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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 3/20/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 3/20/1982

Taped 3/17/1982 at the WPCQ-TV Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aired on 3/20/1982.

Bob Caudle and Roddy Piper on commentary. Sgt. Slaughter joins them and talks about a few wrestlers being upset at him including Ric Flair, Wahoo McDaniel, Ricky Steamboat and Jake Roberts. He tells them that he’s here and he’ll remain here when they all leave.

Ivan Koloff joins Bob Caudle and he’s not happy that Americans keep telling him to go back to Russia and he doesn’t like Jimmy Valiant either. Jimmy Valiant’s music starts to play and out comes Valiant for his match. Piper warns Valiant that he’s playing with fire when it comes to Ivan Koloff.

“Handsome” Jimmy Valiant vs. Steve Sybert

Jimmy Valiant dances around the ring and finally locks up with Sybert. He knocks Sybert down a few times with a leg sweep. Valiant keeps dancing around. Sybert gets back in the ring and Valiant rakes his eyes and slams him into the corner. He keeps Sybert down and throws him into the turnbuckle a second time. Valiant uses the ropes to choke his opponent. He whips Sybert into the ropes and hits him with an elbow. He follows that up with an elbow drop for the pin.

WINNER: Jimmy Valiant

Jimmy Valiant dances around with Bob Caudle and wants to talk to his people from the street and tells Ivan Koloff that he doesn’t have a chance against him. He tells Koloff that its going to be “Boogie Woogie” all day.

Jake Roberts joins Bob Caudle and says Valiant has the right idea on how he’s handling guys like Sgt. Slaughter, Ivan Koloff, etc. Roberts warns Slaughter that Ric Flair is coming back to his hometown. He’s also upset at Anderson and Hansen and how they are hurting people.

Sgt. Slaughter vs. Ron Ritchie

Sgt. Slaughter stares down Jake Roberts as Roberts is leaving the studio area. Ritchie shoves Slaughter but that doesn’t stop him. They exchange hard chops as the match starts up. Piper talks about how Slaughter only thinks about destruction and that he’s been training with Ole Anderson. Slaughter beats on Ritchie but Ritchie fights back. They go back and forth with some hard punches.

Sgt. Slaughter slams Ritchie to the mat a few times. He stomps on Ritchie and gets him in an armbar. Ritchie tries to hit Slaughter with a forearm but misses. Big knee into the mid-section by Slaughter and he goes back to the armbar. Slaughter takes Ritchie down but keeps the armbar clamped on. He pulls Ritchie by the hair into the corner and chops him. Ritchie kicks at Slaughter while Sarge lays in some hard forearms across his back.

Big knee across Ritchie’s chest by Slaughter. Chinlock on Ritchie and more big chops across Ritchie’s chest. He punches Ritchie but Ritchie keeps fighting back. Some hard blows exchanged by both. He slams Ritchie’s head into the top turnbuckle. Big elbow to the back of Ritchie’s head. He whips Ritchie into the ropes and hits him with a clothesline. Slaughter gets Ritchie in the Cobra Clutch and he knocs him out.

WINNER: Sgt. Slaughter

Sgt. Slaughter joins Bob Caudle and asks what if it was Ric Flair in the ring and Slaughter says Flair would still be laying on the mat. He says Flair was lucky that Steamboat was there to save him but next time there won’t be a Ricky Steamboat to save Flair. Caudle tells Sgt. Slaughter that he and Ole Anderson are in trouble. He disagrees and says Ric Flair and Jake Roberts are the ones in trouble.

They air an interview from Ric Flair. He asks that Jim Crockett Promotions bring him back so he can take on Sgt. Slaughter, Ole Anderson, Gene Anderson, Roddy Piper and The Ninja. He yells about Ole Anderson going to Florida to attack him and he warns him and everyone else that he’s going to go back to the Carolinas and put everyone in the hospital.

Sgt. Slaughter is glad to see Ric Flair is hot at Sgt. Slaughter and that is exactly what he wanted. He wants him mad and at his best so he can take him down.

Terry Taylor vs. Mike Miller

Hammerlock reversals by both until Miller reaches the ropes. Mike Miller gets Taylor in a side headlock but they criss-cross the ropes and Taylor gets Miller with an armdrag and into an armbar. Miller escapes but Taylor quickly gets back to taking down Miller and working on his left arm.

Roddy Piper talks about a BBQ being done to help disabled children charities, only this is the early 1980s and the terms used are not very PC.

Mike Miller gets Terry Taylor into the ropes and gets in a fist. Miller whips him into the ropes but Taylor gets him with a sunset flip for a near fall. Back and forth between the two. High knee strike at Taylor by Miller. Miller gets a move reversed and Taylor gets him in a hammerlock. Austin Idol shows up to film the match.

Miller reaches the ropes to break the hold. He gets in a knee at Taylor’s mid-section and slams him. He lands a kneedrop on Taylor’s face. He can’t get the pin on Taylor. Miller gets Taylor in the corner and delivers a hard chop! They fight near the corner. Taylor whips Miller into the ropes and dropkicks him. Near fall by Taylor upsets Piper.

Some punches thrown by Miller and he gets in a another knee at Taylor’s mid-section. The fans start to cheer on Taylor. Miller rolls up Taylor but can’t get the pin. Taylor with a kick at Miller’s chest. He whips him into the ropes and backdrops Miller! Taylor gets Miller with an abdominal stretch and then goes for the pin while having hold of Miller. Taylor with the win.

WINNER: Terry Taylor

Promo for a Mid-Atlantic Bumper Sticker. That is followed by Roddy Piper’s promo for his match against Dusty Rhodes in Lansing, Michigan.

Pvt. Don Kernoodle & Pvt. Jim Nelson vs. Tony Anthony & Vinnie Valentino

Don Kernoodle and Vinnie Valentino start the match. Nelson quickly tagged in as they beat on Valentino. Quick tags by the two privates. Kernoodle lands an elbow on Valentino. Vinnie tries to fight back but he gets beaten down by both privates. Valentino hiptosses Nelson off him and tags in Anthony.

Tony Anthony gets a couple of dropkicks on Kernoodle and Nelson. He goes for a third one but Kernoodle holds onto the ropes. Kernoodle beats on Anthony. He tags in Nelson who starts choking Anthony with the ropes. Chinlock by Nelson on Anthony. Kernoodle back in the match and he stomps on Anthony. He gets Anthony with a neckbreaker and only gets a two-count. Dropkick by Kernoodle.

Tony Anthony slams Kernoodle and tries to tag Valentino but Nelson is quickly in the match and he beats on Anthony. Front facelock by Nelson. Anthony shoves his way to his corner and tags in Valentino. Valentino lands a few forearms at Nelson and he follows with a backdrop. He elbows Nelson and goes for the pin but only gets a two-count. Nelson tags in Kernoodle. Kernoodle tackles Valentino. He knocks Anthony off the ring apron.

Double-elbow by the privates on Valentino. Nelson gets Valentino in a side headlock. Kernoodle back in and he carries Valentino on his shoulders and drops him on the top rope. Valentino struggles but he’s able to tag in Anthony. Anthony backdrops Kernoodle! Kernoodle recovers and shoves Anthony into his corner. Nelson back in and he elbows Anthony. Kernoodle with a powerslam on Anthony. He tags in Nelson climbs up to the top rope as Kernoodle holds Anthony up and Nelson lands a clothesline for the pin.

WINNERS: Don Kernoodle & Jim Nelson

Jake Roberts returns with Bob Caudle and isn’t sure if the clothesline off the top rope by Kernoodle and Nelson was right. He isn’t happy with the heels in the territory and says he’s going to bring in others to battle them including Ric Flair, Wahoo McDaniel and even Andre The Giant.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Dave Patterson

Jake Roberts with a headlock on David Patterson. They run the ropes and Roberts catches Patterson with a right punch. Patterson and Roberts have a clean break on the ropes. They exchange wristlocks until Roberts knocks Patterson down. Side headlock by Roberts. Patterson escapes with a headscissors but Roberts again takes Patterson down with an armbar.

Patterson whips Roberts into the ropes. Sgt. Slaughter, Pvt. Nelson and Pvt. Kernoodle attack Roberts. Blackjack Mulligan Jr., Johnny Weaver and Ray Stevens all run in to make the save for Roberts!

WINNER: NO CONTEST

Another bumper sticker promo. Ray Stevens promo about Lansing, Michigan wrestling show. He talks about his match against Buzz Sawyer.

Ole Anderson & Stan “The Lariat” Hansen (w/ Gene Anderson) vs. Kelly Kiniski & Mike Davis

Ole Anderson and Kelly Kiniski start the match. Kiniski with a side headlock on Ole. Anderson tags Hansen and they both beat on Kiniski together. Hansen with a knee across Kiniski’s head. He tags in Anderson. Kiniski slams Anderson and lands an elbow. Davis tags in and he slams Anderson.

Ole Anderson with a leg takedown on Mike Davis. He tags in Hansen and they both chase after Davis. Hansen with a hard elbow on Davis. Austin Idol returns to film the match with his camera. Hansen beats on Davis and tags in Anderson. Ole slams Davis into the corner and gets him in a headlock. Ole with a forearm across Davis head. He whips Davis into his corner and tags in Hansen.

Stan Hansen with a big high knee at Davis off the ropes. Hansen shoves Kiniski and then attacks Davis again. He whips Davis into the ropes after tagging in Ole. Double elbow by Hansen and Anderson. Anderson with a slam and he tags in Hansen. Stan Hansen with the lariat on Mike Davis for the pin!

WINNERS: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen

Austin Idol joins Bob Caudle and says he’s sure most of the comments about him carrying a camera to ringside and film matches is probably Ricky Steamboat. He tells Steamboat that the camera has the secret of how he’s going to defeat him.

Ivan Koloff is still upset at “crazy man” Jimmy Valiant and says it is not too late for him to back out of their match. Koloff says Valiant is going to get hurt and he’s not happy that Valiant is challenging him for his TV title and vows he’s going to get Valiant out of wrestling.

Ole Anderson, Gene Anderson & Stan Hansen warn Jake Roberts, Dusty Rhodes, and Brisco Brothers. Ole says he’s not scared of Jack Brisco. Stan Hansen says he’s not worried about any of them or anyone else who wants to wrestle them. He says that he’ll kick all their butts because he’s the man from Texas!

SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode. Other than the Terry Taylor vs. Mike Miller match, the other matches were squash matches. Best match on the show though was the Sgt. Slaughter vs. Ron Ritchie match for just how stiff some of the chops and forearms were throughout by both guys. Jake Roberts complained about several heels including Sgt. Slaughter throughout the show and when it was time for his match, Sgt. Slaughter and company attacked him. It’s somewhat funny to hear the announcers refer to Kernoodle and Nelson as “Sgt. Slaughter’s Privates”, but that’s just my weird sense of humor.

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