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Mid-South Wrestling 4/29/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 4/29/1982

Taped 4/28/1982 at Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 4/29/1982.

Boyd Pearce is joined this week by “Cowboy” Bill Watts on commentary. Pearce tells Watts that he has to tell him the rules of being at the commentary desk about not leaving the commentary area to get involved in any match. Watts mentions Dusty Rhodes left the desk area six weeks ago after Bob Roop baited him into getting into the ring. Watts tells Pearce that he has no intentions of leaving the desk. Watts talks about “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan coming in to help Gen. Skandor Akbar.

Reiser Bowden interviews Gen. Skandor Akbar and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Akbar is still upset over Murdoch putting his hands on him last week. He then raves about Duggan’s college football career. He says Duggan will do whatever he asks of him for $1,000 dollars. Bowden asks Akbar why he’s bringing in another big, nasty man when he already has so many on his roster but he says he doesn’t want to risk others when he found someone who will do the job for $1,000.

The Assassin vs. Tony Torres

The Assassin asks Reiser for the mic and wants Ladd to hear what he has to say. He wants people to put themselves in his position in which he turned his back on Ladd for a large sum of money and asks if they would have done the same as he did.

Tony Torres runs up to The Assassin right as the bell rings and gets a near pin with a roll-up. The Assassin gets right back up and lands a knee into Torres mid-section and then he just beats on Torres near the ropes. The Assassin gets Torres in a front facelock. Torres tries to roll Assassin over for a pin but they are near the ropes. The Assassin is relentless in his attack on Torres. He whips Torres into the ropes and hits a running headbutt at Torres. He headbutts Torres again and then grapevines him for the pin.

WINNER: The Assassin

Ernie Ladd vs. Larry Higgins

Ladd takes Higgins into the corner after they lock-up. They break it up but get near the ropes and Ladd just starts pummeling Higgins. He slams Higgins to the mat while Watts talks about Ladd returning from his knee injury. Ladd gets Higgins in a bear hug and drives him into the corner. He continues his attack on Higgins and snapmares him to the mat. Big headbutt by Ladd knocks Higgins down. Ladd hits a big kick at Higgins and follows it up with a big legdrop for the pin.

WINNER: Ernie Ladd

They recap & show the finish of the Bob Roop beating Ted DiBiase for the North American Heavyweight title match from a few weeks ago.

Ted DiBiase vs. Bob Roop

This is a non-title match. Boyd Pearce mentions DiBiase will be the guest commentator on next week’s show. Bob Roop tried for a Fireman’s Carry but DiBiase blocked him. DiBiase’s able to take Roop down and starts working on Roop’s left arm. Roop shoves DiBiase into the ropes and whips him but DiBiase reverses Roop and goes back to work on Roop’s left arm. DiBiase has Roop in a hammerlock. Roop shoves DiBiase into the corner and briefly breaks out of the hold but again DiBiase is able to get Roop again in a hammerlock and continues to attack Roop’s left arm. DiBiase gets Roop in a half nelson and Roop pulls DiBiase’s hair to escape.

DiBiase goes back at Roop’s left arm but Roop drives a knee into DiBiase’s leg and starts to work on DiBiase’s right leg. Roop gets DiBiase in a step-over toe-hold. DiBiase grabs hold of Roop’s left arm and escapes Roop’s hold. He goes back to driving his knee into Roop’s left arm. Roop fires a few punches at DiBiase in the corner. Reverse neckbreaker by Bob Roop on DiBiase. He stomps on DiBiase. Roop grabs hold of DiBiase’s right leg, but DiBiase fights him off. Roop pulls DiBiase to the outside but DiBiase kicks him off. Roop gets back in the ring and tries for a figure-four leglock but DiBiase kicks him away. DiBiase whips Roop into the ropes and hits him with a reverse elbow. Elbow smash at Roop followed by a powerslam by DiBiase for the pin! Crowd cheers loudly! Good match.

WINNER: Ted DiBiase

Roop gets up and DiBiase grabs him and puts Roop in the shoulder breaker, which is one of Roop’s main holds.

Dick Murdoch vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Duggan stomps on the mat as he’s being introduced. Dick Murdoch shows up wearing a military helmet. He gets all his military stuff off and places it in a corner. Duggan attacks Murdoch. Murdoch fights him off and throws a few punches at Duggan. They continue to brawl while Murdoch is trying to remove his jacket. Murdoch throws a great looking punch at Duggan and then snapmares him. He kneedrops Duggan but Duggan is back up attacking Murdoch. Duggan gets Murdoch in an armbar. Akbar looks pleased as he paces back and forth outside the ring. Murdoch grabs hold of Duggan’s left leg and knocks him down and starts attacking his left leg.

Duggan escapes but they brawl in the corner with Murdoch getting in a few knees into Duggan’s leg. Duggan whips Murdoch into the corner and misses a shoulder tackle but Murdoch moves out of the way. Akbar then trips up Murdoch while he was trying to slam Duggan. Duggan misses an elbowdrop. Murdoch catches Duggan with an elbow and follows it up with a brainbuster. Murdoch goes and reaches into his backpack and grabs the trenching tool to chase after Akbar! Duggan sneaks up from behind and lands a punch at Murdoch. Duggan grabs the shovel and tries to hit Murdoch but he fails and then Akbar goes for it and gets stopped by Murdoch. Murdoch then hits Duggan with the shovel and covers him for the pin. Referee counts the pinfall despite seeing that Murdoch used the shovel.

WINNER: Dick Murdoch

Mr. Olympia & The Junkyard Dog vs. Bob Sweetan & Kelly Wayne

Mr. Olympia and Kelly Wayne start the match off quickly with Mr. Olympia hip tossing Wayne and Sweetan. JYD gets in and sends Wayne to the outside. Sweetan knocks JYD down but JYD slams him and then tags in Mr. Olympia. JYD gets back in and Sweetan quickly tags out. Mr. Olympia back in and he gets Wayne in a sleeperhold. Sweetan makes the save but Mr. Olympia catches him in a sleeperhold. The referee is distracted as Wayne tries to attack Mr. Olympia from behind. JYD stops Wayne with a clothesline. Mr. Olympia covers Kelly Wayne for the pin.

WINNER: Mr. Olympia & The Junkyard Dog

The One Man Gang (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Cocoa Samoa

Boyd Pearce announces that next week The One Man Gang will team with The Assassin against Ernie Ladd and Mike Sharpe. Cocoa Samoa uses his quickness to strike at OMG. He runs away from OMG and tries to take OMG down. He charges at OMG but gets caught in a bear hug. He tries to stomp on Cocoa Samoa but Cocoa Samoa keeps using his speed. OMG lands a fist into Cocoa Samoa’s midsection. OMG slams Cocoa Samoa and then lands a big splash on him for the pin.

WINNER: The One Man Gang

The Grappler vs. Buddy Landell

The Grappler takes down Landell but he escapes. The Grappler clotheslines Landell and tries for a kneedrop only Landell moves out of the way. Landell gets taken down again by The Grappler and he starts dominating him in the ring with a couple of elbows. He smashes Landell’s head in the corner. Landell gets a cross body block off the ropes for a near fall. Landell gets The Grappler with a dropkick but Grappler punches at Landell’s midsection. Quick action as TV time is running out. The Grappler reverses Landell’s suplex and turns it into a everse neckbreaker for the pin.

WINNER: The Grappler

They end the show talking about what’s scheduled for next week’s show.

SHOW THOUGHTS: Good show with the DiBiase vs. Roop match being the best match on the show. Every other match was very short. I thought they were okay matches that just kept the show moving forward. Duggan making his Mid-South debut against Dick Murdoch was a great way to bring him in as a threat in the territory. Pearce mentioning the rule of not leaving the commentary desk to get involved in a match to Bill Watts was an indicator that this was going to be happening with an upcoming guest commentator.