MACW @ WTBS Studio aired 1-4-86
The show opens with Magnum TA with the US title on his shoulder and a bandage on his forehead.
Magnum: Well as everybody can see, I'm still feeling the affects from Starrcade, but one thing is real clear and that is I'm still the United States Champion. Magnum TA is coming back with a vengeance and I'm ready to take on any and all comers who the NWA puts in front of me. Starrcade finished off a great year for me and there's a lot more to come in 1986.
Live in the Studio
Schiavone: Hello again everybody and welcome to another edition of Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling. With me as always is David Crockett. David, we have a great show lined up today.
Crockett: Yes we do Tony. Mid Atlantic champ, Harley Race will be in action as well as Television champ Terry Taylor, who will defend his title against Iron Mike Sharpe. And making his Mid Atlantic debut will be David Sammartino.
Schiavone: Also, we will see a true wrestling great, as Bob Backlund will be in the squared circle. Also in action will be a team already seceded in the US Tag Team tournament, Norvell Austin and Sweet Brown Sugar, the Soul Patrol. Another team in action will be the brother duo of Kelly and Nick Kiniski.
Crockett: Speaking of the US tag team tournament, we want to show the fans some footage from this past week at the Scope Arena in Norfolk and what transpired there. Let's take a look.
Footage from Scope Arena
Corporal Kirchner finishes Terry Gibbs off with a Fallaway Slam. He grabs the American Flag and marches around the ring, waving it high to the cheering crowd. As he's focused on the crowd, he's attacked from behind by Alexis Smirnoff and Baron Von Raschke (Bolshevik Revolution). They punch and stomp him down to the ground. Baron kicks away on Kirchner's leg then holds it as Smirnoff climbs up on the top turnbuckle and crashes down with a knee drop to the leg. He repeats this again. The fans are booing and throwing trash in the ring.
Back in the Studio
Crockett: Ok fans you just saw that despicable act by the Bolshevik Revolution. They were set to face off against Corporal Kirchner and Mark Youngblood in the first round of the US tag team tournament. With me now is Mark Youngblood. Mark, I know you have something to say.
Mark: That's right David. Those cowards injured my partner and put him out of action for awhile. Now they might think this bought them a bye in the first round but think again. I talked it over with Kirchner and also the NWA board of directors. They told me I can find a suitable partner for the tournament. Well, I found one and here he is, my brother Chris Youngblood.
Chris walks out and shakes his brother's hand.
Mark: We are the Renegade Warriors and not only do we have Corporal Kirchner's back but we're going to beat those two cowards and we're going all the way to the titles!
Crockett: Ok, there you have it fans, the Renegade Warriors have made their intentions known. Let's go to the ring.
Mid Atlantic Champ Harley Race vs. Tim Straw
Harley just picks apart Straw the entire match. Hanging suplex followed by a piledriver for the pin. Harley holds up his title and gives the 'Number One' sign to the camera. Harley heads over to the podium.
Schiavone: Impressive win tonight Harley.
Race: I know it was Mr. Schiavone, but let me get down to business. Ricky Martel, I told you I'm gunning for you and the world title. It's time you answered my challenge and stop ducking me. Now, as far as this here Mid Atlantic title goes, any wrestler who dares can put their name on the dotted line. But I can tell you this, there's not a man here in Mid Atlantic who can take this from me.
The fans cheer as Rocky Johnson comes out.
Johnson: I told everybody last week that I was going to make a splash here in Mid Atlantic. So I'll tell you what Harley, I'll take you up on your challenge. You just tell me where to sign buddy!
Race: Johnson, you're not in my league but if you want a shot then fine by me. I would love to give a muscle head like you a wrestling lesson.
Schiavone: Ok it looks like Harley Race has found a challenger.
Race: Trust me Mr. Schiavone, he wont be much of a challenge.
Johnson: Just keep talk'n Harley, just keep talk'n.
Soul Patrol (Norvell Austin/Sweet Brown Sugar) vs. Lou Simms and Roger Murphy
The Soul Patrol have the fans standing as they work over their opponents with a series of double hip tosses and double back body drops. Sweet Brown Sugar swings Murphy to the ropes, leapfrogs over him then nails him with a drop kick. Murphy tags in Simms. Sugar executes a beautiful flying head scissors. Austin comes in and works over Simms with body slams and knee lifts. Austin tags in Sugar, they swing off the ropes, jump up and land a double diving head butt on for the victory!
Crockett: Wow! The Soul Patrol sure look ready for the US Tag Team Tournament. Fans, as you heard last week our main event for tonight was suppose to be the Missing Link taking on Tom Brandi. We got word from an anonymous source that Tom Brandi will not be here tonight.
Paul Jones and the Missing Link come out. Link is pacing like a madman while holding the back of his head.
Jones: Well it seems that common sense got the best of one Tom Brandi. Well the Missing Link wants to unleash some pain and hurt somebody. He's scheduled for a match and he's going to get one. The powers that be have until our match time to find an opponent. I hope I made myself clear!
Crockett: I guess we'll see what happens. Well fans....
A man with feathered back blond hair and sunglasses walks out.
Crockett: Well, this is a surprise. Ladies and gentleman, Rock Riddle.
Riddle: I want everybody to shut their mouths and pay attention because Rock Riddle has something important to say. Now everybody knows that I am the number one agent in Hollywood baby. That's a bona fide fact Jack! But Rock Riddle needs more and that's why Rock Riddle is here. You see, my Agency is all about making stars and that's exactly what I intend on doing here in Mid Atlantic. I'm going to bring some much needed glitz and glamor to this dreadful area. So without further adieu, let me introduce to you, the first client of the Agency, the Doctor of Desire Tom Prichard!
Prichard comes out waving his hair.
Prichard: The Doctor is in the house baby! Take a good look people because right now in Mid Atlantic Wrestling, a star is born!
Riddle: (laughing) He tells it like it is. The Doctor will have singles gold in no time. Now, the Agency doesn't stop there, no sir. The Agency wants some tag team gold as well. So let me introduce to you, already signed in for the US tag team tournament, thanks to my high dollar lawyer, the future United States tag team champions, Ken Timbs and Art Crews, the Fabulous Blondes!
Timbs and Crews walk out in glitter robes and all smiles. They shake hands with Prichard and Riddle.
Riddle: Get ready Mid Atlantic because the Agency is here!
TV Title Match
Terry Taylor © vs. Iron Mike Sharpe
Taylor works over Sharpe in the beginning with some arm drags and arm bars. Sharpe makes a comeback and gets in some good offense. He clubs Taylor and body slams him a couple times. He misses with an elbow drop and Taylor comes alive. Taylor hits a jaw breaker then picks up Sharpe, swings him to the ropes and connects with a flying five arm smash for the 1..2..3!
Taylor holds up the TV title and smiles as the crowd cheers him on.
Schiavone: Successful title defense for the television champ, Terry Taylor. Fans please welcome my guest at this time, Bob Roop. Bob welcome back to Mid Atlantic championship wrestling.
Roop: Thank you very much Tony. Everybody here knows my credentials. One person in particular had better know my credentials and I'm talking about the so called television champ, Terry Taylor. You know, he came out here last week and gave a real emotional interview and I'm sure it brought tears to a lot of people's eyes. Not mine! He talked about how he's going to win on talent and ability. Well let me tell you something boy, I've forgotten more about wrestling then you'll ever know. It sickens me that a boy like him is walking around with a title. Well, I'm going to change things. That belt needs to be around the waist of a real wrestler. So Taylor, I'm calling you out boy. I want a match for that title, anywhere, anytime.
Roop walks off.
Schiavone: Well it didn't take Bob Roop long to make his intentions known. I'm sure Terry Taylor will have an answer for him. Fans, when we come back, Bob Backlund will be in action.
Bob Backlund vs. Larry O'Meara
Backlund puts on a wrestling clinic. He takes down O'Meara with a series of amateur moves. He also shows off his strength with some hard body slams and suplexes. Bob finishes him off with the Atomic Drop.
The Ref raises Bob's arm in victory as Bob smiles and jumps up and down. Bob then heads over to talk with David Crockett.
Crockett: Bob, it's great to have you here in Mid Atlantic. You look in phenomenal shape.
Bob: Thank you David, I appreciate that. You know, I told myself I needed a change in scenery, I needed to regroup and refocus. Well my batteries are charged and I'm ready for action.
The fans boo loud as the Iron Sheik storms out waving the Iranian Flag.
Sheik: Mr. Bob Backlund, so called All American wrestling champion. You are nothing but a weak American! You are not better than da Sheik! I will prove to everybody dat Iran are the better wrestlers! I will beat you down and put you in da camel clutch and you will beg for mercy! You are weak just like dat Corporal Kirchner.
Bob: It's one thing to insult me but do not insult this country. You want a match with me? Fine, we'll just see who the weak one is.
The Sheik moves forward.
Crockett: Hold on gentlemen, settle this in the ring.
Sheik: After I get done with this weak American, Bob Backlund, he will never be in wrestling ring again.
Backlund moves forward but officials come out to get in between them.
Nick and Kelly Kiniski vs. Steven Rooney and Bill Richards
The Kiniski brothers look sharp tonight as they work over their opponents. Kelly uses his power as Nick balances things out with some speedy offense. The finish comes when Kelly hits Richards with an inverted atomic drop, then Nick follows with a belly to back suplex for the pin!
Schiavone: Good win for the Kiniski brothers. Fans, I've been told that next week the Kiniski brothers will take on the Devil's Duo with the winning team getting the 8th and final spot in the US tag tournament. After that match we will show you the brackets of the tournament and where the first round matches will be taking place. Fans when we come back, David Sammartino makes his Mid Atlantic debut.
David Sammartino vs. Clyde Putnam
David looks good in his debut and shows off some offensive power. He hits Clyde with a delayed knee drop then follows with a twisting elbow drop. Sammartino backs up. Clyde staggers to his feet, then Sammartino finishes him off with a three point stance clothesline!
David raises his arms and smiles at the fans. He then heads over to the podium.
David is still smiling.
Crockett: It's an honor to have a second generation star here in Mid Atlantic, and I'm talking about the son of the legendary Bruno Sammartino, David.
David's smile goes away and a look of disguised comes across his face.
Sammartino: I knew it! I've had enough! You know, I came here to Mid Atlantic for a fresh start and make a name for me, David. And what's the first thing you do? You mention my father's name. My name is David Sammartino! And I'm telling you right now, do not ever mention my father's name again! Got it! I mine as well have come in here wearing a mask. No wait, on second thought, this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to do more with the Sammartino name then my father ever did. I'm going to show you David Crockett and everybody here that I'll become the true living legend.
Sammartino storms off leaving a puzzled David Crockett behind.
Schiavone: Well fans before we get to our main event I want to tell you that the NWA world tag team champions, The Andersons will be in action next week. I've also been informed to tell you that Ric Flair is currently main eventing in Japan right now. Ok well the Missing Link is pacing around the ring and Paul Jones is on his way over.
Jones: Well, the Missing Link is waiting! Trust me, an opponent better come out or there will be some big trouble. Link could take his aggression out on you Schiavone!
Schiavone: Well, I certainly hope not.
Jones: Then get somebody out here! Now!
The fans roar as Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka comes out!
Paul Jones is having a fit.
Jones: No way! Not him! I didn't mean him!
Schiavone: Hey you issued the challenge and it looks like Jimmy Snuka has accepted. Unbelievable!
Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka vs. Missing Link
The bell rings and Link ambushes Snuka. Jones disappears to the back. Link starts hitting Snuka. Snuka starts to make a comeback. They start brawling. Snuka starts to get the upper hand. He grabs Link by his head, jumps up and head butts Link. Link staggers. Snuka repeats this and Link wobbles back and through the ropes. The crowd is on fire as Jimmy flashes the 'I love you sign' to them. The crowd screams as Paul Jones leads Kamala to the ring and attacks Snuka from behind! Kamala chops Snuka down. Link gets back in the ring and starts stomping Snuka. Link body slams Snuka. Kamala backs up then comes forward and crashes down with a big splash! Kamala backs up again and crashes down with another splash! Kamala is going to do this again but Spike Huber runs in and starts pounding away on Missing Link. Huber swings him to the ropes and drop kicks him out of the ring. Jones waves his arms to Kamala. Huber is standing there with clench fists. Jones laughs it off and escorts Kamala out. Huber attends to Snuka as the show ends.