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Mid-South Wrestling 1/6/1983

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 1/6/1983

Taped 1/5/1983 at the Irish McNeil Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 1/6/1983.

Boyd Pearce and “Cowboy” Bill Watts are on commentary. Watts mentions that he just received a call from The Junkyard Dog and he mentions that JYD should be returning at the end of January. He also thinks JYD and Stagger Lee would make a great tag team!

Watts also talks about the Christmas match between Kerry Von Erich and Ric Flair where the Freebirds turned on Kerry Von Erich. He mentions how much he dislikes the Freebirds.

Bill Watts also talks about Mr. Wrestling II which leads to an interview with Reiser Bowden interviewing Mr. Wrestling II. They talk about Kamala’s attack on Mr. Wrestling II. They also bring up Mr. Olympia losing in the loser leaves town tag match against Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne after Mr. Olympia replaced Mr. Wrestling II as Stagger Lee’s tag team partner. Mr. Wrestling II feels it was his stupidity that led to Mr. Olympia losing because he went after Kamala and Friday. He says he is very proud of being Mr. Wrestling II and wearing his mask and apologizes to the fans and hopes to rectify it. Mr. Wrestling II mentions there have not been any threats since he and Kamala had their altercation.

They follow-up with a recap of Tony Atlas bench-pressing with The Junkyard Dog and Stagger Lee with him.

Steve “Dr. Death” Williams vs. Tom Renesto Jr.

Watts mentions that Dr. Death is fresh out of playing in the Fiesta Bowl and suffered a cracked wrist during the game. They lock-up and Williams tosses Renesto Jr. He takes Renesto Jr. down to the mat and Renesto Jr. reaches the ropes with his feet. Armdrag takedown by Williams. He keeps Renesto Jr. in an armbar and switches over to a wristlock.

Renesto Jr. throws punches at Dr. Death’s side but Doc keeps the wristlock on. Bill Watts spends most of the time talking about football. He mentions John Tenta (later wrestled as Earthquake) as a football star. Renesto Jr. throws a punch at Doc and that fires him up. He whips Renesto Jr. into the corner and backdrops him. Williams whips Renesto Jr. into the ropes and picks him up and then takes him down with the Oklahoma Stampede powerslam for the pin.

WINNER: Steve Williams

“Capt. Redneck” Dick Murdoch vs. Marty Lunde

Marty Lunde attacks Dick Murdoch before the bell rings. He kicks and punches at Murdoch. Snapmare and legdrop by Lunde. He goes for a pin but Murdoch kicks out. Lunde with a body slam and again goes for the cover but Murdoch kicks out again. He whips Murdoch into the ropes and Murdoch leapfrogs over him and catches Lunde with a dropkick!

Murdoch follows with an elbow drop and goes for the pin but Lunde kicks out. Lunde fights back. Watts mentions that he recently talked to Dusty Rhodes who said he’d like to reform the Texas Outlaws with Dick Murdoch again. Lunde rakes Murdoch’s face across the top rope. He gets in a few shots on Murdoch and whips him into the ropes. Murdoch goes for a sunset flip on Lunde but Marty kicks out and immediately attacks Murdoch.

Marty Lunde whips Murdoch into the corner but he gets caught by a big boot to the face from Murdoch. Elbow smash followed by punches from Murdoch. Murdoch whips Lunde into the ropes and hits him with an elbow. He whips him into the corner and picks him up for the brainbuster and covers Lunde for the pin.

WINNER: Dick Murdoch

Kamala (w/ Friday & Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Art Crews

Kamala attacks Art Crews before the bell rings. Chops and chokes from Kamala. He lists Crews up and slams him down. Kamala slams him a second time and then hits two splashes on him for the pin. Really short match.

WINNER: Kamala

Gen. Skandor Akbar and Gary Hart are interviewed before The Great Kabuki’s match. Akbar congratulates Hart for the success of H & H Enterprises and The Great Kabuki. He then mentions Stagger Lee, Dick Murdoch, Mr. Wrestling II & Tony “Big Guns” Atlas as four men who have been a thorn on his side in Mid-South Wrestling.

He asks Hart what he thinks about a merger. Hart tells Akbar that he respects him because he feels that he is the best when it comes to dealing with money and knows he has a lot of it. He tells Akbar that any time he wants to send him money, he’ll find that his pockets are not sowed up and says hewill help him with whatever he wants. Hart is impressed with Kamala and imagines what they all could do together.

The Great Kabuki (w/ Gary Hart) vs. Tim Horner

The Great Kabuki spews his green mist up in the air. He gets Horner by the arm and Horner uses his speed to combat Kabuki. Horner takes Kabuki down with a headscissors. Kabuki with a foot sweep followed by kicks and chops at Horner. He kicks Horner and climbs up to the middle rope and lands a hard chop across Horner’s shoulder.

Tim Horner tries to fight back but Kabuki catches him with a reverse swing kick. Kabuki follows with a nerve hold on Horner. Horner tries to elbow his way out of Kabuki’s grasp but he gets him back in the nerve hold. Horner punches Kabuki a few times but Kabuki chops him down. Again another nerve hold on Horner.

Gary Hart climbs up onto the ring apron. Kabuki keeps the nerve hold on Horner. Horner breaks the hold but Kabuki superkicks him and gets him in the nerve hold again. Horner with some punches and whips Kabuki into the ropes and backdrops him. Horner with a legdrop and a pin attempt but Kabuki kicks out. Kabuki with a kick but Horner whips him into the ropes. Kabuki with a body check and then catches Tim Horner with a superkick for the pin.

WINNER: The Great Kabuki

The Rat Pack (Matt Borne & Ted DiBiase) vs. Bruno Sammartino Jr. & Buddy Landell

Ted DiBiase and Bruno Sammartino Jr. start the match. Watts and Pearce talk about Watts having wrestled Bruno Sammartino in Madison Square Garden. DiBiase slams Sammartino Jr. and turns to the fans and laughs about Jr. He slams Sammartino Jr. again. Sammartino Jr. whips DiBiase into the ropes and body slams him twice and then slams Borne as well. He follows by armdragging both tag team champions! Fans cheer him on.

Sammartino Jr. slingshots DiBiase back into the ring. DiBiase tags in Borne. Borne with a front facelock on Sammartino Jr. He picks Sammartino Jr. up and places him on the top turnbuckle. Sammartino Jr. dropkicks Borne and then tags in Landell. Landell schooling Borne in the ring. Borne reverses and tags in DiBiase.

Ted DiBiase beats on Landell for a bit. Watts on commentary mentions that the Louisiana Heavyweight title will be retired soon because the North American Heavyweight and Mid-South Tag Team Titles cover so much of the region and promoters don’t want to hold tournaments to crown new champions for state titles. Landell whips DiBiase into the corner but is met by DiBiase’s knee when he charges into the corner. DiBiase knees him again.

Matt Borne back in and he lands more kneedrops across Landell’s face. He slams him into the corner and tags DiBiase back in. Landell fights back but DiBiase gets him in the corner where Borne goes to work on Landell while the referee is distracted. DiBiase with a backbreaker on Landell. DiBiase whips Landell into the ropes and Landell catches him with the kick.

DiBiase tags in Borne. Borne picks up Landell for an atomic kneedrop but Buddy reaches across and tags in Sammartino Jr. without Borne noticing. Sammartino Jr. with some punches. He backdrops Borne. DiBiase gets involved and Sammartino Jr. takes on both of them. Sammartino Jr. with a body slam followed by a legdrop for a near fall. Borne shoves Sammartino Jr. into his corner and tags in DiBiase.

Ted DiBiase goes for an atomic knee drop but Sammartino Jr. reverses it and gets him and backdrops him. Landell and Borne tagged in and they go back and forth. Landell whips Borne into the ropes and backdrops him. Landell whips Borne into the corner. DiBiase loads up his glove. He goes over and punches Landell and Borne covers him for the pin.

WINNERS: Matt Borne & Ted DiBiase

Mr. Wrestling II vs. “Gorgeous” Gino Hernandez

Mr. Wrestling II with a quick takedown on Hernandez. He gets Gino in a headscissors. Hernandez escapes and goes for a headlock but Mr. Wrestling II reverses it into an armbar. They’re close to the ropes and have to break. Side headlock by Mr. Wrestling II. Hernandez whips him into the ropes and he gets shoulder blocked and Mr. Wrestling II gets him back in a side headlock. Gino escapes by getting to the ropes.

Hernandez gets Mr. Wrestling II in a side headlock. He whips Gino into the ropes. Body check by Gino but again Mr. Wrestling II gets him in a a side headlock. Watts talks about Chavo Guerrero hot on the trail of Gino Hernandez. Gino slaps Mr. Wrestling II and that upsets II. Hernandez gets Mr. Wrestling II in a wristlock but II reverses it and slaps Hernandez. Fans start to chant “TWO! TWO! TWO!!”

Gino Hernandez gets in a few elbows on Mr. Wrestling II. He whips him into the corner and goes over the top of the corner and to the floor.Gino gets back in and attacks Mr. Wrestling II. He picks him up with a suplex and follows with a reverse elbow off the middle rope. Hernandez misses! Mr. Wrestling II gets back up and catches Gino with the knee lift for the pin.

WINNER: Mr. Wrestling II

Bill Watts mentions that next week a new combination will be on the show as Kamala will team with The Great Kabuki.

SHOW THOUGHTS: Very good episode to kick off 1983. Thought the last two matches were good. I could have done without seeing the Tony Atlas bench-pressing video for the 100th time. Watts is very good at letting fans know what is going on not only on the TV show but anything going on outside of it like in other territories or even news like what he did in telling fans the Louisiana Heavyweight Title was going to be retired. Gary Hart and Gen. Skandor Akbar forming an alliance should be fun. Hart’s been great in interviews when he forms alliances in other places like he did in Georgia with Piper. Murdoch vs. Lunde was also pretty competitive. The last two matches on the show though were the best part.

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