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Mid-South Wrestling 7/8/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 7/8/1982

Taped 7/7/1982 at Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 7/8/1982

Boyd Pearce & The Assassin are on commentary this week.

They bring back the “Spotlight” segment with “Precious” Paul Ellering. This week Ellering teaches kids how to do chin-ups with a kid holding onto his waist! WTF! LOL! Ellering makes a few jokes. One kid reacts to his bad jokes. Ellering puts on a hard hat and safety glasses. First he has a kid do chin-ups while “Pac-Man Fever” is playing. He follows with another kid. Paul Ellering then informs everyone that he’s going to do chin-ups while a little kid holds onto his waist. The poor kid looks a bit embarrassed about it. Ellering asks for some applause for the boys and wants everyone to try out those chin-ups.

Paul Ellering vs. Billy Starr

“Precious” Paul uses his strength to knock down Starr. Ellering poses and struts for a bit. Ellering takes Starr down again and lands a dropkick on him. He armdrags Starr and gets him in an armbar. Ellering raises Starr up and drops him back down while holding Starr in an armbar. Starr pulls Ellering by the hair and sends him into the corner but Ellering continues to dominate the match.

Ellering hiptosses Starr and Starr asks for some time. Starr gets Ellering in the corner and punches him a bit and then whips him into the other corner and misses a splash. Ellering catches Starr in a pair of armdrags and goes back to another armbar. Paul Ellering backdrops Starr and then tosses him. He whips Starr into the ropes and catches him with a clothesline. He whips him again into the ropes and knocks him down with a sledgehammer-type punch. He catches Starr with a neckbreaker and gets the pin.

WINNER: Paul Ellering

Ted DiBiase vs. Jesse Barr

Non-title match. Crowd boos DiBiase when he gets introduced. Jesse Barr points out DiBiase’s black glove. DiBiase and Barr do some mat wrestling but DiBiase can’t keep Barr down. Good moves and reversals to start the match. Barr gets DiBiase with a hammerlock but DiBiase reverses and gets him in a headlock. Barr whips DiBiase into the ropes but he gets shoulder blocked. Leapfrom from DiBiase followed by a vicious forearm at Barr. DiBiase gets Barr in a side headlock. They get near the ropes and DiBiase gets another forearm in on Barr.

Ted DiBiase keeps Barr in a headlock and keeps taking him down to the mat. Barr escapes with a fireman’s carry but DiBiase quickly goes back to a headlock. Big forearm over Barr by DiBiase. Barr gets DiBiase in a wristlock but DiBiase whips him into the ropes. Barr tries to get him in a suplex but DiBiase gets to the ropes. Barr monkey flips DiBiase out of the corner and hits a dropkick. Barr goes after DiBiase in the corner but DiBiase punches Barr with his right-hand with the black glove. He keeps punching Barr and whips him into the corner.

Ted DiBiase stomps on Barr for a bit in the corner. He whips Barr into the ropes and gets an elbow in on him. DiBiase powerslams Barr. He follows with a fist to Barr’s head. DiBiase then gets Barr with the figure-four leglock to get the win.

WINNER: Ted DiBiase

Mr. Olympia & The Junkyard Dog vs. Bill Ash & The Grappler

The Junkyard Dog tosses Bill Ash and then slams him. JYD gets in a big forearm at Ash and tags in Mr. Olympia who kicks Ash. Ash heads over to his corner and tags The Grappler. Mr. Olympia takes down both The Grappler and Bill Ash. They head to the outside .

Bill Ash knocks down Mr. Olympia and whips him into the corner and tries to slam him but Mr. Olympia gets him in a sleeperhold. The Grappler jumps into the ring. JYD does as well. Referee gets JYD out of the ring. The Grappler trips up Mr. Olympia from outside and now he and Ash double-team Mr. Olympia. Gen. Skandor Akbar and Hacksaw Duggan have now shown up ringside.

The Grappler gets Mr. Olympia with the brainbuster but Mr. Olympia kicks out of a pin attempt. Ash & The Grappler continue to double-team Mr. Olympia. Ash gets him in a headlock and takes him back to his corner. JYD gets back in the ring but referee gets him out. The Grappler gets Mr. Olympia with a backbreaker and gets a 2-count. Mr. Olympia tries to fight back as The Grappler and Bill Ash go with quick tags. Ash misses a move off the middle rope as Mr. Olympia raises his legs up and kicks him. Mr. Olympia finally gets to JYD and tags him. JYD fights off both Ash & The Grappler. JYD powerslams Ash and Mr. Olympia keeps The Grappler from making the save. JYD gets the 3-count on Ash and gets the win.

WINNERS: Mr. Olympia & The Junkyard Dog

Jim Duggan vs. Vinnie Romeo

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan takes down Romeo. He stomps on the mat wanting Romeo to come at him. The Assassin praises Duggan’s football career. Duggan knocks down Romeo and refuses to pin him. He lands a big forearm on Romeo’s back. He tosses Romeo into the corner. They have a bit of a brawl before Duggan knocks him down with a forearm to the face. Duggan catches Romeo with a shoulder breaker. Romeo fights back! He whips Duggan into the ropes but Duggan kicks him.

Duggan gets Romeo with a wristlock. He keeps hold of Romeo’s arm with an armbar. Romeo tries to break free and finally does and catches Duggan with a dropkick. Vinnie whips Duggan into the corner but Duggan whips him into the ropes. Romeo tries for a cross body block off the ropes but gets his feet caught in the ropes and slips off. Duggan then slams Romeo into the corners and then drops him onto his knee for a back breaker and then gets the pin.

WINNER: Jim Duggan

Killer Khan vs. Buddy Landell

Killer Khan is the new Louisiana Champion having beaten JYD in the tournament final on July 6, 1982 in Baton Rouge, LA. The Assassin impressed by Landell’s good looks. Killer Khan tosses Landell into the corner and Khan beats on Landell. Khan chokes Landell on the top rope and gets in a kick. Killer Khan drops Landell over thetop rope and continues to stomp on him.

Big knee to the back by Khan followed by a hard chop at Landell. Landell gets in a few punches but that does nothing to Khan. Landell tries for a cross body block but got caught by Khan with a double chop. Khan slams Landell and then climbs up to the ropes and lands a big knee drop on Landell for the pin.

WINNER: Killer Khan

The One Man Gang vs. Cocoa Samoa

The One Mang gang beats on Cocoa Samoa but Cocoa Samoa fights back and he’s able to get away from him. OMG grabs hold of Cocoa Samoa and gets a forearm on him. Cocoa Samoa tries to fight back. OMG sends him into the corner and continues his attack. OMG misses a chop but Cocoa Samoa misses a dropkick. They exchanges chops. OMG slams Cocoa Samoa and then elbow drops him a few times and cover Cocoa Samoa for the pin.

WINNER: The One Man Gang

Buck Robley & Ernie Ladd vs. Bob Roop & Ricky Harris

Buck Robley or as he’s announced Buckley Christopher George Robley III. Roop and Robley start the match. Roop gets Robley in an armbar but Robley slams him to the mat. Robley gets Roop in a wristlock and tags in Ladd. Ladd lands a big chop on Roop and then lifts Roop up with a choke. Ladd tosses Harris into Roop and Roop goes flying to the outside.

Ladd tags in Robley who elbows Harris. Robley gets Harris with a neckbreaker. Roop grabs hold of Robley by the hair and he and Harris double-team Robley. Harris lands a knee on Robley. Roop throws a few punches at Robley. Roop drags Robley into his corner and tags in Harris. Harris slams Robley and misses a knee drop! Harris quickly tags in Roop. Roop continues his attack on Robley. Harris comes back in but Robley crawls over to his corner and tags in Ladd. Ernie Ladd beats on both Roop and Harris.

All four men are in the ring. Roop and Harris tie Ladd into the ropes. Robley fights off both Roop and Harris. Robley sends Roop into Ladd who kicks Roop. Robley and Ladd whip Harris into the ropes and Ladd backdrops Harris. Robley elbow drops Harris and then Ladd goes for a guillotine legdrop on Harris and gets the pin.

WINNERS: Buck Robley & Ernie Ladd

SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode. The two tag matches were pretty good and the DiBiase vs. Barr match was good as well. The Spotlight segments on Paul Ellering are all very weird and this one had to be the weirdest with him doing chin-ups while a kid was hanging from his waist. I don’t know if that was how anyone ever did chin-ups at gyms but even for 1980s standards that was strange. I felt bad for Vinnie Romeo because he tried hard but he messed up a cross body block and that did not look good. Mid-South had too many tough guys at this point and could have used a few more babyfaces that were more athletic just to have a better mix of matches.

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