: Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle
The Mid-Atlantic tag team champions were unofficially discontinued by Oct. 1982.

Jim Crockett Promotions ran man towns on a weekly basis: Fayetteville, NC and Greenville, SC on Mondays; Columbia and Raleigh on Tuesdays; TV taping in Charlotte and Sumpter, SC on Wednesdays; and Charleston, SC on Fridays. Many other cities ran every two-, three- or four weeks: Charlotte, Greensboro, Asheville, Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke, and many others I’m sure I’m leaving out.


Results for the week, 12/27/82-1/02/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 12/27/82 Greenville, SC; Greenville Memorial Auditorium
Mark Fleming beat Ken Timbs
Keith Larsen beat Jim Dalton
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Bruiser Brody & Gene Anderson
Jimmy Valiant beat One Man Gang by DQ
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle

Tue., 12/28/82 Raleigh, NC; Raleigh Civic Center
Bruiser Brody d Pork Chop Cash
Mike Davis d. Ricky Harris
Jimmy Valiant d. One Man Gang [listed on ad as John Gray]
Paul Jones d. Jerry Brisco
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship: Jack Brisco d. One Man Gang [sub. for Jos LeDuc]
Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle d. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

Tue., 12/28/82 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
King Parsons beat Jim Dalton by referee’s decision
Ben Alexander beat Frank Monte
Mark Fleming beat Ken Timbs
Johnny Weaver draw Tommy Gilbert
Mike Rotundo beat Gene Anderson
Sweet Brown Sugar beat Dory Funk, Jr.
Roddy Piper & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Ric Flair & Greg Valentine

Wed., 12/29/82 Charlotte, NC; WPCQ-TV studio
Paul Jones & One Man Gang beat Jimmy Valiant & Mike Rotundo
Bruiser Brody beat Vinnie Valentino
Tommy Gilbert beat Don Kernodle by DQ
Jack & Jerry Brisco beat Jim Dalton & Ken Timbs
Ricky Steamboat beat Masa Fuchi
Ricky Steamboat beat Frank Monte
Tommy Gilbert beat Ken Timbs
Mike Rotundo beat Masa Fuchi
Bruiser Brody beat Mark Fleming
Jack & Jerry Brisco beat Ben Alexander & Jim Dalton

Wed., 12/29/82 Sumter, SC

Thu., 12/30/82 Norfolk, VA
King Parson beat Bill White
Pvt. Nelson beat Porkchop Cash
One Man Gang beat Johnny Weaver
Sweet Brown Sugar & Jimmy Valiant beat Bruiser Brody & Dory Funk, Jr.
Sgt. Slaughter beat Ricky Steamboat by DQ
Jimmy Valiant beat Jos LeDuc by countout
Roddy Piper & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Ric Flair & Greg Valentine

Fri., 12/31/82 Richmond, VA

Sat., 1/01/83 Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Coliseum
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Roddy Piper
Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Greg Valentine beat Bob Orton, Jr.
Johnny Weaver, Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Pvt. Nelson, Paul Jones & Gene Anderson
Abdullah the Butcher & Jimmy Valiant beat Jos Leduc & One Man Gang
Sweet Brown Sugar beat Dory Funk, Jr.
Tommy Gilbert beat Ricky Harris

Sun., 1/02/83 Roanoke, VA; Roanoke Civic Center
Frank Monte beat Mark Fleming
Tommy Gilbert beat Ricky Harris
King Parsons & Porkchop Cash beat Masa Fuchi & Gene Anderson
Jimmy Valiant, Sweet Brown Sugar & Abdullah the Butcher beat Dory Funk, Jr., Paul Jones & One Man Gang
Roddy Piper & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Ric Flair & Greg Valentine

Sun., 1/02/83 Asheville, NC; Asheville Civic Center
Mike Davis beat Ken Timbs
Johnny Weaver & Jerry Brisco beat Pvt. Nelson & Jim Dalton
Mike Rotundo beat Dizzy Hogan
Jack Brisco beat Paul Jones
Jay Youngblood beat Pvt. Kernodle
Ricky Steamboat beat Sgt. Slaughter by DQ

Sun., 1/02/83 Greensboro, NC; Greensboro Coliseum
Frank Monte beat Ricky Harris
Vinnie Valentino beat Bill White
Tommy Gilbert beat Masa Fuchi
Jimmy Valiant & Abdullah the Butcher beat Gene Anderson & One Man Gang
Greg Valentine beat Bob Orton, Jr.
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle by DQ
NWA World Champion Ric Flair double DQ Roddy Piper