Written By Alfredo Esparza
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 7/31/1982
Taped 7/28/1982 at the WPCQ TV Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aired on 7/31/1982.
Bob Caudle opens the show and is quickly joined by Sir Oliver Humperdink and Ivan Koloff. Matt Borne interrupts them and talks directly to Humperdink and starts to praise himself and suggests that Humperdink take him and turn him into a star like he has others including Leroy Brown. Humperdink tells Caudle that later we’ll see what Leroy Brown has changed. He then talks about Ivan Koloff and his feud with Jimmy Valiant and how if only he had the glove.
Ivan Koloff wants Valiant to pay for what he’s done. He then talks about the glove and how his grandfather was a miner and that when miners had arguments they would put a glove up on a pole and fight until one would get the glove. Put the glove on and beat the other until he couldn’t stand anymore. Koloff wants a coal miner’s glove match.
Sir Oliver Humperdink goes thru the rules and says that before the match both men will be searched and there will be no other foreign objects other than the glove. The Glove will be placed on a pole that is 10 feet up over the ring, so about 15 feet high. The man that climbs the pole and gets the glove wins the match. They show that the glove has spikes. Humperdink holds up a newspaper as Koloff rips it apart with the glove’s spikes. Koloff vows to make his grandfather proud and he’ll get rid of the Boogie Woogie Man.
Ricky Steamboat vs. Juan Reynosa
Ricky Steamboat with a quick leg takedown on Reynosa and into a side headlock. Reynosa gets back up on his feet and whips Steamboat into the ropes but Steamboat keeps control of the match. Reynosa back up and he gets in a few shots but Steamboat catches him with a pair of dropkicks and takes him down to the mat with a hiptoss and into a headlock.
They both get back on their feet and into the corner with Reynosa getting in a few cheap shots on Steamboat. Steamboat whips him into the corner but Reynosa catches him with a knee. Reynosa misses an elbow and Steamboat gets him back in a chinlock. Reynosa breaks out of the hold with a knee to the mid-section and follows with a hard chop. Steamboat chops him back. They exchange some hard shots at each other until Reynosa gets Steamboat on the ropes.
Reynosa with an elbow off the ropes on Steamboat. He gets his fingers into the wind pipe a few times. Steamboat blocks Reynosa and sends him head first into the corner. He follows with a chop at Reynosa. Double chop follows and Steamboat gets Reynosa in a headlock. Near pin attempt by Reynosa but Steamboat kicks out.
Back on the ropes and Reynosa lays in a few hard shots on Steamboat. He whips Steamboat into the ropes but Steamboat knocks him down. Steamboat climbs up the top rope and lands a body press on Reynosa for the pin.
WINNER: Ricky Steamboat
Steamboat runs over to the interview area to talk about Leroy Brown and how he’s changed and is now with the House of Humperdink. He did not appreciate that Brown tried to injure someone last week and said that Brown told him not to stick his nose in his business. Steamboat tells him to come and get it.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts & Paul Jones vs. Dave Patterson & Ken Timbs
Paul Jones and Dave Patterson start the match. Some hard punches are exchanged by the two with Jones backing Patterson away. Jones with a tackle on Patterson and he gets Patterson in an armbar and tags in Roberts. Patterson with an elbow escapes Roberts grasp but gets caught off the ropes for a body slam. Roberts gets him back in an armbar.
Patterson gets in a few shots at Roberts and starts to stomp him in attempting to break out of the wristlock. He tags in Timbs who continues to attack Roberts but Roberts is able to make a comeback and tag in Jones. Jones tosses Timbs around the ring and gets him in an armbar. He follows with a slam and keeps Timbs in a hammerlock. Jones tosses Timbs into Roberts’ knee. Roberts tags in and he continues to work on Timbs left arm.
Timbs punches at Roberts and tags in Patterson who quickly double-teams Roberts. Patterson with a couple of shots that knock Roberts down to the mat. Chinlock by Patterson. Roberts with some elbows to escape but Patterson catches him with a knee. Roberts knocks Patterson down. Both men are on the mat. They tag their partners.
Jones whips Timbs into the ropes and backdrops him. He whips Timbs into the corner and tackles him. Jones tags Roberts who comes in and catches Timbs with a knee lift for the pin.
WINNERS: Jake Roberts & Paul Jones
Jim Dalton and Bill White join Gordon Solie for an interview. Solie tells them they have a tough match tonight which Dalton admits it is tough but they are up for it. White agrees that Wahoo and Brisco are tough but he’s faced both men in the past. He mentions that McDaniel has the hardest chop that he’s ever been given.
“Bad Bad” Leroy Brown (w/ Sir Oliver Humpderink) vs. King Parsons
King Parsons escapes from Leroy Browns’ grasp early on. He uses his quickness to keep moving away from Brown which upsets Brown. Brown gets Parsons in the corner and hip tosses him a few times and yells a bit. Brown attacks Parsons left arm with headbutts. Parsons whips Brown into the ropes and catches him with a dropkick.
Parsons with a few punches in on Brown. Brown gets Parsons in the corner and gets in a hard chop across his chest. He gets him with a second chop and whips him into the ropes and knocks Parsons down with an elbow. Brown continues to beat on Parsons in the corner. He whips Parsons into the corner but Parsons climbs up the ropes and goes for a cross body block but Brown catches him in mid-air! He places Parsons on the ropes and gets in a few more chops on him.
Brown gets a whip reversed and Parsons punches him a few times. Humperdink trips up Parsons and Browns lands on him and covers him for the pin. Parsons argues with the referee but Brown attacks him after the match. Humperdink keeps the referee from getting involved. Porkchop Cash comes out and pulls Parsons out of the ring.
WINNER: Leroy Brown
Sir Oliver Humperdink, Leroy Brown and The Ninja join Bob Caudle. Leroy Brown tells everyone that he just showed them the power he loves, “Green Power”. He tells Steamboat not to stick his nose in his business and warns everyone that he’s going to fight like he did in Chicago and vows to eat Steamboat alive.
Humperdink praises Brown and agrees with Brown that the only power that matters is “green”. He tells everyone not to forget about the Ninja and again reminds everyone that Ivan Koloff is going to destroy Jimmy Valiant.
Sgt. Slaughter shows up and says the House of Humperdink looks more like a “House of Horrors!” He tells Bob Caudle that he’s not on the upcoming show because he’s going to be at the White House talking about military power with Ronald Reagan and asks Caudle if he knows who that is. He calls Reagan his buddy. Slaughter says Piper isn’t around because he’s in Hawaii still spending Jack Brisco, Wahoo McDaniel and Ricky Steamboat’s money. He mentions that Piper will be teaming with Ric Flair against Wahoo McDaniel and Jack Brisco which shocks Sgt. Slaughter but he says that it isn’t that Flair likes Piper but that he hates McDaniel and Brisco more. Slaughter says he can’t wait for that match because then those three (Flair, Wahoo & Brisco) can eliminate themselves.
Gene Anderson, Matt Borne & Sgt. Slaughter vs. Mike Davis, Mike Rotundo & Ron Ritchie
Ron Ritchie and Gene Anderson start the match. Anderson takes Ritchie into the corner. They tangle for a bit before Anderson tags in Borne and he and Borne double-team Ritchie. Borne gets Ritchie on the top rope and then slams him. Knee drop off the ropes and he starts to tell Ritchie to get back up. Ritchie does and beats on Borne and tags in Rotundo. Borne reaches the ropes to break the hold. They tangle on the ropes again and Borne gets in the wrong corner.
Mike Davies tags in but Borne pulls him away by the hair. Borne tags in Anderson. Backdrop by Davis and he tags in Ritchie who slams Anderson again. Dropkick and a near fall by Ritchie. Davis back in with an elbow off the ropes. Rotundo tags in and gets Anderson in a wristlock. He tags in Ritchie who lands another elbow off the ropes. Quick tags by Rotundo’s team on Anderson.
Anderson reverses everything on Ritchie and tags in Sgt. Slaughter. Slaughter with some hard chops across Ron Ritchie’s chest. He catches Ritchie with a kick too. Sgt. Slaughter slips and the fans laugh at him. Slaughter continues to control the match and gets Ritchie with a clothesline. More forearms but Ritchie fights back.
Matt Borne tags in and he continues the attack on Ritchie. Slaughter clotheslines Ritchie before leaving. Borne with a vertical suplex on Ritchie for a near fall. He tags in Anderson and Ritchie makes a comeback. Rotundo tags in an dwhips Anderson into the ropes and back drops him. Anderson rolls over and tags in Slaughter. Rotundo followed by Davis beat on Sgt. Slaughter. Davis gets in a few kicks in the corner but gets a reversal going into the corner and Slaughter takes over. He knocks Davis down and tags in Matt Borne who lands the Bombs Away drop on Davis for the pin.
WINNERS: Gene Anderson, Matt Borne & Sgt. Slaughter
David Patterson and Ken Timbs join Bob Caudle for an interview. Patterson says that Timbs claimed that Jake Roberts had something in his knee to knock him out with the knee lift for the win. Timbs claims that he’s been hit by bigger, stronger and tougher men and has never been knocked out and thinks Roberts had something in his knee pad. He wants Roberts to try that move without his knee pad. Patterson tells Roberts and Jones that next time they will beat them.
Jack Brisco & Wahoo McDaniel vs. Bill White & Jim Dalton
Jack Brisco and Jim Dalton start the match. Dalton tries for a hiptoss but Brisco blocks it. Dalton quickly tags in Bill White. Brisco with a wristlock and he tags in Wahoo McDaniel. McDaniel with a side headlock on White. Hard chops thrown at White who tags in Dalton. Wahoo tags in Brisco who lands on Dalton’s left arm.
Dalton recovers and takes down Brisco. He tags in White who slams Brisco. Quick tags from White and Dalton against Brisco. Elbow from Dalton but Brisco lands near Wahoo and tags out. McDaniel with a chop at Dalton. White tags in and he gets caught in a side headlock by McDaniel. Wahoo whips White into the ropes and Brisco catches him with a punch.
Brisco with a knee drop for a near fall on White. White tags in Dalton. Brisco with some punches at Dalton. He whips Dalton into the ropes and backdrops him. Brisco tags in McDaniel. White tags back in as well. Backdrop by McDaniel followed by a double under hook suplex for a two count. Tomahawk chop by McDaniel on White. Another chop and he tags in Brisco who lands a dropkick on White. Brisco then gets White in a figure-four leglock for the submission win! McDaniel chops Dalton as he enters the ring.
WINNERS: Jack Brisco & Wahoo McDaniel
Wahoo McDaniel and Jack Brisco join Bob Caudle and talk about the Coal Miner’s Glove match between Koloff and Valiant. McDaniel then gets excited about the upcoming tag match with him and Brisco going up against Piper and Flair. Wahoo tells Brisco not to worry about the money he owes him and Steamboat. Brisco says that all they have to do is beat Flair and they’d get a shot at the World title and if they beat Piper, they’ll get a shot at the Mid-Atlantic title.
SHOW THOUGHTS: Okay episode. Most of the focus was on The House Of Humperdink growing in numbers with Ivan Koloff, The Ninja and most recent addition Leroy Brown changing his look. Matt Borne asked to join Humperdink early on the show. All the matches felt competitive with the six-man probably being the best match overall.