Written By Alfredo Esparza

Mid-South Wrestling 7/9/1983

Taped 7/6/1983 at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Aired on 7/9/1983.

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

Magnum T.A. & Johnny Rich vs. Doug Vines & Ralph Williams

Doug Vines and Johnny Rich start the match. Rich backdrops Vines out of the corner and catches him a dropkick followed by an armdrag. He tags Magnum T.A. in who continues to go after Vines. He hip tosses and slams Vines who then tags in Williams. Magnum with an armdrag takedown and he tags Rich back in who drops an elbow across Williams arm.

Rich with a slam followed by an elbow drop for a near fall on Williams. Magnum T.A. back in and he uppercuts Williams left arm. Fireman’s carry takedown into a wristlock by Magnum. He keeps wearing down Williams left arm. Williams whips Magnum into the ropes but Magnum takes him down again and tags in Rich who continues to work on Williams left arm.

Johnny Rich with an elbow to Williams left arm and he tags Magnum back in who catches Williams with a pair of dropkicks. Magnum T.A. whips Williams into the ropes and catches him with a forearm. Vines tries to make the save for his partner but Rich charges at him. Williams kicks out of the pin attempt. All four men are in the ring. Magnum and Rich send both their opponents into each other. Double atomic drop on Vines sends him to the outside.

Magnum T.A. & Rich whip Williams into the ropes and catch him with a double dropkick. Magnum T.A. with an atomic drop followed by a belly-to-belly suplex for the pin. Rich kicks Vines as he tries to get in the ring.

WINNERS: Magnum T.A. & Johnny Rich

They air a tape from Houston with Dusty Rhodes talking about his Texas bullrope match with Nick Bockwinkel with Ted DiBiase and King Kong Bundy getting involved. Rhodes mentions that he wants a rematch with Bockwinkle for the AWA World Heavyweight title but also wants a match with Bundy.

King Kong Bundy vs. Jerry Caldwell & Ron Ellis in a 2-on-1 Handicap match.

Jerry Caldwell starts the match against King Kong Bundy. Bundy shoves Caldwell into the corner and beats on him. Watts mentions that Steve “Dr. Death” Williams was recently with the New Jersey Generals and he went down to the boardwalk in Atlantic City to check out the reputation of King Kong Bundy and said it was not something you’d be proud to write your mother about. Not a good reputation. Meanwhile Bundy just destroying Caldwell using the ropes and dropping forearms across Caldwell’s back.

Bundy whips Caldwell into the ropes and shoulder blocks him down near his corner so Caldwell tags in Ellis. Ron Ellis gets his eyes raked and Bundy proceeds to destroy him as well. Elbow to the back of Ellis’ neck. Bundy ties Ellis arm on the top rope and beats on him. He yells at Caldwell. Both Caldwell and Ellis double-team Bundy and he just sends both crashing into each other.

Bundy with a corner splash on Ellis followed by a slam. He tosses Caldwell into the corner and splashes him and gets Caldwell with the Atlantic City Avalanche as he drops Caldwell on top of Ellis and demands that the referee count to five!

WINNER: King Kong Bundy

Bill Watts talks about the tag match from two weeks ago when Ted DiBiase interfered and tried to sneak attack Hacksaw Duggan. Boris Zurkhov, Mr. Olympia and Gen. Skandor Akbar along with Ted DiBiase end up beating up on Duggan after knocking out Johnny Rich. Duggan and Rich end up winning the tag match after Duggan recovered.

That’s followed by re-airing last week’s Mid-South Tag Team title match between Ted DiBiase & Mr. Olympia vs. The Junkyard Dog & Hacksaw Duggan with King Kong Bundy replacing Mr. Olympia after he got knocked out during the brawl before the match. Butch Reed gets involved and attacks The Junkyard Dog and Hacksaw Duggan.

Mr. Wrestling II vs. “Hacksaw” Butch Reed

“Hacksaw” Butch Reed yells at Mr. Wrestling II before the match and as soon as the bell rings they get things going quickly. Mr. Wrestling II gets Reed in a front facelock that Reed has trouble breaking out of. He sends Mr. Wrestling II into the corner but II doesn’t break the hold. Reed reaches the ropes to break the hold and he attacks II with some elbows and kicks.

Reed chokes Mr. Wrestling II. He whips Mr. Wrestling II into the ropes and hits him with an elbow. Follows that up with a knee drop off the middle rope for a near fall. More elbows, punches and headbutts thrown by Reed. He whips Mr. Wrestling II into the ropes but II catches him with a knee lift! Mr. Wrestling II attacks Reed and gets in some chops in the corner. Another knee lift at Reed.

Mr. Wrestling II with another knee lift. He tosses Reed across the ring and charges at Reed for another knee lift but Reed moves out of the way. Mr. Wrestling II grabs onto his knee and Reed charges off the ropes with a shoulder tackle at him. Reed goes for the pin but II reaches the ropes. Butch Reed continues to beat on II. They go back and forth with Mr. Wrestling II sending him into the ropes. They both collide and fall to the floor.

They both get back into the ring. Reed climbs to the top rope and catches Mr. Wrestling II with a shoulder tackle but the referee calls for a DQ on Reed for diving off the top rope at II.

WINNER: Mr. Wrestling II by DQ.

Ted DiBiase vs. Tim Horner

Ted DiBiase catches Tim Horner with a knee to the mid-section and delivers a few punches at him before whipping Horner into the ropes and going for a sunset flip only Horner lands on top and gets a near fall on DiBiase. DiBiase gets upset and whips Horner again into the ropes but Horner escapes a slam attempt and tries to roll-up DiBiase for a pin attempt again but Ted escapes.

Backdrop followed by a dropkick by Horner. Horner goes for a second dropkick but DiBiase rolls to the outside. DiBiase gets back in and they go with some wristlock reversals with Horner finally getting DiBiase in an armbar. DiBiase shoves Horner into the ropes and whips him and ends up catching him and drops Horner into the top rope. He chokes Horner and then slams his head into the top turnbuckle.

DiBiase gets a whip into the corner reversed. Horner goes for a cross body block off the ropes but DiBiase moves out of the way. DiBiase with a powerslam on Horner and gets the pin.

WINNER: Ted DiBiase

The Junkyard Dog vs. Boris Zurhkov

The Junkyard Dog tosses Boris Zurhkov early in the match. He follows with a slam for a near fall. JYD gets him in a bear hug. Zurhkov rakes JYD’s eyes to break the hold. JYD whips Zurhkov into the ropes and backdrops him. He follows with some shoulder tackles and a clothesline. JYD then gets Zurhkov with the Thump powerslam for the pin. Very short match.

WINNER: The Junkyard Dog

They close the show airing a video featuring Kamala vs. “Iron” Mike Sharpe from Houston, Texas. Gen. Skandor Akbar is doing commentary for this highlight video. Sharpe is bleeding from his forehead. Akbar mentions this was a revenge match for him because Sharpe had previously injured Akbar with a piledriver.

SHOW THOUGHTS: Okay episode with the best match on the show being Mr. Wrestling II vs. Butch Reed. They spent most of the show recapping the previous two week’s tag team matches with DiBiase being out one week with his “injury” and then coming back the following week to wrestle in the tag team title match. They also aired some highlights from Houston that cut into the time. Most of the other matches were kept pretty short.


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