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Mid-South Wrestling 2/3/1983

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 2/3/1983

Taped 2/2/1983 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 2/3/1983.

Boyd Pearce and “Cowboy” Bill Watts are on commentary. Watts mentions that they received the North American title back. There is no Stagger Lee and Junkyard Dog has attempted to take his place in some matches in various areas but they have not heard back from Stagger Lee who appears to have abandoned the title. Watts said there are many rumors as to what happened to Stagger Lee.

Bill Watts shows a full-color album on Junkyard Dog.

Tim Horner vs. Sonny Rogers

Sonny Rogers gets in a forearm across Tim Horner’s chest but Horner fights back and Rogers heads to the ropes to get a break in the action. Takedown by Rogers gets reversed by Horner who follows with a couple of armdrags. Watts mentions that Steve “Dr. Death” Williams reported to the USFL’s New Jersey Generals who drafted him as their number 1 pick. He also mentions that the wrestling world is abuzz over Kerry Von Erich’s NWA World title match against Ric Flair in which Michael Hayes cost him the title.

Some fast action between Rogers and Horner leads to Horner grabbing him in a side headlock. Watts continues to talk about The Freebirds. Rogers with some shoulder blocks on Horner until Horner gets him again in a side headlock.Rogers whips him into the ropes and gets him with a knee. Big elbow by Rogers but Horner fights back and sends Rogers into the corner with some forearms. Rogers gets in a couple of cheap shots on Horner.

Rogers slams Horner into the corner but again Horner fights back. Rogers uses a thumb to the throat and the referee calls for a disqualification on Rogers. They both continue to fight after the bell rings. Horner catches Rogers with a pair of dropkicks and punches Rogrs who leaves the ring.

WINNER: Tim Horner via DQ.

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Joe Stark

Hacksaw Duggan gets i nsome punches and forearms on Stark in the corner and then kicks at him. He follows by tossing him out of the corner and gets Stark in a reverse chinlock. Stark tries to power out of the hold but Duggan pulls him back down by the hair. Duggan whips Stark into the ropes and elbows him. Back in a side headlock goes Stark.

Duggan with a punch at Stark and he tells the referee that it was a forearm. He whips Stark into the ropes and gets him with a backbreaker. He stretches him over his knee. Duggan picks him up again and slams him to the mat and follows with a kneedrop but Stark moves out of the way. Stark gets in some offense including a pair of dropkicks. Stark charges at Duggan from the ropes and Duggan just tosses him into the corner. He picks Stark up again and tosses him again into the corner and covers Stark for the pin.

WINNER: Hacksaw Duggan

Kamala “The Ugandan Giant” (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & Friday) vs. Buddy Landell

Buddy Landell charges at Kamala but Kamala knocks him down. Some chops and a choke by Kamala. He chokes Landell in the corner. Kamala with more chops and chokes on Landell. He whips Landell into the ropes and catches him with another chop. Kamala continues to choke Landell. He slams Landell’s head onto the mat.

Kamala slaps at his belly and follows by taking Landell into the corner and chopping Buddy. Landell escapes and tries to fight back but Kamala knocks him down. Kamala with a double thrust chop on Landell. He follows with a pair of splashes on Landell and covers him for the pin.

WINNER: Kamala

“Mr. U.S.A.” Tony Atlas vs. Kelly Kiniski

Tony Atlas takes down Kellly Kiniski but Kiniski reaches the ropes. Fireman’s carry takedown by Atlas into an armbar. Kiniski back up and tries to fight back but Atlas elbows him across the top of the head. Atlas again takes Kiniski down and gets him in a hammerlock. Kiniski reaches the ropes.

Wristlock reversals by the two with Atlas gaining the advantage and getting Kiniski in an armlock. Kiniski gets up and stomps on Atlas to break the hold. That lights a fire on Atlas who backdrops Kiniski. Atlas gets Kiniski in a wristlock. Kiniski shoves Atlas into the corner and gets in some forearms across his chest. More forearms and punches from Kiniski until Atlas reverses and delivers some punches of his own and hiptosses him out of the corner. Atlas with a flying headscissors on Kiniski. Gets him with another one. Then follows that up with a dropkick at Kiniski. Atlas gorilla press slams Kiniski and follows with a big splash for the pin.

WINNER: Tony Atlas

Andre The Giant vs. Mike Bond & Tom Renesto Jr. in a 2-on-1 Handicap match

Tom Renesto Jr. starts off against Andre The Giant. Andre gets him in the corner but breaks cleanly. Renesto Jr’s upset that Andre patted his face as he broke. Reverse surfboard by Andre The Giant on Renesto Jr. Mike Bond interferes and Renesto Jr. tries to get some cheap shots in on Andre but he gets knocked down.

Andre with a knee lift on Renesto Jr. He gets Renesto Jr. in the corner and gets him with a big hard slap. Bond runs in to help Renesto Jr. but Andre knocks him down. Front facelock by Andre on Renesto Jr. Mike Bond runs back in and they double team Andre. They get Andre in the corner but Andre smashes their heads together. Andre whips Bond into the ropes and chops him. He kicks Renesto Jr. Both Bond and Renesto Jr. get tossed around by Andre until they knock him down to the mat. Andre monkey filps both men off him. They go for a pin on Andre but he kicks out and gets back up on his feet.

Andre The Giant slams both into each other. He whips Renesto Jr. into the corner. Sends Bond into him as well. Andre with some shoulder tackles into both of them. He headbutts Bond and kicks him. Renesto Jr. climbs to the top rope but Andre catches him and slams him down onto Mike Bond. Andre sits on both of them for the pin.

WINNER: Andre The Giant

Bill Watts mentions next week’s main event will be Andre The Giant & Tony Atlas vs. Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne for the Mid-South Tag Team titles. They air an interview with Matt Borne and Ted DiBiase. DiBiase calls that title match a raw deal but then starts to complain about Stagger Lee no-showing two title defenses against him which means he forfeited those matches which means that he should be the North American Heavyweight Champion due to forfeiture. He then complains that Junkyard Dog started a rumor that he squealed on Stagger Lee to his probation officer and that led to Stagger Lee being put back in prison. DiBiase says that is a lie and that there is no Stagger Lee because it is Junkyard Dog.

DiBiase then says Mid-South is trying to get rid of them by having the strongest man in wrestling Tony Atlas teaming with the largest man in wrestling Andre The Giant. Matt Borne says they are the best tag team champions Mid-South’s ever had and they are going to prove it next week.

Mr. Wrestling II & The Junkyard Dog vs. Don Bass & Marty Lunde

Ted DiBiase and Matt Borne show up before the match and tell Bass and Lunde that they will buy the contract for this match and face Mr. Wrestling II & The Junkyard Dog. Lunde wants the match because it’s a big chance for him & Bass. They all head outside and reach an agreement.

DiBiase and Borne continue the match and attack JYD and Mr. Wrestling II. All four men are in the ring and DiBiase and Borne get knocked down a few times. Lunde and Bass run in and attack JYD and Mr. Wrestling II. DiBiase tries to hit JYD with his loaded glove but he blocks it. Mr. Wrestling II and JYD send Borne and DiBiase to the outside. Mr. Wrestling II pins Don Bass and JYD pins Lunde after getting him with the Thump powerslam!

WINNERS: Mr. Wrestling II & The Junkyard Dog

“Iron” Mike Sharpe vs. Art Crews

Mike Sharpe gets Art Crews in a front facelock to start the match. Leg takedown by Sharpe. Crews kicks him off. Bill Watts mentions Big John Tenta as a Canadian amateur wrestler who is in LSU. Wristlock reversals lead to Sharpe getting Crews in an armlock. Side headlock by Sharpe.

Sharpe with a series of shoulder tackles on Crews. Crews catches Sharpe by surprise with a dropkick. Some clean technical wrestling between the two. Sharpe gets Crews in a full nelson. Crews drops thru and kicks Sharpe. Sharpe regains control of the match with an armbar on Crews. Crews escapes and takes Sharpe down with a waistlock.

Art Crews knocks down Sharpe but they’re near the ropes. Test of strength with Sharpe turning it into a monkey flip. Crews back up and chops Sharpe and then hiptosses him out of the ropes. Sharpe catches Crews with a clothesline for the pin.

WINNER: Mike Sharpe

Bill Watts interviews Tony Atlas and Andre The Giant about next week’s tag title match. Andre said he usually doesn’t want to be a champion but when Tony Atlas asked him, he agreed because they are good friends. Atlas mentions how when you wrestle The Rat Pack in tag matches there is always a third member that shows up.

Bill Watts reminds everyone that Stagger Lee has gone missing and the North American Heavyweight title has been returned.

SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode with Ted DiBiase and Matt Borne trying to attack Mr. Wrestling II & The Junkyard Dog with the help of Don Bass & Marty Lunde backfiring on them. Tim Horner vs. Sonny Rogers was probably the best match on the show. This show focused more on Andre The Giant’s appearance and the DiBiase & Borne angle. There was also a lot of talk about Stagger Lee’s disappearance and him returning the North American Heavyweight title.

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