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Mid-South Wrestling 8/6/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 8/6/1982

Taped on 8/4/1982 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 8/6/1982.

Boyd Pearce and “Cowboy” Bill Watts are on commentary. The Junkyard Dog was scheduled for the tag team main event match but Watts reminds Pearce that JYD gave matchmaker Grizzly Smith an ultimatum of getting him a title match against Ted DiBiase or he won’t appear to wrestle on TV. Watts mentions that JYD has not arrived for the show so he might not be there tonight.

They air an interview with Dick Murdoch from Japan. He’s being interviewed by a Japanese reporter and as he does the introduction and hands Murdoch the microphone, Murdoch thanks him and tells him that he doesn’t know what he said besides “Dick Murdoch” and “Brainbuster”. Murdoch says he’s in Osaka tonight and they show some of the Japanese wrestlers training in the ring. He praises the conditioning of the Japanese wrestlers and says he’s going to be in great condition when he returns to Mid-South Wrestling. He also says Andre The Giant is on the tour with him.

Ted DiBiase vs. Tommy Saxon

Ted DiBiase takes down Tommy Saxon and tries to grab hold of him but Saxon reaches the ropes. DiBiase grabs hold of Saxon and gets a few knees into Saxon’s chest. He slams Saxon and gets him back down with a side headlock. Saxon tries to get a pin attempt on DiBiase but DiBiase keeps hold of the side headlock.

Bill Watts talks about the referee Alfred Neely opening up a Zippy’s Car Wash & Convenience store in Arkansas. He recalls meeting Neely when he was 12 years old working for another promoter.

Ted DiBiase continues to control the match. He gets in a few forearms into Saxon and then whips him into the corner. Saxon reverses a second whipt into the corner and gets him with a couple of shoulder tackles. He whips DiBiase into the corner again but this time, DiBiase gets him with a knee. DiBiase whips Saxon into the ropes and backdrops him. He follows with a backbreaker. DiBiase whips Saxon into the ropes and catches Saxon with a powerslam. Follows that up with a figure-four leglock on Saxon and DiBiase gets the win.

WINNER: Ted DiBiase

Col. Buck Robley vs. Billy Starr

Robley with the takedown on Starr and he gets Starr in a wristlock. He works on Starr’s left arm and hammers it with a few punches and puts Starr in a hammerlock. Starr shoves Robley into the ropes and gets in a few forearms on Robley. Starr gets shoved into the ropes and Robley back in control with a side headlock. Watts updates everyone that Junkyard Dog has not arrived.

Robley knocks down Starr and then hiptosses him. He follows with a bodyslam on Starr. He slams him into the turnbuckles and snapmares Starr. Robley gets Starr in a chinlock and then gets in a few elbows into Starr’s upper chest. Reverse headlock by Robley. Starr punches his way out of the headlock. Robley counters with a punch of his own. Robley drops Starr onto the top rope and goes for the pin but Starr kicks out. Reverse neckbreaker by Robley and again only gets a 2-count. Robley keeps his attack going on Starr. Buck Robley whips Starr into the ropes and catches him with a sleeperhold and gets the win.

WINNER: Buck Robley

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Tony Torres

Duggan gets Torres in a side headlock and then slams Torres head into the top turnbuckle. He tosses Torres across the ring and then kicks him. Duggan gets Torres in a facelock but Torres tries to fight back. Duggan gets in a few forearms across Torres and again gets him back in a front facelock. Duggan whips Torres into the ropes and picks him up for a shoulder breaker. More forearms by Duggan on Torres.

Hacksaw gets Torres in a front facelock again. Torres fights back but again Duggan knocks him down with a forearm. Duggan knocks Torres down with a head spear. He picks up Torres and slams him into the corner turnbuckles! Duggan then gets Torres with a backbreaker and gets the pin.

WINNER: Hacksaw Duggan

Bill Watts talks about “Iron” Mike Sharpe going up against Akbar’s army. They recap the last couple of weeks with Sharpe piledriving Akbar and his Louisiana title match against Killer Khan.

Killer Khan & The One Man Gang (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Mr. Olympia & Paul Ellering

“Precious” Paul Ellering substitutes for Junkyard Dog who kept his word about not wrestling on TV until he gets a title match against Ted DiBiase. Mr. Olympia uses his quickness against The One Man Gang and he catches OMG with a dropkick. OMG however slams Mr. Olympia. OMG tags in Killer Khan. Mr. Olympia uses his quickness against Khan and tags in Ellering.

Killer Khan knocks down Ellering but he makes a comeback and dropkicks Khan. He gets Khan in the ropes and punches him but The One Man Gang gets involved. Khan tags in OMG and he gets in a few forearms and elbows on Ellering. Ellering surprises OMG and takes him down with a drop toe-hold. He tags in Mr. Olympia. OMG takes Mr. Olympia down and gets him with a knee drop. Killer Khan back in the match but Mr. Olympia escapes and tags in Ellering.

Paul Ellering beats on both One Man Gang and Killer Khan. Mr. Olympia joins them and all four men are brawling in the ring. Referee gets Mr. Olympia out of the ring. Khan tosses Ellering into OMG who slams him. Killer Khan climbs up to the middle rope and lands a knee drop for the pin. OMG clotheslines Mr. Olympia. Akbar gets in the ring and celebrates his victory.

WINNERS: Killer Khan & The One Man Gang

More from Dick Murdoch’s interview from Japan airs. He talks about Ted DiBiase winning the North American Heavyweight title. He says the news hit Japan with a bang and talks about how long he’s known and tutored DiBiase. He wishes DiBiase luck but wants to be one of the first to challenge DiBiase. He also looks forward to seeing Junkyard Dog and Killer Khan.

They air a clip of a New Japan match between Dick Murdoch and Tatsumi Fujinami from Osaka, Japan. Watts calls Fujinami, “Fujiyama”.

SHOW THOUGHTS: Okay show. Not much on this week’s show as they seemed to be focused more on the Ted DiBiase vs. Junkyard Dog feud and bringing up how JYD wasn’t going to show up to wrestle on TV. That led to the tag team main event changing to have Ellering in for JYD. That might have been the best match on the show, but everything was just okay. Dick Murdoch’s interview from Japan also builds up another challenger for DiBisae.


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