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Mid-South Wrestling 2/24/1983

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 2/24/1983

Taped 2/16/1983 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 2/24/1983.

Boyd Pearce and Buddy Nichols are on commentary.

They re-air the final moments of the January 5th encounter between Chavo Guerrero and Gino Hernandez. This was a good match.

Tiger Conway Jr. vs. Sonny Rogers

Tiger Conway Jr. offers to shake hands with Sonny Rogers but Rogers refuses. Conway Jr. turns his back and Rogers tries to attack him only Conway Jr. moves out of the way and catches him with a series of armdrags. They exchange forearms near the corner. Conway Jr. with a leg takedown on Rogers. Rogers reaches the ropes but Tiger flips him off the ropes.

Conway Jr. with a wristlock reversal takes Rogers down to the mat and baack up. Armbar by Tiger despite Rogers trying to escape. Rogers tries to slam Conway Jr. but Tiger keeps the armbar locked in. Front facelock by Conway Jr. but they reach the ropes and Rogers lays in some forearms on Conway Jr. He chokes Tiger in the corner but Conway Jr. punches him away. They go back and forth with Conway Jr. with a whip reversal on Rogers.

A pair of headscissors by Tiger Conway Jr. Rogers backs Conway Jr. into the corner and again another reversal by Tiger. Conway Jr. climbs to the middle rope and lands a headbutt on Rogers and covers him for the pin.

WINNER: Tiger Conway Jr.

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Tony Torres

Hacksaw Duggan shoves Tony Torres away. He gets Torres in the corner but breaks away cleanly. Torres uses his speed and catches Duggan with a dropkick. He goes for a second dropkick but Duggan waves him off and Torres misses. Duggan stomps and beats on Torres!

Duggan with an armdrag sends Torres across the ring. He follows with a kneedrop and goes for the pin but Duggan picks Torres back up. Duggan with a body slam followed by an elbow. Torres kicks out of a pin attempt. Duggan gets Torres with a front facelock and starts to hammer away at Torres back. He backdrops Torres and then speas Torres for the pin.

WINNER: Hacksaw Duggan

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

“Cowboy” Bill Watts returns on commentary and replaces Buddy Nichols. He talks about what a monster Kamala is and what he did to Andre The Giant recently. Kamala quickly attacks Mike Bond with some hard chops. He chokes Bond and takes him to the corner and delivers more chops. He slams Bond into the corner turnbuckles.

Kamala continues with more chops across Bond’s body. He whips him into the ropes and catches Bond with a double thrust chop. Kamala follows with two splashes on Bond and covers him for the pin. Friday and Akbar get Kamala out of the ring.

WINNER: Kamala

Tiger Conway Jr. enters the ring and asks Gen. Skandor Akbar to stay in the ring. Conway Jr. tells Akbar he wants to wrestle Kamala right now. Akbar uses some derogatory comments at Conway Jr. but agrees to the match.

Tiger Conway Jr. vs. Kamala “The Ugandan Giant” (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & Friday)

Tiger Conway Jr. dropkicks Akbar out of the ring. Kamala gets in and they both brawl. Back and forth with chops and punches at each other. Kamala chops away at Conway Jr. but Tiger continues to fight. They continue to trade blows until Kamala grabs him by the shoulders and starts to chop away at Tiger.

Kamala gets Tiger into the corner but misses a chop. He misses in the other corner as well. Conway Jr. dropkicks Kamala but can’t take him down. Hacksaw Duggan runs in and spears Tiger Conway Jr. who falls to the floor.

WINNER: Tiger Conway Jr. via DQ

The Rat Pack (Matt Borne & Ted DiBiase) vs. Mr. Wrestling II & The Junkyard Dog

They start to brawl immediately as Boyd Pearce mentions this is a non-title match. The Rat Pack fall to the outside. Fans cheer JYD and Mr. Wrestling II. DiBiase and JYD continue in the ring with JYD dominating the match. He headbutts DiBiase and tags in Mr. Wrestling II who knocks down DiBiase and Borne with knee lifts!

JYD and Mr. Wrestling II whip DiBiase into the ropes and Mr. Wrestling II with another knee lift sends DiBiase to the floor. The Rat Pack talk outside the ring. DiBiase gets back into the ring and JYD tags in Mr. Wrestling II and he goes to work on DiBiase’s left arm. JYD tags back in and continues to work on the arm. Quick tags by JYD and II. Borne tries to make the save but Mr. Wrestling II monkey flips him off.

JYD with a shoulder block on DiBiase knocks him back down. He gets DiBiase with a chinlock. DiBiase delivers some punches but JYD fires back. He sends DiBiase to the floor with an atomic drop. JYD also tosses Borne to the outside.

JYD brings DiBiase back into the ring and continues the attack on him. Mr. Wrestling II gets sent into the corner and Borne and DiBiase double-team him. JYD tries to make the save but referee sends him back to his corner. Borne slams Mr. Wrestling II into the corner. He punches at II and goes for a pin but II kicks out.

Mr. Wrestling II recovers and sends Borne into JYD. All four men get in the ring and JYD and II send DiBiase and Borne into each other. Mr. Wrestling II whips DiBiase into the ropes and DiBiase ends up bumping into referee Ralph Neely and sends him to the floor! Mr. Wrestling II sends DiBiase to the floor.

Hacksaw Duggan runs in and spears Mr. Wrestling II to the outside. He sets up for another spear at JYD but Tiger Conway Jr. runs in and hits Duggan with a chair. Kamala then runs out and attacks Conway Jr. DiBiase loads up his glove but the referee calls for the bell. JYD grabs a chair. DiBiase tries to punch JYD but ends up punching the chair and gets sent to the floor again. JYD takes all the heels out with the chair! Referee raises JYD and Mr. Wrestling II’s arms up in the air as they won by disqualifcation.

WINNERS: Mr. Wrestling II & The Junkyard Dog

They recap last week’s mysterious threat sent to JYD. Kendo Nagasaki showed up. Watts says J.J. Dillon has been told to send Kendo Nagasaki into the territory to get rid of the Junkyard Dog. They air a video on Kendo Nagasaki. J.J. Dillon talks during the video as Kendo Nagasaki is shown training with a kendo stick.

“The Black Ninja” Kendo Nagasaki vs. Joe Stark

Prior to the match Kendo Nagasaki does a ritual with his kendo stick. He removes his gear and spins around and spits out green mist. He chops Stark several times and spins around again and chops the top turnbuckle. He catches Stark with a thrust kick and goes for the pin. Short match.

WINNER: Kendo Nagasaki

Kelly Kiniski & Marty Lunde vs. Art Crews & Tim Horner

Tim Horner catches Marty Lunde with an armdrag and follows with a fireman’s carry takedown. He tags in Crews and he continues to go to work on Lunde. Lunde reaches his corner and tags in Kiniski. Quick tags by Horner and Crews as they continue to control the match on Kiniski.

Kiniski gets in a few knees to the mid-section and a forearm. Backbreaker by Kiniski. He whips Horner into the ropes and catches him with an elbow. Lunde tags back in and he beats on Horner. He whips Horner into the ropes and catches him with an elbow. Boyd Pearce mentions two minutes remaining in the match. Horner leapfrogs over Lunde and catches Kiniski with a forearm. All four men get back in the ring as Crews and Horner whips Lunde and Kiniski into each other.

Crews sends Kiniski to the outside. Horner and Crews take turns with some armdrags on Lunde. Lunde gets out of the ring. He comes back in and Horner back drops him. Horner slams Lunde and follows with a legdrop. Small package by Horner but Lunde kicks out. Lunde tags in Kiniski who catches Horner with a boot. Backbreaker by Kiniski for a near fall but match comes to an end as TV time runs out.


SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode. Best match on the show was the tag team match which had a wild ending with Duggan and Kamala getting involved to help DiBiase & Borne. The final moments of the Hernandez vs. Guerrero match were good even watching it a second time. The angle between Tiger Conway Jr. with Kamala and Hacksaw Duggan was well done. Watts made sure to remind everyone about Duggan not being pleased that Akbar has been involved in The Rat Pack matches. Nagasaki’s match was short but he came off as a potential threat to JYD and the airing of that video from Florida with J.J. Dillon talking about him helped with that. Tag match to close was good as the fill-in match to end the show. All four in the match showed some potential.


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