The SmarK Rant for NWA Final Conflict 83 – 03.12.83

The SmarK Rant for NWA Final Conflict 83 – 03.12.83

OK, people have been asking me for my opinion on the Slaughter & Kernodle v. Steamboat & Youngblood match, so I figured I’d take a look at the full(ish) card that’s up on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ripeKNwLGp4&ab_channel=4WrestlingFans

Taped in Greensboro, NC, drawing 16,000 or so people, with the footage apparently saved by Private Jim Nelson/Boris Zhukov. Bob Caudle provides commentary, with David Crockett joining later, and it’s pristine footage shot with multiple cameras. So this show was MASSIVE, with stories of a sellout of the building and then traffic backed up for miles from people trying to purchase walkup tickets.

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 02.20.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 02.20.82

I know these have never been particularly popular, but after watching that episode of All-Star Wrestling, I thought I’d once again journey back to North Carolina to compare what the opposition was like at the time compared to the garbage being pumped out by Vince Sr.

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–01.04.86

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 01.04.86

Yeah, so they just dumped a shitload more Mid-Atlantic onto the Network, 43 episodes in total, and now I can jump to the year that’s more in my wheelhouse: 1986. For context’s sake, we’re well past the point when Crockett’s crew has taken over TBS from Vince again after Black Saturday, and this is quickly going to become the lame duck show after World Championship Wrestling and Worldwide Wrestling.

Seriously though, why no Worldwide?

And for our cold open, we’ve got Don Kernodle putting a headlock on Dennis Condrey in a singles match! THAT’S GOOD SHIT!

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–01.05.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling- 01.05.85

So I wanted to go back to Mid-Atlantic, but the tag team tournament was boring the pants off me, so let’s jump ahead to the era we’re all more familiar with, starting in early 1985!

We’re now in an arena instead of the studio shows from the earlier run.

Your hosts are Bob Caudle & Johnny Weaver

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