Monday, September 14, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 1/06/82

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Taped January 6, 1982
Original Airdate: January 9, 1982

Opening comments by Bob Caudle and David Crockett
--> NWA representative Sandy Scott introduces Terry Taylor

--> Sgt. Slaughter withdraws offer for $1000 challenge, Scott explains that Mulligan Jr and his lawyers have put an injunction in forcing one more try for Mulligan at the cobra clutch challenge.

[1] Blackjack Mulligan Jr. and Jake “The Snake” Roberts defeat Doug Vines and Mike Miller after a Blackjack Jr. bulldog on Doug Vines.

[2] European Champion Billy Robinson (with Lord Al Hayes) defeats Keith Larson with a backbreaker
--> Commentary by Lord Hayes

Interview – David Crockett with Buddy Landel and Tony Anthony (in the local promo spot A)

[3] “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant defeats Jeff Sword
--> Commentary by NWA TV champ Ivan Koloff

Halftime interviews: Ray Stevens says he will give the tag belt back to NWA official Sandy Scott on the condition that the Andersons defend the tag title immediately; Blackjack Mulligan Jr and Jake Roberts

[4] Terry Taylor defeats Bill White with a rolling reverse cradle out of an abdominal stretch.
--> Commentary by Roddy Piper, who announces that he will not be wrestling on television anymore and will only do commentary

Interview – Mid-Atlantic Tag Team champs Ox Baker and Carl Fergie

[5] Ole Anderson (WTT) and Ivan Koloff (TV) (with Gene Anderson) defeat Buddy Landel and Tony Anthony
--> Commentary by Roddy Piper

Closing Interviews – Big John Studd; Sgt. Slaughter; Ole and Gene Anderson glad to have both tag belts; Ole says he didn’t do it voluntarily; he did it because he was scared. Ole says he will pick a partner and defend the titles, that Gene will be an advisor only.

Aired on WWE Classics On Demand in September 2009.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Champions as We Begin 1982

NWA World Champion: Ric Flair
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Gene and Ole Anderson
United States Champion: Sgt. Slaughter
Mid-Atlantic Champion: Roddy Piper
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions: Ox Baker and “Pretty Boy” Carl Fergie
NWA TV Champion: Ivan Koloff

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 12/30/81

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Taped December 30, 1981
Original Airdate: January 2, 1982
Date this tape aired on Bluefield WVA TV: March 6, 1981

Opening comments by Bob Caudle and David Crockett
-> Discussion of “Wrestler Who Has Contributed the Most in 1981” contest
Referee is Tommy Young

[1 ] Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Jay Youngblood defeat Mike Miller and Chris Markoff by pinfall

Interview – Mid-Atlantic Champion Roddy Piper who makes his case as to why he should win the

[2] NWA TV Champ Ivan Koloff defeats Ron Sexton by pinfall when Koloff delivers the knee to the back from the top rope.
-> Commentary by Sandy Scott

Local Promos with Big Bill Ward promoting cards in Wytheville VA 3/16/82 (Tuesday), Christiansburg VA 3/9/82 (Tuesday), Roanoke Civic Center Sunday 3/7/82, and Bluefield WVA at the Brushfork Armory “tonight” 3/6/82. A brief interview is shown from the WBIR-10 studios in Knoxville TN as Les Thatcher (host of NWA Championship Wrestling out of Knoxville) talks with the Super Destroyer (Don Kernodle under a mask) about his match in Bluefield with Jay Youngblood. If Super D loses, he must unmask; if Youngblood loses, he must leave town. Ward then talks with Lord Al Hayes about his lumberjack match with Johnny Weaver and TV champ Ivan Koloff about his title match with Jimmy “Boogie Woogie Man” Valiant.

[3] Ray Stevens defeats Tony Russo by pinfall after a piledriver.
Stevens still has one of the world tag team championship belts that belongs to the Anderson Brothers team.

Interview – Bob Caudle talks with Jake Roberts who talks about one of his hogs in his pigpin that looks a lot like Ole Anderson; also interviews with Blackjack Mulligan Jr. and Ray “The Crippler” Stevens.

[4] Blackjack Mulligan Jr. defeats Bill White after a bulldog.
-> Commentary by Sgt. Slaughter

Local Promos with Big Bill Ward promoting cards in Wytheville VA 3/16/82 (Tuesday), Christiansburg VA 3/9/82 (Tuesday), Roanoke Civic Center Sunday 3/7/82, and Bluefield WVA at the Brushfork Armory “tonight” 3/6/82. Ward then talks with Jay Youngblood about his match in Bluefield with the Super Destroyer (Don Kernodle). If Super D loses, he must unmask; if Youngblood loses, he must leave town. Ward then talks with Johnny Weaver about his lumberjack match with Lord Al Hayes and Jimmy “Boogie Woogie Man” Valiant about his title match with TV Champ Ivan Koloff.

[5] Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Nelson defeat Mike Davis & Terry Taylor by submission when Mike Davis submits to the Cobra Clutch.

Final interview – Bob Caudle with TV champ Ivan Koloff and NWA World Tag Champions Gene and Ole Anderson. Ole says Sandy Scott may be able to keep him from getting his belt back from Ray Stevens while they are outside the ring, but once they are in the ring, all bets are off!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rare 1966 Mid-Atlantic Segment

On a recent edition of the Legends Roundtable on WWE Classics On Demand, a rare clip from Crockett Wrestling aired from 1966. The roundtable topic was "Patriotism" and the panelists were discussing great foreign heels. Jim Ross was giving some background info on Boris Malenko when they broke away to show a roughly 1:40 clip from All-Star Wrestling in 1966 from the WRAL-5 studios in Raleigh featuring host Bob Caudle interviewing Boris Malenko and the Missouri Mauler who was the Southern Heavyweight Champion at that time.

Before you get too excited about some old WRAL footage existing from that far back (as I briefly did), the explanation for the existence of the clip is that it actually came from a broadcast of Championship Wrestling from Florida. The interview was taped at WRAL and sent for airing on Florida TV. Malenko and Mauler were heading to Florida for Mauler to defend the Southern title against "Big O" Bob Orton.

A wonderful clip to have none-the-less, and especially cool to see that version of the Southern Heavyweight title belt which Mauler actually won in Florida and brought to the Charlotte territory (as explained to us by our friends at

Thursday, July 23, 2009

December 1981 Tape/Broadcast Chart

Jim Crockett Promotions taped several weeks worth of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling over a multi-night period in December of 1981 for broadcast over the entire month, including weeks where the promotion was shut down for its annual vacation period.

The following list shows the dates TV was recorded at WPCQ studios in Charlotte and when it first aired in most major markets.

Source: Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Sunday, July 12, 2009

First Report: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 12/10/81

The Rogers Report

The show opens with Bob and David telling us about the upcoming show. Sgt. Slaughter joins the two with some thoughts and is interrupted by Sandy Scott concerning the cobra clutch challenge. Scott says the $1,000 will be put up today in the challenge. Slaughter is not happy about Scott's decision, but Scott states the decision is final.

First match is Blackjack Mulligan Jr. and Jake Roberts vs Mike Miller and Charlie Fulton in tag action. Good physical match with Roberts getting the pin with the backbreaker and knee lift.

Our next match is Billy Robinson vs Tony Anthony.Robinson gets the win with the backbreaker.

Next are promos for WIHT-TV in Ann Arbor,MI. Austin Idol makes some comments. Ivan Koloff also comments on "looking forward to invading Ann Arbor". Roddy Piper says it it great being on TV in Ann Arbor.

Back in the studio, our next match is NWA TV Champion Ivan Koloff vs. Keith Larsen. Koloff gets the win after driving Larsen's head into the mat from the top rope. Sandy Scott discusses with Bob the situation with Paul Jones and the Ninja and Gene Anderson.

Johnny Weaver joins Bob to discuss Steamboat and Piper, and the opportunity for Steamboat to get his hands on Piper during the Battle Royal matches. Ray Stevens joins Bob to discuss Ole Anderson. Stevens still has the tag belt and tells Ole when he comes around he is "going to kick Ole's can like it has never been kicked before".

Next match is NWA Rookie of the Year Terry Taylor vs Tony Russo. During the match, Sandy Scott tells Bob and David that a drawing was held in the back and Blackjack Mulligan Jr. will get the shot at Slaughter's $1,000 cobra clutch challenge later in the program. Taylor gets the win with the flying forearm.

More promos for TV in Ann Arbor. Ray Stevens, Johnny Weaver, and Jimmy Valiant comment on MACW being on the Michigan TV station.

Back in the studio, we see Mid-Atlantic Tag champs Ox Baker and Carl Fergie getting a win over Don Kernodle and Vinnie Valentino.

Next is our cobra clutch challenge with Mulligan Jr. going after Slaughter's $1,000. Sarge goes into the stall again and then drops a hard elbow on Jr. while he is seated in the chair. Scott tells Sarge if he does it again, he will be fined more than a $1,000. Sarge slaps on the clutch and Jr. puts up a big fight to break it. David says "No, we can't be....",but we are out of time and the credits start to roll. TV time runs out while the challenge is still going on.

Thanks to Brian Rogers for this report.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

First Report: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 12/9/81

The Rogers Report

The show opens with Bob and David telling us what's on tap for this weeks episode, including an appearance by European heavyweight champion Billy Robinson. US champion Sgt Slaughter joins them at the podium to remind everyone he still has the cobra clutch challenge going for the $1,000. Bob reminds Sarge that Jay Youngblood wants to accept the challenge, but Sarge blows it off.

Our opening match is tag-team action with Blackjack Mulligan Jr and Jake Roberts vs Charlie Fulton and Chris Markoff. Mulligan Jr gets the win with the bulldog.

Our next match is the Ninja,with manager Gene Anderson,taking on Mike Davis. Ninja uses the Anderson style of working on one part of the body and dominates Davis throughout. He gets the pin with the headbutt from the second rope.

Our next match is Terry Taylor in action vs Mike Miller. Bob reminds us that Taylor is the Rookie of the Year. Blackjack Mulligan joins Bob during the match to comment on Slaughter's cobra clutch challenge and how he could use that $1,000 in the Mulligan household. Jack is impressed with Taylor in the ring. David then tells Blackjack that Sarge is going to demonstrate the cobra clutch later in the program.Taylor gets the pin with the flying forearm.

Next we have promos for WIHT-TV in Ann Arbor, MI featuring Sgt Slaughter and Pvt. Nelson.

Back in the studio, our next match is Jimmy Valiant vs Tony Russo.Valiant gets the win.Back at the podium, Rick Steamboat and Paul Jones join Bob to discuss the Ray Stevens situation. We then see film of Steamboat in a match from WWW in which Piper attacks Steamboat after the match. Ole Anderson joins Piper in beating down Steamboat. Ray Stevens hits the ring and makes the save. Back at the podium, Jones says he trusts Stevens and Steamboat says he appreciates the help from Stevens. Jake Roberts joins them and says that Ole is the hunted now.

Back from break,and Big John Studd is with Bob at the podium, and he has some harsh words for Blackjack Mulligan and all the "rednecks" who idolize Mulligan. Piper comes in and comments on his feud with Ricky Steamboat and reminds us he is still the champion.

Back in the ring, our next match is European champion Billy Robinson taking on Don Kernodle. A good match with Kernodle putting up a good fight, but Robinson gets the win with the backbreaker across the knee.

Slaughter joins Bob at the podium and explains the cobra clutch.He then invites Bob into the ring with he and Nelson as he gives us a demonstration using the move on Tony Anthony. He locks it in and will not break the hold. Youngblood, Roberts, and Taylor hit the ring and Sarge and Nelson bolt.

More local promos for WIHT-TV in Ann Arbor, MI. Jay Youngblood says he is looking forward to coming to Michigan. Porkchop Cash and Jake Roberts comment also.

Back in the studio, our next match is new Mid-Atlantic tag-team champions Carl Fergie and Ox Baker in action against Keith Larsen and Jay Youngblood. Fergie gets the pin on Larsen after Ox nails Larsen with the heart punch.

At the podium, Paul Jones says Slaughter's actions were totally uncalled for. Youngblood also joins Bob and comments on Slaughter and his clutch challenge and says he will get that $1,000. Roberts and Mulligan Jr join Bob and say they are looking forward to tagging alot more and anyone that wants a shot at them,to bring it on.

Bob says so long for now.......

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Screen Shots from MACW 12/3/81

For a full run down of this show, see the "Rogers Report" at this link: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 12/3/81.

Time for another full hour of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.

Bob Caudle interviews U.S. Champ Sgt. Slaughter as Pvt. Jim Nelson stands at attention.

Referee Sonny Fargo raises the hand of Ricky Steamboat.

Steamboat and Roddy Piper brawl in the ring. Moments later Ole Anderson and Ray Stevens would join the fray.
Mid-Atlantic Champion Roddy Piper says he will be ready to meet Ricky Steamboat in Marion VA.
Ray Stevens tells Ole Anderson that if he wants the other half of the tag belts, he'll have to go through him to get it.
Johnny Weaver talks about his upcoming tag match in Marion VA with partner Ray Stevens against Gene Anderson and the Ninja.
Jay Youngblood accepts the $1000 challenge to break Sgt. Slaughter's cobra clutch.
When Slaughter tries to back out of the challenge, NWA official Sandy Scott warns him he will strip him of the US title unless he gets in the ring with Youngblood.
Slaughter almost has the cobra locked in before backing out of it again.

"Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling has been furnished to this station for broadcast at this time by Jim Crockett Promotions in exchange for commercial consideration."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

First Report: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 12/3/81

The Rogers Report

Bob and David open the show with today's lineup.They are joined by Sgt Slaughter and Pvt Nelson. Sarge has a $1,000 check for anyone that can break the cobra clutch. He lays down the challenge to all the big names. Sarge has Nelson give him 20 push-ups and says he "demands respect" from everyone.

Opening match is Ricky Steamboat vs Charlie Fulton. Sandy Scott joins Bob and David during the match and comments on the $1,000 cobra clutch challenge. Bob asks Sandy about the new stars that Sandy is working to bring in. In the ring Fulton is giving Steamboat a battle. Steamboat ends up getting the win with the surfboard.

Next match is NWA TV champion Ivan Koloff defending the belt against Jim Gray. As Bob says Ivan "mauls" Gray and gets the win.

Local promos next for Roanoke,VA and Marion,VA. Gene Anderson comments on the upcoming match in Marion for his man the Ninja. Piper then comments on his match in Marion against Steamboat.

Back in the studio, Bob and David comment on Ray Stevens and we see a tape of a match from World Wide Wrestling with Rich Landrum of Ricky Steamboat taking on Mike Prater. Piper comes to ringside to taunt Steamboat. Steamboat gets the win and then Piper hits the ring and he and Steamboat get into a brawl. Ole Anderson comes in, nails referee Sonny Fargo, and then Piper and Ole double team Steamboat. Ray Stevens hits the ring to help Steamboat, and they clear the ring. Back in the studio, David and Bob comments on the the incident.

Next match is Ray Stevens vs Mike Prater. Prater attacks Stevens before Ray can get his jacket off and Stevens ends up getting the win with a piledriver while still wearing his jacket. At the podium, Ray joins Bob and says "when he tells you he is going to do something,you can take it to the bank, be it beating someone up or being someone like Ricky Steamboat's tag team partner". Ray says that Gene's "twitch" is due to Ole "sacrificing" him. Ray tells Ole he still has the tag belt and for Ole to come get it if he is man enough.

Next match is Jimmy Valiant in action. Valiant gets the win with the elbow. More local promos for Roanoke,VA 2/20/82 and Marion,VA 2/16/82. Johnny Weaver comments on his upcoming match in Marion and Steamboat then comments on his upcoming match with Piper in Marion.

Back in the studio,the next match is tag action with Slaughter and Nelson. Slaughter walks to the podium during the match and says "Nelson can handle these two guys by himself". Sarge also issues his cobra clutch challenge again to anyone and Jay Youngblood comes out to accept. Sarge says he has some other people that want to accept first and walks back to the ring. Youngblood says he is staying out there until Sarge accepts his challenge. Bob and David both comment and agree during the match about how they believe Ray Stevens can now be trusted for sure. Sarge gets the win with the cobra clutch.

Back at the podium, Youngblood wants Slaughter to accept his challenge. Sarge says Youngblood has already had his chance and others more worthy, like Keith Larson, want their chance. Sandy Scott comes out and says Sarge will accept the challenge and for Sarge to "get in the ring" or be stripped of everything. Ole comes out and says no way Youngblood can win the $1,000. In the ring Sarge and Jay trade verbal shots then Sarge stalls and then goes to the podium and says we are out of time, maybe next week he will accept the challenge.

Bob says "So long for now".

Special thanks to Brian Rogers for this report on the new episode of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on WWE Classics On Demand. This show premiered on WWE Classics on Wednesday 5/13/09.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Preview: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Airdate 12/12/81

The WWE Classics On Demand schedule for May lists the next episode of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling to premier on Wednesday 5/13/09. WWE Classics always lists the taping date for the Mid-Atlantic shows, which were always Wednesday nights at WPCQ studios in Charlotte. The date they give for this show is 12/3/81 which is a Thursday night following the taping date of the show currently airing. At first glance this would appear to be an error. However, Crockett Promotions always took a two-week break before Christmas, and this meant no TV tapings during those two weeks as well. In the 1970s, they would start doubling up TV tapings in early December so that they would have enough shows to get them through the two week Christmas break. This may be the case here, although there really will be no way to verify that.

The show they list as being taped on 12/3 (and would have aired in most markets on Saturday 12/12/81) will feature in action: Ricky Steamboat, Ivan Koloff, Ray Stevens, Jimmy Valiant, and the team of Sgt. Slaughter and Pvt. Nelson. Your referee is Sonny Fargo. They will be driving the Ray Stevens babyface turn pretty hard on this show, so expect Ole Anderson and Roddy Piper to be involved.

The World Wide Wrestling show that was taped the same night (these are not airing on WWE Classics, regrettably) featured in action: Jay Youngblood, Ole Anderson & Roddy piper, The Ninja, Ricky Steamboat, and the team of Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Nelson.

Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title Change Ignored

On Friday November 27, Johnny Weaver and Jay Youngblood defeated Nikolia Volkoff and Chris Markoff for the Mid-Atlantic tag team championship. I was expecting to see some acknowledgement of this on the Mid-Atlantic show taped the following Wednesday 12/2 (currently airing on WWE Classics), but in a big disappointment no announcement was made. You had to look quick, but as they came back from commercial break for the match between Jay Youngblood and Jeff Sword, you will see Jay removing the tag team title belt from around his waist and handing it to the ring attendant. This was the only indication there had been a title change.

Johnny Weaver was co-host of the World Wide Wrestling show with Rich Landrum, and I would bet that it was mentioned there. Still, I can't get over it not being acknowledged on the Mid-Atlantic show, especially with Jay appearing with the belt. The Russian team, managed by Lord Alfred Hayes, had held the Mid-Atlantic titles for 20 straight weeks.

The title change was acknowledged, however, on the 11/28 taping and airing of NWA Championship Wrestling taped in Knoxville Tennessee the morning after the change. See the video below. Complete details including photos can be found on the Johnny Weaver blog.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Screen Shots from MACW 12/2/81

For a full run down of this show, see the "Rogers Report" at this link: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 12/2/81.

NWA trouble-shooter Sandy Scott threaten to strip Roddy Piper of the Mid-Atlantic championship if he doesn't sign a contract to defend against Ricky Steamboat, who watches at left.

Piper finally signs the contract.

Roddy Piper laughs as he tells Ole Anderson he will beat everyone, including Ole, to win that new 1982 Cadillac that is up in a tournament in Charlotte.

Ole says he or Gene will leave Charlotte with the new Cadillac.

Big John Studd lays down a challenge to Blackjack Mulligan.

Carl Fergie applies a front face lock to Larry Hamilton. (No, not that Larry Hamilton.)

Blackjack Mulligan talks with Bob Caudle with his son Blackjack Jr. and Jake Roberts.

Paul Jones, Ricky Steamboat, and Jake Roberts all hope they will be the one to win the Cadillac.

Referee Tommy Young raises the hand of Pvt. Jim Nelson.

Bob Caudle introduces Ole Anderson and Ray Stevens.

Angry at Ole's attempt to sacrifice him like he did his brother Gene, Ray Stevens reaches out and grabs one of the World Tag Team title belts.

Ray Stevens tells Bob Caudle that if Ole wants the other belt back, he'll have to come take it from him.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

First Report: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 12/2/81

The Rogers Report

This episode of MACW opens with Bob, David and Sandy Scott. Scott gives us an update on the World-Tag title situation and again lets us know the Caddy Tourney is coming.

Our opening match is Jake Roberts and Mulligan Jr. vs Tony Russo and Jerry Prader. Tommy Young is our referee today. Quick tags for Roberts and Mulligan Jr. We get the Anderson arm slam from Jr and the pin.

John Studd joins Bob at the podium and tells us he is ready and waiting for Mulligan. We see the clip of Studd slapping Jr. and Studd says "it has to hurt for a daddy to see his son get slapped." Studd is angry and wants Mulligan anywhere he can get him.

Studd then goes to the ring for his match and gets the submission win in dominating fashion.

Sandy Scott returns to the podium and tells Gene Anderson to stay out of the upcoming World-Tag title matches. He then begins to tell us about the Steamboat-Piper situation and Steamboat comes out with another bag of letters and Scott asks Piper to come out and join them. Piper is hot, and Scott says if Piper does not calm down, he will strip him of the Mid-Atlantic title. Scott pulls out a contract for Piper to sign to defend his title against Steamboat. Piper signs it and then leaves angrily. Steamboat then signs it and thanks all the fans for all the letters they sent in to make this match happen.

Sgt. Slaughter joins Bob and David at the podium to watch our next match featuring Pvt. Nelson vs Tim Horner. Sandy Scott comes out during the match and says a situation is developing in the back with Blackjack Mulligan. Jack then comes out and confronts Slaughter with some harsh words and then returns to the dressing room. Scott returns and says he is going to the back to try and cool off Mulligan. Horner gives Nelson all he wants, but Nelson gets the win with the clothesline.

Bob gives us the rundown on the card tonight at the Charlotte Coliseum. Sarge comes out and says he has dropped out of the Caddy tourney to take on Mulligan Jr. for the title. Ole comes in and hypes up the Caddy battle royal and tourney. Piper joins him and comments on the Caddy as well. Gene then comes in and Ole says he and Gene are leaving Charlotte with the Caddy.

Our next match is Jay Youngblood against Jeff Swords. A nice match with Swords getting in some good shots on Jay, but Youngblood gets the pin after a nice chop and elbow smash.

Roberts and Mulligan Jr. join Bob at the podium. Jr. says he wants the US title very bad and will face Sarge anywhere, anytime. Roberts wants to talk about Ole Anderson. Jake says either he has to go or the Wrecking Crew has to go. Blackjack joins them and says things are going to start picking up and he takes some verbal shots at Sarge and Studd.

In the ring we have tag action with Ole and Ray Stevens vs. Paul Jones and Buddy Landel. Gene Anderson joins Bob at the podium during the match and discusses the Tag title situation and Sandy Scott's rules. Jones and Landel dominate early with quick tags and some nice offense. Ole and Ray start to work on Landel "Anderson style". Landel finally gets the tag and Paul Jones goes to work. All four men get involved and Gene interferes by pulling Jones leg. Meanwhile, Ole and Stevens get into it after Ole throws Landel into Stevens with the "Gene sacrifice." Stevens gets the pin on Landel.

Ray is fighting mad and will not give Gene and Ole the World tag belt.

Bob then again reminds us about the big card in Charlotte. Paul Jones, Jake Roberts, and Steamboat join Bob to discuss the battle royal and tournament for the Caddy. Roberts says there is no friends in this deal. Mulligan Jr. then joins Bob to discuss his US title match against Sarge. He says he will win the US title from Slaughter.

Our next match is Carl Fergie vs Larry Hamilton. Fergie gets the win with the neckbreaker.

Ray Stevens joins Bob at the podium to discuss the Ole situation. Ray says "don't sacrifice me like you did your stupid brother." He says he has the tag belt and if Ole wants it, to come get it, but be prepared to have his butt kicked. He says nobody pushes Ray Stevens around.

Bob says so long for now...

Special thanks to Brian Rogers for this report on the new episode of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on WWE Classics On Demand.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Trivia

This graphic appeared during a match from "World Championship Wrestling" featuring Ronnie Garvin vs. The Grim Reaper on WWE Classics On Demand. I always enjoy seeing the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling logo pop up anywhere, I just want it to stay alive out there.

They mention Garvin was the last Mid-Atlantic champion. For a complete history of the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship and photos of all the wrestlers who held that championship, visit the links below.

Mid-Atlantic Title History
Origin & Evolution of the Mid-Atlantic Championship
Mid-Atlantic Champions Photo Gallery

Sunday, April 5, 2009

WTBS October 1986: Magnum's Accident

It’s tough watching these WTBS shows currently airing on WWE Classics On Demand. These shows are from October 1986, the month Magnum TA had his career ending automobile accident. That was 23 and a half years ago.

The WWE classics channel has skipped the WTBS show that aired on Saturday 10/18/86. (**Update on 4/6: The 10/18/86 show did air after all this week.) This show gave a hint at the tragedy that had occurred, but wasn’t able to address it directly because it had been taped nearly a full week earlier on Sunday 10/12/86. Magnum’s accident was on Tuesday 10/14, which meant that the shows airing on TBS on Saturday would include Magnum in the ring and in interviews, which was extremely awkward for all involved as there was major news coverage of Magnum’s accident all over TV and newspapers during this time.

On the shows that aired on Saturday 10/18, WTBS placed a small graphic in the corner of the screen that said “Recorded October 12, 1986” during any segments that either featured Magnum TA or where he was mentioned in interviews or commentary. They were pushing an upcoming program between Magnum and “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin.

Here is a timeline of how that week played out:

Sunday October 12:
Crockett tapes three shows “Sunday Edition” which will air later that night; “Championship Wrestling” and “World Championship Wrestling” that will air the following Saturday 10/18

Tuesday October 14:
Magnum has his automobile accident in Charlotte

Wednesday October 15:
Crockett tapes the syndicated programs “NWA Pro Wrestling” and “World Wide Wrestling” in Columbia SC. These shows aired Saturday 10/18/86. A somber Bob Caudle and David Crockett announce on their respective shows that Magnum had been injured in an automobile accident and more information would be forthcoming. Keep in mind at this point the whole company was having to immediately move forward with these tapings a little over 24 hours after the accident. No one had any idea if Magnum would live at this point. In fact, it looked very grim.

Saturday October 18:
The NWA Pro and World Wide shows air with the news of Magnum’s accident. But on WTBS, their shows had been taped before the accident, resulting in the eerie scene of Magnum being seen on both the morning and afternoon shows. WTBS placed a small graphic in the corner of the screen that said “Recorded on 10/12” during any segments that either featured Magnum TA or where he was mentioned in interviews or commentary. They were pushing an upcoming program between Magnum and “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin.

Sunday October 19:
Crockett tapes TBS programming that Sunday morning, the first of which airs later that night on “WCW Sunday Edition.” Jim Crockett comes out and makes the announcement that Magnum TA Terry Allen (one of the few times Magnum’s real name was ever mention on Crockett TV up until that point) had been injured in an automobile accident and had broken the 5th vertebrae in his neck and was out of action for good. Tully Blanchard, and James J. Dillon had the uncomfortable task of appearing immediately afterwards and although they couldn’t completely break character, did acknowledge the accident and wished Magnum well before moving into the taped segment where the Horsemen jumped Dusty Rhodes in the Crockett Promotions office parking lots and break his hand.

Speaking of that famous incident, all these years later I’m still not sure what they were thinking when they opened the World Wide show with footage of James J Dillon in a car with a camera rolling waiting for a “small red sports car” to come by, and then they follow it on the highway. With news of Magnum’s accident all over the media, but few outside of the Charlotte area knowing many of the details, this opening clip made you think they were playing into the injury because at that point, you didn’t know they were following Dusty until the complete clip aired later in the show. As you first watch it you think it might be that they are playing it like they are following Magnum. It was really strange.

But nothing was more bizarre than what occurred on “World Championship Wrestling – Sunday Edition” that aired the Sunday evening before Magnum’s accident. Magnum’s opponent on that show was a masked wrestler named “The Grim Reaper”, and it was Magnum’s last match that aired on TBS. Thankfully he did not wrestle on the “Championship Wrestling” or “World Championship Wrestling” programs, although they showed the Greensboro incident where Dusty injures Blanchard’s leg with a chair and Magnum is involved in that. I remember what a strange feeling that was seeing that only days after the accident.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gateway Notes on MACW 11/25/81

(For a complete report on the matches and interviews on this show click here: First Report on MACW 11/25/81. For screen captures, click here.)

It's nice to have this next show in sequence as WWE Classics On Demand gets rolling with the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling episodes. However, this experience will also force me to learn to have a little patience as, at least at this point, a new show is airing only once a month. Perhaps they will step those up in frequency over time.

Some perspective on this show:

There were some awkward moments early in the show transitioning between segments. It seemingly took forever for the production crew to get up to speed after the move to the WPCQ studios in Charlotte from WRAL in Raleigh. WPCQ was a small station and a small operation overall and didn't do much production on the level of a "live" wrestling show. Usually you noticed this during transitions between segments going from interviews to matches or introductions. Things were pretty awkward getting started this week, apparently due to the wrestlers being late getting to the ring for the opening match. David Crockett was noticeably aggravated over that. During those nervous moments, Bob Caudle mentioned US champion "Bob" Slaughter, one of the very few times Slaughter's real first name was heard on MACW TV.

"The big dog's back in town..." Blackjack Mulligan made his return to the area after spending most of his time in the Knoxville territory that was closely affiliated with Jim Crockett Promotions. Blackjack's interview on the show perfectly illustrated why he was so good at connecting with wrestling fans there, a relationship that had been well cultivated over the years.

David Crockett mentions that European Champion Billy Robinson and Ray "The Crippler" Stevens will be coming to the area soon. (I always loved it when they kept us up to date on who we'd be seeing in the area soon.)

If the segment with Slaughter and Piper reviewing films of Tommy Rich and Angelo Mosca looked similar to the segment last week (11/18/81 show), it's because it was indeed almost identical. The segment shown here was from the previous week's World Wide Wrestling show with Rich Landrum, which was formatted identically to the segment on the same week's Mid-Atlantic show.

Sgt. Slaughter's new recruit Pvt. Jim Nelson made his debut in the ring under the guidance of the Sarge. Both booker Ole Anderson and Slaughter were very high on the young wrestler out of Roanoke VA. Nelson broke in to the major leagues when Anderson used him on TV in Georgia and then brought him to the Carolinas where he wrestled underneath for most of 1980s and 1981. Nelson certainly looked the part of a young Marine recruit!

The local promos for the Sunday-after-Thanksgiving show in Charlotte were done "live" in the studio with Bob Caudle. In all other markets, fans were seeing pre-taped promos for their towns.

During the tag match with Ole Anderson and Roddy Piper, David Crockett explains that Gene Anderson is injured and the NWA needs to make a decision soon on the disposition of the title. Over the next several weeks Ole would take several different partners including Piper, Ray Stevens, Jim Nelson, and others. The match on this show was fascinating for an old Anderson fan like myself because Piper worked the match with Ole in exactly the same fashion that Ole and Gene would work a match, working over the arm and eventually getting the submission. Roddy even did the trademark "Anderson slam" (the hammerlock slam).

Coming up soon here on the blog we will preview the next MACW show to air on WWE Classics On Demand, which will premier on April 15.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling - Screen Caps 11/25/81

David Crockett and Bob Caudle open the program.

Blackjack Mulligan tells Bob Caudle he's been herding cattle and mending fences, all the hay is put up, and he's back!

Rich Landrum talks with Sandy Scott about the upcoming Cadillac tournaments.

Blackjack Mulligan Jr. (Barry Windham) is being restrained by Scott McGhee and Buddy Landel in a confrontation with Big John Studd at the Charlotte Park Center.

Ric flair talks about his upcoming title defense against Ray "The Crippler" Stevens in Charlotte.

Bob Caudle interviews US Champion Sgt. Slaughter

Pvt. Jim Nelson makes his Mid-Atlantic Wresting debut (well, at least as a Private!)

Rick Steamboat brings out a bag of mail full of fan support for his quest for a Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title match with Roddy Piper.

Bob Caudle introduces The Ninja with manager Jim Holiday

Roddy Piper and Ole Anderson talk about their upcoming match with Ricky Steamboat and Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

Roddy Piper steps into the ring with his bagpipes and Mid-Atlantic title belt.

Bob Caulde says "So long for now!"

"Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling has been furnished to ths station for broadcast at this time by Jim Crockett Promotions in exchange for commercial consideration."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

First Report: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 11/25/81

The Rogers Report

The show opens with Bob and David telling us what's in store for this week on MACW. Our opening match is tag-team action featuring the great Blackjack Mulligan and Jake Roberts vs Nikolai Volkoff and Charlie Fulton. Good action throughout with Volkoff bodyslamming Mulligan at one point. This match reminds of how quick and agile Roberts was back then. Mulligan gets the pin after the claw and bodyslam.

Postmatch interview with Bob and Mulligan. Blackjack says he's been doing some work down on the farm, but the big dog is now back. Jack comments on the top talent that has come into the area.

Bob then cuts to a taped interview with Rich Landrum and Sandy Scott talking about that great talent and Sandy tells us we have a 1982 Cadillac to entice more top talent into the area. Sgt. Slaughter interrupts the interview and states he is # 1 in the world, not just the Mid-Atlantic area and he wants that Caddy. Sandy then tells the Sarge to take a look at this tape of Tommy Rich. We see Rich in action vs Tony Russo while Sarge and Sandy discuss the match and who is coming into the area. Sarge says he will wrestle 5 men at one time for that 82 Caddy. Sarge says he has an open contract to anyone that wants a shot at the US title. Roddy Piper joins Slaughter and says he would like that Caddy as well. Rich gets the win. Roddy says Rich does not impress him at all. Sandy tells Sarge and Roddy he has another tape he wants to show them of another top wrestler coming in-Angelo Mosca. Piper and Sarge seem surprised that Mosca is coming. We then see Mosca in action from up north with Vince McMahon on commentary. Mosca destroys his opponent. Sarge then says Mosca will go down like all the others.

Back in the studio, Bob and Blackjack talk more about the Caddy and all the tough competition that stands in the way of getting it. We then see a tape of Blackjack being slapped by John Studd. Jack says Studd will pay.

Bob then reminds us of the great card coming up Thanksgiving weekend at the Charlotte Coliseum with Ric Flair defending the title against Ray Stevens. We then see a tape of Ric commenting on this upcoming match and Ric tells Stevens it's going to be a long night for him and if Ole sticks his nose in, a long night for him as well.

Back in the studio Mulligan comments on his match that night in Charlotte against Studd and then Steamboat and Roberts come out and comment on their match that night as well.

Back from break and Bob has the Sarge at the podium for an interview. Sarge says he is offering $1000 to anyone that can break his cobra clutch. Sarge then introduces the next match with his protege Pvt. Jim Nelson vs Keith Larsen in the studio. Sarge says he has trained him to be a vicious and tough wrestler. Sarge gets some cheap verbal shots in on Wahoo during the match. Nelson gets the win with the cobra clutch.

Back from break Bob has Steamboat at the podium. Rick has a huge bag with him and says he is doing all he can to get Piper in the ring. He then reveals that the huge bag is 1 of 3 he has received this week with mail of fans wanting to see Steamboat vs Piper. He says Piper continues to ignore the challenge and he tells the fans to keep the letters coming and he will continue to take the bags of letters and dump them on Jim Crockett's desk until he gets the title match.

Next studio match is the Ninja with Jim Holliday against Vinnie Valentino. Holliday joins Bob and David at the podium to discuss the Ninja and how great he is. Ninja gets the win.

Bob then reminds us again of the big Thanksgiving weekend card on Sunday at the Charlotte Coliseum. 7 big matches in all. Sarge joins Bob to discuss his match against Mulligan Jr. in Charlotte. Ole then comes in to say that Stevens is taking the World Title from Flair that night. Ole invites Piper out and they discuss their match coming up in Charlotte against Steamboat and Roberts.

Back from break and we have tag team action with Ole and Piper against Tony Anthony and Don Kernodle. David reminds us that Gene Anderson is injured and has been going to matches with Ole, but not getting into the ring and defending their World Tag titles. David says that the tag titles have to be defended and the NWA will have to do something about this. Ole and Piper work well as a team with Piper using the Anderson technique of working on one part of the body. He and Ole continuously work on Anthony's arm until he submits. Piper and Ole destroy Kernodle and Anthony in the ring afterwards and go back to working on Anthony's arm. Steamboat and Roberts hit the ring and Bob says "we have a wild melee in the ring now".

Ole and Piper leave the ring in a hurry. Steamboat and Roberts join Bob at the podium and they say are coming after Ole and Piper. Bob tells us "so long for now".

Thanks to Brian Rogers for this quick report on the current MACW show airing on WWE Classics On Demand. Look for screen captures coming this weekend or early next week.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

2nd Big Show Debuts tomorrow

The 2nd in-sequence episode of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling will premier tomorrow (Wednesday 3/18) on the WWE Classics On Demand cable channel. The show was originally taped November 25, 1981. We'll have a "First Report" posted here hopefully on Thursday.

The April schedule has begun popping up on some cable system websites. The next scheduled Mid-Atlantic show is the 12/2/81 episode which will be available on 4/15/09 on the channel.

In an unrelated note, it was a pretty cool moment on Monday Night Raw this week, as four top stars in Mid-Atlantic Wrestling from the late 70s and early 80s all appeared together. Ric Flair, Jimmy Snuka, Ricky Steamboat, and Roddy Piper were all there together, shoulder to shoulder, for a brief moment. It was like a 1980 Mid-Atlantic Wrestling reunion. All four held the United States championship during that time, and three of the four were Mid-Atlantic champs as well.

1980 Mid-Atlantic Reunion on RAW

On Monday Night Raw (3/16/09), Ric Flair made an appearance and brought out some of his old pals from his Mid-Atlantic Wrestling days.

For a brief moment Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Ric Flair, and Ricky Steamboat all stood shoulder to shoulder on the RAW stage. It made for a really cool moment for Mid-Atlantic fans who will remember that all four were top stars together for Jim Crockett Promotions in the late 1970s and early 1980s. All four were United States heavyweight champion, Flair losing and winning it to all the other three at one time or another. Three of the four (Flair, Piper, and Steamboat) were Mid-Atlantic champions as well.

Photos from

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Preview: Mid-Atlantic 11/25/81

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling - 11/25/81
This show was taped at WPCQ the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and aired in the major markets on 11/28/01. Here is a preview of the 11/25/81 episode of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling that will air on WWE Classics On Demand on March 18.

Wrestlers on the Show:
The notes I made 28 years ago are a bit sketchy on this program, leading me to believe I did not see all of this show to begin with. There were 5 matches but I only know the main eventer in the final three:
  • Jim Nelson
  • The Ninja
  • Roddy Piper/Ole Anderson

Notes on The Show:
Despite the build-up on last weeks show, Wahoo McDaniel suddenly departs the territory leaving Blackjack Mulligan Jr. and Jay Youngblood as the top contenders for Sgt. Slaughter's U.S. championship. In an angle to push Youngblood, he breaks the cobra hold of Pvt. Jim Nelson, but is unable to break the cobra hold of the Sarge.

Johnny Weaver and Jay Youngblood are the new Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions, defeating the Russian team of Nikolia Volkoff and Chris Markoff managed Lord Alfred Hayes. This was announced on NWA Professional Wrestling airing on WBIR in Knoxville which was taped the same morning as it aired on 11/28/81. The MACW taping has already taken place on Wed. 11/25, so it would not be covered by MACW until the taping on 12/2.

Champions Recognized on 11/28/81NWA World Champion: Ric Flair
World Tag Champions: Gene and Ole Anderson
United States Champion: Sgt. Slaughter
Mid-Atlantic Champion: Roddy Piper
Mid-Atlantic Tag Champions: Johnny Weaver and Jay Youngblood
NWA TV Champion: Ivan Koloff
World Jr. Champion: Jerry Brisco
Canadian Champion: Big John Studd
Southern Champion: Blackjack Mulligan Jr.

World Wide Wrestling This Week
Jake Roberts defeats Nickolia Volkoff and with that we see the last of Lord Alfred Hayes and the Russians.

Wrestlers on the show:

  • Jimmy Valiant
  • Ivan Koloff
  • Jake Roberts vs. Nikolia Volkoff
  • Ricky Steamboat
  • Jim Nelson (with Sgt. Slaughter) vs. Mike Davis

Steamboat & Caudle

This is a capture from the induction announcement of Ricky Steamboat to the WWE Hall of Fame. It was nice to see a shot or two of Ricky from Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, and I hope it bodes well for more of those shows coming up on the Classics On Demand channel.

Congratulations to Ricky on being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Here is the induction video that aired on WWE TV:

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Live Studio Interviews In Place of Local Promos

As was discussed earlier on this blog, the 11/18/81 edition of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling that aired on WWE Classics On Demand included the inserted local promos for the Roanoke market. Something many fans may not know is that those local promos are actually inserted on top of other interviews that were recorded live right there in the studio as the show was being taped. There were a small number of TV markets for the Crockett shows that did not have a local promo insert on certain weeks, and a few that did not have them at all when Crockett Promotions wasn't running shows in that viewing market. Examples include some TV markets in Florida and West Virginia where Mid-Atlantic Wrestling was being carried.

In place of those interviews were generic interviews conducted right there in the studio. These were what we saw in the earlier MACW shows that have aired on the On Demand channel over the last couple of years. For example:

(1) On the MACW 9/1/82 show, the two 2:20 minute local promo slots were filled with two additional interviews with Kelly Kiniski and Sir Oliver Humperdink.

(2) On the MACW 12/8/82 show, Ric Flair and Greg Valentine did a classic interview in one of those promotional slots, Flair especially was on fire joking about North Carolina's basketball woes, Don Kernodle and other things going on. You can tell this interview was aimed at the Florida market, as Flair talked about Miami, West Palm Beach, and Tampa, and what he and Valentine would do to Dusty Rhodes if they caught him in the state of Florida. Rhodes was not wrestling in the Mid-Atlantic territory then; he was the booker in Florida.

(3) On the MACW 3/12/83 show, Paul Jones and Dory Funk Jr. also do one of these promos aimed at the Florida market, including some very funny comments aimed at Rhodes.

One of the really cool things about seeing these "live" segments (as opposed to the promotional inserts) is seeing interviews that we would never have seen otherwise. However, given the choice, I'd hope to see the local promos in these future shows that air on WWE Classics On Demand.

Friday, February 13, 2009

WCW on TBS - Sept. 20, 1986

While we wait on the next episode of "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" to air on WWE Classics On Demand, I thought we'd take a look at the shows they are airing from a few years later that Jim Crockett Promotions was producing for Superstation WTBS in Atlanta.

World Championship Wrestling
WTBS Airdate: Saturday 9/20/86
Recorded: Sunday 9/15/86
WWE On Demand Premier Date: 2/3/09
Hosts: Tony SChiavone and David Crockett
Referee: Randy Anderson

Opening CLip - Paul Ellering slaps Jim Cornette
Interview - Bill Dundee and "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel
• Baron Von Raschke vs. Tom Barrett
Interview - Jim Cornette with Big Bubba Rogers
Interview - Ric Flair with Babydoll
• Rock & Roll Express vs. Gene Ligon and Mike Simani
Intrerview - Magnum TA and Dusty Rhodes
Interview - James J. Dillon and Tully Blanchard
Arn Anderson vs. Jack Jackson (Anderson slam!)
Interview - Arn Anderson
Interview - Jim Cornette with Bubba and the Midnight Express
VIDEO - Paul Ellering slaps Jim Cornette and then the Midnight Express injure Road Warrior Animal (from Championship Wrestling earlier that day)
Interview - Dennis Condrey!
Interview - The Russians (Koloffs and Khrushchev)
• The Kansas Jayhawks (Mantel & Jaggers) vs. Puablo Kenshaw and Tony Zane
Interview - Dick Murdoch
• Dick Murdoch/Ronnie Garvin vs. Mulkie Mania (Randy & Bill Mulkie)
Interview - National Champion Chief Wahoo McDaniel

The frustrating thing going here with the WWE airing these shows, is that during the fall of 1986 the WTBS Football Scoreboard show was using the TBS studios for their live Scoreboard inserts to their programming throughout the day and the studio was not available for the wrestling tapings which were normally taped on Saturdays. Prior to the football season, Crockett taped the "first run" Saturday night show first that same morning, then the Saturday morning hour that would air the following week.

When the football season started, Crockett had to move tapings to Sunday morning. Unlike a year earlier in the fall of 1985, when they would tape the following Saturday's two shows in order a week ahead of time, they decided to drop Sunday's "Best of Championship Wrestling" show and instead air a fresh hour of studio wrestling taped that same Sunday morning, to keep their TV from being a week behind. So they created a new show - "World Championship Wrestling Sunday Edition" which was taped that same morning. Right after it had taped they taped "Championship Wrestling" which would air the following Saturday morning, and then finally "World Championship Wrestling" which would air the following Saturday night.

As a result, the Saturday show for the fall became almost non-eventful, as all the big announcements and angles had already aired the past Sunday and even now on Saturday mornings. This show is a good example, it sort of has the feel of an old "Championship Wrestling" Saturday morning show, not a lot going on, just going through the motions of standard TV matches and interviews. They do replay the angle with the Midnights and the Road Warriors from that mornings show, since the audience for the Saturday AM show was much smaller.

My whole point of going through all that is that we unfortunately for the next several months will see what can best be described as the TBS "C" show, at least until the football season is over. I don't know why they would show the Sunday show instead except that perhaps they are only going through the tapes of Saturday shows at this point. Maybe someday we will see the "Sunday Edition" show on Classics On Demand, because for the fall shows, at least, those are much better shows.

WWE Classics On Demand will air the next Saturday night show, airdate 9/27/86, next week on 2/18 and we will provide the match and interview details on that show as well at that time. On the two TBS shows that air before it that we don't get to see, Wahoo McDaniel brawls with Nikita Koloff to help set the table for their title unification match in the Omni that weekend, and Ric Flair has a confrontation with Dick Murdoch.