June 30, 1983
Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts
This week, Ted DiBiase & Mr. Olympia will defend the Mid-South Tag Team Titles against Junkyard Dog & Jim Duggan. Also, Butch Reed vs. Johnny Rich, Mr. Wrestling II defends the Georgia National Heavyweight Title against Bob Roop and more!
Georgia National Heavyweight Title Match: Bob Roop vs. Mr. Wrestling II
We get a stalemate after a few lockups before Mr. Wrestling works the arm. Watts puts over Matchmaker Grizzly Smith for bringing in talent from all over the wrestling world as he promises the Freebirds, Tommy Rich, and Jim Garvin will be coming in soon. Roop comes back with a knee smash then stomps away. Mr. Wrestling drives Roop into the corner then gets a nearfall with a sunset flip. Mr. Wrestling goes back to the arm but Roop breaks that up and hammers away in the corner. Roop gets a two count after a high knee as Watts talks about taking a scenic plane ride with his family. Mr. Wrestling fights back then runs Roop into the corner after a terrible reversal sequence and after that hits the power knee lift for the win (4:21) *1/4.
Thoughts: Not too good. At least Roop looked a bit better than last week but its getting tiresome watching Mr. Wrestling II booked this strong. He’s not that big, flabby, and old and slow. With newer, exciting athletes coming into the promotion watching Mr. Wrestling feels dated.
Rip Rogers vs. Art Crews
Crews gets two with a crossbody then follows with a slam. Watts then says that “Dr. Death” Steve Williams will be returning to Mid-South as we get some fast-paced mat work in the ring. Rogers riles up Crews with a slap to the face then Crews returns the favor. Crews biels Rogers out from the corner and hits a dropkick that gets two. Crews then misses an elbow drop but comes back with a monkey flip. He tries it again but Rogers blocks it and covers for the win (3:18) *3/4.
Thoughts: Good action while it lasted, although the finish was incredibly weak. Crews was solid in the ring and Rogers was fine as a lower card heel.
“Hacksaw” Butch Reed vs. Johnny Rich
Reed beats on Rich to start. He ducks his head for a back drop and gets kicked in the face as Rich now runs wild. Reed brushes away a dropkick attempt then heads to the middle rope for a fist drop before choking out Rich on the mat. Pierce points out Reed’s obsession over becoming the North American Heavyweight Champion as Reed stays in control. Rich avoids a diving shoulder block in the corner then fires away. Rich uses a flying headscissors but tries it again and gets caught with a backbreaker then Reed hits a knee drop. Reed chokes out Rich again as Watts refers to this as “ghetto-type” tactics. Reed pulls up Rich before the three count after a backbreaker then drops Rich after a lifting chokehold. Reed then puts Rich away with a flying shoulder tackle for the win (4:19) *1/2.
Thoughts: Good way to further present Reed as a threat to the North American Heavyweight Title. He’s become a revelation since turning heel.
King Kong Bundy vs. Joe Stark
Bundy overpowers Stark with ease then hammers away. He starts laying into Stark with chops and scoops him up with one arm for a slam. Bundy uses a lifting choke toss then hits a bulldog before the Atlantic City Avalanche gets the win as Watts wants to see how it compares in person to Dr. Death’s Oklahoma Stampede (2:00).
Thoughts: Bundy squashed Stark with ease as Watts hints at a potential feud against Dr. Death.
Mid-South Tag Team Title Match: Ted DiBiase & Mr. Olympia (c) w/ Skandor Akbar vs. Junkyard Dog & “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan
Both teams brawl before the bell as JYD & Duggan clear the ring. Duggan chases DiBiase away before ramming Olympia’s head into the post. DiBiase then checks on Olympia, who is out on the floor, as Boris Zurkhov comes out while Akbar waves his arms. Grizzly Smith comes out as Akbar says the title is off because one man cannot wrestle two. Smith says Akbar has to get DiBiase another partner because they are having a title match tonight. Akbar heads backstage because Zurkhov is useless and comes back a minute later to say there will be a match then waves his men to come out as DiBiase is with King Kong Bundy. So, it appears that Bundy is now going to be aligned with Akbar.
Mid-South Tag Team Title Match: Ted DiBiase & King Kong Bundy (c) w/ Skandor Akbar vs. Junkyard Dog & “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan
Both teams brawl before the bell. JYD & DiBiase clear the ring after using double three point stances. Things settle down before DiBiase and Duggan slug it out. Duggan wins that battle as Watts touts Mid-South for booking main eventers against each other on TV. The match breaks down then the ref gets knocked outside. Butch Reed runs out to attack Duggan from behind and rams his head into the post. JYD takes care of business in the ring but Reed takes him down with a top rope shoulder tackle that almost looked like a blockbuster. DiBiase & Akbar stomp on JYD as the ref rings the bell for the DQ (2:37) *. Watts notes that the champs do not care about the DQ since they retain the belts then Duggan runs out with a 2×4 that gets knocked around until JYD takes it and uses it to help clear the ring as Duggan & JYD are left standing tall.
Thoughts: Good, chaotic brawl to set up future matches and continue existing feuds. I did like how Watts explained the champs did not care about losing via DQ. Also, much like Zurkhov getting downplayed the week prior, the same happens to Olympia here as we will see more of this in the coming weeks.
Arn Anderson vs. Magnum TA
This would have been a lot more than a stand-by match two years later in a different promotion. Watts talks about the last segment as Magnum back drops Arn. Magnum stays in control as Watts says we have clips from Tulsa, OK later on in the show. Arn fights back and hits a slam. He hits a pair of knee drops for a two count but misses a fist drop from the middle rope as Magnum fights back with a monkey flip. Magnum takes Arn down with an elbow smash then hits an atomic drop for the win (3:14) *.
Thoughts: More of a showcase for Magnum than anything else as he is the one that’s sticking around Mid-South.
Tony Zane vs. George Weingeroff
Weingeroff takes control early. He uses a side headlock on the mat then nearly gets the win with a reverse rollup. Weingeroff now drops an elbow then uses the Banana Split for the win (2:15).
Thoughts: Weingeroff was technically sound but dull personality wise. And Zane was just not very good and was enhancement talent his entire career.
We get a video package put together by Mike Gibson about Mid-South Wrestling taking place at the Tulsa State Fair Pavilion. Watts then narrates as he puts over the mayor of Tulsa for making the city great as we see clips from Super Destroyer vs. Johnny Rich and Butch Reed vs. Masked Superstar.
Final Thoughts: Fun show this week. The top of the card is exciting now with a few newcomers added to the mix and recent turns by Duggan and Reed continue to get over. The matches weren’t that great or anything but a lot of feuds were highlighted, making for an easy show to watch.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Sunday: SWS/WWF Wrestle Fest 3/30/91
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/31/91
Tuesday: SWS/WWF Wrestle Dream 4/1/91
Wednesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/6/91
Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/7/91
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/13/91
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/7/83