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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: August 20, 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: 08/20/83
Taped 08/03/83 in Spartanburg SC - Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Review is from the now defunct WWE Network (U.S.) feed. 

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: August 20, 1983 (taped 8/03/83 in Spartanburg, SC; Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium)
WWE Network feed

Match 1
Roddy Piper & Rick Steamboat d. Bill Howard & Joel Deaton

We start with the match in progress. Tommy Young is the referee for this match. Steamboat pins Deaton with the flying bodypress.


-Comments from Rick Steamboat
Steamboat is in a park, talking about his injured partner, Jay Youngblood. We now see Jay working out in the park, skipping rope, running and other exercises with Steamboat. A 1980s inspired montage video. Wonder what the original sound track was, as we have a lame Network dub over. Youngblood’s ribs are taped over his shirt. Steamboat is pounding his partner’s ribs, and Youngblood takes off his tape. They hug, and go for the slow motion high five.


Match 2
Greg Valentine & Dick Slater d. Vinnie Valentino & Mike Davis

Loud “We Want Piper” chant from the crowd. Aggressive wrestling by the heels. Slater pins Valentino after a running knee to the head.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Bugsy McGraw
McGraw tells a story about wanting a pony as a child. Something about becoming tough. A reference to his knee surgery.


Match 3
Bugsy McGraw d. Golden Boy Grey

Sonny Fargo is the referee. First time I recall seeing two referees for a TV episode. A big splash wins it for Bugsy.


Match 4
The Assassins d. Brett Hart & Keith Larson

Fargo is the referee. Caudle is back to calling The Assassins by numbers, 1 & 2. Good teaming by the masked team. The start the flash tags with the hammerlock, knees to the back combo until the referee calls for the bell. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Rotundo & Rufus R. Jones
Rotundo has a softball type shirt on. He and Jones talk about teaming up with Orton in a six-man later in the show. Rufus also talks about going after the money and the Mid-Atlantic title from Dory Funk Jr. Caudle seems caught off guard after they left. He had about 45 seconds to fill.


Match 5
Bob Orton Jr. & Mike Rotundo & Rufus R. Jones
d. Magic Dragon (w/Gary Hart) & Tom Lentz & Sgt. Jacques Goulet

Hart disappears after the start of the match. Sonny Fargo is the referee. Some experimental long range camera shots in the corner shows the capacity crowd well. The heels are making this a competitive match. Loud “Go Mike Go!” chant when Rotundo gets in trouble. Orton superplexes Lentz for the finish. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ricky Steamboat & Roddy Piper & Ric Flair
Steamboat says Youngblood is healing up. He thanks Rodney Piper, and Flair despite the bounty over his head. Mutual admiration society going on. Piper grabs a few kids and jokes around. Flair says the support of the fans keeps them going. Three Hall of Famers right there.

“So long for now!”

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Results for the week 8/15/83-8/21/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock

Mon., 8/15/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine by reverse decision
The Assassins beat Mike Rotundo & Johnny Weaver
Rufus R. Jones beat Jake Roberts
Dick Slater beat Bugsy McGraw
Gene Anderson beat Keith Larsen
Jacques Goulet beat Cy Jernigan

Tue., 8/16/83 Raleigh, NC
Mike Davis d. Bill Howard
Kelly Kiniski d. Brett Hart
Non-Mid-Atlantic championship: Jake Roberts d. Rufus R. Jones [ch.]
Roddy Piper & Bob Orton Jr. d. Dick Slater & Greg Valentine by CO
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ric Flair & Ricky Steamboat

Wed., 8/17/83 Winston-Salem NC; Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum (TV)
Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood d. Bill Howard & Jerry Grey; Stu Schwartz
Ric Flair d. Ben Alexander; Stu Schwartz
The Assassins d. Keith Larson & Gene Ligon; Stu Schwartz
Non-World tag team championship: Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco [ch.] NC Mike Davis & Mark Fleming; Stu Schwartz
Jake Roberts & Dick Slater (w/Paul Jones) d. Steve Muslin & Vinnie Valentino; Stu Schwartz
Roddy Piper & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Bill Howard & Kelly Kiniski
Greg Valentine beat Vinnie Valentino
Bugsy McGraw beat Ben Alexander
The Assassins beat Rick McCord & Steve Muslin
Ric Flair beat Jerry Grey

Thu., 8/18/83 Sumter, SC; Exhibition Center County of Sumter (Eccos)
Jimmy Valiant beat Great Kabuki
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Jake Roberts
Magic Dragon beat Brett Hart
Jacques Goulet & Bill Howard beat Rick McCord & Steve Muslin
Mike Davis beat Jerry Grey

Thu., 8/18/83 Norfolk, VA
Tom Lentz d. Cy Jerningan
Gene Anderson d. Vinnie Valentino
Bugsy McGraw d. Kelly Kiniski
The Assassins d. Mike Rotundo & Johnny Weaver
Ric Flair d. Dick Slater
Rufus R. Jones d. Greg Valentine
Ricky Steamboat & Roddy Piper d. Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco by DQ

Fri., 8/19/83 Charleston, SC; County Hall
Greg Valentine beat Roddy Piper via pinfall
Bob Orton, Jr. & Mike Rotundo draw The Assassins
Mike Davis beat Magic Dragon
Jacques Goulet beat Vinnie Valentino
Brett Hart beat Bill Howard

Fri., 8/19/83 Richmond, VA; Richmond Coliseum
Mark Fleming beat Tom Lentz
Gene Anderson & Kelly Kiniski beat Johnny Weaver & Cy Jernigan
Dick Slater beat Bugsy McGraw
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Rufus R. Jones
Jimmy Valiant beat Great Kabuki
World tag team championship: Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco [ch.] d.  Ric Flair & Ricky Steamboat

Sun., 8/21/83 Asheville, NC; Asheville Civic Center
Mike Davis beat Billy Howard
Magic Dragon beat Vinnie Valentino
Johnny Weaver beat Kelly Kiniski
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine & Dick Slater in a double Indian strap match
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ric Flair & Ricky Steamboat

Sun., 8/21/83 Greensboro, NC; Greensboro Coliseum
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Wahoo McDaniel by DQ
Great Kabuki beat Jimmy Valiant in a loser leaves town match
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine
Rufus R. Jones beat Jake Roberts
Gene Anderson beat Cy Jernigan
Bugsy McGraw beat Jerry Grey
The Assassins beat Mike Rotundo & Bob Orton, Jr.