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Mid-South Wrestling 5/14/1983

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 5/14/1983

Taped 5/11/1983 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired 5/14/1983.

Boyd Pearce and “Cowboy” Bill Watts are on commentary.

They air a recap of Hacksaw Duggan attacking Kendo Nagasaki and Gen. Skandor Akbar. That’s then followed by a recap of Ted DiBiase attacking Hacksaw followed by Hacksaw Duggan returning later on the show attacking DiBiase with a 2×4. They follow that up airing the Duggan interview were he talks about standing up for America and going against his former partner and Akbar’s army.

That’s followed by a recap of a match that happened in Houston, Texas. The Rat Pack had tricked Chavo Guerrero that he would be wrestling Gran Markus but Markus was not booked. They then had King Kong Bundy, Ted DiBiase and Mr. Olympia come out so fans could pick who they wanted to replace Gran Markus against Chavo Guerrero. Ted DiBiase grabbed the mic and said the fans don’t need to vote because he’s challenging Chavo because he wanted revenge for his partner Hacksaw Duggan. Fans still picked DiBiase anyway.

Match starts off and Chavo’s attacked by both DiBiase and Mr. Olympia. Mr. Olympia then takes down Chavo Guerrero and he and DiBiase double-team Guerrero. DiBiase loads up his glove and starts to punch Guerrero. The fans start to throw trash into the ring but Boyd Pearce warns them over the mic. Mr. Olympia and Ted DiBiase get Chavo with a double-team piledriver! They toss the referee out of the ring. Mr. Olympia gets Chavo with another piledriver.

Mr. Olympia & Ted DiBiase (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Art Crews & Jerry Caldwell

Mr. Olympia and Art Crews start the match and Olympia with a quick takedown on Crews. Crews gets him in a side headlock but Mr. Olympia escapes. Crews counters a hiplock but Mr. Olympia uses his quickness and tags in DiBiase. DiBiase and Mr. Olympia with some double-team work as Bill Watts talks about Akbar branching out by having Kamala wrestling in Dallas and DiBiase & Mr. Olympia in Mid-South.

Ted DiBiase delivers some punches and forearms at Crews. He slams Crews and gets a near fall. He tags in Mr. Olympia and they do some more double-teaming. Mr. Olympia slams Crews and goes for a pin but Crews kicks out. Mr. Olympia knocks Crews down again and tags in DiBiase who gets kicked by Crews. Crews tags in Caldwell but DiBiase knees Caldwell and knocks him down.

DiBiase stomps on Caldwell and then sends him crashing into the corner. He tags Mr. Olympia and whips Caldwell into the ropes with Mr. Olympia jumping off the ropes with an elbow on Caldwell. He beats on Caldwell and catches him with a dropkick. Caldwell got up and tagged in Crews. Crews comes in fired up and catches Mr. Olympia with a dropkick. He whips Mr. Olympia into the corner but Olympia catches him with a knee. Mr. Olympia tags in DiBiase who whips Crews into the ropes and catches him with a clothesline.

DiBiase follows with a fist drop. He whips Crews into the ropes but Crews ducks a clothesline and tags in Caldwell. DiBiase beats on Caldwell and he tags in Mr. Olympia who catches Caldwell with a pair of dropkicks. DiBiase tagged back in and he gets Caldwell with a powerslam for the pin while Mr. Olympia dropkicks Crews out of the ring.

WINNERS: Mr. Olympia & Ted DiBiase

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. “The Black Ninja” Kendo Nagasaki (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) in a lumberjack match

Hacksaw Duggan rushes the ring and goes after Kendo Nagasaki and chases Skandor Akbar out of the ring. Nagasaki kicks Duggan out of the ring and all the lumberjacks grab him and throw him back into the ring. Kendo Nagasaki continues his attack. He goes for a kick but Duggan catches his leg and tosses him. Duggan slams Nagasaki into the corners and then tosses him to the outside where all the lumberjacks send him back into the ring.

Duggan and Nagasaki continue their brawl. Lumberjacks send Nagasaki back into the ring. Duggan gets The Black Ninja in a front facelock. Akbar heads over to Butcher Vachon and whispers something to him which Watts points out on commentary. Duggan beats on Nagasaki and tosses him out of the corner. He shoulder tackles Nagasaki off the ropes. Duggan goes for a second attempt but Vachon trips him. Nagasaki misses a chop as Duggan rolls to the outside to go after Vachon. The lumberjacks separate them and send Duggan back into the ring.

Nagasaki beats on Duggan in the ring and then he tosses Duggan back out to the floor. They send Duggan back in. Nagasaki whips Duggan into the ropes but Duggan catches him with a kick. Duggan slams Nagasaki to the mat and follows with a knee drop. He tosses Nagasaki out of the corner and then spears him for the pin! Fans cheer as Duggan gets the win.

WINNER: Hacksaw Duggan

Mr. Wrestling II joins Boyd Pearce at the announcers table. He talks about how some people like to use weapons or have others involved to defeat him. He mentions King Kong Bundy and Mr. Olympia being on his list. They show video of Mr. Wrestling II vs. King Kong Bundy from the previous week with Mr. Olympia getting involved and costing Mr. Wrestling II the match.

Mr. Wrestling II issues challenges to King Kong Bundy and Mr. Olympia. He tells Bundy that he will never get him in a 5-count. He wants Mr. Olympia in a match any place and says he’s had it with him.

The Super Destroyer vs. Ron Ellis

The Super Destroyer controls the early action in the match. He gets Ellis in a side headlock and gets an elbow in over the top of Ellis head. Ellis tries to fight back with no luck. Ellis gets The Super Desteroyer on the ropes but Super D keeps control of the match and punishes Ellis on the ropes. He keeps Ellis in the side headlock despite Ellis trying to break out of it. Super D beats and stomps on Ellis.

The Super Destroyer lands a forearm across Ellis chest. He gets Ellis in a headlock again. Super D punches Ellis and covers him for the pin but Ellis kicks out at two only to continue to get punished. Front facelock by Super D. Ellis delivers some punches at Super D’s side to break the hold and sends him to the ropes. Super D regains control with more foreams. He whips Ellis into the ropes and catches him with a big boot across the head. The Super Destroyer gets Ellis up on the ropes and goes for the superplex and gets the pin on Ellis.

WINNER: The Super Destroyer

Butcher Vachon vs. Tony Torres

Butcher Vachon with a headlock takedown on Tony Torres. He picks Torres back up and lands a forearm across Torres chest. He starts to toss Torres around the ring. He goes for a pin but Torres kicks out. Watts mentions how strange it is that Vachon showed up at this time when Akbar’s dealing with Duggan. Vachon gets Torres in a side headlock. He punches Torres a few more times and the referee warns him.

Vachon gets Torres in a chinlock. Torres tries to fight out of the hold but Vachon pulls him by the hair. Tony Torres eventually breaks the hold and catches Vachon with a dropkick. Vachon gets knocked down by Torres but then tosses Torres into the corner. He stomps on Torres and follows with the Vachon Hangman for the submission win.

WINNER: Butcher Vachon

Rip Rogers & Tony Zane vs. Johnny Rich & Tim Horner

Rip Rogers and Tim Horner start the match. Rogers with a side headlock on Horner. They hit the ropes and Horner catches Rogers with a hiplock followed by an armdrag. Roger heads to the outside and Zane comes in but Horner takes him down. Rogers tries to get back in the ring as he’s standing on the ring apron. Horner goes for a headscissors but can’t get Rogers properly so he slips and falls. He grabs his back after. Rogers takes advantage of this mistake.

Tim Horner with a leg takedown on Rogers and he tags in Johnny Rich who gets Rogers in a wristlock. He slams Rogers and follows with an elbow for a near fall. Rogers tags in Tony Zane and Zane and Rich with some wristlock reversals. Rich knocks Zane down and tags in Horner. They double team Zane for a bit. Horner takes Zane down to the mat. Zane reverses into a headscissors but Horner counters that.

Zane heads over to tag in Rogers. Rogers gets a whip into the corner reversed and he armdrags him out of the corner. Horner whips Rogers into the ropes and backdrops him. He goes for the pin but Rogers kicks out. Zane comes in and Horner tags in Rich. Rich whips Zane into the ropes and kicks him in the mid-section. Zane then whips Rich into the corner and kicks him. Rogers tags in and gets Rich with a reverse elbow. He goes for a pin after a slam but Rich kicks out. Rogers slams Rich again and tags in Zane. Rich recovers and gets a near fall on Zane.

Rich tags in Horner and he whips Zane into the ropes and catches him with a great looking dropkick. Horner goes for the pin but Zane kicks out. He follows with a kneedrop on Zane. Zane’s near his corner so he tags in Rogers and Rip comes in and beats on Horner as TV time runs out…

WINNERS: DRAW

SHOW THOUGHTS: Thought the first half of the show was good. Second half was just okay with matches that seemed to air just to fill time. The Duggan vs. Nagasaki match was a pretty wild brawl. Show focused more on continuing to build up the Duggan feud with Akbar’s army and also Mr. Wrestling II’s feuds with King Kong Bundy and Mr. Olympia.

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