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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: October 1, 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 (now on Peacock). 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: 10/01/83
Taped 9/21/83 taped in Shelby NC at the Shelby Recreation Center
Review is from WWE Network/Peacock Network feed.

Match 1
Jay Youngblood & Mark Youngblood d. Golden Boy Grey & Ben Alexander

Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. Easy win for the Youngbloods. Mark bulldogs Grey for the pin.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: The Assassins
Assassin 1 (Bob Caudle reverted back to calling them 1 & 2) says they have news. Paul Jones is introduced as the team’s new manager. Jones promises not to interfere. He will just sit in his chair in the corner. He will be the business manager for The Assassins.


[VIDEO TAPE] Flair at Crockett Offices on Briarbend Drive
-Comments from Ric Flair - Announces Retirement
Flair is in an office, neck brace on and microphone in hand. He didn’t break any bones but has a neck injury. He could wrestle again, but he’s not sure that’s what he wants to do. His injury came close to duplicate his 1975 plane crash that broke his back. He’s not sure he wants to wrestle for a living again. It’s no longer a priority. He thanks the fans. He officially announces his retirement from professional wrestling.


Match 2
Mark Lewin & Kevin Sullivan (w/Gary Hart) d. Rick McCord & Keith Larson

Caudle calls Hart the team’s agent. Harley Race is with Caudle. Caudle is stunned. Race isn’t surprised Flair is retired. He’s happy and proud, even if it cost him $25,000. Lewin & Sullivan are probably the guys in the best shape in Mid-Atlantic, maybe second to Rick Steamboat. Race namedrops the town they are in, Shelby, South Carolina. The best Caudle can do is correct Race, and say it is Shelby, North Carolina. Keep in mind Caudle never named what town they were in, just “in the arena.” Race doesn’t care. Caudle asks if it grates on Harley that he didn’t put Flair out himself. Race says it doesn’t. Back to the match. Sullivan tries to piledrive McCord. Referee Young prevents him, Sullivan pushes him. Kevin follows up with a back suplex on McCord for the pin. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Gary Hart, Mark Lewin, Kevin Sullivan
Hart says no one will rip him off. While Hart is prattling on, Lewin is rolling his eyes to the back of his head. Sullivan is praying to someone. Sullivan is poking Lewin’s eyes and he’s screaming. Hart is still complaining about Charlie Brown. Watch out for Lewin’s Black Sleep and Sullivan’s Leg Sleeper.


Match 3
Baron Von Raschke (w/Gary Hart) d. Brett Hart

We have some goose stepping, because this is 1983 wrestling. The Baron wins with the claw into a pin.


[VIDEO] WWF TV: Andre the Giant
This is a recent match from WWF Championship Wrestling, a handicap match. Caudle narrates. Typical Andre match.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Bob Orton Jr., Dick Slater, and NWA Champion Harley Race
All three mock Flair. Orton says Flair should be proud that he and Slater put him out. Slater isn’t so complimentary. Race says Flair disgraced himself with retirement.


Match 4
Dick Slater & Bob Orton Jr. d. Scott McGhee & Steve Muslin by DQ - - Flair attacks!

A longer match than normal. I noticed police talking with some fans in the front row. It seems they are asking a man to move. He does (he returns later in the show). Just as the heels get going, Ric Flair runs into the ring with a baseball bat.  He takes a swing at Orton who jumps into the ring. Slater just dodges out of the way. Flair chases Orton to the back. Slater is hiding on the stage. Flair comes back out and chases after him. Slater grabs a chair to protect himself. The fans are going wild. Flair is going wild. Slater escapes. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ric Flair
He rips off his vest. He rips off his neck brace. An A-Plus promo. Probably his best promo of his career to this point. He’s not going to let anyone say he’s done. His bat says “Skoal” for the record. The heels will pay the price for his neck. But, he’s staying to get his revenge. “You’ll go to your grave because of me!” Flair says it will “be a cold day in Hell” when someone puts him out of action. He vows to get back at Race too.

The bumper graphics promises Wahoo, Rufus R. Jones and Charlie Brown coming up. Either they got cut out of this episode, or it was a false promise. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jay Youngblood & Mark Youngblood
This is in lieu of local promos. Jay says everyone has been asking about his brother. He’s single, according to Jay. Mark gives a rather bland promo.


Match 5
The Assassins (w/Paul Jones) d. Vinnie Valentino & John Bonello

Jones leaves as the match starts. Hercules Assassin showed a lot of wrestling at this point of his career. Jones joins Caudle. He says he never interferes in matches. Some nice dropkicks by Valentino, but he tries one too many. Hamilton Assassin pins Valentino with a headbutt. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Wahoo McDaniel
McDaniel is worried about Flair, whether he is still hurt. Flair doesn’t need a bat as a partner, he has Wahoo. It seems Caudle has to close off Wahoo to end the show.

“So long for now!”

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Results for the week, 9/26/83-10/02/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 9/26/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood beat Dick Slater & Greg Valentine in a double Indian strap match
Baron Von Raschke beat Charlie Brown
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Steve Muslim
Scott McGhee beat Magic Dragon
Gene Anderson beat Vinnie Valentino
Kelly Kiniski beat Jerry Grey

Tue., 9/27/83 Raleigh, NC
Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood beat Dick Slater & Greg Valentine in a double Indian strap match
Baron Von Raschke beat Charlie Brown
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Johnny Weaver
Magic Dragon beat Brett Hart
Ric McCord beat The Ninja
John Bonello Beat Tom Lentz

Tue., 9/27/83 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
Vinnie Valentino beat Jerry Grey
Mark Youngblood beat Kelly Kiniski
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Scott McGhee
Rufus R. Jones & Bugsy McGraw beat The Assassins
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

Wed., 9/28/83 Spartanburg, SC ;  Memorial Auditorium (TV)

Thu., 9/29/83 Hopewell, VA
Mark Youngblood & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Ricky Steamboat beat Dick Slater by DQ
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Steve Muslim
Brett Hart beat The Ninja
Vinnie Valentino beat Cy Jernigan

Fri., 9/30/83 Charlottesville, VA; University Hall
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Dick Slater & Greg Valentine beat Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Brett Hart
Vinnie Valentino beat The Ninja
Magic Dragon beat Cy Jernigan

Fri., 9/30/83 Charleston, SC; County Hall
Charlie Brown beat Baron Von Raschke in a steel cage, bounty match
The Assassins beat Johnny Weaver & Scott McGhee
Mark Lewin beat John Bonello
Kevin Sullivan beat Mark Fleming
Tom Lentz beat Gene Ligon

Sat., 10/01/83 Morganton, NC
Baron Von Raschke beat Charlie Brown in a bounty match
The Assassins beat Johnny Weaver & Bugsy McGraw
Rick McCord beat Kelly Kiniski
Plus other matches

Sat., 10/01/83 Conway, SC
Joel Deaton beat Abe Jacobs
Vinnie Valentino beat Jerry Grey
Scott McGhee beat Tom Lentz
Rufus R. Jones beat Dory Funk, Jr.
Wahoo McDaniel beat Dick Slater in a lumberjack match
Liz Chase beat Donna Christianello

Sun., 10/02/83 Asheville, NC; Civic Center
Terry Gibbs beat Magic Dragon
Kevin Sullivan beat Rick McCord
Mark Lewin beat John Bonello
Bob Orton, Jr. & Dick Slater beat Ric Flair& Wahoo McDaniel by DQ (Flair sub for Bugsy McGraw)
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

Sun., 10/02/83 Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Coliseum
Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Ric Flair & Wahoo McDaniel by DQ
Baron Von Raschke beat Charlie Brown
Gene Anderson beat Rufus R. Jones
Mark Youngblood beat Magic Dragon
Scott McGhee beat Jerry Grey
Vinnie Valentino beat Tom Lentz

Sun., 10/02/83 Greensboro, NC ;  Coliseum
Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco to win NWA World Tag Title
Plus other matches