February 9, 1984
Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Junkyard Dog
This week we continue the 1st round of the TV Title Tournament with Masao Ito vs. Lanny Poffo and more!
We get a music video on Magnum TA set to “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics. We see Magnum enter a Rolls Royce and interact with fans as well as clips of his matches. We also get a photo shoot mixed in including a closeup of his pecs and Magnum making out with two chicks at the bar. This was quite the video as they really showcased Magnum as a ladies man.
Jim Cornette is in the ring with a captain hat as he addresses the comments made about him by Bill Watts. Cornette tells Watts to back off or else is family will take controlling interest in Mid-South and might have to fire him as a result. Cornette was perfect as a hateable little shit in Mid-South.
Tommy Heggie & Brian Adidas vs. Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette
The Midnights beat on Adias as JYD mumbles about something. Adidas fights back then grounds Eaton on the mat. Eaton comes back with a knee smash as the Midnights now cut off the ring. Heggie finally tags into the match and gets dropped with a back elbow smash courtesy of Eaton. Now, Eaton hits a flying elbow drop then tags out to let Condrey get in some offense. Condrey hits a powerslam off of the top rope in a cool move then Condrey holds up Heggie as Eaton comes off the top with an elbow smash and that gets the win (4:30).
Thoughts: Great stuff from the Midnights in this match as they are revamping the Mid-South Tag Team Division.
TV Title Tournament First Round Match: Masao Ito vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo
Poffo takes Ito down with an arm drag as the winner of this match will face Terry Taylor. Pierce asks JYD about facing Nikolai Volkoff next week as Poffo works a side headlock on the mat. Ito fights back then starts to work the leg. Poffo fights back and gets the fans behind him as Ito begs for mercy but Poffo let his guard down and gets chopped in the throat. Ito hits a falling headbutt that gets two then quickly cuts off a comeback attempt and chokes out Poffo. Ito now gouges Poffo’s face as Poffo falls outside. Poffo returns and moves around like he was drugged but ends up fighting back. Ito then runs over Poffo and hits a jumping kick before a splash gets the win (7:02) *1/4.
Thoughts: The fans got behind Poffo at times but the match went on longer than it should have. Ito is limited in what he can do in the ring and does not have a great look but they are giving him a push here anyway.
Larry Santana vs. Mr. Wrestling II
Mr. Wrestling works a side headlock on the mat to start. JYD mentions how Mr. Wrestling II has a lot on his mind over the attacks courtesy of the Midnight Express. Mr. Wrestling takes Santana to the mat and stays in control then uses the power knee lift for the win (2:48). However, the Midnight Express & Cornette run out for the attack. JYD wants to know where Magnum TA is and thinks he might be getting ready for his match but has seen enough and takes off and helps Mr. Wrestling. Magnum runs out in street clothes as the Midnights bail while Magnum & JYD check on his partner.
Thoughts: I like how they played up Mr. Wrestling being effected by all the attacks from the Midnight Express and how he got attacked again here. And the motives of the attacks makes sense as the Midnights & Cornette will not stop until they get a shot at the titles.
Jim Ross now interviews JYD at ringside. JYD said he knows it will cost him $2,500 for leaving the booth but he could be the next to get tarred-and-feathered and cannot sit back and watch that happen. JYD then said he would pawn anything to pay for it if necessary. Jim Ross then asks JYD about facing Nikolai Volkoff but we seen Volkoff & Krusher Darsow come out. JYD rolls into the ring as Volkoff heads in with both guys slugging it out. Terry Taylor runs out to stop Darsow from interfering but after that Ito runs in and kicks JYD before choking him out on the mat. We now have Magnum & Mr. Wrestling run out along with Adidas then the heels flee with everyone looking over JYD. A brawl to not only put over next week’s tournament match but also make Ito more of a threat as this time he attacked the top guy in JYD.
Krusher Darsow & Nikolai Volkoff vs. John King & George Weingeroff
Volkoff sings the Russian National Anthem prior to the match. Pierce says that after all his years on Mid-South TV the thing that gets him the most is Darsow turning on his country. Weingeroff works over Darsow to start as Ross has replaced JYD on commentary. The Russians now beat on Weingeroff as the announcers talk about how JYD can get revenge next week against Volkoff. King is in now and gets tossed around by Darsow and then Darsow uses the backbreaker submission for the win (2:51).
Thoughts: An easy win for The Russians as they continue to get a upper card push.
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. Jerry Grey
Neidhart beats on Gray to start. Gray fights back as the announcers talk about Neidhart facing Reed soon in the tournament. Neidhart overpowers Gray and puts him away with a Samoan drop (2:17).
Thoughts: More hype for the Neidhart vs. Reed tournament match in a battle of former tag partners.
Terry Taylor vs. Tom Lentz
Lentz grabs a side headlock then runs Taylor over but gets caught with a monkey flip. Taylor works the arm now as Pierce mentions he’ll face Ito in the next round. Lentz rakes the eyes then hammers away in the corner before a flying forearm gets the win (2:15).
Thoughts: A showcase for Taylor as his heartthrob push continues. He will was Ito in the second round of the tournament.
A video package on the Rock ‘n Roll Express set to Van Halen’s “Beautiful Girls” airs.
Ross goes over the other matches in the tournament like Darsow vs. Magnum as not only does the winner get the TV Title but also a $10,000 check.
Next week, we will see Wendi Richter vs. Princess Victoria as we get pictures of both women on the screen.
Final Thoughts: Besides the Tournament they continue to hype the Midnights/Magnum & Mr. Wrestling II feud and we saw them push Ito as another possible feud for JYD. That and we saw a lot more pushing of the talent as heartthrobs on this show.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Sunday: WWF Superstars 7/25/92, WWF Challenge 7/26/92
Monday: WWF Superstars 8/1/92, WWF Challenge 8/2/92
Tuesday: WWF Superstars 8/8/92, WWF Challenge 8/9/92
Wednesday: WWF Superstars 8/15/92, WWF Challenge 8/16/92
Thursday: WWF Superstars 8/22/92, WWF Challenge 8/23/92
Friday: WWF SummerSlam Spectacular 8/23/92
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 2/16/84