The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 09.26.81
Taped from Charlotte, NC
Your hosts are Bob Caudle & David Crockett
And this week, David and Bob are happy to announce that we have a NEW WORLD CHAMPION…Ric Flair. Man, what a strange time to be living in, back when Flair was winning his FIRST World title!
Jake Roberts presents his new partner, Leroy Brown. I don’t know what drugs Leroy was on here, but I’m sure Jake wanted to try them. Unsurprisingly, Brown died at a very young age, just a few years after this.
Austin Idol v. Scott McGee
Idol, for those who have never had the pleasure, is roughly akin to the look of Stunning Steve Austin melded with Superstar Billy Graham’s interviews, and he should have been a huge star for years but he was too much of an asshole even for wrestling. Also, he was awful in the ring, so there’s that. Idol takes McGee down with a bodyscissors, but McGee outwrestles him on the mat and they slug it out. Idol tosses McGee, then catches him with a backdrop suplex in the ring and finishes with a god-awful figure-four at 4:48. 0 for 1.
Outlaw Ron Bass v. Jim Nelson
Bass works a hammerlock on the mat, and goes to an abdominal stretch until Nelson escapes with a hiptoss. Nelson pounds away in the corner, but Bass puts him away with the powerslam at 4:50. 0 for 2.
Sgt. Slaughter v. Frank Monte
Slaughter works the arm and gets a slam, then starts with the dirty stuff and knees to the back. Kneedrop gets two. Slaughter Cannon puts him down and the cobra clutch finishes at 4:06. I love watching Slaughter destroy these goofs. 1 for 3.
Scott McGee is out to give an incredibly dull interview about his amateur wrestling background and how he wants to challenge for the Junior heavyweight title.
The Grappler & The Super Destroyer v. Ron Richie & Johnny Weaver
Weaver controls the heels with armdrags, and Richie comes in with more of the same. Weaver controls Grappler on the mat with a hammerlock, and back to Richie as they hold Grappler in the corner and work the arm. Finally Weaver takes an atomic drop from Grappler and bumps into the corner to give the heels the heat, and Destroyer works a chinlock on him. Richie comes in, but a superplex finishes him off at 6:10. Very energetic squash. 2 for 4.
Jake Roberts comes out to protest the heels switching guys behind the ref’s back, but the decision stands.
Jake Roberts & Leroy Brown v. Mike Miller & Ricky Harris
Jake works the leg on Miller for a bit, and Brown comes in and mostly lets Miller bounce off him. Jake with the kneelift and they work on Miller in the corner while we learn that the US title is now vacant thanks to Abdullah injuring champion Wahoo McDaniel, and a tournament will commence shortly, right here in Charlotte! Jake slugs away on Miller and gets a snapmare for one, but Leroy Brown finishes with a big splash at 5:09. Brown was just awful here. 2 for 5.
Jim Nelson has some sour grapes about his loss to Bass, and Ricky Harris is also confused about how he could have lost. Mike Miller promises that he’s got a counter for the big splash, and he’ll unveil it soon. David is like “How do you counter a big splash?” and basically laughs him off.
Jay Youngblood v. Ole Anderson
Jay sends Ole running with chops while Grappler yells about Jake Roberts on commentary, claiming that they won fair and square and Jake is a big liar. Well, he’s not wrong. Ole tosses Jay, and Grappler stops to throw him back in, allowing Ole to take over and drop an elbow for two. Jay throws more chops, but Grappler trips him up and Ole goes to a chinlock. Youngblood fights out with a series of dropkicks, and Grappler comes in for the DQ at 3:13. And David Crockett actually says “Katie, bar the door!” just in case you think I’ve been making that one up all these years or something. The babyfaces all regroup and make the save for Jay Youngblood before things go too far. Nothing to this one. 2 for 6.
A weak week, but they can’t all be winners. Next time, we learn who won the US title tournament. Spoiler: It wasn’t Dusty Rhodes.