Mid-South Wrestling – May 12th, 1983

May 12, 1983

Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts

This week we will see Jim Duggan vs. Kendo Nagasaki in a Lumber Jack match.


Watts says that the Junkyard Dog wanted to be here today but his schedule was too busy.


We are now shown clips of the Duggan/DiBiase/Akbar stuff from the past two weeks.


Footage from Mr. Olympia & Ted DiBiase attacking Chavo Guerrero in Houston is shown. As we learned lasy week, this is the result of DiBiase & Olympia impersonating a Mexican promoter phoning in to Houston to say that Gran Markus would be coming in to face Chavo Guerrero but it was a set up. They bust open Chavo and hit him with a spike piledriver as Pierce, acting as the ring announcer, is telling the fans to stop throwing things into the ring. Watts calls this one of the greatest set-ups he’s ever seen and for Duggan to watch his back. This was one hell of a beatdown that led to an excellent match between Chavo and Olympia.


Ted DiBiase & Mr. Olympia w/ Skandor Akbar vs. Art Crews & Jerry Caldwell

The champs beat on Crews to start. Watts puts over Olympia & DiBiase for being undefeated as a team then talks about the item Akbar gives to Olympia to put on his foot and win matches. Caldwell tags in and gets destroyed but is still able to tag out. Crews runs wild briefly until he runs into a knee in the corner. He tags out then DiBiase puts Caldwell away with a powerslam (4:05).

Thoughts: An extended squash to put over DiBiase & Olympia as they are positioned as top heels in the territory.


Lumberjack Match: Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Kendo Nagasaki

Duggan takes a swing at Akbar then attacks Nagasaki. Duggan gets knocked outside and tossed back in as he blocks a kick then fires away. Nagasaki gets dumped and tossed back inside a few times then Duggan grabs a front facelock. We see Akbar whisper something into Butcher Vachon’s ear as Watts once again notes that its unusual for Vachon to suddenly appear in Mid-South. Vachon then trips up Duggan, who comes out and hammers away but the other lumberjacks toss Duggan back inside. Nagasaki ducks his head for a backdrop but gets kicked as Duggan fights back. Duggan hits a slam and a knee drop then puts Nagasaki away with a spear (3:08) *1/2.

Thoughts: Good action while it lasted. I also loved how the lumberjack rules were straight-forward here with both guys getting immediately tossed back into the ring. It’s also obvious that Vachon was brought in as a hired gun by Akbar to get revenge on Duggan so expect a match between the two in the future.


Mr. Wrestling II is at the desk with Pierce. He talks about people trying to defeat him as a man instead of using a foreign object. We see last week’s match against King Kong Bundy where Mr. Wrestling got knocked out by Mr. Olympia and lost the match. Mr. Wrestling then issues a challenge to both men and hopes they are man enough to sign the contract as he is not angry over losing fairly but is pissed about people cheating to get over on him. Mr. Wrestling could still cut fiery promos and all but is in-ring work was really dull at this point.


Super Destroyer vs. Ron Ellis

Destroyer overpowers Ellis with ease as Watts is talking about amateur wrestling, a sign he does not give a shit about these guys. This match is really dragging as Destroyer clubs away while Watts talks about everything but the match then Destroyer finally ends this with a superplex (4:03) -*.

Thoughts: Good lord this was terrible. Destroyer hasn’t been positioned as a threat here in Mid-South and he slept walk through a match with an awful wrestler in Ellis.


Butcher Vachon vs. Tony Torres

Watts talks about wrestling Vachon when he was still active and calls him one of the toughest men he’s ever seen then talks about Akbar possibly bringing him into the territory. I mean, isn’t it obvious? We learn that JYD & Butch Reed will be teaming up next week and we’ll see the Von Erichs vs. Freebirds while they hope to have Mil Mascaras, Gran Markus, and Tito Santana in the coming weeks. Vachon works a headlock for a while but Torres escapes and runs wild until he is rammed into the corner then Vachon uses a hangman’s neckbreaker for the win (2:55).

Thoughts: They are building up Vachon before his eventual match against Duggan.


Tony Zane & Rip Rogers vs. Johnny Rich & Tim Horner

Horner uses arm drags to take down both men and stays in control of the match. Watts informs us that Duggan vs. Vachon will take place next week as Horner grounds Zane with a side headlock. Rich and Zane slug it out but Zane uses a cheap shot and tags out. Rich is neutralized in the corner but fights back and tags out as Horner nearly puts away Zane with a dropkick. Rogers kicks Horner in the face then hammers away but we run out of time (4:46) **.

Thoughts: Good action here between four guys at the bottom of the card. Horner is starting to get some decent crowd reactions now and looks good in the ring too.


Final Thoughts: The focus remains on Akbar’s Army vs. Duggan. With JYD coming back next week too he should start to get into another feud. The action was fine overall and with more talent coming in soon things can get even more interesting, especially since Duggan’s face turn has been an instant success.


Here is my tentative schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/16/90

Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 12/17/90

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/22/90

Wednesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/23/90

Thursday: WWF Madison Square Garden 12/28/90

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/29/90

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 5/19/83