Unfortunately, the blog crashing wiped away drafts of some of the reviews I had been working on so there might not be as many posts as usual from myself.
December 16, 1982
Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts
This week, Hacksaw Jim Duggan defends the Louisiana Heavyweight Title against Tony Atlas. Plus, Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne vs. Mr. Wrestling II & Stagger Lee and Gino Hernandez vs. Mr. Olympia
We see a note that reads “have a good, hard look and remember when” as there is a mask similar to that of Mr. Wrestling II wrapped in gauze and covered in what is supposed to be blood as Watts says its someone from Mr. Wrestling II’s past. Another clue as we are getting closer to revealing the identity of the person screwing with Mr. Wrestling II.
Marty Lunde vs. Chavo Guerrero
They start off on the mat with Chavo in control. Watts puts over Chavo’s skills and how they make up for his lack of size as Lunde fights back. Chavo comes back with a flying chop then a backbreaker as Watts compares Chavo to Danny Hodge. Chavo works a surfboard but Lunde escapes and hits a slam. Lunde gets two with a leg drop then hammers away in the corner but misses a fist drop from the middle rope. Chavo fights back with a dropkick then flies out with a pescado. They head back inside where Chavo hits a missile dropkick then a flipping senton for the win (3:22) *1/2.
Thoughts: Good action and really the first time Lunde got to do something in a match here in Mid-South. Chavo looked great once again.
Lester Parks vs. Kamala w/ Skandor Akbar & Friday
Kamala’s spear has a mask on it and Parks is wearing a mask,something he did not last week. Kamala immediately beats him down then hits a pair of splashes for the win (1:16). After the mask, Kamala takes off Parks mask and puts it on his spear.
Thoughts: They are doing an angle with Kamala taking everyone’s mask as “trophies” for Akbar. Now, he needs to do it to someone with actual name value.
Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne vs. Mr. Wrestling II & Stagger Lee
We get a brawl to start the match as Mr. Wrestling II & Lee clear the ring. Mr. Wrestling II then works over DiBiase as the champs are on the losing end so far in this non-title match. The champs briefly trap Wrestling II in their corner but he escapes and tags out as the match breaks down. Borne goes behind the ref’s back and tries to jump off of the top rope, which is illegal, but is stopped. DiBiase tries to load his glove but is stopped then Lee picks up the gimmick and catches Borne in midair and covers for the win (6:02) **1/4.
Thoughts: Decent action in this one. The crowd loves the Stagger Lee angle as he once again foiled DiBiase’s plans.
Louisiana Heavyweight Title Match: Tony Atlas vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan (c)
Before the match, Atlas yells at Duggan as he promises to “whoop” him. They start off arm wrestling on the mat but Duggan gets up and hammers away. Duggan drops a few elbows but Atlas starts to fight back. Atlas knocks Duggan outside then DiBiase & Borne run out. DiBiase fans Duggan off with a towel then Borne sneaks up from behind to attack Atlas but is caught. Atlas slingshots Duggan inside and knocks him into the referee. Atlas fights off DiBiase but Duggan puts on a helmet and spears Atlas for the win as Watts screams about the “Rat Pack,” the name of this trio (3:12) *.
Thoughts: Not much of a match but more a way to put over the Rat Pack after losing in the previous match.
“Gorgeous” Gino Hernandez vs. Mr. Olympia
Boesch has replaced Watts on commentary. Hernandez and Olympia feel each other out to start. Neither man can gain an advantage on the mat so Olympia gets up on the top rope during a test-of-strength and takes Hernandez down with an arm drag as that is legal because he did not jump off onto his opponent. Hernandez fights back and starts beating on Olympia in the corner. Olympia gets dumped outside but starts to fight back inside the ring. Hernandez avoids a charge in the corner though and drops Olympia with a back elbow smash for two. Olympia comes back with a small package for two then both men collide. Hernandez misses an elbow drop so Olympia gets two with a backslide then comes off the middle rope with a crossbody for two. Olympia locks on the sleeper but Hernandez runs him into the corner as Olympia spills outside. Hernandez suplexes Olympia back inside from the apron then hits a falling back elbow smash from the middle rope for the win (7:24) **.
Thoughts: They got time for a TV match but this was nothing special. Hernandez wins as they are giving him a push in the Territory.
The Davidson Brothers vs. Iron Mike Sharpe & Tim Horner
Pierce tells us that next week, Mr. Wrestling II & Stagger Lee will face DiBiase & Borne with the Tag Team Titles on the line and the loser of the fall having to leave Mid-South. Pierce accidentally refers to Lee as the Junkyard Dog at one point. Horner works over Rick to start. e misses a dropkick but Sharpe tags in and hammers away. Sharpe cleans house then puts John away with a lariat (2:35).
Thoughts: Forgettable and the end was a mess. Sharpe has really fallen from grace after dropping the Louisiana Heavyweight Title and would be leaving soon to return to the WWF.
Kelly Kiniski vs. Buddy Landel
They trade off working the arm to start until Landel takes control. Kiniski knees Landel in the back then chops him down but Landel gets up and hits a gutwrench suplex for a two count. They end in a stalemate then fight over a side headlock. Landel gets two with a dropkick as Pierce hypes up next week’s main event until the show ends (5:04) **1/4.
Thoughts: Solid back-and-forth action here. Landel in particular shined.
Final Thoughts: Really just a show to set up next week’s big main event. Besides that, they are continuing the stuff with Mr. Wrestling II and building up heels like Kamala and Gino.