Mid-South Wrestling 6/19/1983

Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 6/19/1983

Taped 6/8/1983 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 6/19/1983.

Boyd Pearce and “Cowboy” Bill Watts are on commentary. Watts mentions that some things that have happened recently have him “flabbergasted” and they’ll talk about them throughout the show.

Mr. Wrestling II vs. Denny Alberts

Mr. Wrestling II gets Denny Alberts into the corner but breaks cleanly. He goes for a pin attempt but Alberts escapes. Some matwork with II keeping him on the mat until Alberts heads to the outside. Referee for the match is Joel Armstrong (a.k.a. Joel Watts). Alberts gets back in the ring and Mr. Wrestling II gets him in an armbar. Alberts reverses it but II with a drop toe-hold takes him back down to the mat.

Alberts breaks out of the hold and backs off from Mr. Wrestling II who quickly gets him in a side headlock. Mr. Wrestling II with a body check off the ropes and teases a knee lift but Alberts moves away. Side headlock takeover by Mr. Wrestling II. He pulls Alberts over but they are near the ropes. Back on the ropes and Alberts gets in a cheap shot. Referee backs him off. Alberts with a side headlock but Mr. Wrestling II reverses it. They get near the ropes again and Alberts delivers some punches. Mr. Wrestling II fights back and whips Alberts into the ropes and punches him.

Mr. Wrestling II slams Alberts. He whips Alberts into the ropes again and backdrops him. Another whip into the corner and Mr. Wrestling II catches him with some punches. Alberts reverses a whip into the corner but Mr. Wrestling II catches him with a knee lift. Mr. Wrestling II gets him with another knee lift and he covers Alberts for the pin.

WINNER: Mr. Wrestling II

Tito Santana vs. King Kong Bundy

Tito Santana tries for a waistlock but Bundy breaks out of it easily. Bundy drops Santana after an armlock attempt by Santana. He shoves Santana away again. They lock-up again and Santana moves out of the way as Bundy tries to shove him into the corner. That upsets Bundy and the crowd cheers. Santana with a side headlock. Bundy forces Santana into the ropes and whips him across the ring and Bundy with a body check knocks him down a few times.

Santana charges at Bundy with a forearm and follows with a dropkick that rocks Bundy but doesn’t take him off his feet. Bundy tells the fans to be quiet. Tito with a boot to the stomach and he goes for a body slam but can’t pick him up. Bundy elbows his back. Santana goes for a single leg takedown but Bundy stops him with an elbow.

Bundy whips Santana into the ropes and again Tito rocks him with a pair of punches. Bundy fights back and starts to choke Santana on the ropes. He punches Santana and stomps on him. Big elbow across Santana’s back and he again stomps on Santana. Backbreaker by Bundy and he follows with a big splash but Santana moves. Tito drops an elbow on Bundy’s back. He goes for a second elbow drop! Santana goes for the pin but Bundy powers out of the pin attempt.

Santana kicks at Bundy’s left leg and then drops him to the mat. He goes for the spinning toe hold! Bundy reaches out and punches him. Santana back up and catches Bundy with a dropkick! He goes for a second and a third that finally knocks Bundy down! Santana charges at Bundy but Bundy ducks and Santana hits the ropes. Santana recovers and charges at Bundy again but this time Bundy backdrops him over the top rope for the DQ.

Bundy heads to the outside and piledrives Santana on the concrete floor! Referee heads out to check on Santana as Bundy celebrates in the ring. Good match.

WINNER: Tito Santana via DQ

Bill Watts talks about last week’s altercation between Butch Reed and The Junkyard Dog. They air the final moments of that interview and confrontation.

They air a video with the song “The Atomic Dog” while they show clips of The Junkyard Dog in matches.

Boyd Pearce agrees with Bill Watts that The Junkyard Dog is a good guy and didn’t turn on Butch Reed and has a feeling that Reed is going to find that out very soon.

“Hacksaw” Butch Reed vs. Tim Horner

Tim Horner talks to Butch Reed before the match starts and as soon as the bell rings he starts firing punches at him. Reed counters with one punch that knocks Horner down. He delivers another punch. Horner fights back but Reed catches him with an elbow. He snapmares Horner and stomps on his face. Reed whips Horner into the ropes and catches him with a kick.

Reed picks up Horner and drops him onto the top rope! He punches away at Horner but Horner fights back and catches him with a forearm that sends Reed to the other side of the ring. He whips Reed into the corner and charges at Reed but Reed moves and Horner hits the corner hard. Reed catches Horner with an elbow and whips him into the ropes again and backdrops him.

Reed stomps on Horner. Horner fights back but Reed catches him with an elbow. Forearms from Reed rattle Horner on the ropes. Referee warns Reed and Horner uses this to catch him with a kick. Horner gets a whip reversed on him and Reed catches him with a gorilla press slam. Reed follows with a shoulder tackle that turns Horner around. Reed picks up Horner again and gorilla press slams him one more time!

Butch Reed picks up Horner again and gorilla press slams him a third time. He covers Horner for the pin while grabbing Horner by the head.

WINNER: Butch Reed

Boris Zurhkov & Mr. Olympia (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) vs. Art Crews & George Weingeroff

George Weingeroff and Mr. Olympia start the match. Buddy Nicholls returns on commentary for this match. Some good action between Weingeroff who gets the early advantage on Mr. Olympia. Atomic knee drop gets a near fall on Mr. Olympia by Weingeroff. Weingeroff tags in Crews and Mr. Olympia counters him with a kick and tags in Zurhkov.

Zurhkov gets caught by an armbar by Crews. Crews reverses and gets him with a hiplock takedown. He tags in Weingeroff who gets hit by a knee from Zurhkov. Zurhkov tags in Mr. Olympia who gets in a few shots at Weingeroff and then gets hit by an elbow . Mr. Olympia tags Zurhkov back in but Weingeroff is able to get the tag to Crews.

Art Crews catches Zurhkov with a dropkick. He goes for a monkey flip out of the corner but Zurhkov holds onto the ropes and Crews falls to the mat. Mr. Olympia back in and he kicks Crews and slams him. Zurhkov back in and he whips Crews into the ropes only Crews leap frogs over him and catches him with a dropkick. He catches Mr. Olympia with a dropkick as well. All four men are in the ring. Weingeroff with a dropkick sends Mr. Olympia to the outside.

Boris Zurhkov catches Crews with a neckbreaker. He climbs up the ropes but Weingeroff runs in and hits Zurhkove in the mid-section as he jumps out of the corner. Mr. Olympia loads his boot. Crews goes for a slam on Zurhkov but Mr. Olympia hits him with a dropkick. Zurhkov covers Crews for the pin.

WINNERS: Boris Zurhkov & Mr. Olympia

Magnum T.A. vs. Rip Rogers

Magnum T.A. with a wristlock on Rogers but Rip reaches the ropes. Fireman’s carry takedown by Magnum on Rogers and again Rip reaches the ropes. Rogers with a cheap shot on Magnum and he sends him into the corner turnbuckles. He tries to whip Magnum across the ropes but Magnum reverses and sends Rogers into the corner and hip tosses Rip. He follows with a backflip on Rogers but misses an elbow drop. Rogers runs the ropes and gets caught by an elbow from Magnum T.A. Atomic knee drop by Magnum on Rogers and he covers him for the pin. Short match.

WINNER: Magnum T.A.

Boyd Pearce talks about Mil Mascaras coming to the territory next week and praises him as a star in both the U.S. and Mexico. That’s followed by them airing a match between Mil Mascaras vs. “The Black Ninja” Kendo Nagasaki from Houston, Texas from May 13th.

Mil Mascaras vs. “The Black Ninja” Kendo Nagasaki from Houston, Texas held on May 13th.

Match is joined in progress with Mil Mascaras who has Nagasaki in a headscissors. Nagasaki escapes by stomping on Mascaras. Mil Mascaras backdrops him out of the corner and catches Nagasaki with a dropkick that sends him to the outside. Mil Mascaras climbs up to the top rope but doesn’t jump to the outside.

Nagasaki gets back in the ring and kicks at Mil Mascaras. Mil Mascaras counters with some chops and follows with a pair of topes. He climbs to the top rope and lands a flying body press on Nagasaki for the pin. Crowd cheers loudly at the result. Paul Boesch on commentary mentions how great the reaction was to Mil Mascaras win.

WINNER: Mil Mascaras

Boyd Pearce and Buddy Nicholls close the show talking about how they still can’t believe that Butch Reed turned on The Junkyard Dog.

SHOW THOUGHTS: Okay episode. The best match on the show was Tito Santana vs. King Kong Bundy. That was a good TV match and seemed to set-up a later match between the two. There was a lot of focuse on commentary on Butch Reed turning on The Junkyard Dog and airing the recap. Reed looked great in his match against Tim Horner. Closed the show hyping up Mil Mascaras appearing on next week’s episode and airing a highlight of a recent match of his from Houston.

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