October 6, 1983
Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Jim Ross
This week we will see Jerry & Marty Oates vs. Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart, Junkyard Dog & Barry Darsow, Magnum TA, and more
Ross tells us about Reed forming an alliance with Neidhart. We are then shown a taped interview with the two men in the ring. Reed introduces Neidhart and says he is backup. Reed said there is a conspiracy against him and how Duggan beat him in an unauthorized lumberjack match. Reed puts them both over for being pro football players then Neidhart grabs the mic and talks about playing for the Oakland Raiders and says they are an outlaw team. We know have a new top heel duo and the territory seems confident in pushing Neidhart. Speaking of the team, Neidhart spoke about teaming with Reed and all of the racism Reed had to deal with in Oklahoma and Louisiana. Neidhart eventually had to carry a gun around in his car for protection and they would have to fight off fans in the arenas. Neidhart also said when his wife went out with Reed’s wife, some restaurants refused to serve Reed’s wife.
“Hacksaw” Butch Reed & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. Jerry & Marty Oates
Jerry squares off with Reed then hits a pair of arm drags. Jerry then bounces off of Reed then Neidhart makes a blind tag and works a side headlock. Reed is back in but Jerry takes him down before tagging out. Marty connects Reed with a dropkick but was way too close to Reed before jumping and it looked terrible. Neidhart is back in and slams Marty. The heels cut off the ring as Ross talks about their football careers. Marty blocks a suplex from Reed and hits one of his own before tagging out as Jerry runs wild. The match breaks down as the Oates’ clear the ring. Jerry uses a spinning toe hold on Neidhart then Reed tries to break that up with a top rope attack behind the ref’s back but Jerry moves out of the way. The match breaks down again as Jerry is dumped outside then Marty is double-teamed until Neidhart puts him away with a Samoan drop (6:23) *1/4.
Thoughts: This was not an impressive first showing for the Reed & Neidhart pairing. The match went too long and the heat sequence on Marty was really dull. It was okay towards the end but Reed & Neidhart should have just run through some scrubs instead of this match.
We are shown clips from two weeks ago when Boris Zhukov got beat up by Nikolai Volkoff after a loss to George Weingeroff. After that, Volkoff tells us that Zhukov is not a real Russian and that he was born in the USA.
Nikolai Volkoff vs. George Weingeroff
Volkoff beats down Weingeroff to start. The announcers talk about Volkoff just wanting to hurt people, not caring about wins and losses. Volkoff hits a backbreaker then uses an overhead backbreaker for the win (2:38).
Thoughts: The way Volkoff is running through people its clear he is being groomed for a top heel spot in the territory.
Frank LaVert & Tom Stanton vs. Junkyard Dog & Barry Darsow
Darsow slams Stanton then fires away. The fans now cheer Darsow after he clears the ring then he tosses LaVert after tagging in JYD. LaVert comes back to rake Darsow’s eyes after a beatdown but gets slammed then JYD tags in and cleans house. JYD & Darsow hit LaVert with a double clothesline then Darsow uses a backbreaker submission for the win (2:18).
Thoughts: The crowd bought Darsow as a face as JYD has a new friend. And we all know how that ends.
Doug Vines vs. Magnum TA
Magnum takes Vines down a few times and completely out wrestles him on the mat. Magnum uses a pair of arm drags and continues to work the arm. Pierce tells us that Jim Duggan will be back next week as Magnum hits a slam before going back to work on the arm. Vines catches Magnum with an elbow smash but runs into a back drop after that. Magnum gets a two count after a dropkick then drops Vines with an elbow then uses a belly-to-belly suplex for the win (2:47).
Thoughts: A showcase for Magnum as he continues to shine here in Mid-South.
The Missing Link & King Kong Bundy w/ Skandor Akbar vs. Art Crews & Mike Bond
Link no-sells a few turnbuckle smashes from Crews then rams his own head into the corner. Link misses a diving headbutt then Crews hits a pair of dropkicks for a two count. Bond tags in and fires away on Bundy but that has little effect. Bundy tosses Bond into the corner and chokes him out on the ropes. Bond fights back but gets rammed into the corner then Link tags in and hits a flying headbutt to the kidney and after that Bundy hits a splash and uses a five count for the win (2:24).
Thoughts: Link is not getting over much at all and Bundy’s usefulness has taken a hit since losing to JYD. Bundy would leave the territory in a few weeks as he said it was time to go then went down to Georgia.
Mike Jackson vs. Sam Hall
Jackson grounds Hall to start. He then works the arm as Ross puts over his scientific wrestling skills. Hall hits Jackson with a shinbreaker then goes after the leg. Jackson fights back and hits a pair of dropkicks for the win (2:45).
Thoughts: Jackson is quite good but far too small to get any type of push, especially in this territory with a lot of monster heels.
We are shown a video from “Leaping” Lanny Poffo. He puts over his skills then we get a music video of him in the ring and doing gymnastics and other poses. They highlight his moonsault finisher. Some kid then says that Poffo is his favorite because he does not break any rules. Poffo will be there next week. This was some low budget 80’s cheese.
Clips of the DiBiase vs. Duggan Loser Leaves Mid-South match is shown.
Next week, Duggan will be here as Pierce says he is negotiating for a title bout against Reed & Neidhart. Sounds interesting.
Final Thoughts: Besides learning that Reed & Neidhart are a team and that Duggan is returning next week and possibly putting the titles on the line nothing else of note happened on the show. The action was subpar though as this promotion is in need of some fresher, younger talent.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/24/91
Monday: WWF 1991 Survivor Series Showdown
Tuesday: WWF 1991 Survivor Series
Wednesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/30/91
Thursday: WWF Madison Square Garden 11/30/91
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/1/91
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 10/13/83