Written By Alfredo Esparza
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 12/26/1981
Taped on 12/10/1981 at the WPCQ-TV Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aired on 12/26/1981.
Bob Caudle and David Crockett on commentary.
Sgt. Slaughter joins Bob Caudle to talk about the $1,000 Cobra Clutch Challenge and tells Caudle that he could come out here and talk about how great he is but that would take up the entire hour of the show. Slaughter says he still has the $1,000 because no one can break the hold and he’s been working hard getting his biceps and forearms ready. NWA representative Sandy Scott joins them and says he hasn’t seen Slaughter do any of the challenges but is just talking about it. Scott tells Slaughter that they will have a drawing to see who will take on the challenge. Slaughter tells Scott that he doesn’t need a drawing because he has Tony Russo, Mike Miller and Charlie Fulton lined up. Scott brings out a sheet of paper with the list of challengers that include Mike Davis, Keith Larson, Jake Roberts, Blackjack Mulligan Jr. and Ricky Steamboat. Slaughter was okay with the first three but not the last three. He gets upset as he’s told he’ll have to put the money up today.
Blackjack Mulligan Jr. & Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Charlie Fulton & Mike Miller
Miller gets Roberts in a headlock but Roberts is able to break free as they run the ropes a bit. Roberts backdrops Miller and then armdrags him before tagging in Mulligan Jr. Miller and Mulligan Jr. exchange punches in the corner but Mulligan Jr. whips him across the ring and gets in a knee into Miller’s mid-section. Miller fights back but Mulligan Jr. tags in Roberts.
Jake Roberts with an armdrag takedown on Miller and goes to work on Miller’s left arm. He drives a knee into Miller’s left arm. Miller fights back and he’s able to tag in Charlie Fulton. Fulton gets a near fall on Roberts. Roberts with another armdrag and tags in Mulligan Jr. The fans cheer loudly and you hear one fan calling Mulligan Jr. by his real name, Barry. Mulligan Jr. slams Fulton and goes for an armbar. Fulton shoves Mulligan Jr. into the ropes and lands a forearm. He backdrops Mulligan Jr. and tags in Miller.
Mulligan Jr. gets whipped into the ropes but he is able to fight back and slams Miller. Roberts comes back in and snapmares Miller. He twists Miller’s head but Miller shoves him off. Miller tags in Fulton and he kicks at Roberts. Fulton slams Roberts into the turnbuckles and stomps on Roberts. Hard right hand by Fulton at Roberts. Quick double-team by Miller and Fulton in their corner. Fulton bodyslams Roberts but misses an elbowdrop. Roberts tags in Mulligan Jr. who whips Fulton across the ropes and hits him with a forearm. Fulton tags in Miller. Roberts comes in and drops Fulton into his knee for a backbreaker. Roberts follows with a knee lift and covers Miller for the pin.
WINNERS: Blackjack Mulligan Jr. & Jake Roberts
Billy Robinson vs. Tony Anthony
Robinson backs Anthony into the ropes but breaks cleanly. He takes Anthony down with a headlock. He follows it up with a hangman’s neckbreaker on Anthony. Double underhook suplex by Robinson on Anthony. Robinson armdrags Anthony but Anthony ends up with the advantage and he gets Robinson in an armbar. Robinson reverses and goes to work on Anthony’s left arm.
Billy Robinson with another cool takedown by Anthony. Anthony gets Robinson with a headlock and takes Robinson down. He keeps Robinson locked in a headlock but Robinson escapes. Robinson with an uppercut at Anthony. He uses his thighs to knock down Anthony and then landed a few kneedrops near the ropes. Side salto suplex by Robinson. Big knee at Anthony’s head. Robinson with a forearm at Anthony’s back as he was whipped into the ropes.
Full nelson by Robinson on Anthony and then transitions into a takedown. He picks up Anthony and piledrives him. He only gets a two count on Anthony. Robinson with a backbreaker gets the pin on Anthony.
WINNERS: Billy Robinson
Austin Idol, Ivan Koloff & Roddy Piper promos for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling TV. Austin Idol talked about how he doesn’t have to talk about how good looking he is despite talking about it for a bit. He also mentioned Coach Shembechler. Ivan Koloff is looking forward to invading the Michigan area. Piper says it’s a pleasure for the Michigan TV affiliate to have him and he says he’s Roddy Piper and you are not.
“Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff vs. Keith Larson for the NWA Television Title
Larson fights his way out of the corner against Koloff. He escapes a headscissors from Koloff. Koloff goes back to a headscissors on Larson, who escapes once again. He gets Koloff in a side headlock. Koloff whips Larson into the ropes and Larson monkey flips Koloff out of the corner. Koloff grabs hold of Larson’s left arm and gets him in an armbar. He pulls him by the tights to keep Larson down.
Koloff slams Larson and then backdrops him off the ropes. He argues with the fans. Koloff hiptosses Larson across the ring. He whips Larson into the ropes and knocks him down. Big knee into the corner. Koloff climbs up to the top rope and grabs hold of Larson’s head and drives his knee into Larson’s head as they fall onto the mat. Koloff gets the win.
WINNER: Ivan Koloff
Sandy Scott returns and says that Gene Anderson had found a loophole in the Ninja’s contract about him wrestling Paul Jones but Scott found a loophole in Gene’s contract and that he will be the one facing Paul Jones instead.
Johnny Weaver joins Bob Caudle to talk about the Ricky Steamboat and Roddy Piper saga. He mentions a battle royal that they will be both participating in and wouldn’t be shocked if they end up against each other and says battle royals usually bring unexpected match-ups.
Ray Stevens is still upset at Ole Anderson for trying to sacrifice him. He says he use to think Gene Anderson was somewhat intelligent but says if he’s going to let his brother use his head like a coconut then he must not be very intelligent. He vows to kick Ole Anderson’s can whenever they meet up.
Terry Taylor vs. Tony Russo
David Crockett tells everyone some info on Terry Taylor. Taylor takes Russo down and gets him in an armbar. Russo tries to break the hold by lifting Taylor up with a fireman’s carry but Taylor keeps him in the armbar.
Sandy Scott returns to let everyone know that they just held the drawing for the $1,000 Cobra Clutch Challenge and it will be Blackjack Mulligan Jr. who will take the challenge against Sgt. Slaughter.
Tony Russo with a leg takedown. He goes to work on Taylor’s left leg. Taylor escapes and goes to work on Russo’s left arm. Taylor with some elbows at Russo’s left arm but Russo continues to counter with some punches. He’s able to take Taylor down and locks in on Taylor’s left leg. The women in the crowd cheer on Taylor. Taylor reverses Russo’s step-over toe-hold. Taylor gets Russo in an ankle lock but Russo kicks out of the hold. He slams Taylor’s head into the turnbuckles and then whips him into the ropes and catches him with a boot to the mid-section. Russo with a knee lift. Taylor fights back with a few forearms at Russo’s head.
Terry Taylor takes Russo down with an armbar. He drives his knee into Russo’s shoulder. Russo reaches the ropes to break the hold. Russo with some hard rights at Taylor’s chest. Foot into Taylor’s mid-section. Taylor fights back and whips him into the ropes and follows with a backdrop. Taylor then whips Russo again into the ropes and catches him with a forearm across the ropes for the pin.
WINNER: Terry Taylor
More promos for TV show in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ray Stevens talks about the tough competition in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. Johnny Weaver says being in Ann Arbor, Michigan is like coming home. “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant joins Weaver. Valiant calls Johnny Weaver, “Johnson” and Weaver tells him there are a lot of women in Ann Arbor which pleases the “Boogie Woogie Man”.
“Pretty Boy” Carl Fergie & Ox Baker vs. Don Kernoodle & Vinnie Valentino
Vinnie Valentino does pretty well against Fergie. He reverses a wristlock on Fergie who quickly tags in Ox Baker. Baker gets Valentino in a headlock and gets him on the ropes and lands a big forearm across his chest. Fergie back in and he whips Valentino into the corner. Valentino is able to tag in Kernoodle who catches him with an atomic drop. Fergie tags in Baker. Ox Baker grabs hold of Kernoodle’s chin. He takes Kernoodle down with an armdrag and tags in Fergie.
Carl Fergie gets back in and stomps on Kernoodle’s head. Kernoodle is able to tag in Valentino and he whips Fergie into the corner. Fergie raises up his knee on Valentino. Ox Baker back in the ring. He takes down Valentino. He picks up Valentino and tags in Fergie. Fergie whips Valentino into the ropes and hits him with a knee. Ox Baker calls for an elbow and Fergie tosses Valentino into Baker’s elbow. Double team work by Baker and Fergie on Valentino. Baker hollering for Fergie to break Valentino’s arm.
Vinnie Valentino with a forearm at Fergie’s face. Fergie counters with a forearm of his own. He slams Valentino but then misses an elbow. Fergie tags in Baker. Valentino tags in Kernoodle. Kernoodle gets caught by Baker but he’s able to whip Baker into the corner. Baker gets in a few hard forearms into Kernoodle and tags in Fergie. Kernoodle chokes Fergie but Fergie reaches his corner and tags in Baker. Ox drapes Kernoodle across the ropes. Quick tags by Baker and Fergie. Front facelock by Fergie gets reversed by Kernoodle. He tags in Valentino but Fergie knocks him down and tags in Baker.
Ox Baker gets Valentino with the heart punch. He was going for a second one but referee stopped him. Fergie comes in and covers Valentino for the pin.
WINNERS: Carl Fergie & Ox Baker
Sandy Scott returns for the $1,000 Cobra Clutch Challenge. Sgt. Slaughter tells him that he would have liked to have seen how he drew Blackjack Mulligan Jr’s name out. Pvt. Jim Nelson also shows up and stands outside the ring. Slaughter brings in the chair and tells Mulligan Jr. to sit on the chair. Sgt. Slaughter stalls a bit again in putting Mulligan Jr. in the Cobra Clutch. Slaughter hits Mulligan Jr. with an elbow across the neck. Sandy Scott warns Sgt. Slaughter about doing that again.
Sgt. Slaughter pulls Mulligan Jr. by the hair and the fans start to scream. He puts Mulligan Jr. in the Cobra Clutch. Mulligan Jr. drives Slaughter into the corner. He tries to drag him off him but Slaughter keeps the clutch locked in. Mulligan Jr. refuses to give up and again throws him into the turnbuckles but Slaughter keeps the hold locked in. The crowd starts chanting for Mulligan Jr.! Slaughter lays in a few knees into Mulligan Jr’s mid-section as he continues to keep him locked in the hold as TV time runs out. As the credits are rolling we see that Mulligan Jr. appears to have broken out of the Cobra Clutch!
SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode. The matches for the most part were just okay with nothing that really stood out. There were some good moments in the first tag match and the Robinson match. The best part of this show was Sgt. Slaughter’s $1,000 Cobra Clutch Challenge and Blackjack Mulligan Jr. being the name drawn out by Sandy Scott to take on that challenge. That was a really good closing segment with Mulligan Jr. struggling to break out of the hold as TV time ran out.