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Mid-South Wrestling 12/9/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 12/9/1982

Taped 12/8/1982 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 12/9/1982.

Boyd Pearce and Paul Boesch are on commentary. Paul Boesch jokes about having to wear a headset over his cauliflowered ears! He also praised the relationship that he as the Houston promoter has with the affiliation with Mid-South Wrestling.

Hacksaw Duggan gets interviewed by Paul Boesch. Duggan is holding the Louisiana State Championship belt and tells Boesch that he wants to win the Brass Knuckles Championship that Boesch created years ago and was last held by “Cowboy” Bill Watts. Duggan wants the belt reinstated and even suggests Watts come out of retirement so he can get a shot at that title. Duggan wants to talk about Tony Atlas but Boesch cuts the interview off.

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Lester Parks

Hacksaw Duggan stomps on the mat before the start of the match. He takes down Lester Parks and roughs him up a bit on the mat. Duggan lays in a few forearms across the back of Parks. He slams him into the corner. Parks tries to fight back but Duggan continues to pummel him. Duggan whips Parks into the ropes and drops him with an elbow.

Duggan picks up Parks and slams him down onto the mat. Duggan gets into his football stance and spears Parks. Duggan gets the pin in a very short match.

WINNER: Hacksaw Duggan

Mr. Wrestling II vs. Mike Bond

They lock-up and Bond tries for a leg takedown but Mr. Wrestling II slips away from him. Bond gets Mr. Wrestling II in a wristlock. He reverses it and takes down Bond. Side headlock by Bond. Mr. Wrestling II whips him into the ropes and backdrops Bond. He gets Bond in a front facelock and takes him down. Fireman’s carry attempt by Bond but Mr. Wrestling II keeps the hold locked in.

Mike Bond gets Mr. Wrestling II in the corner but still can’t escape the front facelock. Bond picks up Mr. Wrestling II and suplexes him but II keeps the facelock on! Mr. Wrestling II goes for the pin but Bond kicks out. Mr. Wrestling II charges at Bond again and he gets him back in a front facelock. He suplexes Bond. Mr. Wrestling II follows with a knee lift and covers Bond for the pin.

WINNER: Mr. Wrestling II

Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne are interviewed by Paul Boesch. DiBiase says he was robbed of the North American Heavyweight Title. He said that he did unmask Stagger Lee and reveal that it was the Junkyard Dog. He said suddenly all the photographers who were there didn’t have pictures of this incident and matchmaker Grizzly Smith told DiBiase that he wasn’t there and didn’t see the match. DiBiase asks Boesch if he’s ever known of Smith not watching a title match. He says no. Also says Boyd Pearce was there and said he wasn’t there. Matt Borne claims he saw it was JYD under the mask.

DiBiase asks Boesch to get him a rematch against Stagger Lee in Houston, Texas so he can prove that it was the Junkyard Dog. He feels Boesch would be fair and not biased.

Boyd Pearce tells Paul Boesch that he was at the Superdome for that match and he was ringside. However, when the unmasking happened he was talking to a police officer ringside and did not see what happened.

Stagger Lee vs. Marty Lunde

Marty Lunde tries to get in a cheap shot at Stagger Lee while on the ropes but Lee blocks it. Lee whips Lunde into the ropes and catches him with a clothesline. Stagger Lee body slams Lunde and goes for a pin but only gets a two-count. Stagger Lee gets Lunde in a chinlock but Lunde elbows his way out of it. Lee lands a headbutt that knocks Lunde down. He whips Lunde into the ropes and gets him with a forearm across the chest. Stagger Lee goes for another headbutt and knocks Lunde down and Lee covers him for the pin.

WINNER: Stagger Lee

Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne vs. Buddy Landell & Tim Horner

Matt Borne and Tim Horner start the match. Borne and Horner with some good exchanges early on. Horner gets Borne in a wristlock and tags in Landell. Wristlock reversals. Landell gets Borne with a hiptoss. He backdrops Borne and Borne heads to the outside.

Borne tags in Ted DiBiase. DiBiase gets Landell in a side headlock. They run the ropes a bit with DiBiase trying for a sunset flip but Landell stops him and sends DiBiase to the outside. The fans gets on DiBiase as he’s outside the ring. DiBiase goes back in the ring. Landell tags in Horner. Horner misses a kick out of the corner. DiBiase misses an elbow. Fast-paced action as Horner sends both DiBiase and Borne to the outside.

DiBiase gets back in the ring and Horner and Landell keep on DiBiase. Ted tags in Borne but Landell continues to control the action. Landell picks up Borne for the atomic drop. Borne tags DiBiase while up in the air. Landell complete the atomic drop on Borne but DiBiase is up on the middle rope and lands an elbow across Landell’s back. He slams Landell’s head into the top corner.

Ted DiBiase punches Landell. He folows with an elbow and tags in Borne. Borne slams Landell and lands a knee across his face. Landell kicks out of a pin attempt. Borne gets Landell in a reverse chinlock. Landell fights back but Borne slams his head into the mat. He gets Landell in a front facelock.

Borne tags in DiBiase who continues to beat on Landell. Backbreaker on Landell and DiBiase gets another two-count. Backdrop on Landell. DiBiase tags Borne back in and he lays in a forearm. Borne with a suplex on Landell and again another two-count. DiBiase gets back in the ring and he whips Landell into the ropes. Landell kicks DiBiase and tags in Horner.

Tim Horner takes on both DiBiase and Borne. He slams and dropkicks both. Horner and DiBiase collide and knock each other down. Landell gets in the ring and the referee tries to get him out of the ring. Borne climbs up to the top rope and lands a seated senton on Horner! DiBiase gets Horner in a figure-four leglock for the win.

WINNERS: Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne

“Mr. U.S.A.” Tony Atlas vs. Tug Taylor

Tony Atlas and Tug Taylor shove each other around a few times. Atlas takes Taylor down with armdrags and then sends him to the outside after a dropkick. Taylor gets back in the ring and Atlas gets him in a waistlock. They reach the ropes so the hold has to be broken.

Tug Taylor gets Atlas in a full nelson but Atlas easily breaks free from it. Standing armlock by Taylor but Atlas shoves him down to the mat. Taylor breaks away and gets in a few shots at Atlas. Atlas hits him back with an elbow. He whips Taylor across the corner but Taylor jumps over the corner. He points at his head like he’s outsmarted Atlas, only Atlas slingshots him back into the ring.

Tony Atlas whips Taylor again into the corner and monkey flips him out of the corner. Atlas punches Taylor and follows with a headbutt. Atlas picks up Taylor up in the air and slams him down. Tony Atlas climbs up to the middle rope and hits a driving headbutt at Taylor. He follows with a big splash for the pin.

WINNER: Tony Atlas

“Gorgeous” Gino Hernandez vs. Tony Torres

Gino Hernandez with a takedown on Tony Torres. He stretches Torres by the arm and follows it with an armbar. Torres slams Hernandez. Good mat work by both men. Gino with a front facelock but Torres with a fireman’s carry takedown escapes. Mule kick by Hernandez.

Chinlock by Hernandez on Torres. Torres with a snapmare but Hernandez quickly grabs hold of his leg to take him back down. Hernandez with a leglock. Torres with a forearm across Gino’s chest but Hernandez keeps the hold on him. Hernandez keeps Torres down on the mat. Spinning toe hold by Hernandez on Torres.
Hernandez keeps working on Torres’ left leg. Torres smashes his right leg across Gino’s face. Hernandez goes to the outside to get a brief break. He gets back in the ring and again takes down Torres with a headscissors. Hernandez whips Torres into the ropes and elbows him. He goes for a second whip into the ropes and dropkicks Torres. Two near falls by Gino. Hernandez with a suplex. He follows with a reverse elbow drop off the middle rope to get the pin.

WINNER: Gino Hernandez

Chavo Guerrero & Mr. Olympia vs. The Davidson Brothers (John Davidson & Rick Davidson)

The Davidson Brothers attack Chavo and Mr. Olympia before the bell rings. Mr. Olympia and Guerrero make a comeback by dropkicking both Davidson Bros. out of the ring. John Davidson tries to get in the ring but backs away before finally getting into the ring. Mr. Olympia slams Rick Davidson. He tags in Chavo who monkey flips Rick out of the corner. John tags in Rick but Mr. Olympia gets him in an armbar.

Mr. Olympia tags in Chavo Guerrero who lands on Rick Davidson’s left arm. Chavo gets Rick in an armbar. Rick stretches out to tag John but Chavo jumps over Rick and punches John Davidson. Guerrero grabs Rick and tags in Mr. Olympia. Mr. Olympia keeps Rick from tagging in John. Guerrero back in the ring with the wristlock. He tags Mr. Olympia back in and he continues to keep Rick in a hammerlock. He drops his knee into Rick’s left arm.

Chavo Guerrero back in with a kick at Rick Davidson. Boyd Pearce mentions the time is coming to an end. Rick with a big elbow on Guerrero and he tags in his brother John. Chavo escapes and tags in Mr. Olympia. Mr. Olympia whips John into the ropes and he and Guerrero with a double dropkick. Chavo Guerrero gets slingshotted from the ropes by Mr. Olympia and shoulder blocks John Davidson and gets the pin.

WINNERS: Chavo Guerrero & Mr. Olympia

SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode. You see more influence from Paul Boesch as there are more Houston wrestling regulars on here. All the matches were pretty short with the best match being the DiBiase & Borne tag match. The Hernandez vs. Torres match was a pretty good short match. They continued to build up Duggan wanting a mach with Tony Atlas and DiBiase wanting another shot at unmasking Stagger Lee to prove that he is The Junkyard Dog. Chavo Guerrero & Mr. Olympia made for a fun team and would be good opponents for DiBiase & Borne.

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