Written By Alfredo Esparza
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling 8/28/1982
Taped 8/25/1982 at the WPCQ-TV Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aired on 8/28/1982.
Bob Caudle is on commentary.
Jack Brisco, Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood join Bob Caudle. Brisco is on crutches and holding the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title. He mentions that Paul Jones & Greg Valentine jumped him in the parking lot and tried to break his leg. They didn’t break it and Brisco challenged Paul Jones to a title match for next week’s show.
Ricky Steamboat tells Jack Brisco that he doesn’t have anything to prove and thinks he should wait until he’s 100% but Brisco says he’ll be fine and he’ll defend the title against Jones. Steamboat talks about Leroy Brown and doesn’t want Sir Oliver Humperdink to stick his nose in his business during matches against Brown. He also brings up that Wahoo McDaniel beat Sgt. Slaughter for the U.S. Title recently and Slaughter also got a 30-day suspension as well.
Jay Youngblood also talks about Wahoo McDaniel and Jimmy Valiant getting their haircut by Sir Oliver Humperdink and his men. Youngblood says that Valiant vowed revenge on Humperdink for every hair he cut off his head. He says everyone is out to get Humperdink now.
Jay Youngblood vs. Pvt. Jim Nelson
Quick start to the match with Youngblood sending Nelson across the ring with an armdrag. Nelson recovers and gets Youngblood in a side headlock. They run the ropes a bit and Nelson gets caught by a dropkick by Youngblood. Jay grabs Nelson in a side headlock and takes him down to the mat. Younglood with a tackle followed by a hiptoss on Nelson. Hard chop delivered by Jay and he takes Nelson back down to the mat with a side headlock.
Nelson misses a charging splash into the corner and Youngblood again takes him down to the mat with a side headlock. Nelson tries to get the pin on Jay but he rolls back up and keeps the headlock on. Kidney punch by Nelson but Youngblood hits the ropes and catches him with a legdrop. Hard chop by Youngblood and again takes down Nelson with a side headlock. Back on their feet and Nelson gets Youngblood on the ropes and drives his knee into the mid-section. He slams Youngblood’s head into the top turnbuckle a couple of times. Nelson stomps on Youngblood and takes him down with a headlock.
Jay Youngblood gets back up and takes Nelson down to the mat with a tackle. Youngblood continues running off the ropes but Nelson catches him with a clothesline. Nelson puts Youngblood in the Cobra Clutch! Fans cheer on Jay to break out of the hold and he’s able to reach the ropes. Nelson whips him into the ropes and back drops him. Pvt. Nelson goes for the Cobra Clutch a second time!
Youngblood drives Nelson into the corner but Nelson is quickly back on the attack. He lands a elbow off the ropes but Jay moves out of the way. Youngblood with a tomahawk chop! He gets in a second chop but Nelson whips him into the corner. Youngblood jumps over the corner and runs towards the middle of the ring apron and gets Nelson with a sunset flip for the pin! Good match.
WINNER: Jay Youngblood
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & “Bad Bad” Leroy Brown (w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink) vs. Ron Ritchie & Keith Larson
Greg Valentine stalls everything by taking his time removing his robe. Valentine and Ron Ritchie start the match off. Ritchie gets Valentine in a side headlock but Valentine picks him up and drops him across his knee for a backbreaker. He slams Ritchie again and tags in Brown. Leroy Brown with a back drop on Ritchie. He beats on Ritchie on the ropes with some forearms. Brown gets Ritchie in a bear hug.
Sir Oliver Humperdink joins Bob Caudle on commentary and talks about the House of Humperdink adding new members. Brown tags in Valentine who knocks Larson off the ring. Valentine with a side slam and elbow at Ritchie’s back. He gets Ritchie in a chinlock and Ritchie fights out of it but Valentine delivers a forearm. Valentine drops Ritchie across Brown’s knee.
Brown beats on Ritchie who tries to fight back but gets tossed into the corner. Ritchie moves out of the way of the charging Brown in the corner. Larson tags in and Brown is able to tag in Valentine. Valentine with an elbow knocks Larson down. He tosses Larson to the outside. Ritchie heads over and helps Larson up. Big forearm across Larson’s chest. Valentine with a suplex on Larson. Brown tags back in and continues the assault on Larson. He picks Larson up and drops him across the ropes. Brown picks up Larson and just throws him across the ring. He chokes Larson on the top rope.
Brown slams Larson again and tags in Valentine. Valentine continues to beat on Larson. He lands an elbow across Larson and covers him for the pin. Sir Oliver Humperdink rushes into the ring to celebrate with Brown and Valentine.
WINNERS: Greg Valentine & Leroy Brown
Bob Caudle interviews King Parsons and Pork Chop Cash about the House of Humperdink. Cash praises the Humperdink stable and how much talent he’s added but says he’s impressed with those opposing them including Jack Brisco, Jay Youngblood and Ricky Steamboat. He talks about Valentine and how hard hitting he is and is disappointed in Leroy Brown who was his friend.
King Parsons talks about Paul Jones and how he heard everyone say he was “Number One”. He doesn’t understand what changed him and believes Jones is good and one of the best but he wants to prove what he can do against him.
Paul “Number One” Jones (w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink) vs. King Parsons
Burst of speed from Jones to start the match but Parsons gets him with a slam. Jones pays Parsons back with a slam and a knee drop. He gets Parsons in a front facelock. Parsons shoves Jones into the ropes and breaks cleanly. Jones knocks Parsons down off the ropes but second run he gets caught in an armdrag. Parsons gets Jones in an armbar.
Paul Jones with a forearm to the face and he whips Parsons into the ropes but Parsons gets him with another armdrag and into an armbar. Jones whips Parsons into the ropes and catches him with a knee to the mid-section. He stomps on Parsons and gets in a few cheap shots at him. Jones whips him again into the ropes and punches him in the mid-section. Referee warns Humperdink about getting involved.
Parsons surprises Jones with a punch off the ropes. He corners Jones and hip tosses him out of the corner. Parsons with a slam followed by some dropkicks but he misses one and Jones grabs his legs and gets him in the Indian deathlock for the win. Referee has to break the hold by Jones. Jones continues to attack Parsons until Pork Chop Cash runs in and makes the save for his tag partner.
WINNER: Paul Jones
Wahoo McDaniel joins Bob Caudle for an interview. He talks about how Sgt. Slaughter lost the U.S. Title, got fined and suspended. They air highlights of their strap match. Sgt. Slaughter after the match pulls McDaniel and knocks the referee down. He then attacks Wahoo with the U.S. title. Leroy Brown and Sir Oliver Humperdink join Slaughter in attacking McDaniel. They start to cut Wahoo’s hair. Ron Ritchie tries to make the save but gets punched by Humperdink. Jimmy Valiant then runs in and they attack him and cut his hair.
McDaniel notices that Jos LeDuc is in the ring and talks about how Humperdink is going to surround himself by big rugged guys but he vows to get him.
Jos LeDuc (w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink) vs. Mike Davis
Jos LeDuc shoves Mike Davis away a few times. He gets Davis in a side headlock and gets in a punch. Humperdink joins Caudle on commentary. LeDuc grabs Davis by the neck and then punches him. He slams Davis head into the top turnbuckle and then whips him into the ropes and catches him with a forearm. Hard chop from LeDuc followed by a choke.
LeDuc with another forearm that knocks Davis down to the mat. Davis gets in a few punches at LeDuc’s mid-section. He even dropkicks LeDuc but that doesn’t knock Jos down. LeDuc then grabs hold of Davis and just punches him and that knocks Davis down to the mat. Another punch thrown by LeDuc. He whips Davis into the corner and follows with a kick.
More punches thrown by LeDuc. High kneedrop across Davis arm. LeDuc picks up Davis and drops him with a belly-to-belly suplex. He then follows that up with a legdrop for the pin.
WINNER: Jos LeDuc
Jos LeDuc and Sir Oliver Humperdink join Bob Caudle for an interview. Humperdink mentions that LeDuc heard there were men out to harm him so he came over to help him out. LeDuc says that anyone that wants to hurt his friend Sir Humperdink, they’ll have to deal with him. Jos says he’s there to make money and not win a popularity contest or make friends. He says if Humpderink wants to cut hair that it’s his business.
LeDuc says he got that call from Humperdink and says they call him the “Canadian Freight Train”. He talks about there being good competition and says all he is, is a lumberjack. He issues challenges to everyone. Humperdink says he will not be pushed around and Jos is there to make sure no one gets their hands on him.
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper & Ricky Steamboat vs. The Ninja & Juan Reynosa
The Ninja and Roddy Piper start the match. Piper and Reynosa have some words. Piper quickly goes after The Ninja and drops him down. He whips The Ninja into the corner and tags in Steamboat. They whip The Ninja into the ropes and catch him with chops. Piper knocks down Reynosa. Steamboat keeps dragging The Ninja down to the mat and gets him in an armbar.
Piper tags back in but The Ninja catches him with some chops. He tags in Reynosa who comes in and chops, slaps and punches Piper who doesn’t sell anything as he’s firing up! Piper punches Reynosa and even bites his ear on the ropes! Piper tosses Reynosa thru the ropes and follows him to the outside and chops him. He drags Reynosa back into the ring and screams at him to get up. Piper pokes his eyes and then slams his head into the top turnbuckle. Reynosa falls onto the bottom turnbuckle.
Reynosa gets in a few shots on Piper and rakes his eyes. He’s able to get Piper in the corner and he and The Ninja double-team Piper. The Ninja tags in and punches away at Piper. He catches Piper with a chop and goes for a pin but Piper kicks out. Fans cheer on Piper. Reynosa gets Piper in a chinlock. Piper escapes and tags in Steamboat. Steamboat with some chops at Reynosa. He slams Reynosa into the mat. More chops from Steamboat.
The Ninja tags in but Steamboat catches him with a chop off the ropes. He slams The Ninja. Steamboat with a backdrop driver and he goes for the pin but The Ninja kicks out. The Ninja follows with some kicks and chops at Steamboat. Reynosa tags back in and continues to beat on Steamboat until Ricky catches him with a chop and he whips Reynosa into Piper who knocks him down. Piper tags back in and he gets Reynosa with a neckbreaker. Steamboat tags back in and goes for top rope cross body block for the pin on Reynosa!
WINNERS: Roddy Piper & Ricky Steamboat
Sir Oliver Humperdink, Paul Jones, Jos LeDuc and Greg Valentine join Bob Caudle. Sir Oliver Humperdink tells Caudle that Paul Jones accepts Jack Brisco’s challenge for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title next week. Paul Jones agrees and says he was able to get the “coward out of the closet”.
Greg Valentine talks about challenging Wahoo McDaniel for the U.S. title. He reminds everyone that he took out Wahoo a few years ago with the figure-four leglock. He mentions that he broke his leg in half and won the U.S. Title back then and won that title twice. He tells Wahoo that his name is still engraved in that belt.
Sir Oliver Humperdink says there are many people threatening him and brings out Jos LeDuc. He warns Jimmy Valiant that he has to go thru Jos to get to him. LeDuc reminds Valiant that he knew him when they were in Memphis back in 1978. He says Valiant now refers to himself as “Boogie Woogie Man”. LeDuc says he is a Canadian lumberjack and uses an axe to chop trees down but says Valiant is not a tree. He tells Valiant to take a look at a real champion and he’s there to win no matter what he has to do. He tells Valiant that if he wants to get to Humperdink, he’ll have to go thru his dead body and he’s not ready to go yet.
SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode. This didn’t have the level of match that aired on the previous week with Brisco vs. Flair but it had a lot of entertaining matches and good interview segments. Jos LeDuc debuted on this episode and I thought they did a great job making him look like a beast in his match but he looked even more bad-ass in his interviews. Best match on the show was probably the first match with Jay Youngblood vs. Pvt. Jim Nelson. I thought the Steamboat/Piper tag and Jones vs. Parsons matches were good as well.