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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: April 23, 1983

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on
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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: 04/23/83
(taped 04/20/83 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: April 16, 1983 (taped 4/13/83 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed

Match 1
Mike Rotundo d. Ken Timbs

The action starts with the match in progress. Bob Caudle previews what the next hour of wrestling will feature. Ron West is the referee for the hour. Mostly Rotundo. He wins with the airplane spin.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: New United States Champion Roddy Piper  -
A-Plus babyface promo from Piper. Caudle introduces him as the new United states champion. Piper says it has been a big week for him. On April 15 in Greensboro, he won the title. On April 17, it was his birthday. On April 19, his daughter was born. Before, he just fought for himself. Now, he has a mouth to feed. Wow!


[TAPE] Comments from former Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle
Caudle throws to taped comments from Slaughter and Kernodle from the World Wide set. They are gloating about beating down Steamboat & Youngblood. They say it will come down to the ultimate match. In a cage, and the losing team must break up. NWA representative Sandy Scott sneaks up behind them. He demands they return to the belts they stole last week. Slaughter & Kernodle play dumb. Scott tells them they have been fined $1,000 a day for the last seven days. Still nothing from the heels. Scott then raises the fine to $2,000 a day. That upsets Kernodle plenty.
[TAPE] Sarge and Kernodle steal the tag belts. 


Match 2
[TAPE from Florida] Mike Graham d. Chic Donovan
Commentary by Les Thatcher and Coach John Heath

Something cut edited out, because we go to a jump cut from a tape from Florida. John Heath & Les Thatcher are on the mic. Bill Alfonso is the referee. I’m not a Heath fan. He tries to call wrestling as a shoot, and tries too hard. This is taped from Sept. 1982 as they reference the “Dual in the Dome” in Tampa. Graham wins with the Figure Four.

Match 3
Jake Roberts (mgd. by Paul Jones) d. Wayne Brown

Paul Jones joined Caudle on commentary. All Jake. Not even Jones knew the name of Roberts’s finisher (i.e. the DDT). He calls it a bulldog, but more effective than a piledriver.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jake Roberts & Paul Jones
Studio interview in lieu of local promos, aimed at the Florida market.
Caudle brings up Mike Graham. Jones calls him the Dudley Do Right of professional wrestling. Roberts calls him a punk, among other smack talk. 


Match 4
One Man Gang d. Ron Rossi

Sir Oliver Humperdink joins Caudle on commentary. He talks about OMG beating Andre the Giant. Caudle has his doubts. Gang wins with the Big Splash. (Pleasant surprise: WWE fails to remove

Match 5
The Great Kabuki & Magic Dragon (w/Gary Hart) d. Keith Larson & Mark Fleming

We go directly to the next match. Dragon is a protégé of Kabuki from Macau. Gary Hart joins Caudle, and calls Kabuki and Dragon the All Asian Tag Team Champions. Lots of chops and punches. Fleming runs right into a Kabuki thrust kick. Dragon has Fleming in the corner. He performs a backflip and then a kick to the chest to make the pin.


-Halftime Int. w/Bob Caudle: Greg Valentine & Dick Slater
Valentine said it’s hard to accept he is not the United States champion. (Says he was voted greatest U.S. champion of all time.) He will get the belt back. Slater talks about Jos LeDuc. Slater says he will retire the NWA TV championship, because he wants Ric Flair and the World title.


[TAPE] Int. w/David Crockett: Jimmy Valiant
We go to the World Wide Wrestling set where Jimmy Valiant is ranting. We then go to a tape of last week’s incident where Valiant interrupts a Kabuki and Hart interview. It leads to a quick match won by Valliant. Kabuki then sprays the mist in Valiant’s eyes.

Back to Valiant and Crockett. The WWE Network edit music plays and drowns out most of what is said. Valiant thanks the doctor who helped with his eyes. He pulls out his wallet that presumably has a picture of his son. Valiant says he had to wear a patch on his eyes. He pulls out a chain, wraps it on his knuckles, and says the Boogie Man is coming.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Steamboat is low key, talking about Slaughter & Kernodle stealing their belts. It appears the interview cuts out with Youngblood still talking.


Match 6
Non-Title: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood [NWA World Tag ch.] d. Red Dog Lane & Bill White

Caudle talks about who the top contenders are. Is it Slaughter & Kernodle? The Briscos? Also talks about Roddy Piper as new champion. Lane & White are showing resiliency, as the champs have a hard time putting them down. A loud chop by Youngblood. Steamboat slingshots Youngblood on top of White for the pin.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco; Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Caudle brings out how the Briscos are friends with Steamboat & Youngblood. Jack feels they are the number-one contenders. They say they want the winners of Steamboat & Youngblood vs. Slaughter & Kernodle. Jerry adds some words in about the Briscos being the best.
[Gateway edit: Love hearing Jerry bring up the other brother teams so prominently including the Funk Brothers and the Anderson Brothers. This was part of the Brisco's early very-subtle heel turn, with Jack taking care to point out that if he and Jerry were world champions, Sarge and Kernodle would never be able to steal the belts from them.]
Jay says they want their belts back. He namedrops a bunch of other teams. They are looking for revenge on Slaughter & Kernodle.


Results for the week, 4/18/83-4/24/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 4/18/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Keith Larsen d. Bill White
Don Kernodle beat Jim Nelson in a boot camp match
Sweet Brown Sugar beat Jacques Goulet
Jack & Jerry Brisco beat Paul Jones & Jake Roberts
Jimmy Valiant beat Greg Valentine

Tue., 4/19/83 Raleigh, NC; Raleigh Civic Center
Mike Davis d. Ken Timbs
Ricky Harris d. Wayne Jones
Johnny Weaver d. Masa Fuchi
Jos Le Duc & Bugsy McGraw d. One Man Gang & Dick Slater
Great Kabuki d. Mike Rotundo
Jimmy Valiant d. Greg Valentine

Wed. 4/20/83 Columbia, SC
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jake Roberts & Larry Lane
Don Kernodle beat Jim Nelson
Jake Roberts beat Sweet Brown Sugar
Gene Anderson & Larry Lane beat Keith Larsen & Mark Fleming
Bill White beat Vinnie Valentino

Wed., 4/20/83 Charlotte, NC; WPCQ-TV studio (TV)
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling:
Mike Rotundo beat Ken Timbs
Jake Roberts beat Wayne Jones
One Man Gang beat Ron Rossi
Magic Dragon & Great Kabuki beat Keith Larson & Mark Fleming
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Larry Lane & Bill White
World Wide Wrestling:
Dick Slater d. Mike Davis
Great Kabuki & Magic Dragon d. Ron Rossi & Vinnie Valentino
Jake Roberts d. Mark Fleming
Greg Valentine d. Wayne Jones
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco d. Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood by DQ

Thu., 4/21/83 Harrisonburg, VA
Magic Dragon vs. Keith Larson
Larry Lane vs. Mike Davis
Jos LeDuc vs. Ken Timbs
Great Kabuki vs. Mike Rotundo
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood vs. Sgt. Slaughter & One Man Gang

Fri., 4/22/83 Charleston SC; Town Center
Bill White d. Wayne Jones
Sgt. Jacques Goulet d. Abe Jacobs
Magic Dragon d. Johnny Weaver
Dragon Shai match: Great Kabuki d. Mike Rotundo in
Sgt. Slaughter vs. Jim Nelson in a boot camp match

Sat., 4/23/83 Cownay, SC
Ken Timbs d. Vinnie Valentino
Bill White d. Wayne Jones
Sweet Brown Sugar d. Ricky Harris
Mike Rotundo d. Greg Valneine
Cage: Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle d. Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

Sun., 4/24/83 Asheville, NC
Mike Davis beat Bill White
Jacques Goulet beat Vinnie Valentino
Jack & Jerry Brisco beat Gene Anderson & Larry Lane
Jos LeDuc beat One Man Gang
Jimmy Valiant & Bugsy McGraw beat Great Kabuki & Magic Dragon
Roddy Piper beat Dick Slater
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Greg Valentine

Sun., 4/24/83 Charlotte, NC
Ricky Harris beat Keith Larson
Johnny Weaver beat Masa Fuchi
Magic Dragon beat Jim Nelson
Jake Roberts beat Sweet Brown Sugar
Jimmy Valiant beat Great Kabuki
Roddy Piper beat Dick Slater
Sgt. Slaughter/Don Kernodle beat NWA Tag Champs Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood by DQ
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Greg Valentine by DQ