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Mid-South Wrestling 5/21/1983

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 5/21/1983

Taped 5/11/1983 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 5/21/1983.

Boyd Pearce and “Cowboy” Bill Watts are on commentary. Watts talks about the Von Erich family and they air edited highlights of the Von Erichs vs. The Fabulous Freebirds at the Superdome in April.

Watts mentioned this was David Von Erich’s debut in the Superdome and that they flew in Kerry Von Erich from Japan for this show. Match was Kerry & David Von Erich vs. Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts. Watts names some famous families in wrestling including the Briscos and the Andersons. Watts mentions the match went 20 minutes but they condensed it and edited it into highlights. The Von Erichs win the match.

They air highlights of King Kong Bundy vs. Tim Horner from the same Superdome show. Bundy wins the match easily.

“The Black Ninja” Kendo Nagasaki (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Tim Horner

Kendo Nagasaki tries to kick Tim Horner but Horner moves away. Horner armdrags Nagasaki. Nagasaki finally gets Horner with a kick and slams him. He follows with a front facelock on Horner. Horner elbows Nagasaki but eventually escapes with a wristlock. Nagasaki catches Horner with another thrust kick off the ropes.

Horner is able to escape Nagasaki’s grasp and gets him in a hammerlock. He drops a knee across Nagasaki’s arm. Nagasaki lands an elbow and knocks Horner down. Horner surprises Nagasaki and goes for a roll-up but can’t keep hold of Nagasaki. He gets Nagasaki with an armdrag. Nagasaki escapes and starts to punch and chop Horner. He gets in a kick at Horner.

They exchange chops but Nagasaki takes him down and chokes Horner. Nagasaki whips Horner into the ropes and backdrops him. He covers Horner for the pin but Horner kicks out. Horner continues to get punished by Nagasaki but continues to fight back. Nagasaki whips Horner into the ropes and chops him. Hard chop across Horner’s neck. He stomps on Horner. Nagasaki with a hip lock into a pin but he instead starts to choke Horner.

Horner fights back with some forearms! Nagasaki rakes Horner’s eyes and whips him into the ropes. Horner catches Nagasaki by surprise with an inside cradle! Everyone is shocked that Horner won. Skandor Akbar complains that Horner pulled Nagasaki’s pants.

WINNER: Tim Horner

Johnny Rich vs. Tony Torres

Rich and Torres shake hands before the match starts. Armdrag by Rich a few times followed by a dropkick. Side headlock by Rich on Torres. Torres whips Rich into the ropes but Rich takes him down. He gets Torres in a side headlock. Torres gets Rich on the ropes to break out of the headlock.

Torres with a fireman’s carry takedown on Rich but Rich quickly counters with a headscissors on Torres. Torres escapes but Rich again quickly reverses into a hammerlock. Rich goes to work on Torres left arm. Torres keeps Rich in a hammerlock. Rich takes Torres down and gets him in an armbar. They struggle trying to gain control with an armbar.

Rich gets Torres on the ropes but Torres gets him with a forearm. Reversal into the ropes by Rich and he slams Torres and follows with a knee drop. Rich whips Torres into the ropes and backdrops him. He then charges at Torres and cradles him for the pin.

WINNER: Johnny Rich

“Hacksaw” Butch Reed & The Junkyard Dog vs. The Super Destroyer & Tony Zane

The Super Destroyer and Butch Reed start the match. Reed gets Super D in a side headlock but Super D whips him into the ropes and gets him with a leg takedown. He gets Reed in a side headlock but Reed whips him into the ropes and picks up Super D for a slam! Reed follows with an armdrag into an armbar. The Super Destroyer hip tosses Reed and tags in Tony Zane but Reed gets him with an armdrag. Reed tags in The Junkyard Dog. JYD gets Zane in an armbar. He tags in Reed who elbows Zane and keeps the armbar on. Zane tries to break out of the hold but is able to tag in The Super Destroyer.

Butch Reed with some forearms at The Super Destroyer followed by a dropkick. He lands a fist across Super D’s head and goes for the pin but Super D reaches the ropes. Reed tags in JYD. The Junkyard Dog with a hammerlock on Super Destroyer. Super Destroyer gets JYD in the corner and gets him with some punches and forearms. JYD reverses a whip into the corner and gets in a few punches on Super Destroyer.

JYD tags in Reed while Super D tags in Zane. Reed drops Zane with a backdrop. He whips Zane into the ropes but Zane catches Reed with a kick. Super Destroyer tags back in and punches away at Reed. He quickly tags Zane back in but Reed escapes and tags JYD. JYD whips Zane into the ropes and punches him. He follows with an uppercut. JYD hits the ropes again but Super Destroyer trips him!

Tony Zane tags in The Super Destroyer who attacks JYD. He stomps on JYD and gets him in a front facelock. Reed knocks Zane off the ring apron. Super Destroyer takes down JYD. Reed goes for an elbow drop on Super D but he moves and Reed hits JYD instead. The Super Destroyer gets Reed up on the top rope setting him up for the superplex. JYD gets back up and knocks Super D out of the way. Tony Zane runs in and JYD picks him up and powerslams him. Reed then hits Super Destroyer with a shoulder block. JYD gets the pin on Zane!

WINNER: Butch Reed & The Junkyard Dog

Ted DiBiase (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Ron Ellis

Ted DiBiase with a waistlock takedown on Ron Ellis. He drops several knees across Ellis back. DiBiase with a hammerlock into a headlock. He knocks down Ellis a couple of times with body attacks off the ropes. More knee drops on Ellis. DiBiase whips him into the ropes and hits him with an elbow. Knee drop on Ellis and a pin attempt by DiBiase but it only gets him a two-count.

Ellis recovers briefly but DiBiase backdrops him out of the corner. DiBiase climbs to the middle rope and lands an elbow right at Ellis head. He whips Ellis into the ropes and powerslams him for the pin. Short match.

WINNER: Ted DiBiase

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Butcher Vachon (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Hacksaw Duggan charges into the ring and chases Akbar away. Vachon attacks Duggan but Hacksaw was ready and slams Vachon. Butcher Vachon heads to the outside to talk to Akbar before returning to the ring. Duggan lands an elbow and then slams Vachon a couple of times. Vachon again heads to the outside.

Duggan’s fired up! Vachon gets back in and Duggan slams him into the corner. Vachon fights back with some forearms. Duggan with a hiptoss out of the corner and he goes for a knee drop but Vachon moves out of the way. Hacksaw whips Vachon into the corner and gets him with the spear! Akbar runs in and Duggan attacks him. Ted DiBiase runs out and he Duggan brawl!

Butcher Vachon attacks Duggan. Akbar throws a chair into the ring. DiBiase grabs it while Vachon holds onto Duggan. DiBiase goes for a chair shot but Duggan moves out of the way and DiBiase hits Vachon instead. Duggan grabs the chair and swings it at DiBiase who moves out of the way. He hits Vachon with the chair and covers him for the pin. Referee returns to the ring to count the fall.

WINNER: Hacksaw Duggan

Mr. Olympia (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Jerry Caldwell

Mr. Olympia with a takedown on Caldwell into an armbar. He then gets Caldwell with a fireman’s carry takedown and back into an armbar. Caldwell back up and whips Mr. Olympia into the ropes and catches him with a pair of armdrags. Mr. Olympia with a headscissors that Caldwell escapes. Caldwell gets caught with an armdrag and Mr. Olympia gets him in a wristlock. That gets reversed by Caldwell.

Front facelock by Mr. Olympia. Caldwell whips Mr. Olympia into the ropes but Mr. Olympia kicks him and gets him back in an armbar. Reversal into the corner by Caldwell but Mr. Olympia catches him with a boot to the face. Slam followed by an elbow drop by Mr. Olympia. He follows with another armbar on Caldwell.

Mr. Olympia whips Caldwell into the ropes and Caldwell catches him with a kick. He misses an elbow on Mr. Olympia. Mr. Olympia back on offense and catches Caldwell with a dropkick. He whips him again into the ropes and catches Caldwell in a sleeper hold for the win.

WINNER: Mr. Olympia

SHOW THOUGHTS: Okay episode. Felt like they were starting to tease something between The Junkyard Dog and Butch Reed when Reed landed an elbow on JYD when Super Destroyer moved out of the way. That tag match had a pretty good finish. The Duggan vs. Vachon match was a short wild brawl that kept the feud going between Duggan and DiBiase & Akbar. Horner getting the surprise win on Nagasaki was a fun early result for the show.

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