Friday, May 27, 2022

Mid-Atlantic TV Report: December 24, 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: 12/24/83
Taped 12/12/83 in Greenville, SC at Memorial Auditorium
Review is from WWE Network/NBC Peacock feed. 

Match 1
Rufus R. Jones & Mark Youngblood d. Tony Russo & Bill Howard

Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. Caudle provides the roll call of champions. Jones pins Russo after the “Freight Train” shoulder block and headbutt.


-Jimmy Valiant video
Replay of the same video they aired last week.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jimmy Valiant
Valiant is in the Christmas spirit. A kiss for Caudle. More talk about reindeer milk. Valiant sees a giant gift. Valiant is touched Caudle got him a gift. But nope! It’s the Paul Jones poster that he plans to give away. Valiant borrows Caudle’s pin and draws a goatee. Valiant asks how to spell “K Mark.” This is WWF TNT quality humor.


Match 2
Don Kernodle (w/Gary Hat) d. Rick McCord

Kernodle gets the pin with the clothesline off the second rope. During the match, Caudle was reviewing the rest of the show. It sounded like he was going to say The Road Warriors would be there, but the audio cut out, replaced by crowd noise. Unknown if this was the original tape or a Network edit.


Match 3
The Assassins d. Keith Larson & John Bonello

Caudle reminds us that Valiant defaced Paul Jones’ portrait. Bonello, who has been with Crockett for a few months, would be best known as a referee for the WWF, particularly in Ontario. He worked a few WrestleManias. In 1992, he was sentenced to 18 months in jail for hiring a hitman to take out his wife (it didn’t work). He’s doing well here against The Assassin. To a point. Assassin 1 finishes him off with a knee drop off the top rope. The replays showing one point of the match, but not the finish move.


Match 4
Non-Title: Dick Slater [Mid-Atlantic champion] d. Mark Fleming

A shellacking by Slater. Caudle says coming soon: Tommy Rich and Junk Yard Dog. Slater wins with a fist drop.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Paul Jones
Jones is excited to give away his poster. Caudle is shaking his head, knowing what’s about to happen. The poster, with crumpled wrapping emerges. Jones unwraps it and goes nuts to see what happened to his poster. Jones’ acting is decent. Caudle stooges off Jimmy Valiant. Jones says Valiant’s gone too far and he’ll pay for it. And, we’ll pay for it for the next four years.


Match 5
Tommy Rich d. Golden Boy Grey

Just like last week, the Tommy Rich match is taped from 11/21/83 in Greenville. Stu Schwartz is the referee for this match. This also aired on the 12/24/83 World Wide Wrestling. Thesz Press secures the win for Rich.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Kelly Kiniski
This was in lieu of local promos.  Kiniski tries, he just isn’t good. No emotion. His brother is doing well as an amateur, a possible Olympic wrestler for Canada.


-Comment from Paul Ellering & The Road Warriors
This is in front of the World Wide Wrestling set, probably taped 12/07/83. Ellering says they are challenging Steamboat & Youngblood. Hawk has some nasty words for the World champs. “The ring is the four corners of doom, brother.” Animal is a little more serious in his threats. These guys were way different than anyone else in Mid-Atlantic.

Match 6
Non-Title: Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood [World Tag Team champions]
d. Gary Royal & Hans Schroeder

First appearance by Schroeder in recent memory. Caudle is gushing about the Road Warriors. Angelo Mosca joins Caudle. He appears on the inset picture-in-picture. He’s going to stick Gary Hart’s Golden Spike where the sun don’t shine. Royal & Schroeder are cheating, entering the ring behind the referee’s back without tagging; hair pulling. Since I’ve never seen anyone else mention this, Royal and Bill Howard were Greg Valentine’s seconds at Starrcade. Piper had Vinnie Valentino and Brickhouse Brown. No storyline reason. The four of them returned to the back after the start of the match. An even match, but Youngblood pins Royal after reversing a whip into the corner. Youngblood catches Royal with a chop for the win. 

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Rufus R. Jones; Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Rufus is complimentary about teaming with Mark Youngblood. He still has attention focused on Dick Slater and the Mid-Atlantic title. Caudle asks Steamboat & Youngblood about The Road Warriors. Youngblood says they may be bigger, but once they get the gas going… Youngblood isn’t making much sense. He says he can paint his face too. Steamboat is more coherent. He says bring it.

Caudle signs off, but his line may have been cut off by the Network.

Jace Crockett is listed as the director. Wow, they’ve been cycling through directors for the last few shows. Educated guess that Jace is a son one of the Crocketts.

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Results for the week, 12/25/83-12/31/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Sun., 12/25/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Bob Orton, Jr. & Dick Slater
Greg Valentine beat Roddy Piper
Wahoo McDaniel, Jimmy Valiant & Rufus R. Jones beat The Assassins & Paul Jones in a lumberjack match
Johnny Weaver won a 10-man battle royal
Plus other matches

Sun., 12/25/83 Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Coliseum
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco in a steel cage match
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine in a dog collar match
Jimmy Valiant beat Great Kabuki
The Assassins beat Dory Funk, Jr. & Rufus R. Jones by DQ
Angelo Mosca beat Don Kernodle
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Mark Youngblood
Wahoo McDaniel beat Barry Orton
Vinnie Valentino beat Gene Anderson
John Bonello beat Tony Russo

Mon., 12/26/83 Greensboro, NC;  Coliseum
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco in a steel cage match
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine in a dog collar match
Jimmy Valiant beat Great Kabuki
Dick Slater beat Rufus R. Jones
Wahoo McDaniel & Angelo Mosca beat Bob Orton, Jr. & Don Kernodle
The Assassins beat Dory Funk, Jr. & Johnny Weaver
Gene Anderson beat John Bonello
Keith Larson beat Jerry Grey

Mon., 12/26/83 Toronto, ON; Maple Leaf Gardens(Afternoon Card)
Terry Kay draw Nick DeCarlo(15:00)
Rudy Kay beat Joe Marcus
The Destroyer beat Billy Red Lyons by DQ
Leo Burke beat Bob Marcus(5:00)
Little Beaver beat Pancho Boy(12:00)
Fabulous Moolah beat Leilani Kai(8:00)
Jimmy Valiant & Johnny Weaver beat Baron Von Raschke & Gary Hart(4:00)
Roddy Piper & Dory Funk, Jr. beat The Assassins
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Paul Jones by DQ

Tue., 12/27/83 Raleigh, NC; Dorton Arena
Rick McCord beat Tony Russo
Vinnie Valentino beat Hans Schroeder
The Assassins beat Rufus R. Jones & Dory Funk, Jr.
Wahoo McDaniel & Angelo Mosca beat Don Kernodle & Gary Hart
Charlie Brown beat Great Kabuki via forfeit
Dick Slater beat Mark Youngblood

Tue., 12/27/83 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
Johnny Weaver (sub for Jay Youngblood) & Ricky Steamboat beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco in a steel cage match
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine in a dog collar match
Gene Anderson beat Barry Hart
Brickhouse Brown beat Jerry Grey
John Bonello beat Gary Royal

Wed., 12/28/83 Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Coliseum(TV)
Rufus R. Jones beat Jerry Grey
Jimmy Valiant beat Don Herbert
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Brett Hart
Ivan Koloff beat Vinnie Valentino
The Road Warriors beat Rick McCord & Steve Muslin
Mark Youngblood & Dory Funk, Jr. beat Bill Howard & Terry Gibbs
Mark Youngblood & Jay Youngblood beat Tony Russo & Hans Schroeder
Angelo Mosca beat Ivan Koloff by DQ
The Road Warriors beat Keith Larson & Gene Ligon
Dick Slater beat Mark Fleming
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Bill Howard

Wed., 12/28/83 Asheville, NC; Civic Center (TV)
Ricky Steamboat & Wahoo McDaniel (sub for Jay Youngblood) beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco in a steel cage match
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine in a dog collar match
Plus 6 other matches

Thu., 12/29/83 Lynchburg, VA;  City Armory
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood vs. Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco in a lumberjack match
Greg Valentine vs. Roddy Piper in a dog collar match

Thu., 12/29/83 Norfolk, VA; Scope Coliseum
Gene Anderson beat Brett Hart
Keith Larson beat Tony Russo
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Johnny Weaver
The Assassins beat Dory Funk, Jr. & Jimmy Valiant
Wahoo McDaniel & Angelo Mosca beat Don Kernodle & Gary Hart
Dick Slater beat Rufus R. Jones

Fri., 12/30/83 Charleston, SC; County Hall
Angelo Mosca beat Don Kernodle
Brickhouse Brown & Keith Larson beat Gary Royal & Tony Russo
Brett Hart beat Don Herbert
Larry Lane beat Jerry Grey
Barry Orton beat John Bonello

Fri., 12/30/83 Richmond, VA; Richmond Coliseum
Ricky Steamboat & Jimmy Valiant (sub for Jay Youngblood) beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco in steel cage match
Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine in a dog collar match
Dick Slater beat Wahoo McDaniel
The Assassins beat Dory Funk, Jr. & Rufus R. Jones
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Mark Youngblood
Johnny Weaver beat Gene Anderson
Hans Schroeder beat Barry Buckley