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Mid-South Wrestling 4/22/1983

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 4/22/1983

Taped 4/13/1983 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 4/22/1983.

Boyd Pearce and “Cowboy” Bill Watts are on commentary. Pearce runs down the card and he and Watts both bring up how they finally have the midgets wrestling on this week’s show after promising that match for several weeks. Watts then talks about Ted DiBiase & Mr. Olympia joining Gen. Skandor Akbar and winning the Mid-South Tag Team titles. They air the finish of the tag team title match.

Mr. Olympia (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & Ted DiBiase) vs. Mike Jackson

Some wristlock reversals to start the match with Jackson finally taking Mr. Olympia down with an armdrag. He whips Mr. Olympia into the ropes and Mr. Olympia catches him with a kick. Mr. Olympia beats on Jackson in the corner. He whips Jackson into the ropes and Jackson goes for a body press out of the corner but Mr. Olympia moves out of the way.

Pair of slams by Mr. Olympia followed by an elbow. He backdrops Jackson and gets him with a backbreaker for a near fall. Watts talks about what “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan must be thinking with Ted DiBiase joining forces with Gen. Skandor Akbar, who he vowed never to work with. Elbow smash from Mr. Olympia. A secone one takes Jackson down to the mat. He slams Jackson again. Mr. Olympia with a piledriver on Jackson but he continues to beat on him and finally gets him in a sleeperhold for the win.

WINNER: Mr. Olympia

Mr. Olympia stomps on Jackson after the match. Akbar and DiBiase applaud his win.

“Hacksaw” Butch Reed vs. Tony Zane

Reed gets caught in a full nelson by Zane but breaks out rather easily. Zane with a side headlock and he takes Reed down briefly but Reed gets back up and catches him with a dropkick. Reed stomps on Zane which leads to Zane heading to the outside for a quick breather.

Zane back in and Reed catches him with an atomic knee drop. Big forearm followed by a whip into the ropes and Reed catches Zane with a shoulder tackle. Elbow drop by Reed on Zane. Reed twists Zane’s head and then switches over to a chinlock. Zane elbows Reed and fights back against Hacksaw! Reed lays in some punches and forearms. He whips Zane into the ropes and catches him with a dropkick.

Reed with an elbow across Zane’s head. He sends Zane into the corner head-first a few times. Another snapmare into a chinlock. Zane recovers and gets in some punches on Zane. They exchange punches until Reed starts to get the advantage. Reed whips Zane into the ropes and backdrops him. He follows with another dropkick. Shoulder tackle off the ropes for the pin on Zane.

WINNER: Butch Reed

Tiger Conway Jr. vs. Frank Lavert

Tiger Conway Jr. with a monkey flip out of the corner on Lavert and he follows with some dropkicks. Front facelock by Conway Jr. He armdrags Lavert off the ropes and follows with a side headlock. Conway Jr. takes him down to the mat. He cradles Lavert for a pin attempt but Lavert escapes.

Conway Jr. with another takedown on Lavert and he gets him in an armbar. Another takedown by Conway Jr. while keeping Lavert in an armbar. He goes for a pin on Lavert with a back slide but Lavert escapes. Conway Jr. with a punch on Lavert and he goes for another pin attempt. Drop toe hold by Conway Jr. takes Lavert down.

Conway Jr. whips Lavert into the ropes and catches whim with a backdrop. Tiger goes for a middle rope headbutt and then follows with a sloppy looking victory roll for the pin. Not very good.

WINNER: Tiger Conway Jr.

Mr. Wrestling II vs. “The Black Ninja” Kendo Nagasaki (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Kendo Nagasaki threatens Mr. Wrestling II with his kendo stick before the match starts. Referee stops him. They lock up and break cleanly on the ropes. Mr. Wrestling II gets in a punch at Nagasaki’s face when Kendo grabbed hold of II’s mask. Hard chops in the corner from Nagasaki. He kicks and punches away at Mr. Wrestling II.

Mr. Wrestling II fights back with some punches and whips Nagasaki into the ropes and catches him with another punch. Knee to the mid-section and a near fall by Mr. Wrestling II. Front facelock by Mr. Wrestling II on Nagasaki. Nagasaki gets Mr. Wrestling II on the ropes and he kicks him. II falls to the outside of the ring and Nagasaki continues to kick at him.

Nagasaki continues to attack Mr. Wrestling II as he gets back in the ring. Mr. Wrestling II makes a comeback but the two keep going back and forth. Nagasaki tries to remove Mr. Wrestling II’s mask. He whips Mr. Wrestling II into the ropes and catches him with a kick. Akbar gets really excited and climbs up to the apron.

Nagasaki whips Mr. Wrestling II into the ropes but II catches him with a knee lift! Mr. Wrestling II grabs hold of Akbar and tosses him into the ring and catches him with a knee lift. Knee lifts for both and Kamala runs in and gets caught with a knee lift too! Kamala and Friday both return. Kamala goes for a splash on II but instead lands on Nagasaki. Mr. Wrestling II continues with knee lifts on everyone! He gets Nagasaki with another knee lift and covers him for the pin.

Kamala tries to make the save but Tiger Conway Jr. runs out and dropkicks Kamala out of the ring. Akbar is livid as his men are chased out of the ring.

WINNER: Mr. Wrestling II

Ivan The Terrible & Little Tokyo vs. Cowboy Lang & Lone Eagle

FINALLY!!! After several weeks of promising a midget match on the show, Mid-South delivers! Watts admits that this was a match they promised for about 1 month and praises the midget wrestlers as being strong little men.

Lone Eagle and Ivan The Terrible start the match. Ivan with a big forearm across Lone Eagle’s chest. Side headlock by Lone Eagle. Headscissors on both Ivan and Little Tokyo who enters the ring. Lone Eagle shows his speed and punches Ivan The Terrible. Little Tokyo and Cowboy Lang both tag in. Fast-paced action with Cowboy Lang catching Little Tokyo with a dropkick.

Little Tokyo reaches the ropes to try to break the armbar but the referee breaks it which upsets Little Tokyo. Referee Alfred Neely falls trying to kick LittleTokyo’s arm off the ropes. Ivan tags back in and beats on Cowboy Lang. He sling shots Lang at Tokyo who backdrops him for a pin attempt.

Lone Eagle tags in and does some cool cartwheels. Hard chops at Little Tokyo but Tokyo counters with chops of his own. Ivan tags back in and he and Lone Eagle roll around the ring and drop the referee. All four midgets are on top of the referee and Lang kicks at him.

Lang and Ivan The Terrible continue in the match. Lone Eagle tags back in but Ivan sends him into the corner and he and Little Tokyo double-team him. Tokyo backdrops Lone Eagle and then slams him into the middle turnbuckle. Little Tokyo sling shots Lone Wolf at Ivan The Terrible only Lone Eagle catches Ivan with a sunset flip for the pin. Little Tokyo is shocked to find out that his team lost.

WINNERS: Ivan The Terrible & Little Tokyo

King Kong Bundy vs. Randy Barber

Bundy with some forearms across Barber that knock him down to the mat. More big forearms across Barber’s back. He whips Barber into the ropes and catches him with a chop. Bundy plays it up to the crowd as he slowly walks around the ring. He continues to beat on Barber and picks him up by the neck and tosses him to the mat.

Bundy whips Barber into the corner and follows with a corner splash. He slams Barber and then hits the ropes and lands a big splash on Barber. Referee counts to three and Bundy tells him to continue counting until five. Watts mentions fans were chanting “Go Home Bundy”.

WINNER: King Kong Bundy

“Wild” Bill Irwin & Rip Rogers vs. Art Crews & Tim Horner

Rip Rogers and Tim Horner start the match with Horner getting Rogers in a side headlock. They run the ropes and Horner backdrops Rogers. Watts mentions that they are going to do something different that now they’ll keep the match going after TV time runs out for the fans that are in the building should there not be a finish by the time TV ends. Crews tags in and gets Rogers with a side headlock. He goes for a pin attempt on Rogers but Rip kicks out.

Irwin tags in and gets caught in a side headlock by Horner. “Wild” Bill counters with a headscissors but Horner escapes. Irwin catches Horner with a knee to the mid-section. He follows with a big boot at Horner’s back. Suplex by Irwin and goes for a pin attempt. Rogers tags back in and keeps Horner away from tagging Crews. Rogers tags Irwin back into the match.

Side headlock by Irwin on Horner. Horner counters with a hip toss and tags in Crews who catches Irwin with a dropkick. He misses a second attempt and Irwin starts to beat on Crews. Rogers tags in but Crews quickly regains advantage and gets Rip with an atomic knee drop and nearly gets a pin on him. Rogers is able to recover and tags in Irwin. Irwin gets Crews in a headlock.

Crews recovers and tags in Tim Horner he gets in a few punches on Irwin but Irwin recovers. Rogers tags back in and Horner knocks him away right as TV time runs out.

WINNERS: DRAW

SHOW THOUGHTS: Pretty good episode highlighted by the Mr. Wrestling II vs. Kendo Nagasaki match which had a lot of interference late in the match from Kamala and Gen. Skandor Akbar but Mr. Wrestling II kept fighting them off. Really good way to keep a babyface strong. I thought the midget tag and the final tag match were pretty entertaining. Tiger Conway Jr’s match was a little sloppy especially that finish.

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