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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: July 9, 1983

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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 once 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: 07/09/83
(taped 7/04/83 in Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium)
From the now defunct WWE Network (U.S.) feed.

Bob Caudle introduces the show in front of the new “Mid-Atlantic Wrestling” set. We are “here in the arena.”

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Roddy Piper & Ric Flair
Piper & Flair come out. Flair says the best action is in Mid-Atlantic. They have formed a pact. He tells Harley Race this will be the endless summer.  

Match 1
Jimmy Valiant d. Bill Howard

Stu Schwartz is the referee. A marked improvement in the TV production. Valiant, in his “Purple Haze” tights wins a quick one with the elbow drop.


[CLIP] Jimmy Valiant & Rufus R. Jones vs. Great Kabuki & Gary Hart in a cage
Jimmy is narrating. Match is form 7/02/83 in Greensboro. Valiant’s hair and beard is already green. Hart is in a red singlet/tights combo. Valiant pins Hart, while Rufus is wearing the goggles to protect him from Kabuki. After the match, Hart throws a fireball at Valiant.
Back to the interview. Valiant says he’s going to be serious. His face is reddened. He wants any kind of match to get revenge. Even a loser leaves town match. Some voiceover/tape noises bleed in the background. 

Match 2
Mike Rotundo d. Bill White

Caudle is anxious to the see The Assassin, which may be the son of The Great Bolo. Rotundo wins with the airplane spin.


Match 3
The Assassin d. Mike Davis

The Assassin has black trunks, boots, and the traditional Assassin mask. No body shirt. Obvious to see now, with that physique, it is Hercules Hernandez. Lots of power moves, with some wrestling mixed in. A powerslam leads to a win for the debuting Assassin.

[CLIP] Youngblood getting his war bonnet back
We are back 7/02/83 in Greensboro. Youngblood & Steamboat attack The Brisco Brothers in the ring. They pass it off to Jimmy Valiant for safekeeping. Youngblood & Steamboat grab the mic, reminding the Briscos they are after them.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Rotundo
This is in lieu of local promos. Generic babyface promo for Rotundo. He wants a title. He knows he only has a few good years in wrestling.


-A replay of last week’s Dream Contest giveaway featuring Paul Jones, and Rufus R. Jones getting a beatdown.

[VTR] Comments from Ric Flair
He is in front of the orange NWA set. He didn’t like what happened to Rufus last week. He and Piper will have Rufus’ back. Woo!


-Int. w/David Crockett: Sir Oliver Humperdink and One Man Gang.
Humperdink says no one can slam the Gang. Bugsy McGraw hobbles out on crutches. He says he knows he can slam Gang. Gang knocks him down and the heels walk out laughing.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Bugsy McGraw
Back at the arena, McGraw is no longer on crutches. He has a red PWI shirt on. McGraw says that incident happened a few weeks ago. He knows he will get even.


Match 4
Non-Title: The Great Kabuki [NWA TV ch.] (w/Gary Hart) d. Gary Royal

Bugsy McGraw joins Caudle on commentary. The match already started coming back from break. Royal gets some offense in. Kabuki gets the pin after placing the claw on Royal’s forehead. No mention of the TV title for the record.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Bugsy McGraw (in lieu of local promos)
Bugsy says never say die. Anyone can come back from adversity. He’s looking for Humperdink and One Man Gang.

Match 5
Dick Slater & Jake Roberts (w/Paul Jones) d. Rick McCord & Keith Larson

An unusually long match. Ends with Roberts pinning McCord, following the DDT.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Gary Hart, Great Kabuki and Arman Hussein
Gary Hart assures people Hussein is Sudanese. Don’t worry that his father is from the South, and Hussein was born in the South. He has royal blood in him. More about Hussein’s background. He was born a Muslim, and will die a Muslim. This gets weird. Gary Hart tells Hussein that he is not a Black southerner. Hussein puts down Southerners, whites and blacks. He is educated at Queens College at Oxford. His only purpose is to follow Gary Hart’s orders. Mid-Atlantic’s gain is also World Class’ gain.

“So long for now.”

A cleaner looking credit roll. 

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Results for the week, 7/04/83-7/10/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 7/04/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium (TV)
Jimmy Valiant beat Bill Howard
Mike Rotundo beat Bill White
The Assassin (Ray Hernandez) beat Mike Davis
Great Kabuki beat Gary Royal
Dick Slater & Jake Roberts beat Rick McCord & Keith Larson
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Jerry Grey
Mike Rotundo beat Bill Howard
Dick Slater & Jake Roberts beat Mike Davis & Keith Larson
The Assassin beat Gary Royal
Great Kabuki beat Joel Deaton
Armand Hussein beat Glenn Lane
Roddy Piper d. Dory Funk Jr.
NWA World Champion Harley Race DCO Ric Flair

Tue., 7/05/83 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
Rick McCord & Keith Larson d. Masa Fuchi & Jerry Grey
Gene Anderson d. Brett Hart
Bob Orton Jr. d. Kelly Kiniski
Wahoo McDaniel d. Great Kabuki
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco d. Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

Tue., 7/05/83 Raleigh, NC; Dorton Arena
Jos LeDuc beat Armand Hussein
Bugsy McGraw beat Magic Dragon
One Man Gang beat Mike Rotundo
Jake Roberts beat Rufus R. Jones
Roddy Piper & Jimmy Valiant beat Dory Funk, Jr. & Greg Valentine (w/Paul Jones)
NWA World Heavyweight championship: Harley Race [ch.] DCO Ric Flair

Wed., 7/06/83 Shelby, NC; Recreation Center (TV)
Bugsy McGraw d. Joel Deaton
One Man Gang d. John Bonello
Dory Funk Jr. d. Mike Davis
Rufus R. Jones d. Golden Boy Grey
The Assassin d. Rick McCord
Arman Hussein d. Gary Royal
Dick Slater d. Keith Larson
Jimmy Valiant d. Bill White
Rufus R. Jones d. Bill Howard
The Assassin d. Keith Larson
Arman Hussein d. Mike Davis
Bugsy McGraw d. Ben Alexander
Mike Rotundo d. Rick McCord
Dory Funk Jr. & Dick Slater d. John Bonello & Gary Royal 

Wed., 7/06/83 Sumter, SC; Exhibition Center
Abe Jacobs d. Masa Fuchi
Vinnie Valentino d. Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Kelly Kiniski d. Brett Hart
Jos LeDuc d. the Magic Dragon
Roddy Piper & Bob Orton, Jr. vs. Greg Valentine & Jake Roberts
NWA World Champion Harley Race DDQ Ric Flair

Thu., 7/07/83 Norfolk, VA; Scope Coliseum
NWA World Champion Harley Race beat Wahoo McDaniel
Jake Roberts & Greg Valentine beat Ric Flair & Roddy Piper by DQ
Great Kabuki beat Jimmy Valiant
Dick Slater beat Johnny Weaver
Rufus R. Jones beat Magic Dragon
Jos Leduc beat Armand Hussein
Bugsy McGraw beat Bill Howard

Fri., 7/08/83 Charleston, SC; County Hall
Jimmy Valiant & Rufus R. Jones d. Great Kabuki & Gary Hart by CO
Bugsy McGraw d. Magic Dragon
Johnny Weaver d. Jacques Goulet
Armand Hussein d. John Bonello
Keith Larsen d. Jerry Grey

Fri., 7/08/83 Richmond, VA; Richmond Coliseum
One Man Gang beat Mike Rotundo
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Jake Roberts
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper beat Dory Funk, Jr. & Greg Valentine
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Ric Flair beat NWA World Champion Harley Race by DQ

Sat., 7/09/83 Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Coliseum
Keith Larson & Rick McCord beat Gene Anderson & Bill Howard
The Assassin beat John Bonello
Jake Roberts beat Mike Davis
Dick Slater beat Jos LeDuc
Greg Valentine beat Roddy Piper by DQ
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Ric Flair beat NWA World Champion Harley Race by DQ

Sun., 7/10/83 Asheville, NC; Asheville Civic Center
Rick McCord & Keith Larson beat Gene Anderson & Bill White
Keith Larson beat Jerry Grey
The Assassin beat Brett Hart
Wahoo McDaniel beat Magic Dragon
Greg Valentine beat Roddy Piper by DQ
NWA World Champion Harley Race DDQ Ric Flair
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Bob Orton, Jr. & Rufus R. Jones

Sun., 7/10/83 Toronto, Ontario; Exhibition Stadium (Maple Leaf Wrestling)
Nick DeCarlo & Billy Red Lyons beat The Executioner & Bill Armstrong
Kelly Kiniski & Jacques Goulet beat Bob Marcus & Joe Marcus
Johnny Weaver & Mike Rotundo beat Alec Gerrard & Tim Gerrard
Fabulous Moolah beat Princess Victoria
Dick Slater beat Nick DeCarlo (sub for Jos LeDuc)
Great Kabuki beat Jimmy Valiant
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jake Roberts & Dory Funk, Jr.
Angelo Mosca beat One Man Gang
Greg Valentine no contest with Wahoo McDaniel
Ric Flair beat NWA World Champion Harley Race by DQ