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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: December 17, 1983


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 part the NBC Peacock streaming service in the United States as of April 2021. 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: 12/17/83
Taped 12/07/83 in Spartanburg, SC at Memorial Auditorium
Review is from WWE Network/NBC Peacock feed. 

Match 1
Rufus R. Jones & Mark Youngblood d. Golden Boy Grey & Bill Howard
Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. Youngblood pins Grey after a double-sledge from the top rope. Quick match. For the last few weeks, the replay isn’t showing the finish of the match.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Paul Jones & The Assassins
Paul Jones says The Assassins are the uncrowned World tag team champions, and thanks the fans for agreeing. Jones is in the Christmas spirit and will try again to give away the poster of himself. He acknowledges the disaster from his last contest six months ago. This time, Jones will hand pick the contestants.


Match 2
Don Kernodle (w/Gary Hart) d. Pete Martin
Don Kernodle is back (not acknowledged, but he was in the WWF for the last few months). Caudle says Mark Lewin & Kevin Sullivan are gone, destroyed by Angelo Mosca. Caudle mentions Kernodle being a former tag champion with Sgt. Slaughter. Kernodle wins with the flying clothesline off the turnbuckles. After the match, Hart passes Kernodle an object. Hart distracts the referee, and Kernodle clotheslines Martin, who sells his throat. Sandy Scott and others help put Martin on the stretcher. Perhaps a cameo by Klondike Bill. 


Match 3
Tommy Rich d. Magic Dragon

This was taped a few weeks ago (11/21/83 in Greenville). I believe this same match also aired on the same weekend of World Wide Wrestling. Caudle serves as the narrator. Sonny Fargo is the referee. Rich wins with the Thesz Press. No replay.

[VIDEO] Jimmy Valiant Music Video
Caudle throws it to a music video of Jimmy Valiant. He’s playing with people at the park, even drinking motor oil! At least the interspersed action is from Mid-Atlantic (and not Memphis). Valiant is also wearing the crown and waving an American flag while at the park. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jimmy Valiant; Angelo Mosca
Valiant is in the Christmas spirit. He brings out a container of “Reindeer milk.” Most of the promo is drowned out by the Network edit. He says something about Paul Jones and The Assassins. Caudle gets a kiss to close it out. The back of his shirt says “Cold Stoned” something.
Angelo talks about taking out Sullivan & Lewin. Did they get fired or something? Angelo’s son will be here soon. But the Golden Spike is still here with Gary Hart. Ivan Koloff is coming back. Angelo has words for him. Looks like Angelo dyed his hair, no gray.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Greg Valentine
Valentine doesn’t want to talk about Piper’s challenge or anyone else. He is still the United States Heavyweight champion. That’s all he cares about. 

Match 4
Ivan Koloff (w/Gary Hart) d. Brett Hart

Koloff has the chain, banging it on the mat. Caudle calls Koloff the Russian Chain champion. He wonders how he would fair in that dog collar match? More hype for the Road Warriors coming. All Ivan. Instead of the usual knee to the back of the head out of the corner, it seemed Hart couldn’t get in the right spot. He just took a bump face first instead of waiting for Ivan. Ivan hit the knee to the back anyway, but didn’t look so good. Easy pin.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood; Roddy Piper
Ricky says he wants to end the year as champs for the fans. Jay says The Briscos are in secret training in Florida. They appreciate the fan support.
Piper says the reason he’s bundled is up, because his body is horrible compared to Steamboat. Piper says he’s lost a whole lot to Valentine, but he’s come back big time. 


Match 5
The Road Warriors: Hawk & Animal (w/Paul Ellering)
d. Keith Larson & Gene Ligon

As soon as the bell rang, the Road Warriors attacked their opponents. A guest appearance, which was not unusual. Road Warriors also made a guest appearance in 1983 on the Mid-South show. Caudle is amazed about their look. They were billed earlier in the show as National tag team champs, but that wasn’t true, as they lost the belts earlier in the week this was taped. One power move after another by The Road Warriors. Animal pins Ligon after a rough looking clothesline. Caudle mentions Dusty Rhodes is coming in too.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Gary Hart, Ivan Koloff and Don Kernodle
Hart brushes off Lewin & Sullivan being run off by Mosca. He’s still there. Now, Mosca should be worried about Ivan and Kernodle. Hart warns Angelo Mosca about his son’s safety. Ivan wants to change over the dollar to the ruble. He and Kernodle make threats toward Mosca.

And, oddly the show cuts off. It is only 32 minutes long. Usually, they run 47 minutes. Apparently, we miss out on a Steamboat & Youngblood match.

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Results for the week, 12/12/83-12/18/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 12/12/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium (TV)
Greg Valentine beat Roddy Piper
The Assassins & Paul Jones beat Jimmy Valiant, Rufus R. Jones & Keith Larson
Ricky Steamboat & Angelo Mosca beat Don Kernodle & Gary Hart
Plus other matches

Tue., 12/13/83 Raleigh, NC; Dorton Arena
Brickhouse Brown beat John Bonello
Mark Fleming beat Bill Howard
Vinnie Valentino beat Kelly Kiniski
The Assassins beat Jimmy Valiant & Mark Youngblood
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Greg Valentine & Bob Orton, Jr.

Tue., 12/13/83 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
Rick McCord beat Tony Russo
Brett Hart beat Jerry Grey
Terry Gibbs beat Keith Larson
Angelo Mosca & Rufus R. Jones beat Don Kernodle & Gary Hart
Roddy Piper beat Dick Slater by DQWed.,

12/14/83 Shelby, NC; Recreation Center(TV)
The Assassins vs. Jimmy Valiant & Rufus R. Jones
Dick Slater beat Greg Valentine to win NWA United States Title
Mark Youngblood & Rufus R. Jones beat Bill Howard & Tony Russo
Don Kernodle beat Rick McCord
The Assassins beat Keith Larson & John Bonello
Dick Slater beat Mark Fleming
Tommy Rich beat Jerry Grey
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Hans Schroeder & Gary Royal
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Bill Howard & Kelly Kiniski
Don Kernodle beat Mark Fleming
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Vinnie Valentino
Angelo Mosca beat Ben Alexander
Rufus R. Jones & Mark Youngblood beat Terry Gibbs & Gary Royal

Note: Jim Crockett Promotions took its usual Christmas break after this card, resuming Dec. 25 in Greenville and Charlotte.