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Mid-South Wrestling 2/10/1983

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 2/10/1983

Taped 2/2/1983 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 2/10/1983.

Boyd Pearce and “Cowboy” Bill Watts on commentary. The North American Heavyweight Title is on the announcer’s table and Watts starts to talk about that title’s current situation. The board of directors of Mid-South announce a one-night tournament on March 21st in New Orleans to crown a new North American Heavyweight Champion. Watts says they’ll talk more about it in the coming weeks.

Reiser Bowden interviewed Mr. Wrestling II before the show talking about someone damaging property that looks like his. Mr. Wrestling II says it’s not his property but masks that look like his that are being sent. He got a note included warning him. Mr. Wrestling II is tired of these messages and wants this individual to show up and stop threatening him.

Mr. Wrestling II vs. Mike Bond

Mr. Wrestling II and Mike Bond lock-up and get on the ropes were Bond just lays in some forearms and kicks at II. Mr. Wrestling II fights back and knocks Mike Bond around and catches him with a punch to the mid-section off the ropes. Front facelock by Mr. Wrestling II. Bond tries to break out of the hold but can’t.

Mr. Wrestling II rolls over and goes for a pin but Bond kicks out. Bond gets caught in a front facelock again and gets taken down to the mat once more. They get back on the ropes and Bond lays in some knees into Mr. Wrestling II that sends him into the middle and bottom ropes. Some elbows by Bond into a snapmare followed by a knee into the mid-section. Bond starts to rip at Mr. Wrestling II’s mask.

Mr. Wrestling II fights back and whips Bond into the ropes and catches him with a hard chop. He follows with a running knee lift and gets the pin on Bond.

WINNER: Mr. Wrestling II

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan interview talking about how he’ll be in the North American Heavyweight title tournament. He says the Louisiana Title doesn’t fit him and he will definitely be participating in this tournament. He again asks Paul Boesch to bring back the Brass Knuckles title.

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Art Crews

Art Crews attacks Duggan right away and goes for a roll-up for a pin but Duggan kicks out. Waistlock takedown by Crews on Duggan. Duggan starts to stomp around the ring. He catches Crews with a big punch and elbow. He slams Crews. Duggan follows with a front facelock on Crews. Crews tries to fight out of the facelock but Duggan keeps it locked in.

Crews is finally able to break out of the facelock and lays in some forearms on Duggan. Duggan reverses and gets in another forearm on Crews. He follows with an elbow and gets Crews in a headlock. Watts talks about how Duggan is still upset over losing to Chavo Guerrero. Duggan with a neckbreaker on Crews. Crews gets in some more punches and whips Duggan into the ropes. He gets him with a shoulder tackle in the corner.

Big slam by Crews followed by a dropkick. Duggan waves off a second dropkick and follows with a body slam. Backdrop sends Crews down to the mat. Duggan follows with a spear to knock down Crews and covers him for the pin.

WINNER: Hacksaw Duggan

“Iron” Mike Sharpe vs. Kelly Kiniski

Kelly Kiniski gets Mike Sharpe in an armbar. Sharpe reverses it into a headscissors. He follows with a side headlock. Kiniski whips him into the ropes and the both run the ropes a bit until Sharpe leapfrogs over Kiniski and catches him with a pair of dropkicks. Sharpe misses an elbow and that gives Kiniski his chance to take down Sharpe.

Some hard forearms thrown by Kiniski and then follows with a dropkick for a near fall. Snapmare into a chinlock by Kiniski. Sharpe whips him off but Kiniski kicks at Sharpe. He slams Kiniski into the top turnbuckle. Kiniski fights back. Another snapmare into a headlock by Kiniski to keep Sharpe on the mat.

Sharpe back up to his feet but Kiniski pulls the trunks to knock him down. Referee warns Kiniski. Sharpe knocks Kiniski down. Big forearms from Sharpe at Kiniski. He whips Kiniski into the ropes and catches him with an elbow. Another dropkick by Sharpe. Kiniski breaks out of a piledriver attempt. He hits the ropes but Sharpe’s ready and catches Kiniski with a clothesline and gets the pin.

WINNER: Mike Sharpe

Buddy Landell & Joe Stark vs. Sonny Rogers & Tom Renesto Jr.

Joe Stark and Sonny Rogers start the match. Fireman’s carry takedown by Rogers. He does it a second time. Watts talks about how much Buddy Landell has improved. Fireman’s carry takedown by Stark as payback on Rogers who complains about his trunks getting pulled. Watts talks about the decline of the Junior Heavyweight division in the U.S. since Danny Hodge retired.

Buddy Landell tags in and goes to work on Sonny Rogers with his quickness and gets Rogers in an armbar. Rogers whips Landell into the ropes but that gets reversed and Landell sends Rogers into his corner with an atomic knee drop. Rogers tags in Renesto Jr. Landell continues to control the match and gets Renesto Jr. in an armbar. Renesto Jr. breaks free and catches Landell with a knee. Rogers tags back in.

Sonny Rogers and Tom Renesto Jr. with some quick tags on Landell. Landell kicks Renesto Jr. and tags in Stark who takes on both his opponents. All four men get in the ring. Landell knocks Rogers to the outside. Referee tries to get Landell out of the ring. Stark slams Renesto Jr. and covers him for the pin. While the referee is distracted, Rogers climbs to the top rope. Stark sees what is going on and moves out of the way which leads to Rogers landing a knee drop on Renesto Jr. Landell runs in and goes after Rogers while Stark covers Renesto Jr. for the pin! Fun finish to the match. Stark gets his first win on Mid-South TV and he shows it!

WINNERS: Buddy Landell & Joe Stark

The Rat Pack (Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne) vs. Andre The Giant & Tony Atlas for the Mid-South Tag Team Titles

Matt Borne and Tony Atlas start the match. Some quick reversals to start the match. Atlas knocks Borne down. DiBiase gets in the ring and Atlas beats on both of them. Atlas tags Andre while Borne is in the ring. Andre picks Borne up and tosses him across the ring. He does the same to DiBiase. He does it again to Borne and then headbutts DiBiase. Borne and DiBiase head to the outside.

Andre The Giant slaps at Borne. Borne tags in DiBiase who tries to get Andre in a full nelson. Borne comes back in and Andre knocks both of them down. Big chop across DiBiase’s chest. Andre tags in Atlas who goes for a roll-up for a pin on DiBiase. Atlas follows with a suplex on DiBiase. DiBiase rakes Atlas eyes. He kicks at Atlas shoulder and knocks him down. Borne tags back in and slams Atlas. He follows with a knee drop on Atlas. Atlas throws Borne off him during a pin attempt.

Matt Borne gets Atlas in a front facelock. Atlas escapes but Borne holds onto him and tags in DiBiase. DiBiase rakes Atlas eyes and slams his head into the top turnbuckle. Atlas counters and tags in Andre The Giant. Andre whips DiBiase into the ropes and kicks him. Borne tags back in and Andre beats on Borne. DiBiase tries to save Borne and Andre beats on both before tagging Tony back in.

Tony Atlas with a backdrop on Matt Borne. He only gets a two-count. Borne rakes Atlas eyes and then tries to throw a punch at him but hits the referee instead. Referee falls to the outside floor. All four men get in the ring. Andre The Giant chases after DiBiase. Hacksaw Duggan runs in and knocks Tony Atlas down. Duggan attacks Andre. DiBiase loads up his glove and punches Andre The Giant. Borne and DiBiase try to go for a slam but Andre stops them and puts them both in a bear hug.

Gen. Skandor Akbar comes out and out comes Kamala! Kamala heads into the ring and hits Andre The Giant with a 2×4! Tony Atlas makes the save and dropkicks Kamala. Hacksaw Duggan gets back in the ring and attacks Atlas. Kamala slams Andre The Giant! The Junkyard Dog and Mr. Wresting II come out and make the save! Andre is bleeding from his forehead after being hit by the 2×4!

WINNERS: Andre The Giant & Tony Atlas via DQ.

The Junkyard Dog vs. Marty Lunde

They exchange punches with JYD finally knocking down Lunde. Some headbutts by The Junkyard Dog and he sends Lunde to the floor. JYD whips Lunde into the ropes and catches him with a big forearm across the face for a near fall. Headlock by JYD. Lunde tries to break out but JYD knocks him down again. JYD chokes Lunde on the ropes with the referee warning him. Knee lift by JYD.

JYD with a leg sweep on Lunde and he goes for the pin but picks Lunde up again. Another headbutt by JYD. Lunde gets in some punches on JYD but gets whipped into the ropes and JYD catches him with a clothesline and covers Lunde for the pin.

WINNER: The Junkyard Dog

Bill Watts returns and talks about the attack on Andre The Giant. He mentions Andre was very angry and they will show the interview.

Andre The Giant tells Bill Watts that no one had ever done that to him before. He wants Kamala back in the ring and manhandles Watts and asks if he was a part of this. Andre tells him that he’s mad and they show Andre kicking at some tables in the back.

Tim Horner vs. Don Bass

Don Bass and Tim Horner go around the ring as they lock-up. They’re told to break. Horner with a side headlock with Bass escaping. Horner uses his quickness and surprises Bass and takes him down with an armdrag. Bass tries to slow the match down with a hammerlock but that gets reversed and Horner takes him down. Bass reaches the bottom rope to get Horner to break his hold.

Tim Horner goes for a pin on Don Bass but he reaches the ropes again. Side headlock by Horner. Bass gets Horner on the ropes and lays in a forearm. Horner reverses an armbar and again takes down Bsas with a side headlock. Bass tosses Horner into the corners. Big elbow by Bass on Horner. He rakes Horner’s eyes.

Bass whips Horner into the ropes and backdrops him. Horner punches back at Bass and whips him into the ropes and backdrops him. A pair of dropkicks by Horner. Horner gets whipped into the corner and climbs up and catches Bass with a cross body block for a pin. Bass kicks out at two. Horner charges at him off the ropes and catches Bass with a Thesz Press for the pin!

WINNER: Tim Horner

SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode with the Mid-South Tag Team title match being the best part of the show. They did a great job with that match and showing just how big of a challenge Andre The Giant was to DiBiase and Borne that they needed Kamala and Hacksaw Duggan’s help to fend Andre and Atlas off. The North American Heavyweight title getting vacated should make for some strong angles coming up. The rest of the matches on the show were there more to build-up other names. I enjoyed how they had a couple of matches were preliminary wrestlers got to get a bit of shine.

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