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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: July 16, 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: 07/16/83
(taped 7/06/83 in Shelby, NC; Recreation Center)
From the now defunct WWE Network (U.S.) feed.

Match 1
Bugsy McGraw d. Joel Deaton

Bugsy is back! Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. In the background, there is a large fan blowing from the top of the arena, never mentioned by Caudle, who always just calls it “the arena.” Bugsy gets the win with the big splash.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jimmy Valiant
The Network overdub drowns out a lot. Valiant’s right eye is marked up red thanks to Gary Hart’s fireball. Valiant swears revenge on all the managers, or he will leave town.

Match 2
One Man Gang (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. John Bonello

Gang is holding one-half of the Mid-Atlantic tag team championship. Easy victory, finishing off Bonello with the big splash.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink and One Man Gang
Something is off with the picture quality. Humperdink is glad Bugsy is back. He also talks trash about Jimmy Valiant. Gang just bellows in the background.


Match 3
Non-Title: Dory Funk Jr. [Mid-Atlantic champion] (w/Paul Jones) d. Mike Davis

Funk is taking his time with Davis. He tosses him outside two times. The second, we see an awkward cut to a crowd shot. Davis takes a back bodydrop and sells his knee. Dory latches on the spinning toe hold for the submission. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Rufus R. Jones
Rufus talks about Paul Jones, Jake Roberts, Dory Funk Jr. and their recent 3-on-1 attack. Rufus will get them back. He’s still sore about Paul Jones mistreating his female fan who won the Dream Contest. Rufus censors himself from getting kicked off TV.


Match 4
Rufus R. Jones d. Golden Boy Grey

Jones wiggles out of a headlock. Jones wiggles out of a full nelson. The production, while better than the studio, is still having growing pains. Crowd shots at odd times; lighting not the best it can be; the focus on the long-range camera a little off; problem with the replay. Jones wins with the shoulder block “Freight Train,” followed by the headbutt for the pin.

[VTR] Comments from Ric Flair & Roddy Piper
They are in front of the orange NWA set in the pre-tape. Piper has a pipe and a pair of handcuffs around his neck. Flair rambles, then Piper rambles, banging the pipe against a trash can, because they will take out the trash. Valentine, Harley Race, etc., watch out.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Bugsy McGraw; Rufus R. Jones
Bugsy has no shirt, his pilot cap, and a blue tie. The camera is off, or maybe it’s the quality of the tape. Bugsy talks about his comeback from his knee injury. He’s looking for One Man Gang and Sir Oliver Humperdink. Rufus talks about going after Dory Funk Jr., Jake Roberts and Paul Jones.


Match 5
The Assassin d. Rick McCord

This week, The Assassin is in a full black body suit. He may be the son of the Great Bolo. A butterfly suplex. A side-saulto. Who new Herc knew how to wrestle? He gets the win with a powerslam.

Match 6
Arman Hussein (w/Gary Hart) d. Gary Royal

This match starts right after the replay from the prior match. Hussein has some of the most colorful tights I’ve ever seen. He also has the pointy-toe boots. Is Gary Hart booking Mid-Atlantic at this point? Hussein wins with the unnamed Camel Clutch. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Gary Hart and Arman Hussein
Hart said he was going to bring the very best. He doesn’t deal with Americans or Canadians. Hart talks about Hussein’s background, how his mom had a vision from Allah, and raised him in the Sudan. A few words from Hussein close out the segment.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Gary Hart and Arman Hussein
This is in lieu of local promos. Almost a repeat of what we just heard. Hart calls Rufus R. Jones an Oreo cookie. Hussein starts explaining the difference between American Blacks and I guess other Blacks. Caudle has such an uncomfortable look on his face.


Match 7
Dick Slater d. Keith Larson

All Slater, winning with the unnamed Samoan Drop. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Paul Jones & Dory Funk Jr.; Dick Slater
Jones vows revenge on Rufus R. Jones. He tells him to come after Dory, come after Jake (Roberts). Caudle asks what happened to Funk’s $100,000 challenge? Jones deflects the answer. Dick Slater comes in, as Jones and Funk (who didn’t say anything) exit. Slater says nothing scares him. Just sign to face him. His “time off” made him in a very bad mood. Jones returns and rambles.

“So long for now!”


Results for the week, 7/11/83-7/17/83 
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 7/11/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine by DQ
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Rufus R. Jones
Mike Rotundo beat Jake Roberts
Bugsy McGraw beat Magic Dragon
John Bonello beat Gary Royal
Brett Hart beat Joel Deaton

Tue., 7/12/83 Raleigh, NC
Vinnie Valentino d. Masa Fuchi
Johnny Waver d. Jerry Grey
The Assassin d. Mike Davis
Jos LeDuc & Bugsy McGraw d. Kelly Kinisi & Gary Royal
Ric Flair & Rufus R. Jones d. Dory Funk, Jr. & Jake Roberts
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco d. Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

Wed., 7/13/83 Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Park Center (TV)
Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood d. Bill Howard & Masa Fuchi
Great Kabuki d. Mike Davis
Jimmy Valiant d. Tom Lentz
The Assassins d. John Bonello & Vinnie Valentino
Dick Slater & Jake Roberts d. Brett Hart & Joel Deaton
Ric Flair d. Golden Boy Grey
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco d. John Bonello & Vinnie Valentino b DQ
The Great Kabuki d. Brett Hart
The Assassins: 1 & 2 d. Keith Larson & Rick McCord
Dick Slater d. Mike Davis

Thu., 7/14/83 Harrisonburg, VA ; High School
Cy Jernigan beat Tom Lentz
Masa Fuchi beat Jerry Grey
The Assassin beat Keith Larsen
Mike Davis beat Jake Roberts
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

Thu., 7/14/83 Orangeburg, SC
Sgt. Jacques Goulet d. John Bonello
The Magic Dragon d. Brett Hart
Jimmy Valiant d. The Great Kabuki
Bugsy McGraw & Johnny Weaver & Mike Rotundo d. Kelly Kiniski & One Man Gang & Sir Oliver Humperdik

Fri., 7/15/83 Hampton, VA; Civic Center
The Assassin beat Masa Fuchi
Keith Larsen beat Gene Anderson
Armand Hussein & Jake Roberts beat Mike Davis & Vinnie Valentino
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Johnny Weaver
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood by DQ

Fri., 7/15/83 Charleston, SC; County Hall
Jimmy Valiant & Rufus R. Jones beat Great Kabuki & Gary Hart in a steel cage match
Dick Slater beat Rick McCord
Magic Dragon beat Brett Hart
Abe Jacobs beat Joel Deaton
John Bonello beat Glenn Lane

Sat., 7/16/83 Spartanburg, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Cy Jernigan d. Masa Fuchi
Bill Howard beat Mark Fleming
Kelly Kiniski beat Mike Davis (sub for Johnny Weaver)
Bugsy McGraw beat One Man Gang
Jimmy Valiant, Bob Orton, Jr. & Johnny Weaver (sub for Jos LeDuc) beat Great Kabuki, Magic Dragon & Gary Hart

Sun., 7/17/83 Greensboro, NC; Greensboro Coliseum
Ric Flair beat NWA World Champion Harley Race by DQ
Plus other matches

Sun., 7/17/83 Kingsport, TN; Dobyns-Bennett Dome (Afternoon Show)
NWA World Champion Harley Race beat Jimmy Valiant
Bugsy McGraw, Johnny Weaver & Mike Rotundo beat One Man Gang, Oliver Humperdinck & Kelly Kiniski
Great Kabuki beat Vinnie Valentino (sub for Jos LeDuc)
Rick McCord beat Jacques Goulet
Cy Jernigan beat Joel Deaton

Sun., 7/17/83 Roanoke, VA; Roanoke Civic Center (8p)
Ric McCord vs. Tom Lentz
Mike Rotundo vs. Magic Dragon
Dick Slater vs. Jos LeDuc
Mid-Atlantic tag team championship: One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski [ch.] d. Bugsy McGraw & Johnny Weaver
Cage match: Jimmy Valiant & Bob Orton Jr. vs. Great Kabuki & Gary Hart
NWA World Heavyweight championship: Harley Race vs. Ric Flair