Mid-South Wrestling – July 7th, 1983

July 7, 1983

Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts

This week we will see Junkyard Dog, Kamala, and more!


Doug Vines & Ralph “Big Boy” Williams vs. Johnny Rich & Magnum TA

No idea why Williams is called “Big Boy” unless its for an ironic reason. Rich & Magnum work over Vines to start. Williams tags in as Magnum grabs a hold of his arm. Rich & Magnum dump Vines with a double atomic drop then Magnum puts Williams away with a belly-to-belly suplex (3:36).

Thoughts: Just a basic squash match but Magnum stood out a lot more than his partner.


Watts introduces us to the final few minutes of the Dusty Rhodes vs. Nick Bockwinkel Bullrope Match in Houston. Dusty is narrating the action and its great. The action is really good too. King Kong Bundy & Ted DiBiase run in and attacked Dusty. I would have loved if the full version of this match made it to tape.


Handicap Match: Jerry Caldwell & Ron Ellis vs. King Kong Bundy

Bundy beats the crap out of Caldwell. Watts calls Bundy a “bully” for his sneak attack on Dusty Rhodes and wants to see his Atlantic City Avalanche compare to Dr. Death’s Oklahoma Stampede then Bundy puts Caldwell away with the Atlantic City Avalanche using a five count (2:56).

Thoughts: They continue to build up Bundy for a big match. He looks good in Mid-South.


We are shown clips from two weeks ago were it was revealed that DiBiase’s hand was in fact not broken then last week where DiBiase had to defend the Tag Team Titles but Mr. Olympia got hurt so Akbar brought out Bundy as DiBiase’s partner.


“Hacksaw” Butch Reed vs. Mr. Wrestling II

Mr. Wrestling was ready for the sneak attack then fires away. Watts tells us that Mr. Wrestling is upset over having his Georgia Title taken away from him as Mr. Wrestling hangs on to a front facelock. Reed backs Mr. Wrestling into the ropes then hammers away. Reed gets a nearfall with a middle rope knee drop then punches away. Mr. Wrestling fights back and hits a knee lift before tossing Reed out of the corner. Mr. Wrestling sets up for the power knee lift but misses and hits the turnbuckle. Reed covers after a flying shoulder tackle but Mr. Wrestling is able to get his foot on the ropes. Both men collide and spill outside then return but Reed heads up top for the shoulder tackle and gets disqualified (4:21) **.

Thoughts: The action was solid while it lasted but the finish was lame. Reed is really gaining momentum as a heel while Mr. Wrestling remains way overpushed.


Ted DiBiase vs. Tim Horner

DiBiase attacks Horner to start. Horner blocks a sunset flip and nearly puts DiBiase away. Horner floats over on a slam attempt and uses an O’Connor roll for a two count and follows with a dropkick. DiBiase bails as Horner threw a dropkick then returns but Horner stays in control. DiBiase catches Horner with a stun gun then chokes out Horner on the mat. DiBiase beats on Horner for a bit then ducks a crossbody and puts Horner away with a powerslam (2:48) **1/4.

Thoughts: These guys had as good of a match you can in under three minutes. Horner was over considering his position on the card. And DiBiase needed a good win as he’s in the top TV feud.


Boris Zurkhov vs. Junkyard Dog

JYD slams Zurkhov and covers for two. Zurkhov clutches his back and retreats to the corner then JYD uses a bearhug as Watts tells us that JYD is smarter and wiser now. Zurkhov rakes the eyes but JYD comes back with a clothesline then hits a powerslam for the win (1:36).

Thoughts: A squash for JYD. Zurkhov just doesn’t have what it takes to be even an upper midcard heel here in Mid-South.


Watts now introduces a clip of Kamala against Iron Mike Sharpe from Houston. Akbar is narrating the action and speaks so softly it nearly puts me to sleep. Kamala wins with a splash. The action shown was forgettable.


Next week, Steve Williams will return.


Final Thoughts: A fairly tame show this week. There was no hot angle or long featured match. We are getting the return of Steve Williams and based off of Watts’ commentary do not be surprised if you see him in an angle with Bundy.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/14/91

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/20/91

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/21/91

Wednesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 4/22/91

Thursday: WWF UK Rampage ’91 4/24/91

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/27/91

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/14/83