Written By Alfredo Esparza
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 1/23/1982
Taped 1/20/1982 at WPCQ-TV Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aired on 1/23/1982.
Bob Caudle and David Crockett are on commentary and are joined by Sandy Scott at the start of the show. Scott announces that the Andersons have been stripped of the NWA World Tag Team titles. He says there will be tag team tournaments all over the world.
Austin Idol vs. Vinnie Valentino
Austin Idol with a takedown on Valentino but Vinnie escapes. He takes Valentino down again but ends with the same result and this time Idol complains. Side headlock by Valentino on Idol. Announcers mention there is prize money involved as part of the tag team title tournament.
Idol pulls Valentino by the hair and gets him in a headlock. Big punch thrown at Valentino. He gets in a few more shots at Vinnie. He slams Valentino and covers him for the pin but Vinnie kicks out. Elbow smash by Idol followed by a kick at Valentino. More knee strikes to the lower back of Valentino. Valentino blocks a punch by Idol and gets in a few elbows at Idol. He reverses an Irish whip into the corner but misses a splash into the corner.
Idol goes to work on Valentino’s right leg. He stomps on it. Idol follows with a figure-four leglock on Vinnie Valentino and gets the win via submission.
WINNER: Austin Idol
They talk more about the tag team tournament with a video interview with NWA President Jim Crockett. He said the NWA Board of Directors met and decided to strip Ole and Gene Anderson of the belts. The tournament will start in various cities, followed by regions and leading to the East and West semi-finals into the finals. They will have tournaments worldwide including Tokyo, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Charlotte and Atlanta. Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens and Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen are mentioned as entering the tournament. They also mention the Funks, Briscoes, and WWF Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura will be entering the tournament.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts & Jay Youngblood vs. Ben Alexander & Chris Markoff
Chris Markoff whips Youngblood into the ropes but Youngblood takes him down and gets Markoff in a side headlock before tagging in Roberts. Roddy Piper joins Bob Caudle on commentary. Roberts knocks down Markoff before Markoff gets a knee into Roberts mid-section. Markoff and Alexander briefly double-team Roberts. Alexander slams Roberts but Roberts quickly gets back up.
Roberts tags in Youngblood. Youngblood with a hard chop at Alexander. He catches Alexander with a dropkick and tags in Roberts again. Side headlock by Roberts on Alexander. Alexander gets up and catches a knee in Roberts mid-section. Markoff back in the ring and he keeps Roberts down briefly before Jake is able to reach over to tag in Youngblood. Markoff tags in Alexander. Youngblood with a hard chop on Alexander. He follows with a suplex and gets a near fall on Alexander before putting him in a side headlock.
Fans start chanting for Jay Youngblood. He uses his speed to keep confusing Alexander. Roberts back in and he goes to work on Alexander’s left arm. Hammerlock on Alexander. Piper mocks both Caudle and Sandy Scott on commentary. Roberts with a big slam on Alexander followed by his knee lift. He tags in Youngblood again and he chops Alexander. Jay climbs to the top rope and gets him with another chop and then runs the ropes and splashes Alexander for the pin.
WINNERS: Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood
David Crockett has The Wrestler magazine and names all the tag teams in that issue’s top 10 list. He mentions Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito, the Andersons, Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell, the Briscos, the Armstrongs, Bobby Duncum & Ken Patera, Mike Graham & Junkyard Dog, Gino Hernandez & Tully Blanchard and the Samoans have all said they want to enter the NWA World Tag Team Title tournament.
Porkchop Cash vs. Tony Russo
Porkchop Cash with an armdrag takedown on Russo. Piper mentions that he’s heard that Porkchop Cash & Bad Bad Leroy Brown have started training together for the tournament. Cash takes down Russo and has him in a leg submission. Russo and Porkchop exchange punches until Cash is able to take down Russo. Porkchop Cash whips Russo across the ropes and catches him with a big knee across his chest and covers him for the pin.
WINNER: Porkchop Cash
Austin Idol promo for Ann Arbor, Michigan. Idol says he’s going to get paid more than any other star. Big John Studd promo and he says all wrestlers have to look up to him.
Johnny Weaver and Ray Stevens join Bob Caudle for an interview. Caudle thinks Stevens was the catalyst of the Andersons getting stripped of the tag titles and making this tournament. Stevens says it’s going to be a great tournament. He talks about winning the tag titles multiple times and considers himself an expert. Weaver also says he has held numerous tag titles and is interested in being part of the tournament.
They show highlights of Killer Khan wrestling Victor Mercado from a WWF show. Killer Khan will be part of the tag team title tournament. Johnny Weaver says Killer Khan is an awesome and brutal competitor.
Stan “The Lariat” Hansen vs. Luke Williams
This is a match that they show on tape during the show. Hansen with a snapmare folloed by a kneedrop on Williams. He gets Williams in a front facelock and gets in an elbow on him as well. Hansen with more elbows and kicks. Kneedrops to the side of the head on Williams. Another kneedrop across Wililams face. Hansen follows with a side headlock. Big forearms across Williams back. Hansen slams Williams into the top turnbuckle. More elbows and kicks at Williams. Hansen whips Williams into the ropes and catches him with a lariat for the pin.
WINNER: Stan Hansen
Ray Stevens is very impressed by Stan Hansen and thinks Hansen and Anderson will be a tough team to beat.
Ivan Koloff interviewed by Bob Caudle. Koloff says he’s after the American dollar and will be entering this tournament and not only win thousands of dollars but the belts too.
Sgt. Slaughter along with Pvt. Jim Nelson join Bob Caudle. Slaughter says he has a partner in Pvt. Jim Nelson who will lay his life on the line for him so they will be in the tournament. Ole and Gene Anderson join Caudle. Ole screams about how the titles were taken from them but everyone has seen the man (Hansen) that he’ll be teaming with and with Gene guiding them, they will win back those titles. Ole thinks Caudle is doubting them. Roddy Piper says he will also be in the tournament.
Terry Taylor vs. Steve Sybert
Terry Taylor takes Sybert down with a headscissors. Ray Stevens joins Bob Caudle on commentary. Taylor gets Sybert in a wristlock. Sybert whips Taylor into the ropes but Taylor takes him down and gets Sybert in an armbar. Terry Taylor catches Sybert with a dropkick and goes back to an armbar. Taylor gets a near fall on Sybert but he kicks out at two.
Sybert with a headlock on Taylor and he knocks him down off the ropes. Taylor back in the headlock. Taylor escapes and gets Sybert in an armbar. Sybert shoves Taylor onto the ropes but Taylor is able to counter with a forearm. He whips Sybert into the ropes and hits a dropkick. Sybert reverses an armbar and gets Taylor in a hammerlock. Taylor reverses that and goes to work on Sybert’s left arm with a few kneedrops across his arm. Elbow drop on Sybert’s left arm.
Sybert gets back up and lays a big forearm across Taylor’s chest. He whips Taylor into the corner but Taylor catches him with a knee. Taylor whips Sybert into the ropes and backdrops him. He gets Sybert in the abdominal stretch and drops to the mat for the pin.
WINNER: Terry Taylor
Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Jim Nelson vs. Don Gilbert & Mike Davis
Davis and Nelson start the match. Slaughter reaches for Davis hair but he gets a warning from the referee. Davis gets Nelson in a side headlock. He tags in Gilbert who keeps Nelson in a headlock. Nelson is able to reach out and tag Slaughter. Sgt. Slaughter slams Gilbert and follows with an elbow. Slaughter slams Gilbert into the corner and then tosses him into his corner.
Nelson continues the attack on Gilbert. He gets Gilbert with a front facelock. Crowd starts to cheer loudly and Slaughter seems a bit distracted. Nelson tags in Slaughter. Sgt. Slaughter continues to attack Davis. He slams Davis into his knee. Gilbert gets back into the ring and Slaughter catches him with a clothesline. Nelson gets Gilbert in the Cobra Clutch. Sgt. Slaughter knocks Davis off the ring apron. Nelson submits Gilbert.
Sgt. Slaughter taps Nelson to break the hold but instead Slaughter gets Gilbert in the Cobra Clutch as well. Referee tries to break it up but Slaughter breaks because he sees that the Mulligans are in the studio.
WINNERS: Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Jim Nelson
Blackjack Mulligan Sr. & Jr. along with Ricky Steamboat join Bob Caudle for interviews. Steamboat is pleased that the NWA stripped the Andersons of the tag team titles. He mentions how no one knows who will be wrestling who in the tournament. Blackjack Mulligan Sr. said he’s excited about the tournament because he could use the $25,000 prize and he’d love to eliminate a tag team like Sgt. Slaughter and Pvt. Jim Nelson in the first round. Blackjack Mulligan Jr. said they already put up the entry money to be part of the tag team title tournament. Blackjack Sr. said he’s excited about the possibility of wrestling tag teams like the Funks or Briscos and tells Steamboat that he’s never seen so many wrestlers in a tournament in his life.
SHOW THOUGHTS: Average show with some okay matches. The focus of the show was everyone talking about the Andersons getting stripped of the NWA World Tag Team titles and the upcoming tournament to crown new champions. Piper and Stevens took turns on commentary replacing David Crockett which made for better commentary throughout the show.