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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: January 15, 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: 01/15/83
(taped 01/12/83 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
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Match 1
Johnny Weaver d. Ken Timbs
The match is in progress as the show starts. Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour. Weaver wins with a roll-up.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike RotundoRotundo has the TV title belt with him. Just as he starts talking, Dick Slater shows up. Rotundo is upset over Slater’s actions last week. Slater comes out to apologize. He said he just got lost in the head. Rotundo isn’t quite buying the apology.

Caudle pitches to a music video of Jimmy valiant, featuring Mid-Atlantic arena footage and Memphis action.


Match 2
Dick Slater d. Mike Davis

Slater is wrestling soft, ie not aggressive. Greg Valentine joins Caudle on commentary and is dumbfounded by Slater’s reversal in attitude. Valentine is worried, because he signed to be a tag partner with Slater. Davis takes advantage and gets some near falls. Slater ducks a move, and Davis tumbles outside. Slater helps Davis in the ring. Then, boom. Slater finds his aggressiveness. He is unpredictable, you see. Valentine is relieved. Slater gets the pin after a back suplex.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle
Kernodle is holding his tattered coat, the one he was tricked into tearing last week by Rick Steamboat. Slaughter is upset, noting he bought that coat for $300 from “Barnett’s Apparel,” the largest clothing provider in Atlanta. Nice touch, with the shoutout to Jim Barnett. More ranting by Sarge and Kernodle against Steamboat & Youngblood. When Caudle brings up that Sarge tore up Youngblood & Steamboat’s property, he says their stuff is garbage.

Match 3
Non-Title: Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle [World Tag ch.] d. Tommy Gilbert & Vinnie Valentino

The heel champions dominate. Sarge pins Valentino after the “Atomic Bomb” double-team move. 


-One Man Gang bodyslam challenge
Sir Oliver Humperdink tells Bob Caudle he will give $5,000 to anyone who can slam Gang. Wasn’t John Studd doing the same thing at the same time in WWF? King Parsons tries twice, and nothing. Pvt. Nelson tries. He hurt his back. Dizzy Hogan tries. The blonde future barber tries, but to no avail. Then, the network edit music brings out Jimmy Valiant. Gang takes a powder. Whatever he said to Caudle is drowned out.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Dory Funk, Jr.; Greg Valentine & Dick Slater
In my opinion, Dory’s combover is ridiculous. Funk says his $100,000 is extended to 30 minutes. He wants Jack Brisco. Valentine & Slater are out. Caudle says Slater fooled him. Slater says people don’t know when he is serious, and when he is joking. He asks Valentine if he fooled him. The Hammer says he knew. Slater says he’s world championship material. “What a bunch of fools,” Slater says.

Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen. Valiant gets in the shot, and since he is wearing a blue doo rag, the action literally pours in on his head.


Match 4
Jimmy Valiant & Mike Rotundo & Bob Orton, Jr. d. Pvt. Nelson & Bill White & Ricky Harris

Nelson is still selling his back from the body slam challenge. Orton totally whiffs on a dropkick, but White sells it anyway. The babyface team is jelling well. Rotundo pins Harris after the airplane spin. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Rotundo & Bob Orton, Jr.
This is in lieu of local promos. Orton talks about Slater. He said he hasn’t fooled anyone. If he was going to stick the tail on the donkey, he would stick it in the middle of Slater’s forehead.


Match 5
Jerry Brisco & Sweet Brown Sugar d. Dory Funk, Jr. & Dick Slater

The match starts in progress. Caudle mentions the four men started before the bell got started. Red Dog Lane is selling his knee on the outside. Caudle mentions Brisco placed the Figure Four on him. Caudle also confuses Sugar with King Parsons. In the ring, Brisco attempts the Figure Four on Funk, but he flips Brisco off. Outside, Slater is checking on Lane. Funk tosses Brisco out, and he bumps into Slater. An upset Slater gets in the ring, and takes the place of Lane. Nice aerial work by Sugar. Slater way oversells a Sugar dropkick, and makes a nasty facial expression when squaring off with Sugar. By the way, no follow up on the Funk-Sugar feud with Ernie Shavers. Brisco rolls up Funk, but the referee is busy putting Sugar out of the ring. Slater takes advantage of the distraction and rolls Funk on top of Brisco. As the referee puts Slater out, Sugar rolls Brisco back on top, and gets the pin. After the match, Lane hobbles around for a brief 3-on-1 on Brisco. Sugar makes the save.

-Taped comments from Jay Youngblood & Rick Steamboat
We jump to the interview from the World Wide Wrestling set. Youngblood reminds Kernodle they tricked him into ripping his own coat. Rick still calls his partner “Jason.” Steamboat says that is revenge for getting his $7 shirt ripped. Next, are the belts.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Bob Orton, Jr.
Orton talks about Slater not fooling anybody. He says he has no brains. They go back a long ways, and Slater knows Orton is the better man. He also wants Valentine.

“So long for now!”


Results for the week, 1/10/83-1/16/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 1/10/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Abe Jacobs beat Ben Alexander
Dizzy Hogan beat Porkchop Cash
Mike Rotundo beat Paul Jones
Jack Brisco beat Dory Funk, Jr.
Jerry Brisco beat Greg Valentine
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle

Tue., 1/11/83 Columbia, SC;Township Auditorium
Vinnie Valentino beat Jim Dalton
Johnny Weaver beat Masa Fuchi
Tommy Gilbert beat Bill White
Bob Orton, Jr., Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Gene Anderson, Pvt. Nelson & Red Dog Lane
Greg Valentine beat Roddy Piper
Jimmy Valiant beat One Man Gang by DQ

Tue., 1/11/83 Raleigh, NC; Raleigh Civic Center
Mike Davis beat Frank Monte
Sweet Brown Sugar beat Dizzy Hogan
Ricky Harris & Ken Timbs beat Porkchop Cash & King Parsons
Mike Rotundo beat Paul Jones
$100,000 challenge: Abdullah the Butcher beat Dory Funk, Jr. by DQ
World tag team title: Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle by countout

Wed., 1/12/83 Charlotte, NC; WPCQ-TV studio
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling:
Dick Slater beat Mike Davis
Johnny Weaver beat Ken Timbs
Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle beat Tommy Gilbert & Vinnie Valentino
Mike Rotundo, Jimmy Valiant & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Pvt. Nelson, Ricky Harris & Bill White
Jerry Brisco & Sweet Brown Sugar beat Dory Funk, Jr. & Dick Slater
World Wide Wrestling
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Red Dog Lane & Ken Timbs
Dory Funk, Jr., Dick Slater & Greg Valentine beat King Parsons, Tommy Gilbert & Vinnie Valentino
Mike Rotundo beat Ricky Harris
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Bill White
Johnny Weaver & Sweet Brown Sugar beat Jim Dalton & Masa Fuchi

Thu., 1/13/83 York, SC; York High School
Jack Brisco vs. Greg Valentine
Jimmy Valiant, Bob Orton, Jr. & Jay Youngblood vs. Jos LeDuc, Paul Jones & One Man Gang
Sweet Brown Sugar vs. Dick Slater
Mike Rotundo vs. Red Dog Lane
Tommy Gilbert vs. Pvt. Nelson

Fri., 1/14/83 Charleston, SC ;County Hall
Dizzy Hogan draw Ricky Harris
Sweet Brown Sugar beat Pvt. Nelson
One Man Gang beat Tommy Gilbert
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Mike Rotundo
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine

Sat., 1/15/83 Kinston, NC
Ricky Harris beat Vinnie Valentino
Porkchop Cash & King Parsons beat Masa Fuchi & Jim Dalton
Mike Rotundo beat Pvt. Nelson
Mike Rotundo beat Paul Jones by DQ
Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle beat Porkchop Cash & King Parsons

Sat., 1/15/83 Spartanburg, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Jack Brisco, Jerry Brisco & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Greg Valentine, Dick Slater & One Man Gang
Dory Funk, Jr. draw Sweet Brown Sugar
Johnny Weaver & Mike Davis beat Gene Anderson & Bill White
Dizzy Hogan beat Ken Timbs
Red Dog Lane pinned Tommy Gilbert

Sun., 1/16/83 Asheville, NC; Civic Center
Tiny Tom beat Little Tokyo
Mark Fleming beat Ken Timbs
Tommy Gilbert beat Red Dog Lane
Johnny Weaver beat Gene Anderson
Jack Brisco beat Paul Jones
Greg Valentine & Dick Slater beat Bob Orton, Jr. & Jerry Brisco
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle by countout

Sun., 1/16/83 Hampton, VA; Hampton Coliseum
Sweet Brown Sugar beat Dizzy Hogan
Jimmy Valiant beat One Man Gang
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Jack Brisco
Greg Valentine beat Bob Orton, Jr.