Mid-South Wrestling – July 21, 1983

July 21, 1983

Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts


Watts compares the Mid-South Lousiana Superdome show to events like the Indianapolis 500 and Kentucky Derby. We then get a video package on the Superdome that shows a lot of fans packing into the arena.


Now, we are shown highlights from the Dusty Rhodes vs. King Kong Bundy Taped Fist match at the Superdome. Watts narrates and talks about why boxers taped their fist and the results of the past couple of Superdome shows. Ted DiBiase came out and slipped something to Bundy for the win.


Next, we are shown clips of the 2/3 Falls North American Heavyweight Title match between Butch Reed and the champion, Junkyard Dog. Watts puts over the bad blood between both men and prior to showing us this footage said in the past, all title matches were 2/3 falls. JYD stays in control and beats the crap out of Reed with his “ghetto style” offense according to Watts. JYD the first fall by DQ after ramming Reed’s head into the ring post. Buzz Sawyer ran down to bandaged up Reed. JYD won the second fall via DQ after Sawyer ran into the ring but Bundy came in during the melee and nailed JYD with brass knux before leaving with Sawyer as Reed crawls back inside and covers JYD as the ref comes inside and counts to three as Reed is now the new North American Heavyweight Champion. Watts says that JYD wasted the first fall by letting his emotions get the best of him and that matchmaker Grizzly Smith is working on giving JYD a rematch. This got over but the JYD angles are getting repetitive. JYD completely dominates title match then gets screwed over.


“Hacksaw” Butch Reed vs. Art Crews

Buddy Nichols has replaced Watts on commentary. Reed shoves Crews down but gets dropkicked after a reversal sequence. Reed quickly regains control but Crews manages to get a nearfall with a Thesz Press. Reed kicks Crews in the face then fires away then puts Crews away with a flying shoulder tackle (2:36).

Thoughts: Quick match to put over Reed and show the TV crowd that he is now the North American Heavyweight Champion.


Boris Zurkhov vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams

The announcers talk about Williams’ football career as he overpowers Zurkhov. Williams knocks Zurkhov down a few times before taking him down with a hip toss. Williams now works a side headlock but Zurkhov escapes. Williams cuts off Zurkhov then runs him over before hitting the Oklahoma Stampede for the win (3:20).

Thoughts: Williams is getting a strong push in his Mid-South return so he got to dominate Zurkhov here.


Ted DiBiase & Mr. Olympia vs. Johnny Rich & Tim Horner

Olympia and Horner start off with a fast-paced sequence. Horner then cleans house as the crowd cheers while the champs regroup on the floor. Horner takes DiBiase down a few times then DiBiase bails as the champs are frustrated. Rich tags then the match breaks down for a bit. Rich works over DiBiase until he runs into a knee smash in the corner. The champs cut off the ring until DiBiase ducks his head and gets kicked in the face. Horner tags then the match breaks down. Olympia loads his boot after dumping Rich then dropkicks Horner from behind and DiBiase catches Horner with a powerslam for the win (4:04) **1/4.

Thoughts: Fun match. Horner looked great and all four guys worked at a brisk pace.


We now see clips of a Jim Duggan vs. Kamala match from Houston. Watts also narrates this match as its a wild brawl between both men. The poor referee gets abused by both men for trying to maintain order. Friday gets up on the apron but Duggan knocks him down then the locker room empties and finally separates them. Duggan ends up grabbing a chair and clearing the entire ring as the crowd goes nuts.


Rip Rogers vs. Mr. Wrestling II

Mr. Wrestling has the Georgia National Heavyweight Title despite the fact he lost it to Larry Zbyszko in controversial fashion. Rogers attacks Mr. Wrestling from behind. Mr. Wrestling fights back and beats the crap out of Rogers then finally takes off his coat. Mr. Wrestling hits a pair of slams then avoids a charge in the corner and hits the power knee lift for the win (1:01).

Thoughts: Rogers bumped around like a champ for Mr. Wrestling II. Maybe we will find out what happened to Mr. Wrestling and why he still has the belt as he’s the second babyface wrestler on this show that got screwed over and lost his title.


Next week, we will see JYD vs. Mr. Olympia and Butch Reed will defend the North American Heavyweight Title against Magnum TA.


Final Thoughts: This show set up the new North American Title feud. Besides that it wasnt much but they did set up two big matches for next week, which is worth seeking out.