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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 4/3/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 4/3/1982

Taped 3/31/1982 at the WPCQ-TV Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aired on 4/3/1982.

Bob Caudle opens the show. NWA representative Sandy Scott joins him with an NWA World Tag Team Title tournament update. He announces Buddy Rose & Rip Oliver, Don Kernoodle & Jim Nelson, Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura, Mike Graham & Steve Keirn, Wahoo McDaniel & Don Muraco, Killer Khan & Angelo Mosca, Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell, Stan Hansen & Ole Anderson and Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta are some of the finalists in the tag team tournament.

Sgt. Slaughter joins Caudle and Scott at the desk. He mentions that he also recently won a tournament teaming with Pvt. Jim Nelson. Slaughter claims he has run out Wahoo McDaniel, Ricky Steamboat out of town and will do the same to Ric Flair.

Jack Brisco joins Bob Caudle for an interview. He talks about the competition and trouble in the territory and mentions how Sgt. Slaughter has a lot of confidence because he has two stooges that help him out. He challenges Sgt. Slaughter and his stooges to a match.

Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco vs. Mike Miller & Steve Sybert

Jack Brisco with a waistlock takedown on Sybert. Terry Taylor joins Bob Caudle and Sandy Scott on commentary and mentions that the Briscos helped him get into pro wrestling. Jack keeps Sybert down on the mat. Sybert gets up but Jack takes him down and tags in Jerry Brisco. Jerry with an inside cradle for a pin attempt. Sybert reaches out and tags in Miller.

Jack back in and gets Miller with a side headlock. Miller sends Jack Brisco into the ropes but Jack catches him with a body slam and follows with a side headlock. Quick tags from the Brisco Brothers. Jerry back in the match. He gets Miller on the mat. Jerry with a fireman’s carry takedown into a side headlock on Miller. Miller back up and he gets in a few forearms across Jerry’s back. Jerry makes a comeback and dropkicks Miller and goes back to a side headlock.

Jerry tags in Jack and he jumps off the ropes with a knee across Miller’s back. Backdrop by Jack Brisco on Miller. He snapmares Miller and follows with a knee drop for a two-count. Jack tags in Jerry and he whips Miller into the ropes and gets him with another backdrop. Miller tries to tag in Sybert but can’t. Jerry tags in Jack. Jerry gets Miller with a dropkick before leaving the ring. Jack Brisco back in the ring and he knocks down Miller and gets him in the figure-four leglock for the submission win.

WINNERS: Jack & Jerry Brisco

Jack & Jerry Brisco join Bob Caudle for an interview. Caudle tells them they looked good in the ring and Jerry mentioned that they’ve been training hard to succeed in the tag team tournament for the NWA World Tag Team titles. He mentions how they’ve held individual world titles but now wanted to be world tag team champions. Jack Brisco agrees and also sends out a warning to Sgt. Slaughter.

Tim Horner vs. Tony Russo

Handshake before they lock-up. Tim Horner takes down Tony Russo. Russo hip tosses Horner out of the corner. Jack Brisco joins the commentary team. Tim Horner takes down Russo and gets him in a side headlock. Russo escapes and gets Horner in a full nelson. Horner reverses it and knocks down Russo. Horner does a monkey flip off of Russo and lands on his feet and gets Russo in a side headlock.

Tony Russo escapes and takes Horner down. Horner reverses and again gets Russo down with an armbar. Russo with a hiptoss takes Horner down but Horner keeps the armbar locked on. Horner with an armdrag on Russo. Test of strength with Russo getting the advantage early on. Horner escapes and gets Russo with a headscissors! Really cool spot.

Test of strength again and Russo again takes down Horner. Horner fights back and escapes again. He goes for a headscissors but Russo blocks it, so Horner catches him with a dropkick again. Horner gets Russo back in a headlock. Russo picks up Horner and gets him with a backbreaker. He follows that up with a backflip and another backbreaker. Russo slams Horner and then slingshots him into the ropes. He stretches Horner out over his knees but Horner escapes.

Horner whips Russo into the corner and monkey flips him. He goes for a pin but Russo reverses it into a pin of his own. Horner whips Russo into the ropes and goes for a sunset flip but Horner escapes. Horner then goes for a pin of his own on Russo and gets the win. Good match.

WINNER: Tim Horner

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Bill White

Bill White shoves Jake Roberts into the corner but breaks cleanly. Jake Roberts takes down White and gets him in a chinlock. White reverses it into a hammerlock. Roberts with an elbow at the side of White’s head. He knocks White down and then slams him. Front facelock by Roberts. They break as they are near the ropes again.

Jake Roberts with a wristlock but White escapes and takes down Roberts by pulling his hair. Referee Sonny Fargo warns White. Roberts grabs hold of White’s left arm. Roberts keeps White in a wristlock. White tries to pin Roberts while still in the hold. White lands a knee across Roberts jaw and escapes the wristlock. White whips Roberts into the ropes and gets him with a forearm across the mid-section.

Roberts fights back and whips White into the ropes and backdrops him. Roberts gets a near fall on White. He gets White in a headlock. White escapes and stomps on Roberts. White gets Roberts in a front facelock. Roberts reverses it into a hammerlock. He lands a knee across White’s arm. White escapes and knocks Roberts down. He hits the ropes again but Roberts catches him in a body slam. Roberts goes back to an armbar on White. White sends Roberts to the outside of the ring.

Roberts returns to the ring and White continues his attack on Roberts. He whips Roberts into the corner. White goes for a slam but Roberts escapes and goes for a near fall. Roberts gets back up and catches White with a knee lift and covers him for the pin.

WINNER: Jake Roberts

Jake Roberts joins Bob Caudle and wants to talk about the tag team tournament. He also wants to wrestle Sgt. Slaughter so they can get it over with. He tells Slaughter that if he has to go thru his recruits he will do it. Blackjack Mulligan Jr. talks about Sgt. Slaughter and gives him credit for getting his privates into the tag team tournament.

Terry Taylor vs. Rick Benfield

Clean break by Terry Taylor near the ropes. Taylor takes down Benfield. Jack Brisco raves about Terry Taylor. Taylor with a hammerlock and takedown on Benfield. Benfield with a side headlock on Taylor. Brisco mentions that they trained with Taylor in Florida. Taylor gets Benfield with a headscissors. He keeps Benfield on the mat. Fans start to chant for Taylor.

Benfield gets in a cheap shot on Taylor but Taylor pays him back with a hard chop across the chest. Taylor again with a hammerlock takedown on Benfield. Wristlock by Taylor and Benfield briefly escapes the hold but Taylor takes him down again. Benfield tries to escape but Taylor keeps the hold locked on. Armbar on Benfield and Taylor keeps taking him back down on the mat. He gets in a few knee drops on Benfield’s left arm.

Rick Benfield gets Taylor in a side headlock. Taylor whips Benfield into the ropes and catches him with an armdrag into an armbar. Benfield gets in a few forearms and knees and tosses him out of the corner. He follows with an elbow but Taylor escapes and whip him into the ropes and dropkicks him. Taylor goes for the abdominal stretch and then drops down for the pin.

WINNER: Terry Taylor

Mike Rotundo is interviewed for a show in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He talks about his time in Syracuse and entering the pro ranks. He mentions having spent 12 years as an amateur wrestler and said that at first it was tough but he’s gotten use to it. Rotundo talks about the competition in the NWA and that he has to remain prepared for any opponent.

Ole Anderson & Stan “The Lariat” Hansen (w/ Gene Anderson) vs. Ron Ritchie & Tony Anthony

Ole Anderson and Ron Ritchie start the match. Ole gets Ritchie in a front facelock in the corner. Referee warns him. Ole just bullies Ritchie around the ring. He gets in a knee near the ropes and tags in Hansen. Hansen lands some forearms and knees on Ritchie. Chinlock by Hanson on Ritchie and follows with an elbow. Ole back in the ring and he continues to beat on Ritchie.

Ron Ritchie takes down Ole Anderson but he ends up falling out of the ring. Ole gets in a knee across Ritchie. Hansen heads over and chops Ritchie. Ole Anderson continues to attack Ritche on the ropes. Hansen tagged in and he continues the attack on Ritchie. Hansen whips Ritchie into the ropes and Ritchie kicks him and is able to tag in his partner Tony Anthony.

Tony Anthony comes in and gets in a few punches on Hansen. Hansen rakes his eyes and lands an elbow on Anthony. Hansen with a body slam and vicious elbow drop. Ole Anderson back in and he slams Anthony. Anderson tosses Anthony into the corner and gets him in a chinlock. Knee to the back by Ole. Hansen back in and he gets in more knee strikes at Anthony. Some forearms across Anthony’s back. Hansen tags in Anderson and he kicks at Anthony. Hansen back in and he whips Anthony into the ropes and catches him with the lariat for the pin!!!

WINNERS: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen

Stan Hansen yells “how do you like that Brisco?” at Jack Brisco who was on commentary.

Ole Anderson, Gene Anderson and Stan Hansen head over for their interview. Ole starts trashing Jack Brisco and asks him if he thinks that they have a chance against them. He tells Jack that he’s luck because everyone knows three guys can wipe out one. Jack Brisco tells Ole to try because he has friends in the back that will help him. Ole Anderson tells Jack Brisco it doesn’t matter who he brings with him because they can’t beat Ole, Gene and Hansen.

Sgt. Slaughter returns and mentions Jack Brisco and others talking about him and he repeats that he does whatever he wants to do. He again tells Ric Flair that he’s beaten him and will do it again.

Ivan Koloff is tired of Jimmy Valiant and says he is a nightmare because he is always on his mind and showing up during his matches. He vows to get rid of the “Boogie Woogie Man”.

SHOW THOUGHTS: Okay episode. Tim Horner vs. Tony Russo was a surprisingly good match. Rest of the matches were either kept short or just okay at best. Pretty interesting to see how many wrestlers are out to get Sgt. Slaughter. He’s been the main heel in the territory since arriving and everyone seems to have an issue with him. I really enjoy watching Stan Hansen in TV matches because he just looks like such a bully and his lariat looks devastating every time.

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