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Mid-South Wrestling 2/17/1983

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 2/17/1983

Taped 2/16/1983 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 2/17/1983.

Boyd Pearce does the introduction on his own as “Cowboy” Bill Watts is ringside to do an interview with Buddy Nichols who is the sports director at KALB-TV in Alexandria, Louisiana and he’s there to do guest commentary with Boyd Pearce.

Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne talk about retaining the Mid-South Tag Team titles after beating Andre The Giant & Tony Atlas. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan joins them and congratulates them and asks DiBiase if he had anything to do with Akbar showing up and interfering. DiBiase’s confused and wants to know why Duggan asked him that. Duggan tells him there are three reasons that he doesn’t like Akbar’s involvement. First, he doesn’t like managers. Second, he’s making a living off them. Third, he worked with The Iron Sheik who is from Iran. Duggan asks again if they had something to do with Akbar and DiBiase denies any involvement with him.

Boyd Pearce says the Rat Pack made Andre The Giant mad and he wants revenge.

Art Crews vs. Tom Renesto Jr.

Fireman’s carry takedown by Art Crews on Renesto Jr. He follows with an armbar. Renesto Jr. with a forearm followed by a slam but Crews hangs onto the armbar. Crews with a body block followed by a dropkick at Renesto Jr. and back into an armbar.

Renesto Jr. whips Crews into the ropes and catches him with a forearm. He hits the ropes again but Crews catches him with another armbar. They get to the ropes and exchange forearms and elbows. Renesto Jr. slams him into the top turnbuckle. Crews gets fired up and delivers a few shots at Renesto Jr. who makes a comeback. Crews reverses a whip and backdrops Renesto Jr. He follows with some forearms.

Backdrop by Crews. He follows with a neckbreaker and Crews covers Renesto Jr. for the pin.

WINNER: Art Crews

“Cowboy” Bill Watts talks about the Fabulous Freebirds and says he doesn’t like them. He calls them opportunists and talks about the December 25, 1982 NWA World Title cage match between Ric Flair and Kerry Von Erich with Michael Hayes as the special referee. Watts mentions how that’s led to a big feud between the Freebirds and the Von Erich family. They show highlights of the cage match.

Mr. Wrestling II vs. Marty Lunde

Lunde gets in a cheap shot on Mr. Wrestling II but II returns the favor on Lunde. Mr. Wrestling II gets Lunde in a side headlock. Lunde whips Mr. Wrestling II into the ropes but II gets him back down with a side headlock. Lunde picks up Mr. Wrestling II but that doesn’t lead to II breaking the hold as he keeps it locked in on Lunde.

Marty Lunde whips Mr. Wrestling II into the ropes and leapfrogs over him but again he gets caught in a side headlock by II. Lunde gets him in the corner and gets in a few forearms but Mr. Wrestling II counters and punches him and catches him with a forearm. Back to a side headlock for poor Marty Lunde. Lundee gets in a few more shots on II. He goes for a move off the ropes but Mr. Wrestling II catches him with a fist in the mid-section.

Mr. Wrestling II gets control of the match. He whips Lunde across the ring and backdrops him. Mr. Wrestling II follows with a knee lift and covers Lunde for the pin. Watts talks about the North American Heavyweight title tournament on March 21st.

WINNER: Mr. Wrestling II

Bill Watts says they got a message from the back that warned The Junkyard Dog to keep his eyes open for a possible attack.

The Junkyard Dog vs. Sonny Rogers

Mr. Wrestling II and Tiger Conway Jr. stand ringside. Someone on a motorcycle shows up ringside. A man dressed in black climbs off and goes over and returns with a kendo stick. He enters the ring. He does some sort of ceremony with the kendo stick. JYD isn’t sure what’s going on. He gets in a fighting stance. The mystery man gets out of the ring and climbs back onto his motorcycle and leaves.

Sonny Rogers attacks JYD from behind. JYD punches and headbutts him. He gets him with the Thump powerslam and covers Rogers for the pin. Short match.

WINNER: The Junkyard Dog

The Rat Pack (Matt Borne & Ted DiBiase) vs. Tim Horner & Tony Torres

Matt Borne and Tony Torres start the match. Fast-paced start with Borne getting a knee into Torres mid-section. He catches Torres with a slam. Watts starts to talk about the interview were Duggan asked DiBiase and Borne if they had anything to do with Akbar. DiBiase tags in and he misses a dropkick and lands a fist across his face.

DiBiase slams Torres and then whips him into the ropes and hits him with a knee to the back. Borne tags back in and picks him up for an atomic drop, however, he’s near Torres’ corner, so Torres tags in Horner. Horner and Torres double-team Borne with an atomic drop. Horner hip tosses Borne and follows with a dropkick. Borne tags in DiBiase. DiBiase with a boot to Horner and quick tag to Borne. Borne whips Horner into the ropes but Horner is able to tag in Torres.

Borne catches Torres with a backdrop. DiBiase back in and he powerslams Torres for the pin. DiBiase yells at the fans.

WINNERS: Matt Borne & Ted DiBiase

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Tiger Conway Jr.

Duggan misses a punch at Conway Jr. on the ropes. They exchange some forearms and kicks in the corner. Duggan with a hiptoss on Conway Jr. He gets Tiger in a reverse chinlock. Watts mentions Duggan wants to exterminate Chavo Guerrero. Duggan whips Tiger into the ropes and catches him with a backbreaker.

Tiger Conway Jr. escapes a chinlock and turns it into a hammerlock. Duggan reaches the ropes and punches Conway Jr. across the face. He slams Tiger into the top turnbuckle. Conway Jr. makes a comeback. They go back and forth with some punches. Tiger whips Duggan into the ropes and backdrops him. He goes for the pin but Duggan powers out and tosses Tiger onto the referee.

Conway Jr. catches Duggan with a dropkick. He charges at Duggan but Hacksaw sends Tiger over the top rope to the floor. Duggan argues with the referee and that gives Tiger a chance to get back in the ring and get Duggan in a headlock. Duggan tosses Tiger into the referee. Duggan beats on Conway Jr. and gets ready for the spear. Duggan spears Conway Jr. and covers him for the pin. Referee Alfred Nealy declares Tiger Conway Jr. the winner.

The referee tries to tell Duggan that he lost, but Duggan instead tosses him to the outside. Tiger and Duggan continue to fight in the ring. Conway Jr. delivers some punches and backdrops him. He headbutts Duggan and whips him into the ropes and backdrops him again. Duggan leaves. Referee gets back in the ring and raises Tiger Conway Jr’s arm declaring him the winner.

WINNER: Tiger Conway Jr.

Kelly Kiniski vs. Joe Stark

Good back and forth to start the match. Kelly Kiniski eventually elbows Joe Stark and then slams him. He whips Stark into the ropes and catches him with a dropkick. Kiniski goes for a pin but Stark kicks out. Kiniski with a reverse chinlock on Stark. Pearce mentions two minutes remaining on the show.

Stark with a reversal into the corner but Kiniski catches him with an elbow. Kiniski takes him back down and into a reverse chinlock. He whips Stark into the ropes and catches him with a side slam. Stark is near the ropes. They start slugging it out until Kiniski gets Stark with a knee. He follows with a backbreaker and goes for the pin but Stark kicks out again. Stark goes for a near fall but Kiniski keeps getting back up and layin in some forearms. Match ends in a time-limit draw.

WINNER: TV time limit draw

SHOW THOUGHTS: Good show. Really enjoyed how they talked about last week’s tag team title match and how Gen. Skandor Akbar and Kamala helped The Rat Pack retain the titles. The interview segment showed how Duggan wanted nothing to do with Akbar and he hoped DiBiase and Borne agreed with him which they said they did. They planted the seed of a possible break-up and then later on the show they made sure to keep Duggan still as a heel in how he attacked Tiger Conway Jr. and the referee in his match. The Black Ninja debut as a mystery man riding a motorcycle into the building and then carrying a kendo stick was interesting but I’m not sure he had to do both. Seemed a bit much. He didn’t do anything either and just left. The highlights from the Flair vs. Von Erich match with the Freebirds turning was a great bonus which back then if you didn’t get World Class TV and were only getting Mid-South must have been very cool to watch even a few weeks later.


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