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Mid-South Wrestling 4/1/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 4/1/1982

Taped 3/31/1982 at Irish McNeil Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 4/1/1982.

Boyd Pearce is joined by “Cowboy” Bill Watts this week on commentary. Bill Watts mentions that Killer Karl Kox has disappeared and that Reiser Bowden will be interviewing Gen. Skandor Akbar to see if he knows his whereabouts. Watts also mentions Orndorff’s bad luck challenging for the North American Heavyweight title. He also mentions that they can’t reverse decisions in wrestling by viewing video replay and brought up how at that time that wasn’t being done in some other sports.

They air the finish of the DiBiase-Roop title match. Watts recaps Orndorff’s storyline about his car being tampered and that causing him to arrive late and miss the title match with DiBiase. That is followed by a recap of Orndorff confronting Bob Roop.

Bob Roop vs. Cocoa Samoa

Roop and Cocoa Samoa nearly go thru the middle rope early in the match but they save themselves and keep going. Roop gets Cocoa Samoa in the corner but Cocoa hits a cross body block off the corner and gets a near fall on Roop. Cocoa Samoa gets Roop in an armbar submission hold. Roop tries to break out of the hold by going to the ropes. Cocoa Samoa pulls Roop back into the ring. Crowd clearly behind Cocoa Samoa. Roop gains control on the ropes and starts throwing punches and elbows at Cocoa Samoa. He follows it up with a swinging neckbreaker. More elbows from Roop as he slows the match down a bit until Cocoa Samoa gets him with a neckbreaker. Cocoa Samoa hits a splash off the ropes and then follows with a karate chop and legdrop combo. Monkey flip from Cocoa Samoa! He goes for a second one but Roop punches him off. Cocoa Samoa goes for another cross body block off the ropes but Roop catches him in a belly-to-belly suplex for the pin.

WINNER: Bob Roop

Paul Orndorff vs. Mike Boyer

They run the ropes and Orndorff catches him with a dropkick and armdrag! Fun start to the match. Orndorff gets Boyer in a armbar but Boyer breaks out and goes on the attack. Fast-paced match. Orndorff catches Boyer with a clothesline and drops an elbow on him. He uses his thighs to work on Boyer’s head. Follows that up by whipping Boyer into the ropes and grabbing him and power slamming him for the pin. Fast, short match.

WINNER: Paul Orndorff

Reiser Bowden asked Gen. Skandor Akbar about Killer Karl Kox’s disappearance. Kox hasn’t shown up to any of his bookings in the last week. Akbar suggests that maybe Kox suffered a stroke or was attacked by someone on his way to Dallas. Bowen asks Akbar what he means about an attack in Dallas. Akbar says he has nothing to do with it and said maybe someone doesn’t like Marines. He complains about Kox using a shovel to attack the Samoans. He says that he’s glad Kox is out of wrestling. Akbar said he wants to get the Mississippi and Louisiana titles and warns that no one team with JYD because bad things happen to those who team with him.

The Samoans (Afa & Sika) (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Buddy Landell & Jesse Barr

Samoans start on Landell and Barr, but they make a comeback and hit both with dropkicks. Watts gets excited to seeing the young guys not backing down from the champions. Barr & Landell work quickly on one of the Samoans. Landell throws a couple of punches but then misses on a splash. The Samoans start double-teaming him. Sika slams Landell and drops a headbutt on him. Afa throws a hard chop at Landell. They exchange punches and then Afa sends Landell high up with a back body drop! Landell is able to tag in Barr who starts off strong with Afa but Afa tags in Sika. Sika knocks down Jesse Barr. He then gets Barr with the Samoan Drop for the pin.

WINNERS: The Samoans

The One Man Gang (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Rick Ferrara

The One Mang Gang knocks down Ferrara a few times early in the match. Ferrara keeps trying to knock down OMG but he’s unsuccessful. Ferrara charges at OMG but he gets caught in a bear hug. Ferrara gets out of the hold by poking OMG in the eyes. OMG keeps his attack going and eventually just destroys Ferrara with a big splash for the win. Short match.

WINNER: The One Man Gang

Reiser Bowden interviews Ernie Ladd. Bowden asks Ladd for a health update and Ladd says that he’s doing ok with or without the cane he’s holding. He tells Bowden that he has the cane to stop the rats in the bushes. He feels someone has to stop The One Man Gang and Gen. Skandor Akbar and says that he spoke to matchmaker Grizzly Smith and that he has himself a mystery tag team partner. Ladd said that he called The Junkyard Dog to bury the hatchet and offered him $10,000 to team up with him against The Samoans but JYD hung up the phone on him. Ladd said he got a better partner instead. Ladd talks about how the Samoans and Akbar betrayed him and how Akbar’s army has injured Mike George, Ladd, DiBiase, Murdoch and Killer Karl Kox can’t be located. Ladd repeats that someone has to stop them.

Junkyard Dog & Mr. Olympia vs. Tully Blanchard & Wayne Ferris

Mr. Olympia gets the edge early on Ferris on the mat. JYD is quickly tagged in and throws a big fist at Ferris who tags in Blanchard. JYD knocks Blanchard down and tags in Mr. Olympia who works on Tully’s left arm. JYD knocks Tully down who tags in Ferris. Mr. Olympia lands a fist on Ferris but Ferris gets the edge and tags in Tully. Watts mentions that his first professional match was against Joe Blanchard(Tully’s father) in Indiana. Mr. Olympia takes Blanchard down, but he quickly gets back up and knocks Mr. Olympia down and again a quick tag to Ferris, who comes in and slams Mr. Olympia. Ferris follows up with a first to Mr. Olympia’s head. Tully and Ferris with quick tags. Mr. Olympia lands a dropkick on Ferris. Ferris tries for an elbow and misses it. JYD gets in and sends Tully to the outside. JYD charges at Ferris in the ring, but Tully from the outside trips him up and he barely tackles Ferris down. Wayne Ferris gets JYD up for a body slam. Referee is over trying to keep Tully Blanchard out of the ring. While that is going on, Mr. Olympia hits a top rope dropkick at the back of JYD so he lands on top of Ferris. Everyone gets in the ring. JYD powerslams Ferris for the pin as Mr. Olympia keeps Tully away from making the save. Good, fast-paced match.

WINNERS: Junkyard Dog & Mr. Olympia

Mike Sharpe vs. Ron Cheatham

Cheatham controls the match early on but Sharpe gets going and just hammers Cheatham. Cheatham tries to shoulder block Sharpe but he gets knocked down. Sharpe slams Cheatham a few times and then picks him up in a reverse backbreaker over his shoulder to get the submission win.

WINNER: Mike Sharpe

SHOW THOUGHTS: Good show. I think the best part of the show might have been how well Bill Watts recapped storylines on the show especially how Roop won the North American Title and wondering where Killer Karl Kox is. Mostly squash matches on this show. Best match on the show might have been the JYD & Mr. Olympia vs. Blanchard & Ferris tag match. That was a little wild but I think that works well for matches featuring JYD. Orndorff vs. Boyer was fun for a short match.