World Class Championship Wrestling – January 2, 1982

We enter a new territory this week, as we head down to Texas for World Class Championship Wrestling. World Class, aka WCCW, was the territory for Texas and was also affiliated with the NWA, like Mid-South and Mid-Atlantic. Thus they shared the major champion, the NWA Champion, Ric Flair and had many of their own champions. The WCCW was formed in 1966 and ran until 1990. In the eighties the WCCW was most known for the Von Erich family, Kerry, Kevin, Mike, David, Chris and father Fritz who also owned the territory. Sadly four of the five brothers died young with only Kevin still with us today. The major title here is the WCCW American Heavyweight Championship, which is held by Bugsy McGraw who won the title on December 26th from The Great Kabuki. The WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title is held by Al Madril who defeated Killer Tim Brooks sometime in 1981. The WCCW Tag Team Championships are held by Terry Orndorff and Kerry Von Erich, as they defeated The Great Kabuki and Chan Chung (The Dragonmaster) on October 25, 1981. They also have a Brass Knuckles Championship, which seems violent, and is held by Jose Lothario, who defeated Ernie Ladd on December 25th 1981. Finally we come to the WCCW Television title, which was vacated on May 15th 1981, last held by Bill Irwin, but will be filled later in the year. That is a lot of titles for one territory, and they add a six man tag later as well! Lots of big names made their way through this territory through the eighties including King Kong Bundy, Bruiser Brody, Abdullah the Butcher, Cactus Jack, Freebirds, One Man Gang and more. Plus many future stars had a run here early in their careers, most notably Shawn Michaels and the Ultimate Warrior. World Class was a major player in the eighties, but sadly due to many circumstances faded away at the turn of the decade. Let’s go to the ring. Read More »

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – January 2, 1982

After a brief break due to the holiday, Mid-Atlantic Wrestling returns. Last week we ended with Blackjack Mulligan Jr trying to break the Cobra Clutch, and just as it looked like he was going to do it the show ended. Will we see the conclusion of this hot angle? Announced for the show we have Terry Taylor and Bob Davis facing Sgt Slaughter and Pvt Nelson pus Ivan Koloff in action. Let’s go to the ring.

Bob Caudle & David Crockett welcome us to the show, which we can’t hear as the music is too loud and plays too long. They talk about the action tonight, but we didn’t hear most of that. Bob asks who contributed the most this past year, Crockett says the fans made this show number one. Crockett announces they will allow the fans to vote on who contributed the most in 1981, and thanks the fans.

1. Jay Youngblood & Jake Roberts v. Mike Miller & Chris Markoff

I guess Volkoff is gone, as Markoff has had a different partner last two weeks. Kris and Jay start out with Jay taking him down, both make the early tag and Jake easily takes down Miller. Jake with an armbar and drives a knee into the back of Miller. Jake cranks the arm, and follows with a side headlock takeover. Miller fights Jake off and stalls for a bit to slow down the momentum, but Jake powers him to the corner and tags in Youngblood. Dropkick from Youngblood followed by headlock takedown and tags in Jake who maintains the headlock on Miller. Jake slams Miller and then right back to the side headlock before tagging in Youngblood. Miller driven into the turnbuckle and back to the headlock, as this match is just dragging. Markoff tagged in and runs into the shoulderblock of Youngblood, but a knee from Kris followed by a slam gives the heels the advantage for the first time. Miller back in and stomps on Youngblood, as the crowd cheers on Youngblood, Miller sends him in and a high back body drop sends Youngblood crashing to the mat. Kris tagged in and goes to work on the arm of Youngblood, as Kris drives a knee in and crashes Jay into the turnbuckle. Jay gets a boot in and tags in Jake who unloads on Miller, quick tags from the faces and a big kneelift from Jake gets the pin.

1. Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood defeat Mike Miller & Kris Markoff

Caudle interrupted by the champion, Roddy Piper who says as champ he deserves time whenever he wants. Piper talks about everyone in Mid-Atlantic and says in 1981 he was Television Champion, United States Champion and Mid-Atlantic Champion and the most feared man in wrestling. Piper says the fans don’t have the guts to make Piper the man who contributed the most in 1981.

2. Ivan Koloff v. Ron Sexton (TV)

Ron starts fast with a dropkick and side headlock to control the Russian. Ivan misses an elbow but connects with the shoulderblock and goes for a headlock, but Ron counters to a hammerlock. Ron cranks the arm but Ivan counters with a headscissors, Ron fights free and back to the headlock. Ivan powers him up into a backbreaker, then a knee to the back of the head. Scoop and slam from Ivan, as he taunts the fans, then nails an atomic drop on Ron. Ivan works the back over, and locks on a bearhug but Ron hammers away on Ivan to break the grip. Ivan snapmares him over and drops a knee, then another from the top rope. Ron tries to hammer the midsection of Ivan, but Ivan with a front facelock takes him over. Ivan tosses Ron to the cement floor and follows with a diving forearm before tossing him back in the ring. Ivan sends Ron to the corner and slams Ron into the turnbuckle tying him upside down. The ref pulls Ron off the ropes, and Ivan sends him back then drives the knee into the back of the head from the top rope for three.

2. Ivan Koloff crushed Ron Sexton

3. Ray Stevens v. Tony Russo

Russo with a side headlock to start and shoulderblock, but Stevens with a headscissors. Stevens pounds on Russo, but Russo with an armbar and Stevens makes the ropes. Russo continues to work the arm of Stevens, which is just angering Stevens. Ray unloads on Russo in the corner then backdrops him down, Ray drops a series of knees then hits the piledriver for three.

3. Ray Stevens destroyed Tony Russo

Caudle joined by Jake Roberts who says his goal is to keep up with everyone else in Mid-Atlantic. Blackjack Mulligan Jr comes in and says he is chasing Slaughter and the United States title, and he will catch him somewhere. Ray Stevens joins Bob and says 1982 is cleanup time, as he calls out Ole Anderson. Stevens says he has one half of the tag titles, and Ole won’t run through him.

4. Blackjack Mulligan Jr v. Bill White

Blackjack quickly takes White down with a hiptoss and White comes back with a hammerlock and smacks Mulligan across the back of the head. White with a cheap shot to the jaw, Mulligan tries for a hiptoss but White locks, so Mulligan with a flying headscissors to take down White. Mulligan goes to work on the arm of White, who powers him to the corner and flips him but Mulligan maintains the grip on the arm. Suddenly Sgt Slaughter makes his way to the commentary table, which distracts Mulligan allowing White to send him into the turnbuckle. Slaughter calls out Mulligan Sr, and says he will do more then slap Jr. Mulligan slams White and drops a big knee for two. Mulligan distracted and this allows White to hammer away on Mulligan, but Mulligan comes back with a series of rights, and a back body drop. Mulligan with a nice dropkick and the flying forearm followed by the Bulldog for three.

4. Blackjack Mulligan Jr defeated Bill White

5. Sgt Slaughter & Pvt Nelson v. Terry Taylor & Bob Davis

Taylor armdrags Nelson and works the arm, tags in Davis who continues working the arm of Nelson. Taylor back in and maintains the work on the arm but Nelson tags in Slaughter who overpowers Taylor. Taylor with a series of armdrags into an armbar, Slaughter shoots him in and slams Taylor. Slaughter misses an elbow and Taylor goes after the arm, tags in Davis who continues working the arm. Slaughter sends Davis in and eats a dropkick as Davis back to the arm, tags in Taylor. Slaughter throws Taylor into the buckle and tags in Nelson who slams Taylor and drops a knee. Both men make a tag, and Davis dropkicks Slaughter but gets caught in the wrong corner, Davis fights out but then misses a dropkick. Neckbreaker from Slaughter who brings in Nelson who unloads on Davis. Quick tags from the heels as the double team Davis, Slaughter with the Cobra Clutch on Davis for the win.

5. Sgt Slaughter & Pvt Nelson defeat Terry Taylor & Bob Davis

Caudle joined by Ivan Koloff who talks about how great he is. Gene & Ole Anderson comes in and says they will take the belt back from Stevens. Ole says every time they try and do something Sandy Scott stops them, but in the ring no one will stop him. Ole says 1982 will be the year of the Andersons.

MATCH RECAP
1. Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood defeat Mike Miller & Kris Markoff
2. Ivan Koloff crushed Ron Sexton
3. Ray Stevens destroyed Tony Russo
4. Blackjack Mulligan Jr defeated Bill White
5. Sgt Slaughter & Pvt Nelson defeat Terry Taylor & Bob Davis

A good show, but the opening match really dragged down the whole show. They need to cut the length of the squash matches, as they go way too long. Would rather have double the matches at half the length. Next week Buddy Landel & Tony Anthony face the team of Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff.

WWF All Star Wrestling – January 2, 1982

It’s a new year, and lots of new stuff on the horizon. In eight weeks we say goodbye to the Northeast and the World Wrestling Federation for awhile. However this week we have the addition of World Class Championship Wrestling from Texas. Our first episode of the new year features a gigantic main event, as Intercontinental Champion Pedro Morales defends the gold against Greg Valentine. Let’s go to the ring. Read More »

WWF 1981 Year in Review

As we close out 1981, we will take a look back at all the great action we have seen this year. When we started the year all we had was WWF All Star Wrestling, but as the year continued we added in Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and Mid-South Wrestling. This brought us a large influx of new talent, like Jake Roberts, Ricky Steamboat, Junkyard Dog, Ted DiBiase and many more. We only had two shows from MSG, so lots of squash matches again this year, as was the norm in the eighties. However we did have some great matches, and some guys had fantastic years. Read More »

Mid-South Wrestling – December 26, 1981

This is the final new episode of 1981, as next week is a best of 1981 episode. I’m still recapping that since we only started a few weeks ago, they should be mostly new stuff. Last week we ended with the Sheik stalling to avoid doing the Persian Club Challenge, after Paul Ellering did fifty reps. This week Sheik has to complete the challenge and do one hundred reps. Also this week Bob Orton and Bob Roop team up in action. Let’s go to the ring. Read More »

WWF All Star Wrestling – December 26, 1981

This is the final episode of All Star for 1981, as we close out what’s been an exciting year of WWF action. Last week we had a couple good tag matches plus Ventura versus Hennig. This week Tony Atlas faces Hans Schroeder in our main event. Let’s go to the ring.

Vince and Pat welcome us to tonight’s broadcast and talk about tonight’s show. Tonight we will see Steve Travis and Greg Valentine in separate matches as well. Read More »

Mid-South Wrestling – December 19, 1981

Finishing out the week of December 19th we journey back to the Mid-South territory. Last week was our first look at Mid-South Wrestling and we had a great main event as Ted DiBiase went to a time limit draw with Paul Orndorff. It was strange to watch a show with no interviews at all, so nothing being used to hype house shows or upcoming episodes, very odd. Still a solid hour of great television, and this week Paul Ellering takes on the Iron Sheik in a test of strength plus the Louisiana Champion, Junkyard Dog defends the gold. Let’s go to the ring. Read More »

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – December 19, 1981

To Mid-Atlantic wrestling as we near the end of the year. So far Mid-Atlantic has provided some great moments in the few episodes we’ve seen, and 1982 looks to be even better. Last week Jay Youngblood challenged Sgt Slaughter to his Cobra Clutch Challenge, Slaughter then stalled until time ran out. Will Jay get his chance this week, or will Slaughter continue to avoid the challenge? Also new Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions, Ox Baker and Carl Fergie, are in action tonight. Let’s go to the ring. Read More »

WWF All Star Wrestling – December 19, 1981

With only two more episodes left for 1981, we’re closing in on the end of the year, but with the addition of Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South and soon World Class we’ll have lots of wrestling. Even though we lose the WWF shows come February and nothing WWF for over two years, at least the other territories are fantastic. Last week on All Star we started a feud between Greg Valentine and Pedro Morales over the Intercontinental Championship, plus SD Jones scored a win over Baron Mikel by countout. This week in the battle of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura faces Curt Hennig. Let’s go to the ring. Read More »