Written By Alfredo Esparza
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 1/16/1982
Taped 1/13/1982 at the WPCQ-TV Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aired on 1/16/1982.
Bob Caudle and David Crockett are on commentary. They again repeat the contest about the wrestler who performed the best in 1982.
Roddy Piper joins Caudle and Crockett. Caudle tells Piper that he’s surprised that he’s gotten so many votes in that contest, which Piper jokes that Caudle must surprise easily. Piper talks about being on a national TV show. Crockett asks Piper what he thinks about Ole Anderson searching to pick a tag team partner to defend the NWA World Tag Team titles. He says that he knows who Ole has in mind but won’t tell them.
Terry Taylor vs. Ben Alexander
Caudle says that Piper says he’s such an expert will he providing some expert advice during the match. Piper jokes that he’s waiting for a bus and let’s Caudle know that of course he’s there to provide expert advice.
Ben Alexander with a takedown on Terry Taylor to start the match. Taylor escapes Alexander’s grasp. Taylor was the 1981 NWA Rookie of The Year. He takes Alexander down with a wristlock. Alexander gets back up but again Taylor with a takedown. Reversals into hammerlocks by both until they reach the ropes. Alexander with a headlock on Taylor. Off the ropes Taylor catches Alexander with several armdrags.
David Crockett returns to commentary and tells them that Sgt. Slaughter is upset backstage and grabbed him and asked for his $1,000. Piper tells Crockett to give his money back but Crockett says that he has to give Blackjack Mulligan Jr. another chance at breaking out of the Cobra Clutch. Piper thinks it’s a tough regulation set by the NWA.
Taylor keeps control of the match. Alexander gets a knee into Taylor’s mid-section and follows with an elbow. Taylor fights back and grabs hold of him with a wristlock. Legdrop across Alexander’s left arm. Alexander fights back and whips Taylor across the ropes. Taylor kicks Alexander. He follows with a bodyslam. Another slam and Taylor goes back to working on Alexander’s left arm. More knees driven into Alexander’s left arm.
Ben Alexander gets back up and attacks Taylor. Piper tells Caudle that he’s not jealous of Taylor. Alexander gets a near fall on Taylor. Forearms across Taylor’s head. Alexander whips Taylor into the ropes but Taylor reverses it and gets Alexander in an abdominal stretch. Taylor then drops down and pins Alexander.
WINNER: Terry Taylor
Terry Taylor joins Bob Caudle for an interview. Taylor says Alexander was a tough opponent and he was lucky get a win over him.
Austin Idol vs. Mike Davis
Austin Idol tells everyone that the women want to see what a real man looks like. He removes his robe to the delight of the women. Idol gets Davis in a headlock and takes him down. Headscissors by Davis to break out of the hold. Idol back with a headlock but switches it into a hammerlock. Davis reverses but Idol reaches the ropes. Idol with a leg takedown and goes to work on Davis left leg.
Mike Davis breaks the hold but Idol reaches the ropes. Idol with a hiptoss on Davis. Davis reverses a hiptoss on Idol who quickly goes and complains to the referee. Hard right at Davis nose. Another hard right at Davis to knock him down. He kicks and punches at Davis. Idol picks Davis up and drops him into a backbreaker. He goes for a second one. Davis kicks out of a pin attempt. Idol continues to punish Davis.
Austin Idol goes for a slam but Davis slides out of Idol’s grasp. He goes to work on Idol and tries for a hiptoss. Idol blocks him. Davis hits the ropes and Idol catches him with a knee. Idol goes to work on Davis right leg. Austin Idol goes for the Las Vegas Leglock and gets Davis to submit.
WINNER: Austin Idol
Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Mulligan Jr. join Bob Caudle for an interview. Mulligan Sr. says that he’s gotten a lot of letters telling him to do more for Jr. He says that when things happen to Jr. in the ring that it hurts him as a parent but says he has to let his son do things on his own. He said that he called a big family meeting and he was told that he had to let his son handle his own battles. Blackjack Sr. says that Jr. is going to become the greatest wrestler of all-time. He said he made a family promise and Jr. interrupts him.
Blackjack Jr. said that he wants his dad to stay home sometimes and let him take care of some of his own battles. He went on his own and talked to lawyers to get that 2nd chance against Sgt. Slaughter in that Cobra Clutch Challenge. He says that Slaughter won’t get his money back until he gets his 2nd chance. Blackjack Sr. talks about getting involved in past sports incidents from Blackjack Jr’s childhood and he vows that he won’t be doing that anymore.
Blackjack Mulligan mentions that they do make a good tag team and asks that they show a VTR of a match of theirs.
Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Mulligan Jr. vs. Jim Nelson & Ricky Harris
This is a VTR of a match held at an arena and not the TV studio. This would be an older match as Nelson isn’t referred to as Pvt. Jim Nelson.
Mulligan Sr. knocks Nelson around the ring a bit to start the match. Nelson lays in some forearms on Mulligan Sr. but he fights back and knocks Nelson down and takes a shot at Harris. Mulligan Jr. comes in and gets Nelson in a headlock. He tackles Nelson a few times off the ropes and catches him with a dropkick. Nelson tags in Harris and Mulligan Jr. armdrags him several times to the delight of the fans.
Harris gets in a few punches on Mulligan Jr. but Jr. tags in Mulligan Sr. who gets in a big right hand on Harris. Big boot at Harris’ face. Mulligan Sr. drags Harris over so he can tag in Nelson. Harris stays in the match and gets a few forearms and a knee lift on Mulligan Sr. Harris tosses Mulligan Sr. to the outside but he lands on his feet. Mulligan Sr. throws a few punches at Harris and gets back in the ring. More punches from Mulligan Sr. He tags in Mulligan Jr. who continues to go to work on Harris. Nelson gets tagged in.
Nelson knocks down Mulligan Jr. and slams him into the top turnbuckle. They exchange punches until Mulligan Jr. gets the advantage and continues on both Nelson and Harris. Mulligan Jr. tags in Sr. and he gets Harris with a flying elbow. Mulligan Jr. now in and clotheslines Harris. Mulligan Sr. back in and he gets Harris with the claw! Nelson tries to make the save but Mulligan Jr. knocks him out of the ring. Mulligan Sr. gets the pin on Harris.
WINNERS: Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Mulligan Jr.
Blackjack Mulligan Jr. said that despite him wanting to fight his own battles, he and his father still plan on being a tag team.
Ole and Gene Anderson join Bob Caudle and Ole tells Caudle that he needs a little more time to pick a new tag team partner.
Sgt. Slaughter and Pvt. Jim Nelson join Bob Caudle and he says that he is still irate over not being given back his $1,000. Slaughter asks Blackjack Mulligan Jr. if the pain of being put in a Cobra Clutch is worth $1,000. He says that he’s had it with both Mulligan Jr. and his father. Slaughter wants his money back and asks Nelson if he’s right which he screams that he is. He warns Mulligan Jr. that he’s going to get hurt bad.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Bill White
Bill White gets Roberts on the ropes but referee has him break. Clean breaks early on. White grabs hold of Roberts with a headlock. Shoulder blocks off the ropes by White followed by a hiptoss by Roberts. Roberts gets White in a headlock takedown.
Roberts with a clean break against White. White with a forearm at Robert’s back. He catches Roberts with a knee into the mid-section but Roberts grabs hold of his leg. White attacks Roberts. Piper compares Roberts speed to that of Ricky Steamboat. Piper then says the closest to him in skill is probably Steamboat but he’s still not Roddy Piper. Hard chops exchanged by both. Roberts drives his shoulder into White’s mid-section in the corner. He whips White into the other corner but White raises up his knee and knocks down White. Bill White beats on Roberts.
Bill White slams Roberts’ head into the top turnbuckle. Roberts fights back and whips White into the corner and backdrops him. He whips White into the ropes but White gets Roberts with a knee. Roberts makes a quick comeback and knocks down White. Roberts follows with the big knee lift on White and he covers him for the pin.
WINNER: Jake Roberts
Sgt. Slaughter (w/ Pvt. Jim Nelson) vs. Buddy Landell
Sgt. Slaughter locks up with Landell and Landell tosses Slaughter. Slaughter with a fireman’s carry takedown on Landell. Landell back up and he gets Slaughter in a headlock. Slaughter whips him into the ropes and Slaughter with a takedown on Landell. Sarge starts to yell at Landell. He goes for a pin on Landell and uses the ropes but he can’t get the pin.
Referee makes Slaughter break the hold. Sgt. Slaughter with a knee into Landell’s mid-section. He picks Landell up and slams him into his knee. He follows with a side headlock on Landell, who reverses it into a headscissors. Piper mentions that he is the only one who can beat Sgt. Slaughter for the U.S. Title, but he likes him. Landell uses his speed to keep Slaughter from punching him. Buddy gets Slaughter in an armbar but Slaughter reverses and takes him down. He goes for a knee drop on Landell but Buddy moves out of the way.
Sgt. Slaughter throws a few punches at Landell on the ropes. Landell caught Slaughter with a forearm to escape. Slaughter gets him again with another right hand and tries for the Cobra Clutch. Landell fights back and slams Slaughter. Backdrop by Landell on Slaughter! Landell turns his attention to Pvt. Nelson. Landell tries for another slam but Slaughter gets him in the small package and gets the pin.
WINNER: Sgt. Slaughter
Buddy Landell starts to argue with Pvt. Nelson. Sgt. Slaughter gets him from behind and whips him across the ropes and clotheslines him. Slaughter gets Landell in the Cobra Clutch! Jim Nelson keeps the referee in the corner. Sgt. Slaughter tosses Landell to the outside. Blackjack Mulligan Jr. runs in and he brawls with Nelson and Slaughter. Slaughter leaves the ring as Mulligan Jr. cleans house.
SHOW THOUGHTS: Okay episode. All the matches were competitive but were just okay. The main event had the post-match attack by Sgt. Slaughter on Landell that led to Blackjack Mulligan Jr. confronting him. Roddy Piper was great on commentary once again. Piper and Caudle were good combination. The highlight of this episode was the continuation of that Sgt. Slaughter and Blackjack Mulligan Jr. feud. Jr. telling Blackjack Mulligan to let him fight his battles was a strong interview segment.