Written By Alfredo Esparza
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 10/16/1982
Taped 10/13/1982 at the WPCQ-TV Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aired on 10/16/1982.
Bob Caudle on commentary and welcomes everyone to this week’s episode.
Dory Funk Jr. vs. Jay Youngblood in a $100,000 Dollar Golden Challenge Match
Bob Caudle gives the rules to the match with Dory Funk Jr. putting up the $100,000 and all Jay Youngblood has to do is pin or subit Funk in 10-minutes to win the money. Caudle mentions he has the check in his hands to award should Youngblood win.
Dory Funk Jr. with a waistlock takedown but Youngblood escapes! Ricky Steamboat is shown standing outside the ring watching the match. Youngblood with a wristlock takedown followed by a legdrop on Dory’s arm. Dory heads over to the ropes to stop the action. Fans cheer on Jay. Funk Jr. with a takedown on Youngblood into a side headlock.
Youngblood whips Funk Jr. into the ropes and hiptosses him and slams Dory. He follows with some chops and Funk Jr. roles to the outside of the ring. Steamboat and the fans continue to cheer on Youngblood. Dory gets back into the ring. He charges at Jay. Armbar by Dory. They end up on the ropes but Dory uses the ropes to wear down Youngblood’s arm. Uppercuts from Funk Jr.! Referee tries to break it apart but the two exchange shots!
Youngblood fights out of the corner with hard chops that take Dory down to the mat! Funk Jr. catches him with a knee into the mid-section and elbow. More uppercuts from Funk Jr. He whips Youngblood into the ropes but Jay gets him with a sunset flip for a two-count! Armdrag takedown by Youngblood and he gets Dory onthe mat with his shoulders down and he gets a one-count. Dory picks him up and slams Jay and follows with an elbow drop.
Funk Jr. with a second elbow drop and he tries for a pin. Youngblood escapes but Dory takes him down. Spinning toe hold by Funk Jr.! Youngblood kicks him off! Dory heads to the outside to stop the action for a bit. Funk Jr. back in and he gets caught in a side headlock by Youngblood. Dory pulls Youngblood by the hair but can’t break the headlock until he backdrops him. Whip into the ropes followed by an elbow by Dory. Spinning toe hold attempt by Funk Jr. and he grabs the ropes and somehow gets the pin on Youngblood. Referee calls for the bell.
WINNER: Dory Funk Jr.
Ricky Steamboat charges into the ring and tells the referee Funk was using the ropes to get the pin. Dory Funk Jr. attacks Steamboat and they start to brawl in the ring. Steamboat rolls up Funk Jr. after a slam attempt and Youngblood does the count.
Youngblood and Steamboat head to the announcers table and Youngblood tells Caudle that Funk Jr. said anyone who can beat him in under 10-minutes wins $100,000 of his own money and his partner (Steamboat) just did that in 10 seconds! Steamboat agrees that all it takes is 3 seconds to beat a man.
Dory Funk Jr. is livid in the ring. They air a replay of the finish and how Funk Jr. used the ropes to beat Youngblood.
Ricky Steamboat vs. Jos LeDuc (w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink)
Crowd is clapping and cheering for Steamboat before the match even starts. Jos LeDuc heads to the outside as he and Humperdink are upset with the fans. LeDuc gets Steamboat into the ropes and misses a right at him and Steamboat takes him down with a hiptoss and follows with a pair of dropkicks. LeDuc heads to the outside in frustration.
LeDuc gets back into the ring. Crowd keeps cheering for Steamboat. LeDuc gets Steamboat in a side headlock. He punches Ricky and then whips him into the ropes and lands a hard forearm that knocks Steamboat down. LeDuc sends Steamboat into the corner. He punishes Steamboat and gets him in a side headlock. Steamboat gets him on the ropes and whips into them and slams LeDuc!
Steamboat with another slam! He picks him up again and gets LeDuc with a backbreaker for a two-count. Reverse chinlock by Steamboat. LeDuc gets up and charges into the corner but Steamboat slides off and goes for a pin attempt on LeDuc who’s able to shove him off and Ricky hits the corner turnbuckles. LeDuc with a kick and he rakes Steamboat’s face across the top rope. Steamboat fights back with some hard chops.
Steamboat goes for another slam but can’t hold him and LeDuc lands on top and gets a near fall. LeDuc grabs Steamboat by the hair and sends him into the corner again. Big punch at Steamboat’s face! LeDuc picks up Steamboat by the neck and then slams him. Steamboat sweeps LeDuc down by the leg and lands a chop. LeDuc counters with more punches and the two start to exchange chops! Steamboat bounces off the ropes and lands a hard chop that knocks LeDuc down. He goes for the pin but LeDuc kicks out.
LeDuc with a side headlock on Steamboat. He pulls Ricky by the hair and gets him back on the ropes. Hard rights thrown by LeDuc. Steamboat with another comeback and claws at LeDuc’s eyes. He chops LeDuc and takes him into the turnbuckles. Back and forth into the turnbuckles. He goes for a bulldog but LeDuc shoves him off. LeDuc whips Steamboat into the ropes and Ricky climbs the ropes and turns and gets LeDuc with a crossy body block. LeDuc escapes a pin attempt.
Steamboat goes for a Boston Crab but LeDuc does his best to keep him from getting him in the hold. Dory Funk Jr. charges into the ring and attacks Steamboat! LeDuc back up and they double-team Steamboat. Jay Youngblood runs out to help Steamboat and Funk Jr. keeps him out of the ring for a bit. Youngblood finally gets in and he and Steamboat throw chops at Dory Funk Jr. Steamboat wins the match by DQ. Really good match.
WINNER: Ricky Steamboat by DQ
Gene Anderson and Pvt. Jim Nelson join Bob Caudle for an interview. Gene tells Caudle he only has a minute because he has to get in the ring and wrestle a “snotty-nosed kid”. He admits that Rotundo is a hell of an amateur wrestler. Gene mentions that the Minnesota Wrecking Crew know how to wrestle and he’s going to show Rotundo who he is.
Pvt. Jim Nelson talks about his match later against Johnny Weaver. He says Weaver has the sleeper hold but he has the Cobra Clutch. Nelson says Weaver has a grudge against him for something he did against him in Canada. He’s looking forward to seeing the Gene Anderson vs. Mike Rotundo match and thinks Anderson is going to beat Rotundo easily. Nelson also talks about Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernoodle winning the the NWA World Tag Team titles.
Mike Rotundo vs. Gene Anderson
Mike Rotundo starts the match with some type of neck brace on. Bob Caudle mentions that later on in the show they will show the reason why Rotundo has to wear the neck brace. Rotundo with an armbar but Anderson reaches the ropes and then trips Rotundo. Anderson with a takedown and Rotundo escapes. Test of strength with Rotundo takes advantage but Gene catches a knee to the mid-section.
Rotundo counters with a wristlock and he twists Anderson’s arm. Anderson with a knee to the mid-section and a cheap shot on the ropes. Headlock by Anderson. He goes after Rotundo’s neck brace but the referee warns him. Rotundo tries to reverse. He whips Anderson into the ropes and picks him up for the airplane spin. Gene Anderson grabs the ropes to block the attempted move!
Anderson escapes and heads to the outside. He gets back in the ring and takes Rotundo down to the mat with a leg takedown. He attacks Rotundo’s left knee. Rotundo gets Gene’s head and twists at it trying to break out of the hold. He grabs Gene’s arm in trying to escape the leg hold but Anderson keeps it. Rotundo gets Anderson in an armbar and finally he breaks the leglock.
Rotundo with some knees to Anderson’s back. Anderson escapes and stomps on Rotundo’s left knee.He pulls at Rotundo’s leg but Mike kicks him off. Anderson goes after his leg again. There’s one loud fan rooting for Gene Anderson! LOL! Rotundo catches Anderson with some forearms and then slams him to the mat for a near fall. He slams Anderson again and lands a legdrop for a two-count.
Anderson pulls Rotundo by the hair and then cradles him for a small package pin attempt. Rotundo rolls over in the small package and gets the pin on Anderson!
WINNER: Mike Rotundo
Mike Rotundo joins Bob Caudle who congratulates Mike for his win over Gene Anderson. Rotundo is pleased with the win. He then talks about the neck brace he’s wearing and shows the bigger one that usually uses and had a special neck brace made so he can wrestle. Rotundo says he got hurt by Leroy Brown. They show a video of Brown attacking Rotundo and getting him in a piledriver.
Rotundo wants them to show a video of his good friend Jimmy Valiant that couldn’t be on that show. He wants revenge against Leroy Brown. They air Jimmy Valiant’s video which features him doing an interview talking about Humperdink and Jos LeDuc. He says they stole the TV title from him and that it isn’t his belt but the people’s belt. Valiant vows to return next week and he’s going to have a surprise for them.
Caudle tells Rotundo that the House of Humperdink is causing a lot of trouble for a lot of people which Rotundo agrees with him. He mentions that Steamboat and Youngblood are now teaming up.
They show Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernoodle in the ring and Caudle points out there is only one man on the other side of the ring and that is Glenn Lane. They head to a break.
Pvt. Don Kernoodle (w/ Sgt. Slaughter) vs. Glenn Lane
Sgt. Slaughter joins Bob Caudle on commentary. Don Kernoodle takes Glenn Lane down to the mat. Slaughter mentions that they were going to be in a tag team match against Glenn Lane and King Parsons. Kernoodle with a front facelock but Lane escapes only for Kernoodle to take him down to the mat. Half nelson on the mat by Kernoodle. Back up with an armbar and Lane reverses.
Kernoodle keeps taking Lane down to the mat. He gets Lane with a small package for a near fall. Neckbreaker by Kernoodle for a near fall but Lane kicks out. Lane punches at Kernoodle and tries for a slam but Kernoodle cradles him again for a near fall. Kernoodle slams Lane and climbs to the middle rope and catches him with a clothesline for the pin.
WINNER: Pvt. Don Kernoodle
Sg. Slaughter during commentary talks about challengers like Steamboat, Youngblood, Dusty Rhodes, Wahoo McDaniel, Jack Brisco, Jimmy Valiant and “pimple-faced” Piper. He suggests Piper and Valiant or Valiant and McDaniel team up.
Johnny Weaver joins Bob Caudle for an interview and Weaver talks about the action earlier on the show. He was impressed with some of the matches that have already happened on this show. Weaver talks about the House of Humperdink and how they picked on the wrong guy in The Boogie Woogie Man.
Johnny Weaver vs. Pvt. Jim Nelson
Sir Oliver Humperdink joins Bob Caudle on commentary. Fast-paced start to the match with Weaver monkey flipping Nelson. They get back up and Weaver continues to control the action including stomping on Nelson’s head. Nelson whips Weaver into the ropes but Weaver catches him with an atomic knee drop. They keep running the ropes.
Humperdink mentions that he and LeDuc are not worried about Valiant. He praises how great this episode has been. Nelson catches Weaver with the Cobra Clutch! Weaver rolls through trying to break the hold but Nelson keeps it on. He then charges into the corner and sends Nelson into the corner. Steamboat and Youngblood show up. Weaver sends Nelson into the ropes and rolls him up for the pin. Short, fast-paced fun match.
WINNER: Johnny Weaver
Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood join Bob Caudle and Bob points out how quick Sir Oliver Humperdink left the studio. Steamboat agrees that he and Youngblood are out to challenge Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Don Kernoodle. Caudle tells Youngblood that he was close to winning $100,000 and Jay responds that he was also very close to losing his pride and tells Ricky that he had no idea that Funk was holding on to the ropes. Youngblood again repeats that Steamboat beat Funk Jr. in 10 seconds. He also wants a shot at the tag titles.
Johnny Weaver returns and talks about Sgt. Slaughter and his camp. He again repeats that Steamboat beat the $100,000 man in 10 seconds. Weaver also says that Valiant has a lot of friends to help him against the House of Humperdink.
SHOW THOUGHTS: Excellent episode with 3 good matches and even the last match on the show despite being kept short was pretty good. Steamboat vs. LeDuc was the best match on the show but the Funk Jr. vs. Youngblood match kicked off a strong episode and set-up the finish for the following match. You knew the first half of the show was good when you had guys showing up after praising that part of the show during their interviews and in commentary.