The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 11.27.82
By Scott Keith on 30th June 2023
The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 11.27.82
Taped from Charlotte, NC
Your host is Bob Caudle, with Roddy Piper popping in here and there.
Mike Rotundo v. Ricky Harris
Joined in progress with Harris beating on Rotundo in the corner, but Mike quickly comes back and finishes him with the airplane spin at 0:53. Harris was later repackaged into evil cowboy Black Bart and that gave him much more success.
Afterwards, Rotundo is pretty bummed about losing to Leroy Brown yet again last week, but if he wants to be a wrestler, he’s gotta learn to beat guys like him!
Sgt. Slaughter joins us to tell his side of the story over top of the footage of the tag title match against Steamboat & Youngblood, and it turns out that the challengers were cheating and thus they got a taste of their own medicine at the hands of Slaughter and Kernodle. Also Sarge was just trying to help Steamboat get back into the ring at various times, and Jay Youngblood kept leaving his corner to trip them and break other rules. Slaughter had to keep telling Steamboat to stop being a coward and get back into the ring like a man! Huge if true. Regardless, Slaughter literally had no choice but to hurt Jay Youngblood with his devastating cobra clutch, to the point where they had to CENSOR the footage! Also, Slaughter has heard many people saying that Ricky Steamboat will retire if his partner Jay Youngblood is unable to make it back to wrestling again.
Paul Jones v. Masa Fuchi
Fuchi chops him down and works the arm to start, then blocks a takedown attempt with a headscissors while we learn that we will be graced with an appearance from RIC FLAIR tonight! He won’t be wrestling but he’ll be doing a public workout with a couple of young guys and I’m sure there won’t be any untoward stuff resulting from this. Jones fights out of the headscissors, but a splash hits knees and Fuchi takes him down again. But then Jones just reverses to the Indian deathlock and submits him at 2:45.
Paul Jones joins Bob, showing off his Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title and puts over Ric Flair as a great champion. You know who’s NOT a great champion? Dusty Rhodes, who picks fights around the country and then runs back to Florida. Personally he’d call Big John Studd or Angelo Mosca the true champions in Florida. So Dusty better not leave Florida again. OR ELSE.
Jack Brisco & Bob Orton Jr v. Ken Timbs & Bill White
Piper points out that Timbs was warming up during the ring intros, whereas Brisco is always ready to go, which is why he gets the advantage immediately. Brisco and Orton trade headlocks on Timbs, so he tags out to White. Orton just wallops him with a powerslam while Piper talks about Orton going long with WWF champion Bob Backlund and really testing him. The heels double-team Orton for a bit, but he brings Brisco back in and Jack runs wild on Timbs with a backdrop and abdominal stretch. White nails him from behind to make the save and Piper continues his deep dive of wrestling psychology by pointing out that Orton was smart not to help his partner because the ref would just escort him out and allow the heels to do even more damage. Orton and Brisco get some quick tags and Brisco dropkicks Timbs, setting up Orton for a running powerslam to finish at 4:32.
Meanwhile, on Worldwide Wrestling, Roddy Piper introduces his new anti-Humperdink team of himself, Bob Orton, Jimmy Valiant and Abdullah the Butcher. Pretty impressive team.
Jack Brisco joins Bob, complaining that Paul Jones refuses to put the Mid-Atlantic title on the line in a rematch, so he and Gerry are going to focus on getting revenge on Slaughter & Kernodle on behalf of the injured Jay Youngblood.
Greg Valentine v. King Parsons
Valentine takes him down in a facelock and they trade chops on the ropes, but Parsons wins that battle and slugs him into the corner. Piper: “It’s not lunchtime, go ahead and get him already!” Parsons with a slam and he throws more shots and a headbutt, but Valentine beats him down with the elbows and an atomic drop. They exchange more bombs in the corner as they’re both laying it in today, but Valentine puts him down with a back suplex and drops the Hammer on him to finish at 5:10.
Roddy Piper goes on a bit of a crazy rant against the House of Humperdink, talking about how Abdullah the Butcher eats raw chicken livers for energy. So Piper wants Humperdink to show up and we’ll see “Just how much Rod he can handle”.
Ric Flair joins us and immediately tells all the disrespectful fans in the front row to shut up. So Ric will now grace us with a workout in the ring to hopefully break a sweat and show off his amateur skills.
Workout: Ric Flair v. Keith Larson & Ron Ritchie
Flair does a quick escape from Keith to start and then pins him on the second go-around. Ron Ritchie gives him more of a test but Flair cradles him and gets a pin on him as well. So Flair apologizes for not breaking a sweat, but there’s no competition, and Piper is all dressed up. So Piper tears off his shirt and jumps into the ring to oblige Flair’s quest for competition. So Flair gives him the down position and Piper rides him all the way to the ropes, where Flair has to hide in the ropes to escape. Then Piper is in the down position, so Flair orders the ref to count the pin this time when it happens. But then Piper easily escapes, so Flair wants one more time, and of course he waits for Piper to go into the down position and then turns on him. But Piper hits him with a neckbreaker and as promised, the ref counts the pin on Flair! Flair wants another shot at Piper, but Roddy has nothing left to prove, so Greg Valentine lays out Piper from behind and Flair rubs Roddy’s face into the floor Ricky Morton style to really brutalize him. And finally Bob Orton makes the save and you know there’s a hell of a tag team match.
Paul Jones joins us again and he’s pretty sure Piper had it coming for sticking his nose into the business of Humperdink’s House. So then Flair stops by again and yells at David Crockett, and then the foursome of Flair, Valentine, Jones and Sgt. Slaughter all cut cackling heel promos. Apparently Valentine suggested rubbing Piper’s face into the concrete as a tribute to when they did it to Ricky Steamboat two years ago, and they all just kind of keep going with a stream of consciousness rant, as if the show was running short and needed to fill five minutes. Although this idea of Flair getting backed up by three other heels might be a solid one.
Obviously the Flair-Piper angle was the clear highlight of the show this week as they’re really rolling now.