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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: September 10, 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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: The WWE Network ceased operation in the United States on April 4, 2021. Their press release stated that their entire archive of material (which presumably would include the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling shows) would be transitioned to NBC's Peacock streaming service by the end of the summer 2021. We'll update as we know more.

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 09/10/83
Taped 08/31/83 taped in in Greenwood, SC at the Greenwood Civic Center
Review is from the now defunct WWE Network (U.S.) feed.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Gary Hart
We start with the interview. Caudle questions Hart about sending Jimmy Valiant out of town, cheating and destroying the tape. Hart is offended, but Caudle defends himself he has heard the information from reliable sources. Hart starts explaining his side. He says no one could get away with something like that. It’s a lot of gaga.
Next week, NWA President Bob Geigle will be here to lay down the law. Hart expects him to rule that Jimmy Valiant will have to leave for a year, not just 90 days. 

Caudle says Harley Race is supposed to be here for an interview, but no shows. Caudle says we will go to him. We get a camera in the locker room. Harley is sitting with Jack Brisco. Dick Slater is there too. They all shoo away the cameraman.


Match 1
Charlie Brown d. Bill Howard

Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour. The arena in Greenwood looks big. The Network edit, which sounds like a Jethro Tull outtake, drowns everything out. Some choking and punching by Brown. Despite the bounty, Ric Flair will get his title shot against Harley Race today. Brown wins with the sleeper.
We have graphics on the bumper. Unfortunately, it says "Rick" Flair vs. Harley Race. Brenda Evans is responsible for the graphics.

Match 2
Bob Orton Jr. d. Terrible Link

Yes, Terrible is his name, and his outfit, and his wrestling ability. Orton brawls, and gets Link up in a slam, well a half slam. A fist drop from the second turnbuckle finishes the match. It was quick.
The same misspelled Flair graphic on the bumper.


-Int. w /Bob Caudle: Rufus R. Jones & Wahoo McDaniel (In lieu of local promos)
Rufus is happy Wahoo is back.  Wahoo says he’s been in the AWA and Japan. He has friends who need help and he’s glad to help out. He also has some words for The Briscos.


Match 3
Rufus R. Jones & Wahoo McDaniel d. Ben Alexander & Bill White

Caudle gushes over Wahoo coming back.  Scott McGhee will be back in two weeks. Wahoo pins White after the big chop. Same Flair error message on the bumper. 


-Int. w /Bob Caudle: Rufus R. Jones & Wahoo McDaniel
Rufus is happy to be Mid-Atlantic champion. Wahoo is looking for action, maybe even the United States Heavyweight championship.

David Crockett, unseen, introduces the next match.

Match 4
NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ric Flair d. Harley Race [ch.] by DQ
Race is on the advantage early. Match going back and forth, with the deliberate pace you would expect. Flair has the abdominal stretch, but Race powers out. Flair takes the advantage again when Race misses a corner charge. We see Race catch Flair off the top rope; fighting off a Figure Four attempt; low blow; tombstone piledriver (called a running slam by Caudle); headbutts; fighting on the outside; fighting on the inside; Race misses a headbutt on the concrete floor on the outside!

Race misses a headbutt, and Flair gets the Figure Four. He lets go when he sees Dick Slater come to ringside. Flair prevents Slater from getting in the ring. Back to Harley. Figure Four again. Here comes Bob Orton, to counteract Dick Slater.

Orton is in the ring, while Slater is outside. Orton climbs the top rope and ... jumps on Flair. The crowd is hushed. Orton and Slater do a number on Flair. Stuff piledriver. Orton wrenches Flair’s neck. High five to Race. Race is laughing and pointing. The fans are booing. Caudle is stunned. Wahoo makes the save, and the heels run away. We get a replay of the piledriver. A stunning betrayal. Match goes about 20 minutes.

- Comments from Bob Caudle
This is in lieu of local promos. Caudle is back, explaining what just happened. “$25,000 speaks. And $25,000 speaks loud to some people.”
Caudle pivots and says Andre the Giant will be back soon; Mark Youngblood will debut next week.


Caudle narrates the replay of Flair being stretchered back. Now, we go to the locker room.
Jim Crockett Jr. confronts Race and company in the locker room. Crockett vows Orton will never wrestle in Mid-Atlantic again. He calls Race the worst excuse for a champion. Race is passing out money to Slater and Orton. Paul Jones and the Briscos are celebrating too.

Back to Caudle. Amazing that he is keeping a straight face. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood and Roddy Piper
Steamboat and Youngblood can’t believe what happened. Piper calls out. He calls Orton scum. Piper is hot.

“So long for now!” as a still shot of Flair in a stretcher is on the screen as credits roll.

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Results for the week, 9/05/83-9/11/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 9/05/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Charlie Brown beat Great Kabuki
The Assassins beat Mike Rotundo & Johnny Weaver
Magic Dragon beat Mike Davis
Brett Hart beat Bill White

Mon., 9/05/83 Fayetteville, NC; Cumberland County Civic Center
Bill Howard beat Cy Jernigan
Steve Muslin beat Jerry Grey
Rick McCord & Keith Larson beat Gene Anderson & Jacques Goulet
Rufus R. Jones beat Jake Roberts
Wahoo McDaniel DDQ Dick Slater
Greg Valentine beat Roddy Piper by DQ

Tue., 9/06/83 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
Brett Hart beat Tom Lentz
Gene Anderson beat Rick McCord
Keith Larson beat Bill Howard
Jimmy Valiant & Bugsy McGraw beat The Assassins by DQ
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper beat Dick Slater & Greg Valentine

Tue., 9/06/83 Raleigh, NC
Jerry Grey beat Mark Fleming
Vinnie Valentino beat Kelly Kiniski
Johnny Weaver beat Magic Dragon
Great Kabuki beat Mike Rotundo
Jake Roberts beat Rufus R. Jones
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood by DQ

Wed., 9/07/83 Spartanburg, SC; Memorial Auditorium (TV)
Charlie Brown d. Golden Boy Grey; Tommy Young
Mark Youngblood d. Bill Howard; Tommy Young
The Assassins d. Brett Hart & Rick McCord; Tommy Young
Roddy Piper & Wahoo McDaniel d. Greg Valentine & Dick Slater by CO; Tommy Young
Charlie Brown & Rufus R. Jones d. Magic Dragon & Golden Boy Grey
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood & Mark Youngblood d. Tom Lentz & Bill Howard & Terrible Slink
Dick Slater & Bob Orton Jr. d. Rick McCord & Gene Lasitt
The Assassins d. Mark Fleming & Keith Larson
Roddy Piper & Wahoo McDaniel d. Ben Alexander & Kelly Kiniski
Rufus R. Jones d. Jake Roberts

Fri., 9/09/83 Charleston, SC; County Hall
Non-World tag team championship/no DQ: Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco [ch.]
Wahoo McDaniel beat Dick Slater
Mark Youngblood & Ric McCord beat Jacques Goulet & Bill Howard
Keith Larsen beat Jerry Gray

Sat., 9/10/83 Greensboro, NC; Greensboro Coliseum
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco by DQ
Charlie Brown beat Great Kabuki
Wahoo McDaniel beat Dick Slater by countout
The Assassins beat Johnny Weaver & Bugsy McGraw
Gene Anderson beat Rick McCord
Magic Dragon beat Vinnie Valentino
Steve Muslin beat Jerry Grey

Sun., 9/11/83 Bristol, TN; Viking Hall
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper vs. Dick Slater & Greg Valentine in a double strap match
Rufus Jones vs. Jake Roberts
The Assassins vs. Johnny Weaver & Bugsy McGraw
Rick McCord vs. Tom Lentz
Keith Larson vs. Bill Howard