Written By Alfredo Esparza
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 1/30/1982
Taped 1/27/1982 at the WPCQ-TV Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aired on 1/30/1982.
Bob Caudle and David Crockett are on commentary. Sandy Scott joins them to talk about the NWA World Tag Team title tournament. David Crockett mentions that they will have comments from Eddie Graham concerning the title tournament. They show highlights of the Andersons in tag team action. Scott mentions that Ole Anderson will be entering the tag tournament with a different partner.
Blackjack Mulligan Sr. & Blackjack Mulligan Jr. vs. Jeff Sword & Mike Miller
Roddy Piper joins Bob Caudle on commentary. Blackjack Mulligan Sr. with an armdrag takedown on Miller. He follows with a punch at Miller. Miller tags in Sword who gets taken down by Sr. Blackjack Mulligan Jr. is tagged in and catches Sword with a dropkick and grabs hold of him with a side headlock. Jr. with a hiptoss and Sword reaches the ropes. Blackjack Sr. back in and Sword tries to slam him but can’t. Sr. slams Sword instead.
Roddy Piper talks about father-son tag teams like the Mulligans and the Armstrongs. He wants to talk to Jr. but thinks they have a lot of bad blood because his daddy doesn’t like him. Mulligan Jr. with an armdrag out of the corner and gets Miller with a flying headscissors! Miller gets in a few forearms on Sr. and tags in Sword. Sword continues his attack on Sr. but he ends up getting Sword up in a suplex. He drops Sword badly head or shoulder first onto the mat. Sword tags out and rolls to the floor.
Mike Miller in the match but Blackjack Jr. catches Miller with a dropkick. Piper starts referring to Blackjack Jr. as “Barry”. Miller gets in a few punches and knees at Blackjack Jr. and tags in Sword. All four get in the ring and Blackjack Sr. now in. He elbows Sword and tags Blackjack Jr. again who catches Sword with a forearm and covers him for the pin. Blackjack Sr. gets in another shot at Sword after the match.
WINNERS: Blackjack Mulligan Sr. & Blackjack Mulligan Jr.
Sandy Scott returns to talk about the World Tag Team title tournament with Bob Caudle. They show an interview with Eddie Graham who is the NWA President and Chairman of the tag team tournament. He mentions this being an exciting assignment. He mentions tournaments being conducted throughout the world.
Ray Stevens joins Bob Caudle and they show video of Jack & Jerry Brisco from Florida. They show an interview with them conducted by Gordon Solie. The Briscos talk about entering the NWA World Tag Team Title tournament and mention several tag teams throughout the world taking part. Stevens praises the Briscos as a great tag team.
They air a Briscos tag match from Florida. Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco vs. John Davidson & Rick Davidson which was the same match shown on Georgia Championship Wrestling’s 1/30/1982 episode. Ray Stevens talks about how the Briscos handled two men bigger than them.
Bob Caudle interviews Jeff Sword and Doug Vines. Sword mentions that he and Vines are like brothers and share many things. He mentions women and Caudle asks him if they shared women too. Sword tells him that he’d rather not say anything about that. Vines says he and Sword want to be part of the tag team tournament and think they look-a-like so it gives them an advantage. Sword mentions that he and Doug Vines are rated #10 right now. He says that many of the other tag teams are older and on their way down.
Austin Idol & Ivan Koloff vs. Don Gilbert & Keith Larson
Austin Idol struts a bit before the match as he slowly removes his robe. Ref starts the count. Idol and Gilbert run the ropes and Idol taunts Gilbert. He gets in a few knees at Gilbert’s back. Koloff now in and he continues to get in a few knee strikes at Gilbert’s back. Gilbert and Koloff get tangled up but Koloff comes out of it with an advantage. Koloff beats on Gilbert.
Roddy Piper on commentary talks about how he picked a tag team partner that is different in style to him. David Crockett interrupts him to let him know that he is getting some votes for the contest they are having for the wrestler that contributed the most in 1981 and he gets told Ricky Steamboat is getting the most votes. Piper asks the fans to vote for him and gives the mailing address for fans to send votes.
Austin Idol tags back in and he continues to beat on Don Gilbert. He headbutts Gilbert and tags in Koloff. Koloff kicks and forearms Gilbert. Gilbert tries to fight back and finally tags in Larson. Larson whips Koloff into the ropes and backflips him. Larson slams Koloff. Idol runs in for the save and slams Larson. He misses an elbow on Larson who tags in Gilbert.
Gilbert charges at Idol but he gets caught by Koloff and Idol. The beatdown on Gilbert continues. Swinging neckbreaker by Idol on Gilbert. Koloff tosses Gilbert into the corner. He cilmbs up to the top rope and drives Gilbert head-first into the mat and covers him for the pin.
WINNERS: Austin Idol & Ivan Koloff
Blackjack Mulligan Sr. & Jr. join Bob Caudle for an interview to talk about the tag team tournament. They both are confident that they could win. Blackjack Jr. said he’s still not done with Sgt. Slaughter.
Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood follow up and Steamboat is thrilled that he’s winning the contest. He talks about getting an NWA World Title match against Ric Flair. Jay Youngblood praises Steamboat and says he deserves to be the top contender to Flair.
Don Kernoodle & Johnny Weaver vs. Pvt. Jim Nelson & Steve Sybert
Weaver and Nelson start the match. Ray Stevens joins Caudle on commentary. Weaver quickly tags in Kernoodle. Kernoodle with a fireman’s carry takedown on Nelson and quickly tags in Weaver. They use quick tags on Nelson early in the match. Nelson is able to reach out and tag in Sybert.
More quick tags by Weaver and Kernoodle on Sybert. They work on Sybert’s left arm. Kernoodle lays in a few big forearms at Sybert and follows with a slam. Sybert is able to tag in Nelson. Caudle mentions to Stevens that Ric Flair will be in action on next week’s TV show. Stevens tells him that Ric Flair’s a treat to watch wrestle. Weaver and Kernoodle continue with quick tags. He gets Nelson in an armbar and Nelson tries to armdrag him off him but Weaver keeps hold of his left arm.
Nelson tags in Sybert but Weaver takes him down and tags in Kernoodle. Kernoodle and Sybert exchange forearms. Caudle asks Stevens to give him 3 or 4 teams that he thinks are the favorites to win the NWA World Tag Team Title tournament and Stevens mentions Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen but says it will be impossible to just pick 3 or 4 teams.
Weaver gets hold of Sybert in a sleeper hold. Sgt. Slaughter shows up ringside. Nelson runs in and knocks Weaver off of Sybert. Weaver tags in Kernoodle. Kernoodle elbows Nelson. He whips Nelson into the ropes and backdrops him. Kernoodle with a small package on Nelson but he kicks out. Kernoodle holds onto Nelson and Weaver tries to chop Nelson but he moves out of the way and Weaver instead chops Kernoodle. Nelson tags in Sybert. Kernoodle chops him and then elbows him. Kernoodle follows with a powerslam and covers Sybert for the pin.
WINNERS: Don Kernoodle & Johnny Weaver
Ray Stevens and Bob Caudle talk about Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura. They air a video clip of them in tag team action. Adonis looked impressive while Ventura had his opponent in a headlock.
Keith Larson and Don Gilbert talk to Bob Caudle about the tag team tournament. Larson hopes they can be in the tournament. Gilbert says this is one of the most exciting things that has happened in wrestling.
Jay Youngblood & Ricky Steamboat vs. Bill White & Doug Vines
Doug Vines gets Steamboat in a side headlock. He whips Steamboat into the ropes and elbows him. Steamboat quickly recovers and tags in Youngblood who comes in on fire and lands an elbow on Vines left arm and chops at him. Steamboat and Youngblood with quick tags in and out of the ring. Jay takes Vines down with an armbar. More quick tags by Steamboat and Youngblood.
Vines pokes Youngblood’s eyes and tags in Bill White. White punches at Youngblood’s mid-section and Jay falls on the outside of the ring apron. White stomps on him. He follows by whipping Youngblood into the ropes but Youngblood catches him with a chop and quickly tags Steamboat back in. Steamboat knocks White down but he tags in Vines. Steamboat chops down Vines and tags in Youngblood he chops Vines again. Steamboat slams Vines and tags in Youngblood. Youngblood hits the ropes and Steamboat catches him and slams him down onto Vines. Youngblood pins Vines for the win.
WINNERS: Jay Youngblood & Ricky Steamboat
Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Nelson join Bob Caudle and Slaughter is upset that Don Kernoodle who got punched by Johnny Weaver during their tag match shook hands with Weaver and got a pat on the back. Slaughter tells Kernoodle that the offer still stands for him to join the Slaughter Brigade. He also says he will be in the tag tournament.
Roddy Piper tells Bob Caudle that he does what he wants to do and will tell everyone who his tag team will be when he wants to. He says that his tag partner is scarier than Abdullah The Butcher and well over 6 foot 7 inches but refuses to say who it is because he’s not stupid. Ivan Koloff shows up and thinks Piper called him stupid. Piper backs away and says he didn’t call him stupid. Koloff says he is looking around for a tag team partner. He says that he has put up the $1,000 entry fee and has sent word to Russia to send him $20,000 more so he can enter all the tournaments.
Austin Idol comes out to talk about the tag team tournament. Roddy Piper returns and they both mention they won’t mention who their partners will be.
SHOW THOUGHTS: Thought this show was okay. It focused on the upcoming NWA World Tag Team title tournament and they did a great job of making it seem as big of a deal as possible. They also had all tag team matches on the show. Matches all felt kind of short and were mostly just okay. It was interesting to see them interview a lot of the guys who were losing on the show like Keith Larson, Don Gilbert, Jeff Sword and Doug Vines. Larson and Gilbert seemed surprised that they got some interview time.