Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 7.07.82


WPCQ TV Studios, Charlotte NC
Taped Wed. July 7, 1982 ● Orig. Aired Sat. July 10, 1982
Host: Bob Caudle.  Color commentary by David Crockett (title match) and Sir Oliver Humperdink on other matches.
Referee: Sonny Fargo



SUMMARY OF STUDIO MATCHES:
  • Jack Brisco vs. Roddy Piper (Mid-Atlantic title match)
  • Sgt. Slaughter vs. King Parsons
  • Greg Valentine vs. Keith Larson
  • Steamboat/Youngblood vs. Bill White/Ali Bey


SHOW REPORT:

Welcome by Bob Caudle and David Crockett
  - - David Crockett explains situation with Mid-Atlantic champ Jack Brisco and Roddy Piper, who currently has possession of the Mid-Atlantic belt. Piper stole the belt, but Brisco is officially the champion. The NWA has been fining Piper $1000 a day until he returns the belt. Finally, an agreement was made earlier that afternoon that if Brisco would come up with $10,000 (ostensibly for Piper to recoup what he has had to pay in fines), Piper would give the belt to an official assigned by the NWA, and Piper and Brisco would wrestle on TV, the winner to be Mid-Atlantic champion and to be awarded both the belt and the $10,000. 


David Crockett: "Mr. Brisco had to come up with cash, you wouldn't accept a check..."
Roddy Piper: "No checks in Scotland, no."

Interview - Piper comes out and turns the belt over to David Crockett, who gives him the money from Brisco. Piper counts the money only to find the money is short of the ten grand. Piper, enraged, grabs back the belt, but doesn't want to give the money back since he feels like he was going to be swindled, an angry David Crockett telling him that's Brisco's money, and if he's calling off the match, then give back the money. Wahoo McDaniel and Ricky Steamboat come out and tell Piper that Brisco was caught short on the holiday when the banks were closed (I guess it was an unannounced July 7 holiday) and Brisco had put up $6,000, and they would each put up an additional $2,000 each to make the $10,000. Piper recounts the money, then finally agrees to give NWA official Stu Shwartz the belt as well as hold his money through the match. Piper then demands one additional stipulation - - that Wahoo and Steamboat be barred from ringside and if they enter the studio that he will automatically win the Mid-Atlantic title. 

Interview - Roddy Piper continues to rant and rave until David Crockett comes out and tells Piper to get in the ring and wrestle.

[★] Mid-Atlantic Championship: Jack Brisco vs. Roddy Piper
  - - A long, tense, excellent battle between the two. In the end Piper pulls a roll of coins from his trunks and nails Brisco with it and  referee Sonny Fargo makes the count despite coins littering the ring. Brisco is knocked unconscious. WHen questioned about the money in the ring, Piper claims fans through it in the ring.

Referee Sonny Fargo checks on Jack Brisco who lies unconscious
in the ring.

An exhausted Roddy Piper collapses in the floor after winning the
Mid-Atlantic championship and $10,000 from Jack Brisco

Local Promo Spot (Live) - King Parsons

[ ] Sgt. Slaughter (U.S. Champ) defeats King Parsons with a Slaughter Cannon.

Halftime Interviews - New Mid-Atlantic heavyweight champion with belt and $10,000 cash, and will pay the $9,000 fine and party with Sgt. Slaughter with the rest.

New Mid-Atlantic champ Roddy Piper and U.S. champ Sgt. Slaughter
celebrate Piper's win over Jack Brisco

[ ] Greg Valentine defeats. Keith Larson  after a Bionic Elbow smash.

Local Promo Spot (Live) - Greg Valentine
  - - Greg explains how he just got through a giant tour of the northeast and "took the title away from their champion Bob Backlund." But he's back in the area where he did it all including wrestling guys like Wahoo McDaniel and Ric Flair. He tells the story about breaking Wahoo McDaniel's leg (1977.) Valentine even challenges NWA champion Ric Flair who he reminds that he broke his nose years back... "more dirty laundry."

[ ] Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood vs. Bill White and Ali Bey

Final Interviews - Wahoo McDaniel, Jack Brisco, Ricky Steamboat
  - - Wahoo tells Brisco not to worry about the money, they will take it out of Piper's hide.
VTR: Replay of Piper beating Brisco



CHAMPIONS
NWA World: Ric Flair
World Tag: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen (Georgia)
U.S.: Sgt. Slaughter
Mid-Atlantic*: Roddy Piper
Mid-Atlantic Tag: Pvt. Nelson & Kernodle
TV: Ivan Koloff

* new champion

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Video on YouTube





We have recently come across YouTube videos of some of the Mid-Atlantic shows that have aired on WWE Classics On Demand. We are not in any way connected with these videos or the people who posted them, but will embed them the appropriate show pages as we come across them. I would imagine these videos will be removed at some point as they are copyrighted material of the WWE. But until then, enjoy.

Look for the video reference on the right side show notes menu.

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 6.30.82

WPCQ TV Studios, Charlotte NC
Taped Wed. June 30, 1982 ● Orig. Aired Sat. July 3, 1982
Host: Bob Caudle  Color commentary 
Referee: Sonny Fargo
YouTube video of this program is embedded at the end of this post.


SUMMARY OF STUDIO MATCHES:
  • 'King King" Mosca vs. Jay Youngblood
  • Greg Valentine vs. Brock Wood
  • Wahoo McDaniel & Paul Jones vs. David Patterson and Steve Seibert
  • Roddy Piper vs. Jimmy Patter
  • Ricky Steamboat vs. Bill White

HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Great arm drag clinic by Ricky Steamboat vs. Bill White
  • Wahoo McDaniel and Paul Jones tag team
  • Don Muraco Surfing Video
  • Greg Valentine old school back suplex

SHOW REPORT:
Welcome by Bob Caudle

Interview - Roddy Piper with the Mid-Atlantic belt. 
  - - Piper laments the fact that it is said he stole the Mid-Atlantic belt from Jack Brisco, and that Brisco is still the champion. Brisco has asked Steamboat to be his partner so Piper has his own Hawaiian - the Magnificent Don Muraco - to be his.


The "Magnificent" Don Muraco

 VTR: Don Muraco Surfing Video
  - - Muraco explains why he turned on Wahoo and went with Piper. He is standing in front of vide of himself surfing in Hawaii.

Interview - Sir Oliver Humperdink
  - - Humperdink is the manager of The Ninja, but is in the area specifically to scout new talent.


[●] Jay Youngblood defeats Angelo "King Kong" Mosca by DQ when Mosca will not break on the referee's count. Ricky Steamboat makes the save. 

[ ] Greg Valentine (return) defeats Brock Wood with a classic belly-to-back suplex (or back suplex) and a bionic elbow.

Local Promo Spot (Live) - David Patterson and Steve Seibert

[ ] Wahoo McDaniel and Paul Jones defeat David Patterson and Steve Seibert when Jones makes Seibert submit to the Indian death lock. (Classic old school finish.)



Roddy Piper with Jack brisco's Mid-Atlantic title belt.



Halftime Interview - Roddy Piper (with Brisco's Mid-Atlantic belt), U.S. Champion Sgt. Slaughter (says Al Haig wants to manage him), Greg Valentine (he's back!). Piper asks Sgt. Slaughter to hold the Mid-Atlantic belt while he wrestles in the next match.

[ ] Roddy Piper defeats Jimmy Patter

Local Promo Spot (Live) - Bill White

[★] Ricky Steamboat defeats Bill White with an avalanche back drop.(Excellent old school match!)   - - Amazing arm drags! Arm drag clinic! White is excellent as well.

Final Interviews: Jay Youngblood, Wahoo McDaniel, Ricky Steamboat
  - - Wahoo explains the situation where he was out of action with a staph infection and because of the month of rules where there must be a winner and he was unable to make commitments with Slaughter, the NWA declared Slaughter the winner and the new U.S. Champion.
  - - Steamboat calls Bob Caudle "Bill" !!


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


NOTES:
  • Piper quote of the week: "You take the steam out of the boat, and the boat don't float!"
  • Sir Oliver Humperdink is the manager of the Ninja, but announces he is scouting talent, and this is the first hint of what will later be known as "The House of Humperdink".
  • Greg Valentine returns this week following a tour of the WWWF where he sold out Madison Square Garden in several main events vs. WWWF champion Bob Backlund. 
  • Humperdink quote: "Valentine has forearms like Popeye, brother."
  • Old territory reference: Humperdink mentions managing Greg Valentine earlier in "another area", which at least includes a stint when Greg wrestled as one of the Fargo Brothers.
  • Wahoo McDaniel and Paul Jones reunite their legendary team this week. McDaniel and Jones were world tag team champions in 1975 and had a legendary feud with Gene and Ole Anderson.
  • Match of the week: Ricky Steamboat vs. Bill White

CHAMPIONS
  • NWA World: Ric Flair
  • World Tag: Ole Anderson and Stan Hansen (in Georgia)
  • U.S.: Sgt. Slaughter
  • Mid-Atlantic: Jack Brisco (Roddy Piper has the belt)
  • Mid-Atlantic Tag: Pvts. Nelson and Kernodle
  • TV: Jimmy Valiant





Disclaimer: This video is on YouTube and is in NO WAY connected or affiliated with this blog or website. Copyright holders should contact YouTube.com.



The House of Humperdink

What a stable Sir Oliver Humperdink had in the Mid-Atlantic area in July of 1982. The House of Humperdink included at that time:

Greg Valentine
Paul Jones
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Gene Anderson
Ivan Koloff
Jos Leduc

The Ninja may have also been a member as well, not sure. I'm enjoying watching these old shows as they air on WWE Classics On Demand and had forgotten what a juggernaut the House of Humperdink was at that time.

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling taped 08.25.82

WPCQ TV Studios, Charlotte NC
Taped Wed. August 25, 1982 ● Orig. Aired Sat. August 28, 1982
Host: Bob Caudle. Color Commentary on selected matches by Sir Oliver Humperdink
Referee: Tommy Young

SUMMARY OF STUDIO MATCHES:

  • Jay Youngblood vs. Pvt. Jim Nelson
  • Greg Valentine & Bad Leroy Brown (with Sir Oliver Humperdink) vs. Ron Richie and Keith Larson
  • Paul Jones (with Sir Oliver Humperdink) vs. King Parsons
  • Jos LeDuc (with Sir Oliver Humperdink) vs. Mike Davis
  • Roddy Piper and Ricky Steamboat vs. The Ninja and Juan Renos


SHOW REPORT:
Welcome by Bob Caudle

Interview with Jack Brisco (on crutches), Ricky Steamboat, and Jay Youngblood.
- - Brisco discusses how Paul Jones jumped him in a parking lot and injured him. Brisco challenges Jones to a match next week on television and says he will put the Mid-Atlantic title up against him as well. Steamboat and Youngblood try to talk him into waiting until he is 100% healthy from the injury.

Pvt. Jim Nelson applies a cobra clutch to Jay Youngblood.

[●] Jay Youngblood pins Pvt. Jim Nelson with a sunset flip. Great competitive match.
  - - Bob Caudle mentions that Greg Valentine is the newest member of the House of Humperdink.

Greg Valentine, Sir Oliver Humperdink, and Leroy Brown

[ ] Greg Valentine and Leroy Brown defeat Ron Richie and Keith Larson when Valentine pins Larson after a bionic elbow smash.
  - - Color commentary by Sir Oliver Humperdink, who mentions that Greg Valentine has just returned from the "New York area" (WWWF) after hearing that Sgt. Slaughter lost the U.S. title to Wahoo McDaniel. Hump and Bob talk remind fans that Greg Valentine broke Wahoo McDaniel's leg back in 1977.

Local Promos spot (Live) - King Parsons and Porkchop Cash

[ ] Paul Jones (with Sir Oliver Humperdink) defeats King Parsons with the Indian death lock.
  - - Jones continues to pummel Parsons after the match and Porkchop cash makes the save.

New U.S. champ Chief Wahoo McDaniel

Halftime Interview - New U.S. Champion Wahoo McDaniel
  -- FILM - Wahoo wins title in Indian strap match; Humperdink and Sgt. Slaughter and Leroy Brown cut Wahoo and Valiants hair. (8/22/82 in Charlotte NC)


Wahoo McDaniel drags Sgt. Slaughter to the fourth turnbuckle to win
the U.S. title in an Indian Strap Match in Charlotte.


[ ] Jos LeDuc (with Sir Oliver Humperdink) defeats Mike Davis after a Canadian crowning glory leg drop.

Local Promos spot (Live) - Sir Oliver Humperdink and Joe LeDuc

[ ] Roddy Piper and Ricky Steamboat defeat The Ninja and Juan Renosa when Steamboat pins Renosa with a flying bodypress.
  - - Piper is a wild man, and the crowd is hot for this match.

Final Interviews - The House of Humperdink: Greg Valentine, Jos LeDuc, and Paul Jones
  - - Paul Jones says you slap a coward around along enough, you get the coward to come out of the closet. He accepts the challenge of Jack Brisco.
  - - Greg Valentine re-writes history a bit when he says he once broke Wahoo's leg with the figure four lock to win the U.S. title. he did break Wahoo's leg (in one of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling's most remembered angles) but it was with a leg-ankle suplex (as identified by David Crockett at the time) for the Mid-Atlantic title.
  - - "Lumberjack" Jos LeDuc mentions knowing Jimmy Valiant from Memphis area in 1978. And he admits that Jimmy Valiant is not a tree. (Hey, that's what he said.)

  - - 

NOTES:
  • Greg Valentine returns to the Mid-Atlantic area as a new member of the House of Humperdink. Valentine has been in the WWWF.
  • Joe LeDuc debuts in the area as part of the House of Humperdink.
  • The House of Humperdink now includes Greg Valentine, Paul Jones, Gene Anderson, Bad Leroy Brown, Jos Leduc, and Ivan Koloff.
  • Mid-Atlantic History mention: Humperdink and Valentine discuss breaking Wahoo's leg in 1977.
  • Old Territory mentions: (1)Joe LeDuc mentions knowing Jimmy Valiant from the memphis territory in 1978. (2) Greg Valentine returns from the WWWF.

CHAMPIONS:
  • World: Ric Flair
  • World Tag: Ole Anderson and Stan Hansen (in Georgia)
  • U.S.: Wahoo McDaniel*
  • Mid-Atlantic: Jack Brisco
  • Mid-Atlantic Tag: Pvts. Nelson and Kernodle
  • TV: Jimmy Valiant
* New Champion




Saturday, February 4, 2012

On Demand Program Grid

Another link added to the "Related Links" section of the blog:

WWE On Demand Program Grid
This is apparently a nested section of the official WWE Classics on Demand website, but not always easily found. Hopefully this direct link to the current and upcoming programming will remain updated.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Related Links Update

Related Links Update:

Optimum Cable - WWE Classics On Demand  NEW!!
A new source of information has been added to the "Related Links" section of this blog. Optimum Cable (current as of this posting 2/3/2012) has a current list of what is airing on WWE Classics on Demand. It is current as of this posting on 2/3/12.

To get to the relevant info, click the "Optimum Cable" link, then click on "Premium Subscriptions" on the left-side menu; then click one of the "WWE Classics on Demand" links on that page to see a list of what is airing that month by various categories (Big Events, Classic Rewind, TV Classics, etc.)


This list is usually updated for the prior month sometime in the middle to end of the current month. An excellent resource from DarkAngel DVD. Currently updated through December 2011.


The "Sunflower" cable information, which now redirects to "Knology of Kansas" cable system, has not been updated since May of last year. (Who do they think they are, us?) It has been removed from the Related Links section of this blog.