February 3, 1983
Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts
This week in action are Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Kamala, Tony Atlas, Andre the Giant, and the Junkyard Dog & Mr. Wrestling II will team up.
Watts shows us the North American Title, which he told us matchmaker Grizzly Smith received by mail. Also, no one has been able to contact Stagger Lee.
Sonny Rogers vs. Tim Horner
Horner goes after Rogers, who ducks underneath the ropes. Horner then hits a pair of arm drags as Watts tells us that Steve Williams has reported to the New Jersey Generals of the USFL. Horner now grounds Rogers with a side headlock as Watts talks about the Fabulous Freebirds and the Von Erich family. Rogers takes Horner down with a knee smash but Horner starts fighting back. Rogers take Horner down then yells at the ref before hitting a turnbuckle smash. Rogers then hits Horner with a punch but the ref calls the DQ as Watts tells us it was an illegal “karate thrust” (3:42). Both men go at it after the bell until Horner clears Rogers from the ring.
Thoughts: Odd finish as Horner was getting a minor push at this point and Rogers was mostly unknown to Mid-South. Rogers had done enhancement work for the AWA prior to this match and continued to do so throughout the decade. He even did some TV work for the WWF and WCW. Anyway, he was pretty lousy in the ring for this match and the finish did not get over at all.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Joe Stark
Duggan wins a slugfest in the corner then applies a chinlock as Watts puts over his toughness. He catches Stark with a backbreaker then stretches him out across his knee as Watts compares him to Dick the Bruiser. Duggan slams Stark but misses a knee drop as Stark fires away. He knocks Duggan down with a pair of dropkicks but gets whipped into the corner then Duggan tosses him at the ropes for the win (2:50).
Thoughts: An easy win for Duggan as they put over his toughness on commentary. The Duggan push has been successful at this point.
Buddy Landel vs. Kamala w/ Skandor Akbar & Friday
Lnadell tries to attack Kamala but gets tossed. Kamala chops Landel down then chokes him out. Watts predicts that one day Landel will be a “top star” but Kamala stays in control. Kamala continues to choke out Landel, who finally escapes and fights back but is cut off then hit with a pair of splashes as Kamala gets the win (2:17).
Thoughts: Another win to build up Kamala for more prominent opponents.
Kelly Kiniski vs. “Mr. USA” Tony Atlas
Atlas works over Kiniski to start. He targets the arm then wins a slugfest and stays in control until Kiniski backs him into the corner. Kiniski lands some forearm smashes to the chest but Atlas fights back and uses a headscissors takeover. Atlas the hits a pair of dropkicks and a press slam before the splash finishes off Kiniski (4:05).
Thoughts: Decent win for Atlas, who has a tremendous physique and decent charisma but remains sloppy in the ring.
Andre the Giant vs. Mike Bond & Tom Renesto
Andre toys with Renesto to start. Bond comes in as Andre takes care of both guys. Andre gets choked out by both men in the corner but breaks that up with a double noggin-knocker as Watts puts over how he wants Kamala one-on-one. Andre is taken down by both men but powers out of a pin attempt at one then gets up and rams them both in the corner. He slams Renesto on top of Bond then sits on them both for the win (3:39).
Thoughts: Andre sold a lot more here than you would think and even got taken down as he gets the win in his return to Mid-South.
Watts tells us that next week’s main event is Atlas & Andre vs. Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne for the Mid-South Tag Team Titles. He puts over Andre’s friendship with Atlas, who is sick of the rat pack. We are then shown an interview from DiBiase & Borne, which was conducted by Watts before the show. DiBiase says the match is a raw deal then wants to know where Stagger Lee is as he was due a North American Title shot and believes he should win the belt via forfeit. He then says JYD is spreading a rumor he ratted out Lee to his probation officer and sent him back to jail and how its false before he accuses Mid-South of trying to get rid of them. Borne then tells us they are the best champions Mid-South has ever had and will see us next week. Interesting segment as they are telling the story of the Rat Pack possibly tipping off Stagger Lee’s probation officer as to why he has been absent.
Marty Lunde & Don Bass vs. Mr. Wrestling II & Junkyard Dog is scheduled next. However, DiBiase & Borne come into the ring and offer to buyout the contracts of Lunde & Bass and after a huddle outside of the ring, Lunde & Bass accept.
Mr. Wrestling II & Junkyard Dog vs. Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne
They start off with a slugfest that is won by Mr. Wrestling II & JYD. Lunde & Bass then run in but they get beaten down too and JYD puts DiBiase away with a powerslam (1:15).
Thoughts: The Tag Champs got annihilated here, even with a 4 vs. 2 advantage. The JYD vs. DiBiase feud is starting to lose steam.
Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Art Crews
Sharpe works the leg but Crews escapes and they end up in a stalemate. They trade arm wringers until Sharpe grounds Crews and applies an armbar. Watts says he hopes to have the Kerry Von Erich vs. Ric Flair match for us in two weeks that shows Michael Hayes screwing over Kerry. Sharpe works a full nelson then goes back to the arm. Crews gets a nearfall with a back suplex then Watts talks about everything going on in the promotion, including Duggan pushing Houston promoter Paul Boesch to have a Brass Knux Title Tournament then Sharpe hits a lariat for the win (4:56).
Thoughts: A match that was a backdrop for Watts to put over everything else going on in the promotion.
Watts plugs next week’s title match then we see a pre-taped interview from Atlas & Andre, who said he was happy to sign the contract and prove which team is the best.
Back to the desk, Watts reminds us that the North American Title has been returned to Grizzly Smith as Pierce thanks the fans for making them #1 in the ratings.
Final Thoughts: This show was all about what happened to Stagger Lee and the now presumably vacated North American Heavyweight Title. They also set up a Tag Title match for next week too but the in-ring stuff was subpar.