April 1, 1982
Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts
The show starts off with Watts talking about the Bob Roop/Paul Orndorff angle as we see the clips of that. Watts adds that even though the replay showed DiBiase lost the North American Heavyweight due to outside interference, much like the NBA, NFL, and MLB there is no rule in place where you can overturn the decision.
Bob Roop vs. Coco Samoa
Roop backs off after an Irish whip after they tussle. Coco gets two with a crossbody then works the arm after a slam and a splash. Coco works the arm for a bit until Roop fights out. Coco comes back with a neckbreaker and hits a monkey flip but Roop hits him with a throat thrust on the second attempt. Coco then dodges Roop and tries for a flying crossbody but Roop catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex for the win (4:24) *1/2.
Thoughts: Decent action here from Samoa. They were putting over the Roop/Orndorff feud here.
Mike Boyer vs. Paul Orndorff
Orndorff hits Boyer with a dropkick after an Irish whip sequence. He then works the arm as Watts said Roop will eventually have to face Orndorff one day. Boyer misses a splash and shortly after that Orndorff gets the win with a powerslam (2:38).
Thoughts: Orndorff is getting face reactions now as his feud with Roop is heating up.
We get a pre-taped interview with Skandor Akbar. He is questioned about the disappearance of Killer Karl Kox as Akbar said anything could have happened, such as a heart attack or getting attacked at a truck stop. Akbar then talks about going after the Louisiana Heavyweight Title then wonders why all of the Junkyard Dog’s tag team partners end up hurt. Good promo by Akbar as he sets his sights on all of the title belts. His army also comes off as a major threat with all of the men they’ve taken out.
Wild Samoans w/ Skandor Akbar vs. Jesse Barr & Buddy Landel
The Samoans start off by ambushing their opponents. Barr & Landel come back with dropkicks as the match settles down. They take control until Sika gets his knees up on a splash. The Samoans beat Landel down as Watts talks about Ernie Ladd. Barr tags in and runs wild but the Afa makes a blind tag and knocks him down then gets the win with a Samoan Drop (3:16) *.
Thoughts: Barr & Landel got in more offense than I would have expected here and Watts put them over as young, athletic guys who do not back down.
One Man Gang w/Skandor Akbar vs. Rick Ferrara
Gang slowly stalks then overpowers Ferrara. Gang no-sells some punches then put Ferrara down and hits a splash for the win (1:44).
Thoughts: A quick win to put Gang over as a monster.
We get an interview from Ernie Ladd, who is now sporting a cane. Ladd claims he does not need the cane but that he uses it for protection. He talks about the Samoans betraying him then talks about Akbar taking him out. Ladd said he tried to call the Junkyard Dog to bury the hatchet but he refused to hear him out. Ladd then lists off the names of people Akbar’s army have taken out (Mike George, Dick Murdoch, Ted DiBiase) and that he now has a mystery partner that will be revealed in two weeks. Good promo by Ladd, who they are slowly trying to turn into a babyface. Plus, they have another week to build intrigue as to who will be his mystery partner.
Tully Blanchard & Wayne Ferris vs. Junkyard Dog & Mr. Olympia
For those unaware, Ferris would later go on to be known as the Honky Tonk Man. He still had blond hair at this point. This starts with Ferris and Olympia ending in a standoff. Both teams go back-and-forth for a bit as Watts talks about wrestling his first match against Tully’s dad in Indiana. They get some heat on Olympia for a bit until he tags out. JYD runs wild until Tully trips him up as the match breaks down. Ferris has JYD up for a slam but Olympia comes off the top with a dropkick to put JYD on top the JYD hits a powerslam for the win (3:38) *1/2.
Thoughts: The action was fine here as JYD & Olympia are the top face team in the promotion.
Ron Cheatham vs. Iron Mike Sharpe
Cheatham takes control as Watts calls Sharpe a “gentle giant” who needs to start acting a bit more aggressive in the ring. Sharpe then fights back and puts him in a backbreaker submission for the win (1:38).
Thoughts: Seems like they are going to make Sharpe act more aggressive here as he got the win quickly.
Final Thoughts: Not much in terms of wrestling here but they are advancing their top angles quite nicely here. Both the Roop/Orndorff and Ladd/Akbar feuds are strong now and its going to be nice to see them progress.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Sunday: WWF Los Angeles Sports Arena 1/29/89
Monday: WWF Main Event 2/3/89
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/4/89
Wednesday: PWG Thirteen 7/29/16
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with AJ Styles
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/4/89
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 4/8/82