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Mid-South Wrestling 10/14/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 10/14/1982

Taped on 10/13/1982 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 10/14/1982.

Boyd Pearce and “Cowboy” Bill Watts on commentary. Watts mentions Mil Mascaras, Tony Atlas and Gino Hernandez will all be coming into Mid-South wrestling.

They also mention Chavo Guerrero will be coming in so they air a singles match from New Japan Pro Wrestling against Kengo Kimura where he won the NWA International Jr. Heavyweight title. They leave the Japanese commentary with Boesch adding in a few comments throughout the match.

Bill Watts talks about Chavo Guerrero gaining fame years ago when he beat Ernie Ladd in Los Angeles.

Col. Buck Robley & Tim Horner vs. Marty Lunde & Ted Allen

Tim Horner armdrags Ted Allen a few times. Bill Watts decides to start talking about college football. Horner knocks down Allen off the ropes a few times. Fast-paced action between the two. Horner dropkicks Allen and takes him down with an armdrag. Allen reaches over and tags in Lunde who is quickly caught in an armbar by Horner.

Tim Horner tries to tag Robley but Lunde slams him. Horner keeps hold of the armbar and goes over and tags Robley. Robley goes to work on Lunde’s left arm. Quick tag to Horner who dropkicks Lunde. Horner leapfrogs over Lunde but he gets him with an elbow off the ropes. Lunde tags in Allen who slams Horner. He gets Horner with a backbreaker. Horner crawls under Allen and tags in Robley. Robley goes to work on Lunde and Allen. Horner comes in and all four men are in the ring. Robley lands an elbowdrop on Allen and covers him for the pin.

WINNERS: Col. Buck Robley & Tim Horner

Kamala “The Ugandan Giant” (w/ Friday) vs. Jesse Barr

Friday removes Kamala’s gear and trinkets before the match starts. Kamala tosses Jesse Barr a few times at the start of the match. Barr gets tosses to the outside by Kamala while trying to get him in an armbar. Barr gets back in the ring and tries to punch Kamala but he gets taken down. Kamala chops Barr and beats on him. He lifts Barr up by the neck and slams him down. Kamala hits two big splashes on Barr and covers him for the pin.

WINNER: Kamala

Ted DiBiase vs. Mr. Olympia

Ted DiBiase starts to finger-point and trash talk Mr. Olympia who will have none of that and instead dropkicks DiBiase. Action starts off right away! DiBiase whips Mr. Olympia into the ropes and they run the ropes. Mr. Olympia catches DiBiase with a body press. He catches DiBiase with an armdrag and DiBiase goes to the outside.

DiBiase back in the ring and Mr. Olympia with a fireman’s carry takedown into an armbar on DiBiase. DiBiase misses an elbow off the ropes but catches him with a knee. He goes for the sleeperhold on Mr. Olympia! Mr. Olympia tosses DiBiase out of the ring. Crowd cheers on. Mr. Olympia slingshots DiBiase back into the ring and goes to work on his left arm. DiBiase slams Mr. Olympia into the turnbuckles. He whips him across the corners but Mr. Olympia reverses. DiBiase climbs up the ropes and goes for a body press on Mr. Olympia but he reverses it into a pin attempt. DiBiase kicks out!

Mr. Olympia gets Ted DiBiase in a sleeper hold! DiBiase struggles to break out of the hold but he’s able to reach the ropes. Referee forces Mr. Olympia to break. DiBiase gets Mr. Olympia and slams his legs down on the mat. He goes for the figure-four leglock but Mr. Olympia kicks him out. Mr. Olympia with a reverse neckbreaker on DiBiase and only gets a 2-count. DiBiase punches at Mr. Olympia. Mr. Olympia reverses a whip and catches DiBiase with a powerslam for a 2-count. DiBiase kicks out by tossing Mr. Olympia onto the referee. Referee is a little dazed. DiBiase reaches into his tights and loads up his glove and punches Mr. Olympia!

Ted DiBiase gets Mr. Olympia in a sleeper hold. Referee raises up Mr. Olympia’s hand and he is knocked out so DiBiase wins via submission.

WINNER: Ted DiBiase

Mr. Wrestling II vs. The Grappler

Watts talks more football while The Grappler can’t grab hold of Mr. Wrestling II. Mr. Wrestling II hiptosses The Grappler. They lock-up and Mr. Wrestling II gets The Grappler in a side headlock. He gets whipped into the ropes and The Grappler catches Mr. Wrestling II with a punch in the mid-section. Atomic -drop by The Grappler but Mr. Wrestling II counters it and ends up getting The Grappler in the same move and sending him to the outside of the ring.

The Grappler complains that Mr. Wrestling II threw him over the top rope but referee disagrees with him. The Grappler kicks Mr. Wrestling II. He punches him and gets in a forearm to Mr. Wrestling II’s back. Big slam followed by some elbows by The Grappler. Neckbreaker by The Grappler on Mr. Wrestling and gets a two-count. He slams Mr. Wrestling II and again only gets a 2-count. The Grappler starts to rip at Mr. Wrestling II’s mask which only fires up Mr. Wrestling II.

Mr. Wrestling II beats on The Grappler. He catches him with his knee lift. Mr. Wrestling II charges at The Grappler in the corner but The Grappler moves out of the way! The Grappler goes for his own knee lift at Mr. Wrestling II. He goes for a second one. He tries for the shoulder breaker but Mr. Wrestling II tries to get out of it. Mr. Wrestling II hits the corner with his shoulder. The Grappler attempts his shoulder breaker a second time but Mr. Wrestling II escapes. He slams The Grappler. Mr. Wrestling II goes for his knee lift but The Grappler trips him up. Mr. Wrestling II with a backdrop driver. He follows with a knee lift and covers The Grappler for the pin. The crowd starts a “TWO! TWO! TWO” chant. The Grappler tries to attack Mr. Wrestling II after the match but he gets sent to the outside with another knee lift.

WINNER: Mr. Wrestling II

“Iron” Mike Sharpe vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan for the Mid-South Louisiana Title

They both take turns stomping on the mat. Duggan gets upset and gets a few forearms on Sharpe. Mike Sharpe takes Duggan down with a pair of armdrags. Sharpe gets Duggan in an armbar. Duggan gets in a few punches on Sharpe. Sharpe catches Duggan with a dropkick and gets him back in an armbar. Duggan rakes Sharpe’s eyes. Duggan gets Sharpe with a few elbowdrops and kicks him in the back. Big forearms across Sharpe’s back. Duggan gets Sharpe in a chinlock.

Sharpe breaks out by armdragging Duggan but Duggan gets back up and beats on Sharpe a little more. Sharpe catches Duggan with a right hook off the ropes. Sharpe with a chop across Duggan’s chest. Sharpe misses a dropkick on Duggan. Duggan picks up Sharpe and slams him into the corner and follows with a backbreaker. Duggan misses a legdrop as Sharpe moves out of the way.

Duggan escapes a piledriver attempt by Sharpe by shoving him into the corner. Mike Sharpe tries for the reverse backbreaker but he loses his grip on him and Duggan slips off near the ropes. Sharpe whips Duggan into the corner but Duggan moves out of the way. Duggan misses an elbow on Sharpe but he catches him with a spear and covers Sharpe for the pin. Duggan wins the Louisiana title!

WINNER: Hacksaw Duggan wins the Mid-South Louisiana Title

Vladic Smirnoff (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Vinnie Romeo

Vladic Smirnoff knocks Romeo down after locking up with him. Romeo gets Smirnoff in a front facelock but Smirnoff picks him up and proceeds to stomp on him. Smirnoff whips Romeo into the ropes and kicks him. He gets Romeo in an armbar. Romeo tries to fight back and gets Smirnoff with a sunset flip for a near fall. Smirnoff whips Romeo into the ropes and again he gets caught with a cross body press for another near fall. Romeo whips Smirnoff into the ropes but Smirnoff catches him. Smirnoff gets Romeo in a bear hug and then body slams him. Smirnoff whips Romeo into the ropes and catches him with a side back breaker for the pin.

WINNER: Vladic Smirnoff

The Grappler #2 vs. Bob Stabler

The Grappler #2 hiptosses Stabler but Stabler gets right up and does the same to The Grappler #2. The Grappler #2 beats on Stabler near the ropes. He drops several elbows on Stabler. He slams Stabler and then cilmbs to the middle rope and hits Stabler with a clothesline and gets the pin. Short match.

WINNER: The Grappler

They close out the show talking about the big tag match in two weeks between Ted DiBiase & Hacksaw Duggan vs. Junkyard Dog & Mr. Olympia.

SHOW THOUGHTS: Excellent episode of Mid-South Wrestling. Lots going on early on the show with them having to fill time at the end with stand-by matches. Those weren’t very good but the first 36 minutes of this show were excellent. This had two good matches with Duggan vs. Mr. Olympia and Mr. Wrestling II vs. The Grappler having a lot of action. Duggan vs. Sharpe was pretty good with the title change but not at the level of the other two matches. Watts hyped up several newcomers heading into the territory and showing highlights of Chavo Guerrero in New Japan Pro Wrestling was a nice touch. This show even had Marty Lunde (Arn Anderson) on it!

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