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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: June 18, 1983

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on
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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries & Reviews
by David Taub
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 06/18/83
(taped 6/15/83 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network Direct Link to this show Mid-Atlantic 06/18/83
WWE Network feed.

We open with a clip of Harley Race winning the NWA World Heavyweight championship (mistakenly called World tag team championship by Bob Caudle). We’ll have more highlights later.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Steamboat talks about all the men the Briscos have injured: Jim Nelson, Johnny Weaver and Jimmy Valiant. We then see clips. The weird thing is during the Valiant clip from last week, the credits are still rolling (as opposed to a clean master copy). Youngblood talks about how one of the governor’s of the Cherokee Tribe in Oklahoma, Dixon Palmer, bestowed upon him a war bonnet. The Briscos come out, very offended that one of their tribesman gave Youngblood the gift. 

Jack sucker punches Youngblood and walks off with his bonnet. Steamboat just stands there. Youngblood gives a fired up promo, without getting fired up. His speaking style has slowed down over the last few weeks.

Match 1
Bob Orton Jr. d. Bill Howard

Stu Schwartz is the referee, wearing traditional stripes. Orton wins with a backwards-facing elbow drop off the second rope.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Roddy Piper
A subdued Piper talks about his ear injury. He thanks a fan from Spartanburg for sending him money, but asks fans not to send him money. He doesn’t need it. He says the commission won’t let him fight. He jokes that he’s sold his Sony Walkman. He’s adapting to his damaged ear. He just wants to fight again.


Match 2
Jake Roberts & Dory Funk Jr. (w/Paul Jones) d. Mike Davis & Mark Fleming by CO

Davis gets the hot tag in, and slaps Roberts. That really pisses Jake off. A DDT, and Roberts just kicks Davis out of the ring. He looks legit angry. Fleming gets a beating too. The referee just counts Davis out and that’s the match. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Paul Jones, Jake Roberts & Dory Funk Jr.
Jones talks about his Dream Contest. He is offended by Rufus R. Jones wearing a tuxedo from last week. Goes semi-racial. Another plug to write in for the contest, not blocked out on the Network.

Caudle: Paul Jones
This is in lieu of local promos. Jones talks about how great his men, Funk & Roberts are. He has total control, because both men are single. No old bag to bring them down. Jones is unintentionally funny. If you want to be a great athlete, get your sleep! Jones rant is cut off.


Match 3
Non-Title Match The Great Kabuki [TV champion] (w/Gary Hart) d. John Bonello

Hart says again that Kabuki is the TV champion anywhere the NWA flies its banner. Bonello is from Toronto, and later became a referee, mainly for the WWF cards in Ontario. Kabuki wins with a punch to the midsection from the second rope.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Rotundo
Rotundo is seeking revenge for One Man Gang attacking him and cutting his hair. Rotundo has two goals: to become a champion and a millionaire. Fired up promo from Rotundo. We go to the clip of Gang & Kiniski attacking Rotundo from last week.


Crockett asks the fans to be the judge who the champion is.
[CLIP][ST. LOUIS] Harley Race defeats Ric Flair for the NWA World Championship
We go to a clip June 10 in St. Lous, the final minutes. Flair locks in the Figure Four, but rope break right away. Second attempt, and Race sends him to the turnbuckle.  Race suplex attempt, Flair reverses and a belly to back suplex with both men’s shoulders on the mat. Race appears to get his shoulder up for the win. Crockett makes the argument that Flair’s shoulder on the far side came up. A slow-motion replay follows. It cuts off before the three count. Crockett keeps saying “you be the judge.”

[TAPE] Comments from new NWA Champion Harley Race
Race is in front of the orange NWA set. Race says he is the champion. He doesn’t care what other’s think. He will be the champion until he decides to hang it up.

-Int. w/David Crockett: Ric Flair
We are in front of the blue NWA set. Flair’s not going to cry about it. However, there is a lot of doubt in people’s mind if Race can beat Flair again. Race had his matches in Kansas City and St. Louis. Can he do it in the Mid-Atlantic in his backyard? Wooo!


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Dick Slater
Slater said he was sulking for the last month during his suspension. To relieve stress, Slater went down to the Bahamas. His Bahama Mama called him a fool. That fired him up to get him back in the ring. He thanks Paul Jones for getting his suspension lifted. Dick Slater will be taking care of Dick Slater. You can’t push him around. He’ll beat up people, legally.


Match 4
Dick Slater d. Keith Larson

Slater went for a piledriver, but the referee prevented him from carrying through. A butterfly suplex later, Slater pinned Larson.

-Int. w/David Crockett: Rufus R. Jones; Bugsy McGraw; Jimmy Valiant
We are at the blue NWA set. Rufus calls Paul Jones a liar. He reads the “real” letters sent into the Dream Contest. McGraw is still on crutches, and rambles on. The Network overdub brings out Jimmy Valiant. He is waving the American flag, carrying on.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Dick Slater
Slater says he is the greater athlete. More rambling about how he is the best.

“So long for now!”

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Results for the week, 6/13/83-6/19/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock) 

Mon., 6/13/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Vinnie Valentino vs. Masa Fuchi
One Man Gang vs. Cy Jernigan
Rick McCord vs. Magic Dragon
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco vs. Jimmy Valiant & Bob Orton, Jr.
Ric Flair beat Greg Valentine

Tue., 6/14/83 Raleigh, NC
Gene Anderson d. Brett Hart
Rick McCord d. Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Johnny Weaver d. Kim Duk
Rufus R. Jones & Mike Rotundo d. Dory Funk Jr.  Jake Roberts
Ric Flair beat Greg Valentine by DQ 

Wed., 6/15/83 Charlotte, NC; WPCQ-TV studio
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Bill Howard
Jake Roberts & Dory Funk, Jr. beat Mike Davis & Mark Fleming
Great Kabuki beat John Bonello
Dick Slater beat Keith Larson
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Jerry Grey
Jake Roberts & Dory Funk, Jr. beat Mark Fleming & Brett Hart
Great Kabuki beat Keith Larson
Dick Slater beat Mike Davis

Wed., 6/15/83 Sumter, SC; Exhibition Center
Greg Valentine vs. Ric Flair
Rufus R. Jones & Jimmy Valiant vs. Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Kim Duk vs. Cy Jernigan
Jacques Goulet vs. Abe Jacobs
Rick McCord vs. Bill White 

Thu., 6/16/83 Norfolk, VA; Scope Coliseum
Ric Flair beat Greg Valentine by DQ
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Jimmy Valiant beat Dory Funk, Jr. by DQ
Dick Slater beat Johnny Weaver
Jake Roberts beat Vinnie Valentino
Mike Davis beat Masa Fuchi
Keith Larson beat Bill Howard

Fri., 6/17/83 Charleston, SC; County Hall
Greg Valentine beat Rufus R. Jones
Jerry Grey beat Vinnie Valentino
Bill White beat Red Dog Lane
Kelly Kiniski beat Ric McCord
Jacques Goulet beat Brett Hart
Dick Slater beat Johnny Weaver

Sat., 6/18/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Vinnie Valentino beat Bill White
Kelly Kiniski beat Brett Hart
Bob Orton Jr. beat Kim Duk
Dick Slater beat Johnny Weaver
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood to win World tag team cahmpionship
Ric Flair & Roddy Piper d. Dory Funk Jr. & Greg Valentine

Sun., 6/19/83 Wilmington, NC
Ric Flair & Roddy Piper vs. Greg Valentine & Dick Slater
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco vs. Rufus R. Jones & Jimmy Valiant
One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski vs. Bob Orton, Jr. & Jos LeDuc
Bugsy McGraw vs. Magic Dragon
plus other matches