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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: October 22, 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: 10/22/83
Taped 10/12/83 taped in Spartanburg SC at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Review is from WWE Network/Peacock Network feed.

Match 1
Non-Title: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood [World Tag ch.] d. Bill Howard & Magic Dragon

Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. Caudle says to beware of the Briscos. Steamboat misses a flying a bodypress on Howard. More of a botch than anything else. They recover. Steamboat tries again a few minutes later and pins Howard after a top-rope flying body press.


Championship Wrestling from Florida - Starrcade '83 Press Conference Coverage

Barbara Clarey reports from outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tampa. The NWA Board of Directors is meeting to arrange a Race vs. Flair rematch. It will take place in a cage with no DQ. The promoters are determining where the match will take place. Clarey notes that Tampa Bay has been selected to host Super Bowl XVIII. Clarey throws it to Gordon Solie inside.

Gordon is reporting from the corner of the room. We see Eddie Graham, Hiro Matsuda, Bill Alfonso, and Buddy Colt on one side of the table. Jim Crockett Jr. and two others are on the other side. NWA president Bob Geigel walks in. He announces the match has been awarded to Jim Crockett. Jim speaks. There are three mic flags at the table, Ch. 10, 13 and 11 in Tampa. Crockett calls this more than the fight of the decade. He says this will take place in Greensboro on Thanksgiving. He’s going to call it Starrcade ’83.

Solie throws it via satellite to Harley Race in Kansas City
David Manning from KTVT Ch. 11 approaches Race who just arrived at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. Of course, this is Fort Worth, not Kansas City (taped 10/03/83 in a bit of meaningless trivia). Why let those facts get in the way. Manning, normally the referee for World Class, plays the role of TV reporter. He asks Race for his reaction to the match being signed in Greensboro. Race says he knew this was going to happen. He had his people bidding on the match, but Crockett came up with more cash. But, if that’s the way it is, that’s the way it will be. Flair may have just signed his final match. Manning doesn’t even know where the camera is when concluding the segment.

Solie then throws to a satellite to Ric Flair’s home in Charlotte.

Low and behold, it’s Tony Schiavone! It's his first appearance during the body of the Mid-Atlantic show. Flair says he has a flare for the nice things in a life. He says he has a “Flare for the Gold.”

Back to Gordon Solie. He repeats Flair’s line. Jim Crockett wraps up thanking the NWA for granting his promotion the title match.


Match 2
Dick Slater d. Steve Muslin

Thanks to the bumper graphic, the official spelling is Muslin. His real name is spelled Musulin. We get an inset interview for the first time on this program, with Bob Orton Jr. He says he may take Flair out again before his Starrcade ’83 match. Race having to wrestle in a cage is a disgrace. Slater uses a double hammerlock at one point. He wins with the unnamed Samoan drop.

-Int. w/Tony Schiavone: Roddy Piper
This appears to be a local promo for Savannah, Georgia, in front of the blue NWA set. Tony tells us Savannah has been selected host a satellite broadcast of Starrcade ’83. Piper has the dog collar and chain with him. He notes the collar has spiked studs to prevent choking with the hands. The chain is 12 feet, 40 pounds. This match hasn’t been officially announced on the main body of the show, indicating Savannah got the program a few weeks after the first airing.


Match 3
Mark Lewin & Kevin Sullivan (w/Gary Hart) d. Brett Hart & Vinnie Valentino

Roddy Piper is on commentary. He is mostly excited about Starrcade ’83. Lewin uses the Tree of Woe. Perhaps that’s where Sullivan picked it up from. The finish sees Lewin & Sullivan taking turns twisting Valentino’s arm. Like a maypole. And, that garners a submission!


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ric Flair
A subdued Flair (compared to the last few episodes) is glad to have Race right where he wants him, in a no DQ cage match.


Match 4
Bugsy McGraw & Chavo Guerrero d. Tom Lentz & Kelly Kiniski

The return of Angelo Mosca! He joins Caudle on the mic. He talks about how big Starrcade ’83 is. Mosca has a big announcement coming soon. In the ring, Chavo pins Lentz with a victory roll. Mosca says he no longer King Kong, he goes back to his old self, Big Nasty. (A familiar moniker from his 1976 run in JCP.)


[VIDEO TAPE] NWA Champion Harley Race
This appears to be taped at the studio in Kansas City. Mainly, Race is unhappy and feels backstabbed he has to face Flair in the cage.

-Int. w/Tony Schiavone: Greg Valentine
Another local promo for the Starrcade showing in Savannah. Despite the heel interview subject, there is the blue NWA set backdrop. Valentine says the chain is 20 feet. He’s not happy about it.


Match 5
Mark Youngblood & Scott McGhee d. The Assassins (w/Paul Jones)

Third week in a row we see this match. The babyfaces start off fast and never let up. Hamilton Assassin and McGhee are fighting in the ropes. Youngblood whips Hercules Assassin into Hamilton Assassin. That takes him and McGhee out. Youngblood hits a legdrop and makes the pin.

Jones and Hamilton Assassin ram McGhee into the post. Then, a triple team in the ring on Youngblood. Hamilton Assassin loads his mask. Referee Tommy Young runs and jumps on Hamilton Assassin’s back. He gets flipped out and takes hard bump on the floor. Bugsy McGraw enters with a chair and makes the save. He nails Hamilton Assassin a few times and nearly pulls off his mask. The Assassins run away. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Greg Valentine; Gary Hart; Dick Slater
Valentine says Starrcade ’83 is a big deal. But, he won’t be set up like Harley Race. There is no way he will face Piper in a dog collar match [no continuity with the local promos on this tape) Hart complains about Charlie Brown’s mask. Slater has nasty words for Flair to close the show.

“So long for now!”

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Results for the week, 10/17/83-10/23/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 10/17/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Ric Flair & Wahoo McDaniel
Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat
The Assassins beat Mark Youngblood & Terry Gibbs
Chavo Guerrero beat Magic Dragon
Mark Lewin beat Vinnie Valentino
John Bonello beat Jerry Grey

Tue., 10/18/83 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
The Assassins beat Charlie Brown & Mark Youngblood
Kevin Sullivan beat Terry Gibbs
Keith Larson beat Bill Howard
Gene Anderson beat Steve Muslim

Tue., 10/18/83 Henderson, NC; South Vance High School
Ric Flair & Wahoo McDaniel vs. Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr.
Bugsy McGraw vs. Mark Lewin
Scott McGhee vs. Kelly Kiniski
Brickhouse Brown vs. Jerry Grey
Vinnie Valentino vs. Tim Gerard

Wed., 10/19/83 Shelby, NC; Recreation Center (TV)
Chavo Guerrero beat Gary Royal
The Assassins double DQ Charlie Brown & Bugsy McGraw
Great Kabuki beat Steve Muslin
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Rick McCord
Kevin Sullivan beat Tim Gerrard
Great Kabuki beat Keith Larson
Wahoo McDaniel & Chavo Guerrero beat Kelly Kiniski & Tom Lentz
Mark Youngblood & Rufus R. Jones beat Bill Howard & Gary Royal
The Assassins beat Steve Muslim & Tim Gerrard
Ric Flair, Roddy Piper & Wahoo McDaniel vs. Bob Orton, Jr., Dick Slater & Dory Funk, Jr. 

Thu., 10/20/83 Norfolk, VA; Scope Coliseum
Ric Flair & Wahoo McDaniel no contest with Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr.
Charlie Brown beat Great Kabuki
The Assassins beat Johnny Weaver & Terry Gibbs
Mark Lewin beat Bugsy McGraw
Mark Youngblood beat Gene Anderson
Scott McGhee beat Kelly Kiniski

Thu., 10/20/83 Sumter, SC; Exhibition Center County of Sumter (ECCOS)
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Rufus R. Jones beat Dory Funk, Jr.
Kevin Sullivan beat Keith Larson
Chavo Guerrero beat The Ninja
Gary Royal beat Rick McCord
Vinnie Valentino beat Tim Gerrard 

Fri., 10/21/83 Charleston, SC; County Hall
Greg Valentine beat Roddy Piper
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Rufus R. Jones
Kevin Sullivan beat Keith Larson
The Ninja beat Chavo Guerrero
Magic Dragon beat John Bonello
Brett Hart beat Tom Lentz

Fri., 10/21/83 Richmond, VA; Richmond Coliseum
The Assassins beat Charlie Brown & Mark Youngblood
Kabuki beat Scott McGhee
Bugsy McGraw beat Gene Anderson
Mark Lewin beat Johnny Weaver
Terry Gibbs beat Kelly Kiniski
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood to win NWA World Tag Title
Ric Flair & Wahoo McDaniel beat Bob Orton, Jr. & Dick Slater

Sat., 10/22/83 Conway, SC
Vinnie Valentino beat Jerry Grey
Gene Anderson beat Brett Hart
Scott McGhee beat Kelly Kiniski
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Mark Youngblood
Ric Flair & Wahoo McDaniel double DQ Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr.

Sat., 10/22/83 Collinsville, VA; Patrick Henry Community College Gym
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco vs. Jay Youngblood & Ricky Steamboat
The Assassins vs. Bugsy McGraw & Rufus R. Jones
Chavo Guerrero vs. The Ninja
Tom Lentz vs. Keith Larson
Bill Howard vs. Rick McCord

Sun., 10/23/83 Asheville, NC; Civic Center
Kelly Kiniski beat John Bonello
Vinnie Valentino beat Jerry Grey
Bugsy McGraw beat Magic Dragon
The Assassins beat Rufus R. Jones & Mark Youngblood
Charlie Brown beat Great Kabuki
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood by DQ

Sun., 10/23/83 Roanoke, VA; Roanoke Civic Center
Ric Flair & Roddy Piper no contest with Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr.
United States Heavyweight championship: Wahoo McDaniel beat Greg Valentine [ch.] by CO
Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin beat Johnny Weaver & Terry Gibbs
Brett Hart beat Tom Lentz
Keith Larson beat Tim Gerrard
Rick McCord beat Bill Howard

10/23/83 Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Coliseum
Ric Flair & Wahoo McDaniel no contest with Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr.
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Greg Valentine beat Roddy Piper
Rufus R. Jones & Bugsy McGraw beat The Assassins
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Mark Youngblood
Angelo Mosca beat Gene Anderson
Scott McGhee beat The Ninja
Brickhouse Brown beat Gary Royal