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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: May 28, 1983

Mid-Atlantic 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: 05/28/83
(taped 5/25/83 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network Direct Link to this show Mid-Atlantic 05/28/83
WWE Network feed.

[TAPE][GEORGIA] Int. w/Gordon Solie: Ric Flair
We start right away with Solie speaking to Flair from an episode of World Championship Wrestling.  Flair, alternating between humble and boastful, says he is the greatest champion of all time.

Match 1
Bob Orton Jr. d. Ricky Harris

Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. Orton is back in Mid-Atlantic after a stint in Southwest. Caudle talks about The Brisco Brothers injuring Jim Nelson from last week. He may be out for a long time. Enough to turn Russian! The Network edition of the tape fails. Orton gets the pin. The replay shows he won with a suplex, then floating over.

Bob Caudle notes that Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood have been so busy, they couldn’t be in studio, so they taped comments earlier in the week.
[TAPE] Comments from Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood. The duo talks about how busy they have been. Youngblood notes they are both from the south, and they will fight like Southern Boys.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: The Brisco Brothers
Jerry has a Tampa police t-shirt. They note Steamboat & Youngblood’s absence. They dismiss injuring Nelson.


Match 2
Non-Title: Greg Valentine [U.S. Champion] d. Keith Larson

Caudle talks about the Brisco Brothers competitive desire as the reason they are going after the tag title. Caudle says One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski will be here, the new Mid-Atlantic tag team champions. Valentine garners the submission by just yanking on Larson’s leg.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Greg Valentine
Caudle says Roddy Piper still can’t appear in studio because of his injury, so the cameras went to his house. We go to the clip.
[TAPE] Roddy is in the back of his pickup with his dalmatian. Piper thanks the fans for their letters. He is getting better, at least to drive his truck, but not better to return to the ring. Valentine insults Piper. Says the finance company took away his Cadillac. Valentine doesn’t care if Piper can’t make a living. Valentine talks about upcoming matches against Ric Flair. But, this time they will be for Valentine’s title.


Match 3
Non-Title: One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski [Mid-Atlantic Tag Champs] (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Vinnie Valentino & Ken Hall

Caudle talks about Piper and how grateful he is to the fans. No specific mention of when, where and how Gang & Kiniski won the Mid-Atlantic tag title. It was 5/23/83 in Greenville in a four-team tournament, the final over Mike Rotundo & Rufus R. Jones.

[CLIP][Wide World Wrestling]
We go to a clip from last week’s World Wide Wrestling for One Man Gang’s body slam challenge. Vinnie Valentino is the challenger. But, Bugsy McGraw is the last minute substitute. McGraw looks like he has it, but Humperdink interferes. Gang hits the splash, and cuts some of Bugsy’s hair. David Crockett is the host of this segment, by the way. Bugsy goes nuts afterward.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: One Man Gang, Kelly Kiniski and Sir Oliver Humperdink.
This is in lieu of local promos. The Mid-Atlantic tag titles look brand new. Nice and shiny. Humperdink does mention they won the vacant title in a tournament. Humperdink also talks about Bugsy McGraw.


[TAPE] Comments from Dick Slater
Taped comments from Slater on the World Wide set. He is sick of his suspension. He dares Johnny Weaver to insult him to his face.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jos LeDuc
Caudle notes Great Kabuki defeated LeDuc for the NWA TV championship (5/23/83 in Greenville). LeDuc says he feels naked. He says Gary Hart is to blame. He talks about Slater. He says he was suspended too. Not because he was good. Because he was bad.

[TAPE][World Championship Wrestling/WTBS] Clip of Ric Flair vs. Mike Starbuck
We go to a clip from WCW, with Gordon Solie on commentary, and Scrappy McGowan as the referee. Solie at times calls Flair’s opponent “Barber.” Flair wins with the figure four.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Gary Hart, Great Kabuki, Magic Dragon
Hart is holding the TV title belt. He says no one has ever taken anything away from an Asian in history. It won’t happen now. Hart talks about his injunction to prevent Jimmy Valiant from wearing his goggles.


Match 4
Jake Roberts (w/Paul Jones) d. Rick McCord

Jones joins Caudle on the commentary. He says his contest to win a Paul Jones poster is going great. Roberts wins easily with the still-unnamed DDT. The original bumper music airs during the replay.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Paul Jones, Dory Funk Jr., Jake Roberts
The Paul Jones poster is in the background. The contest address on Briarbend Dr. is up on the screen (last week, it was blurred out). Jones says anyone who sent him gifts has been disqualified. Thanks to the overwhelming result, he is extending the essay to 50 words! Paul reads a letter from a 24-year old women who writes he is a hunk. Jones berates it as unoriginal. He reads another letter saying he is better looking than Tom Selleck. Nothing from Funk & Roberts.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Paul Jones, Dory Funk Jr., Jake Roberts
This is in lieu of local promos. More about the contest. Jones finally talks about his men.


Match 5
Rufus R. Jones & Jimmy Valiant d. Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco

Paul Jones stays on for commentary. The match starts off with a brawl. The Briscos try to get down to wrestling. Valiant sells by convulsing on the mat. Aggressive style by the Briscos. Valiant ducks out of the way, and Jerry nails Jack. Jones calls it a coward move. Rufus comes in with the hot tag. Nice leg take down on Jack. All four men in the ring. Rufus hits the headbutt on Jerry and gets the pin. Jones is incensed! Jack was the legal man. Barely audible because of the Network audio edits. The credits roll and the Briscos continue to beat on Valiant & Jones. A stuff piledriver on the mat against Valiant. A beatdown outside the ring for Rufus. Lots of heel heat to close this one out.


Results for the week, 5/23/83-5/29/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 5/23/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Tournament

One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski beat Jimmy Valiant & Bugsy McGraw in NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Title tournament
Mike Rotundo & Rufus R. Jones beat Dory Funk, Jr. & Jake Roberts in NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Title tournament
Keith Larson beat Jacques Goulet
Rick McCord beat Magic Dragon
Great Kabuki beat Jos LeDuc to win NWA Television Title
One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski beat Mike Rotundo & Rufus R. Jones to win NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Title in tournament final
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood by DQ

Tue., 5/24/83 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
Masa Fuchi d. Rick Connors
Johnny Weaver d. Rick Harris
Bugsy McGraw d. Magic Dragon
Dory Funk, Jr. & Jake Roberts beat Mike Rotundo & Rufus R. Jones
Street fight: Jimmy Valiant d. Great Kabuki 

Tue., 5/24/83 Raleigh, NC; Raleigh Civic Center
Masa Fuchi & Ricky Harris beat Red Dog Lane & Abe Jacobs
Vinnie Valentino beat Bill White
Jacques Goulet beat Ken Hall
Rick McCord beat Gene Anderson
One Man Gang beat Jos LeDuc
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood by DQ

Wed., 5/25/83 Charlotte, NC;  WCPQ Studios(TV)
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Ricky Harris
Greg Valentine beat Keith Larson
One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski beat Ken Hall & Vinnie Valentino
Jimmy Valiant & Rufus R. Jones beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Jake Roberts beat Rick McCord

Thu., 5/26/83 Norfolk, VA; Scope Coliseum
Rufus R. Jones beat Jake Roberts
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Greg Valentine
Plus other matches

Fri., 5/27/83 Charleston, SC; County Hall
Jimmy Valiant beat Great Kabuki
Rufus R. Jones beat Jake Roberts
Bugsy McGraw beat Magic Dragon
Ricky Harris & Masa Fuchi beat Abe Jacobs & Red Dog Lane
Vinnie Valentino draw Keith Larsen

Fri., 5/27/83 Richmond, VA; Coliseum
Johnny Weaver d. Jacques Goulet
Mike Rotundo d. Kelly Kiniski
Bob Orton, Jr. d. Gene Anderson
Jos LeDuc d. One Man Gang
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco d. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood by DQ
NWA World Championship: Greg Valentine d. Ric Flair by DQ

Sat., 5/28/83 Charlotte, NC; Coliseum
Gene Anderson & Jacques Goulet beat Mike Davis & Keith Larson
Vinnie Valentino beat Masa Fuchi
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Bill White
Wahoo McDaniel beat Magic Dragon
Great Kabuki beat Jimmy Valiant by countout
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Greg Valentine beat NWA World Champion Ric Flair by DQ

Sun., 5/29/83 Asheville, NC; Civic Center
Vinnie Valentino beat Bill White
Keith Larson & Mike Davis beat Jacques Goulet & Ricky Harris
Wahoo McDaniel beat Jake Roberts
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Mike Rotundo
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Greg Valentine beat NWA World Champion Ric Flair

Sun., 5/29/83 Toronto, Ontario; Maple Leaf Gardens
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Greg Valentine
Don Muraco beat Rocky Johnson
Mike Rotundo beat Dory Funk, Jr. in a $100,000 challenge match
Leo Burke beat Johnny Weaver
Kelly Kiniski beat Nick DeCarlo
The Executioner beat Joe Marcus
Billy Red Lyons beat Tim Gerrard
Bob Marcus beat Alex Gerrard