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Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 10/31/1981

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 10/31/1981

Taped 10/31/1981 at WPCQ-TV Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bob Caudle and David Crockett are on commentary.

Charlie Fulton vs. Buddy Landell

Match is joined in progress with Fulton having Landell in a hammerlock. Landell is able to reverse it. They go back and forth trying to gain the advantage with Landell momentarily taking Fulton down, but he headscissors out of Landell’s grasp. Landell gets back up and gets Fulton in a wristlock. Fulton throws a few forearms trying to escape the hold. Fulton shoves Landell into the ropes to cause a break.

Charlie Fulton tries to get control of the match but Landell again takes him down with an armbar. Fulton powers up as the crowd cheers on Buddy Landell. Fulton with a leg takedown on Landell but Landell gets back on his feet quickly. Charlie Fulton with a backbreaker on Landell. He slams Landell and tries for another pin attempt but Landell kicks out. Fulton with a snapmare into a headlock.

Fulton tosses Landell into the turnbuckles and then slams him into them and follows with a powerslam. He covers Landell for the pin but Landell kicks out. Back and forth by both until Fulton gets a knee into Landell and takes him back down with a chinlock. Armdrag by Landell takes Fulton over but Fulton goes back on the attack and gets in a few knees into Landell’s mid-section. He kneedrops Landell but doesn’t pin him. Whips Landell into the turnbuckles and continues to beat on him. Landell reverses a whip and Fulton gets backdropped. Landell follows with a side suplex and gets the pin on Fulton.

WINNER: Buddy Landell

Chief Wahoo McDaniel & Jake “The Snake” Roberts join Caudle & Crockett for an interview. Roberts talks about a tag match featuring Ole and Super Destroyer were someone else showed up wearing a mask and also used a foreign object. Roberts was upset at the whole situation and claimed Gene was the one under the mask. He claims Gene used something to knock out Paul Jones. He talks about how during the match Roberts was knocked down and saw the Andersons drag Paul Jones and he also heard Ole say “Get ’em”. McDaniel tells Roberts that he’s going to team with him and they will beat the Andersons. He calms Roberts down. They show the closing minutes of the match between Anderson & Super Destroyer and Roberts & Jones. The Grappler is on commentary. They show how Gene Anderson showed up dressed as the Super Destroyer in the incident. Jake & Wahoo vow revenge.

Ole & Gene Anderson join Bob Caudle. He was upset that Roberts & McDaniel were making false accusations. He also said Gene didn’t need a weapon to knock out Paul Jones. They vow to do the same to Roberts and McDaniel like they did to Paul Jones. David Crockett tells the Andersons they are going to have to defend the tag titles at some point.

“Handsome” Jimmy Valiant vs. “Hangman” Ricky Harris

Valiant takes Harris down early in the match with a few armdrags that eventually send Harris to the outside. Harris and Valiant exchange punches but Valiant is able to take Harris down. Valiant with a big forearm and tossses Harris into the corner. Harris throws several punches but that fires up Valiant. He whips Harris into the ropes and lands an elbow on Harris for the quick win! Valiant dances a bit.

WINNER: Jimmy Valiant

The Ninja & Mr. Jim Holiday join Bob Caudle. Holiday doesn’t want him to call him Kabuki, he’s The Ninja and reads off what a ninja is so that fans are not confused.

The Ninja (w/ Jim Holiday) vs. Mike Davis

The Ninja looks at Mike Davis and then starts his attack. Some hard chops thrown by The Ninja. He continues his attack and starts to rip at Davis’ face. Mike Davis tries to fight back throwing a few punches at The Ninja but that doesn’t stop The Ninja. He throws more chops at Davis and then stomps on him. He kicks Mike Davis. The Ninja climbs up to the middle rope and lands onto Davis with a diving headbutt for the pin.

WINNER: The Ninja

Ricky Steamboat and Leroy Brown join Bob Caudle. Steamboat says The Ninja’s chops are very devastating. He then jokes with Caudle about Halloween being on the 31st. Everyone laughs. Steamboat says he knows a little martial arts and knows that The Ninja might have his eyes set on his Mid-Atlantic Title.

“Bad Bad” Leroy Brown says he’s on the trail of Sgt. Slaughter. He says Slaughter is stepping on a lot of people and says he should try stepping on him. Brown believes Slaughter’s real name is “Gomer Pyle”.

Ron Bass ©vs. Chris Markoff (w/ Lord Alfred Hayes) for the Mid-Atlantic TV Title

Markoff gets Bass in a headlock and then follows with an armbar. Bass breaks away and the two exchange punches. Bass whips Markoff into the corner but Markoff raises up a knee and knocks Bass down. Big slam by Markoff on Bass and tries for a pin but Bass kicks out. Markoff continues his attack driving a knee into Bass’ mid-section. Chris Markoff uses the ropes to try to pin Bass but Bass still gets out of the pinning predicament.

Markoff continues to beat on Bass and whips around the ring. He slams Bass and then uses the ropes to land a few knees on Bass. Crowd chants for Bass who starts making a comeback with a few punches. He lands an elbow on Markoff and then slams him down. More elbows to the back of Markoff’s neck. Lord Alfred Hayes climbs up on the ring apron and tries to interfere. Bass knocks down Hayes and the referee quickly disqualifies Markoff.

WINNER: Ron Bass via DQ

Sgt. Slaughter vs. Don Kernoodle

Sgt. Slaughter misses a right hand at Kernoodle, who moves out of the way quickly. Slaughter with a leg takedown on Kernoodle. He stomps on Kernoodle and whips him into the ropes and backdrops him. Kernoodle fights back throwing a few punches at Slaughter but he gets snapmared and put into a headlock. Slaughter keeps Kernoodle down. Kernoodle reverses a wristlock by Slaughter and gets him in an armbar. Slaughter whips him into the ropes and they shoulder block each other. Kernoodle hits the ropes again but Slaughter catches him and slams him.

Slaughter whips Kernoodle into the ropes but Kernoodle reverses and tosses Slaughter with an armdrag. Slaughter ends up catching Kernoodle off the ropes again and tosses him to the corner and follows with a clothesline. Sgt. Slaughter applies the cobra clutch on Kernoodle and wins the match via submission.

WINNER: Sgt. Slaughter

Roddy Piper comes out for an interview and says he sees Ricky Steamboat, Wahoo McDaniel, Leroy Brown and others come out and challenge him but he hasn’t had one of them sign a contract to wrestle him.

Sgt. Slaughter said fans and wrestlers tell him that they want to be Marines. He found one wrestler that he thinks can be a good Marine and brings in Jim Nelson. He tells Nelson to do ten push-ups. He says Nelson will do what he tells him to do. He’s going to take that boy and make him a man.

Ivan Koloff said he will defeat Ron Bass.

SHOW THOUGHTS: This was an okay show. The best match on the show was the first match between Buddy Landell and Charlie Fulton. In a previous episode, the announcers kept referring to The Ninja as “Kabuki” but this week his manager Jim Holiday showed up to correct them. The Ninja would probably be best known as Mr. Pogo, so it definitely wasn’t The Great Kabuki. I’d be curious to know if they were planning to bring in The Great Kabuki and when he went over to World Class, they must have brought in The Ninja as his substitute. The other interesting part of the show was the recap of the tag match between Jake Roberts & Paul Jones against Ole Anderson & The Super Destroyer that included Gene interfering when he dressed as The Super Destroyer. After that it felt like the show just wasn’t as good. Sgt. Slaughter having a recruit was a good way to close the show.

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