Hi all, good to see you all again! Been having that itch to write again. I've been watching some Mid-South Wrestling on the network as of late, and I really wanted to give it a shot. The '80s and '90s are my jam, so I figure no matter how long this goes, it'd be in my wheelhouse for at least a bit. Going to have the first post be just a brief history of where Mid-South Wrestling is at currently with feuds and titles and then I'll post the first card. Some fun lesser known names in here that I'm not used to writing like Bob Roop, Mr. Olympia, a face Ted DiBiase, and Skandor Akbar....and then guys like Killer Karl Kox who are just out there. Anyway, going to to try and keep pumping out cards as long as it's entertaining to me and anyone that read sit. So here we go!
Current Champions: North American Title – Ted DiBiase Mid-South Tag Team Titles – The Wild Samoans (Afa/Sika) Louisiana Title – Junkyard Dog Mississippi Title – Mr. Olympia
Ted DiBiase is the current North American Champion, but two men have been on his tail since he won the title from Paul Orndorff. Orndorff and Bob Roop have formed an unlikely friendship as they have chased after DiBiase's title. Roop has even come up with a counter to DiBiase's Figure-Four Leglock and has taught Orndorff this move. By rolling onto your stomach, you reverse the pressure and the pain is reversed onto the person originally applying the hold. Orndorff is next in line for a title shot against DiBiase on the next episode of Mid-South Wrestling TV.
Ernie Ladd managed the Wild Samoans before a double cross by General Skandor Akbar. Akbar bought the contracts of the Wild Samoans out from under Ladd, and led them to the Mid-South Tag Team Titles over the Junkyard Dog and Mike George. Ladd was furious and attacked Akbar only to have a newcomer, the One Man Gang, show up and put Ladd on the shelf by injuring the Big Cat's leg. Ladd is on the verge of making a comeback. Since then, Gang has also put Dick Murdoch and Mike George on the shelf with injuries.
Junkyard Dog is a staple of Mid-South Wrestling and a man that won't back down to a fight. He is the current Louisiana Heavyweight Champion after defeating the Great Kabuki several months back.
Mr. Olympia joined the Junkyard Dog in his battles against Skandor Akbar. In the process of doing so, he also won the Mississippi Heavyweight Championship from Bob Orton Jr.
A couple months ago, Andre the Giant made an appearance to help the Junkyard Dog and Mike George do battle with the Wild Samoans and Ernie Ladd. Also making an appearance a month or so ago was Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes was supposed to be a co-host for that night's television taping, but Bob Roop and Paul Orndorff were able to bait him away from the booth which is a suspendable offense on Rhodes' part. Orndorff and Roop left Rhodes laying after a vicious attack, and Rhodes has yet to reappear in Mid-South.
Andre the Giant is also known to occasionally make a stop in Mid-South, the last time being a couple of months ago.
Ric Flair is currently the NWA Heavyweight Champion. Mid-South is no longer part of the National Wrestling Alliance, but remains loosely tied to the organization.
Mid-South Wrestling Television Recap 3/20/1982 Your hosts: Boyd Pierce/Jim Ross
The show began with Boyd Pierce introducing newcomer to announcing duties, Jim Ross. Boyd ran down Ross' credentials including that he has refereed many matches in the area, hosted rodeo shows on ESPN, and he is an Oklahoma Sooner graduate. Jim Ross talked about from his experience of watching Mid-South on TV on a weekly basis, he has never seen such amazing talent and he was extremely grateful to be able to sit next to Boyd Pierce for this week's action.
It didn't take long for Bob Roop to show his face as he walked over to the commentator's table and let them know that he didn't think Paul Orndorff would be showing up in the building today for his North American Title shot against Ted DiBiase. Roop explained that his dear friend Orndorff had suffered a humiliating defeat to DiBiase inside a steel cage just a couple of days prior in Baton Rouge, and Orndorff had called him to say he couldn't show his face tonight on TV for his title shot. Roop offered to take Orndorff's spot against DiBiase tonight and pleaded with Boyd Pierce to make it happen, but Pierce reiterated, as he often does, that he doesn't make the matches and Roop would have to talk to Grizzly Smith. Roop vowed to do just that and that he would make Orndorff proud by defeating DiBiase tonight for the title. As he was walking away, Jim Ross questioned Boyd about the fact that Bob Roop also has a scheduled match against Killer Karl Kox tonight.
Footage aired of the attack “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd suffered at the hands of the Wild Samoans, Skandor Akbar, and newcomer One Man Gang. Gang finished off the attack by leaping off the top rope with a splash onto Ladd's knee that was draped over the bottom rope. Ladd recently underwent surgery to repair his damaged knee and clips were shown of the operation. Another clip was shown of a recent interview with Ladd that the promised he would be back and he was digging into the past to try and find someone to help him with Skandor Akbar's group of hooligans, two of which (Afa and Sika) Ladd had previously managed.
One Man Gang pinned Buddy Landell with the 747 Splash in 0:03:10. Rating: *
Skandor Akbar debuted his new charge, a man he refers to as his own One Man Gang. There aren't many men that will be able to match size and power with Gang. Landell was game to try and give Gang a challenge, but once Gang got his grasp on his Landell, this match was over fairly quickly. A front suplex led to a huge splash off the ropes that Akbar calls the 747. Landell was rolling in pain after the match as Akbar lifted his man's arm in the air in victory.
Boyd Pierce said that Ernie Ladd wasn't the only one that One Man Gang had recently put out of action and sent it to a clip of Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch facing the Wild Samoans in a no DQ match for the Tag Team Titles at a recent Mid-South show. Gang interfered in the match and splashed Murdoch off the top rope leading to Murdoch being pinned by Afa. Murdoch needed treatment for broken ribs after the match.
Killer Karl Kox pinned Bob Roop with the Brain Buster in 0:05:20. Rating: DUD
Before the match could begin, Bob Roop complained to ring announcer Reisor Bowden that he shouldn't be having this match as he should be preparing to face Ted DiBiase. Roop once again promised that Paul Orndorff wouldn't be there tonight. Roop's attention wasn't on Killer Karl Kox, the unorthodox former Marine, who had entered the ring for their match. Kox whipped him around and leveled him with several big right hands. Roop tried to recover several times throughout the match, but his mind wasn't on this match and it showed. Roop missed a diving elbow off the second rope which allowed Kox to plant him with the deadly Brain Buster he has perfected and even taught to Dick Murdoch.
Killer Karl Kox grabbed his entrenching tool (mini-shovel) he carries to the ring and cleared the ring of a woozy Bob Roop after the match.
Non-Title Match: The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeated Jesse Barr and Terry Gibbs when Sika pinned Gibbs with the Samoan Drop in 0:04:01. Rating: 1/2*
General Skandor Akbar's Tag Team Champions have been on a rampage as of late. They have helped the One Man Gang put the likes of Dick Murdoch and Ernie Ladd (their former manager) on the shelf. They had their hands slightly full with Jesse Barr, but when Terry Gibbs tagged in, they quickly double teamed him and Sika ended the match with the Samoan Drop.
Before our next match, Boyd Pierce said that Bob Roop was right and Paul Orndorff hadn't shown up for his North American Title match against the champion, Ted DiBiase. Grizzly Smith had begrudgingly accepted Roop's offer to fill in so that Mid-South would be able to come through with their promise of airing a North American Title match tonight on television.
Bob Roop made Ted DiBiase pass out with a figure-four leglock in 0:07:20. Rating: ** (Bob Roop won the North American Title.)
We saw a travesty here in the squared circle tonight as Bob Roop stole the North American Title from Ted DiBiase. Roop struggled to compete early on as he was clearly still feeling the effects of his match with Killer Karl Kox, but all he had to do was hang on long enough to put his plan into place. When DiBiase was about to lock on the Figure-Four Leglock, Roop kicked him off and caused DiBiase to collide with the referee. DiBiase went to check on the referee and didn't see the One Man Gang entering the ring!
Gang smashed DiBiase with several double axehandles to the back before slamming him onto the mat. Gang pulled DiBiase over to the corner and stepped through the ropes. From the outside, Gang rammed DiBiase's knee into the ringpost several times. DiBiase was screaming in pain as Gang used all his size and strength to crash DiBiase's knee into the post over and over. Eventually General Skandor Akbar came out and pulled Gang to the back as DiBiase held his knee in obvious pain. Roop recovered long enough to apply his own figure-four leglock just as the referee was recovering. DiBiase tried to hold on, but he could only withstand it for so long before he actually passed out from the pain. And just like that, Bob Roop was crowned the new North American Champion!
Junkyard Dog and Mr. Olympia defeated Tully Blanchard and Mike Boyer when JYD pinned Boyer with the Thump Powerslam. Rating: *
Tully Blanchard had his debut match in Mid-South Wrestling tonight. He had been competing in the southwest regions of Texas, but has come up to try his hand here. What works down there, didn't work up here as he tried to cheapshot Junkyard Dog several times, but it only made JYD angry. It led to Blanchard being chased from the ring and leaving Mike Boyer alone to deal with both the Louisiana Heavyweight Champion and the Mississippi Heavyweight Champion. Boyer got planted with the Thump Powerslam, and Blanchard had to watch on from the ring floor as his team lost the fall.
As Boyd Pierce was thanking Jim Ross for his presence on tonight's show and was attempting to bring it to a close, Paul Orndorff stormed the set! Orndorff wasn't in his wrestling gear and appeared to be out of breath. Orndorff said he had just run nearly three miles from where he was staying to get to the arena for his scheduled North American Title match against Ted DiBiase only to find out that Roop had taken his place and won the title!
Pierce wanted to know why Orndorff would miss this amazing opportunity against Dibiase to which Orndorff revealed that his car wouldn't start when he went to leave today. He admitted to being no mechanic, but he found it odd when he opened the hood to his car, there were several wires missing that connected his battery. When he got here today, he was told that Roop had won the title, and he went to congratulate his best friend despite being upset. When he went to Roop's locker, Roop was nowhere to be found, but he did find a battery wire in a trashcan right by Roop's locker! Orndorff didn't want to think it possible, but the evidence is too much to ignore! Orndorff exclaimed that Bob Roop had screwed him out of his title shot! Boyd Pierce cut Orndorff off as he didn't want to let speculation run rampant without proof, but Jim Ross had to admit it didn't look good for Roop and Orndorff's friendship!
Mid-South Wrestling Round-Up:
This was one of the more eventful episodes of Mid-South Wrestling we've seen as not only did Bob Roop win the North American Title from Ted DiBiase, it appears he sabotaged Paul Orndorff to get that title opportunity. Ted DiBiase is also irate with what happened, but due to the attack he suffered at the hands of Skandor Akbar's One Man Gang, he'll be on the shelf for awhile.
Paul Orndorff promised he has more information to reveal next week on Mid-South Wrestling television about what he think happened.
A new North American Champion would normally take time to revel in his victory in the back, but Roop was nowhere to be seen. Newcomer Tully Blanchard said that he saw him for a brief moment, but Roop simply shook his hand and then jumped in a nearby taxi. He obviously didn't want to be there when Orndorff arrived at the arena.
Speaking of One Man Gang, it appears Skandor Akbar is loaning out his services to the highest bidder. That's the only explanation we have as to why Gang would interfere and cost DiBiase the North American Title.
Skandor Akbar better keep his giant nearby though as we saw a taped segment tonight of “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd promising to return to Mid-South and he'd be bringing an ally with him to get revenge on the Wild Samoans, One Man Gang, and specifically General Akbar.
Junkyard Dog and Mr. Olympia, the Louisiana and Mississippi Heavyweight Champions respectively, better be on their toes. Now that DiBiase has lost the North American Title, you just know Akbar and others will be setting their sights on those titles next.
Killer Karl Kox is still running wild here in Mid-South, and it's always good to see him around!
A special thank you goes out to Jim Ross for co-hosting with Boyd Pierce tonight, and there is talk already about having him back as a normal contributor.
Before my time as well, but I couldn't believe how captivated I was while watching it. Plus it's fun to see some of the guys come in as rookies. I'll probably have a post with some pictures of the lesser known guys later.
Mid-South Wrestling Television Recap 3/27/1982 Your hosts: Boyd Pierce/Jim Ross
Boyd Pierce welcomed us to another edition of Mid-South Wrestling. Seated alongside him was new co-host Jim Ross. Boyd ran down some of the upcoming card, but had to mention last week's excitement where we saw a new North American Champion as Bob Roop defeated Ted DiBiase. Ross wanted to mention that not only was DiBiase sorely angry about what transpired, but so was the main in the ring, Bob Roop's former best friend, Paul Orndorff.
Paul Orndorff pinned Cocoa Samoa after a powerslam in 0:05:20. Rating: *
Paul Orndorff's frustration over what happened last week led to him being as vicious as ever in his match with Cocoa Samoa. Samoa tried to keep the match a more technical affair, but Orndorff kept turning it into a brawl. Orndorff caught Cocoa coming off the ropes with a powerslam to earn a hard fought victory.
Reisor Bowden joined Paul Orndorff in the ring directly after the match. Bowden let Orndorff vent over his lost opportunity last week, and there was only one man Orndorff blamed and it was the new North American Champion, Bob Roop. Orndorff revealed that he and Roop had come up with a master plan to hire Skandor Akbar and One Man Gang to for an insurance policy last week, and the plan worked out perfectly. The only problem was that it was supposed to be Orndorff that won the gold and not Roop! Orndorff told Roop to be looking over his shoulder because no one gets one over on him and gets away with it.
Iron Mike Sharpe made Mike Boyer submit to the Canadian Backbreaker in 0:03:02. Rating: *
Iron Mike Sharpe continues to show off his amazing power and athletic ability as he finished off Mike Boyer rather quickly with the Canadian Backbreaker. He has also picked up a little bit of a fan following as most of the fans in the audience were cheering on the brute.
Killer Karl Kox defeated Bob Roop via countout in 0:04:45. Rating: DUD (Bob Roop retained the North American Title.)
Bob Roop was forced to defend his newly won North American Title tonight against Killer Karl Kox, a man he lost to last week right before he defeated Ted DiBiase for the title. The match looked very similar to the last one as Kox pounded on Roop from one corner to the other. Just when it looked like Roop might be able to mount some sort of comeback as he cheapshotted Kox in the throat, out came Paul Orndorff! Paul Orndorff stormed the ring and chased Roop from one side of the ring to the other. He got in a few licks, butt not enough to keep him subdued as Roop hopped over the top rope and hauled it to the back. Orndorff was right behind him as he chased him all the way to the locker rooms. The referee had no choice but to count Roop out and award the match (but not the title) to Killer Karl Kox.
One Man Gang pinned Terry Gibbs with the 747 Splash in 0:02:45. Rating: 1/2*
After last week's attack on Ted DiBiase, fans were wanting General Skandor Akbar's head on a pike. Unfortunately for them, to get any kind of revenge on Akbar, you'd have to go through the One Man Gang. Gang is a monster of a man the like we have rarely seen. Terry Gibbs gave it his best shot on moving the man with some dropkicks early on, but Gang never left his feet in this match until he dropped all 450 pounds of himself on Gibbs with the 747 Splash.
Mr. Olympia made Tully Blanchard submit to the Sleeperhold in 0:06:20. Rating: ** (Mr. Olympia retained the Mississippi Heavyweight Title.)
Tully Blanchard made his Mid-South debut last week and has hardly endeared himself with the fans. He uses a few too many underhanded tactics. Case in point, trying to go after Olympia's eyes several times to try and gain an advantage and perhaps win the Mississippi Heavyweight Title. Olympia is a veteran, however, who was able to withstand Tully's offense. Tully grew frustrated and charged into the corner, but Olympia moved out of the way. Blancahrd smashed in the buckles chest first and staggered right back into the Sleeperhold that has put many men down. Blanchard was no different. After the match, the referee insisted Olympia wake Blanchard up to prevent any long term effects. Olympia didn't exactly seem happy about it, but eventually delivered a hard slap to Blanchard's back to wake him.
“The Big Cat” Ernie Ladd joined Reisor Bowden in the ring. This was the first time we'd seen Ladd inside the ring since his injury he suffered at the hands of Skandor Akbar, the Wild Samoans, and the One Man Gang. Ladd leg looked fine as he told Bowden he was back for only one reason and that was to get revenge on Akbar. This brought out Akbar along with the Mid-South Tag Team Champions, the Wild Samoans. Akbar told Ladd he was a business man and saw an opportunity to buy the contracts of the Samoans, that's all this was about. It wasn't his fault Ladd took it personally, it was Ladd's fault!
Akbar thought Ladd was putting his career in jeopardy by coming back to Mid-South. Akbar was in control of three of the meanest and most vicious men in wrestling today, and Akbar didn't think Ladd had one single friend left in the business. Afa and Sika started to surround Ladd which sent the crowd into an uproar. Ladd tried to square up, but at Akbar's command the Wild Samoans attacked. Ladd tried to fight them off, but the two-on-one was too much for the big man. Out of nowhere a masked man slid into the ring and started peppering Afa with right hands! Ladd quickly cleared the ring of Sika and Akbar got out of the ring in a hurry. Akbar grouped with his men on the outside and headed to the back as the masked man stood shoulder to shoulder with Ernie Ladd. It took a second to recognize him, but when the fans did they almost didn't know how to react to the famed rule breaker.
It was the Assassin!
Jesse Barr battled Rick Ferrera to a draw in 0:03:45. Rating: DUD
Jim Ross and Boyd Pierce spent most of the standby match discussing the surprising development of the Assassin returning to Mid-South Wrestling at the side of Ernie Ladd. Ernie Ladd and the Assassin are former tag team champions, and Ross thought it had to throw a wrench into Akbar's plans to rid Mid-South of Ernie Ladd. The match itself was a solid back and forth wrestling match between the two men, but neither Barr or Ferrera could get the upper hand. The television time limit expired before either man could get their hand raised.
Mid-South Wrestling Round-Up:
The region is abuzz with the return of the Assassin to Mid-South Wrestling. He's not someone that is loved by the fans due to all of his dastardly deeds in the past, but it is just the type of guy Ernie Ladd would need on his side to square off against the likes of Skandor Akbar, One Man Gang, and the Wild Samoans.
Ted DiBiase is still recovering from the brutal attack at the hands of the One Man Gang last week. Word is he will be returning, but there's no specific date being discussed.
Bob Roop was able to escape tonight with his North American Title but just barely. Killer Karl Kox looked to not only avenge DiBiase's injury, but also win himself the most prized championship in the area. Paul Orndorff couldn't hold in his temper though and interfered in the match causing a countout. At some point, Roop is going to have to stand his ground and deal with the man he stabbed in the back, Paul Orndorff.
Orndorff earlier in the night made it clear that he had paid off Akbar and Gang to get an advantage in his title match against DiBiase, but it was Roop who actually benefited. Orndorff has told numerous people that he wants that North American Title more than anything, and the fact that Roop stole that chance away is gnawing away at him.
Mr. Olympia continues to look good in singles wrestling as he defended the Mississippi Heavyweight Title against Tully Blanchard. Blanchard has a bright future ahead of him, but it's a shame he relies so much on dirty tactics to get ahead.
Mid-South Wrestling Television Recap 4/3/1982 Your hosts: Boyd Pierce/Bill Watts
Boyd Pierce was happy to introduce “Cowboy” Bill Watts back to the commentary table where they recapped what has happened over the last two weeks. Watts said he saw that Bob Roop had won the North American Title from Ted DiBiase, and he was surprised as he thought DiBiase would hold onto that title for as long as he remained in Mid-South. But there were two men to blame for DiBiase being dethroned, and that was Bob Roop and Skandor Akbar. He was hoping Ted DiBiase would recover quickly from the knee injury suffered at the hands of the One Man Gang, and come back to reclaim his title.
Paul Orndorff, the man who had his title shot stolen from him, interrupted the two men at the table. He told Bill Watts he was sorely mistaken if he thought Ted DiBiase was going to come back and win the North American Title. Orndorff said no one was taking that title off of Roop except him. He once again told Roop to watch his back because he was coming for him!
Iron Mike Sharpe pinned Ron Cheatham after a kneedrop in 0:03:44. Rating: 1/2*
Ron Cheatham isn't a small guy, weighing in at over 280 pounds, but he ran into one of the stronger men in wrestling tonight. Iron Mike Sharpe was able to bully him around the ring before planting him with a huge bodyslam. A kneedrop across the brow knocked Cheatham loopy long enough for Sharpe to get the three count. Canada's Greatest Athlete racks up another victory and the fans are still solidly behind the rather gruff man.
Non-Title Match: The Wild Samoans fought Ernie Ladd and The Assassin to a no-contest in 0:02:45. Rating: 1/2*
It didn't take long for the Assassin to show his true colors. Just one week after he had saved Ernie Ladd from an attack at the hands of the Wild Samoans, he decided that money was more important. Ladd was finally getting his revenge on his former charges, Afa and Sika, as he cleared the ring of them several times before finally deciding to tag in the Assassin. The Assassin entered the ring and promptly dropped “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd with a headbutt! The crowd couldn't believe it as the Samoans swarmed over Ladd and started putting the boots to him.
“General” Skandor Akbar was all smiles as he entered the ring and handed over a huge wad of cash to the Assassin. As referees tried to restore order in the ring and get the Samoans off of Ladd, the Assassin bullied the microphone away from Reisor Bowden. The Assassin announced that nothing matters to him anymore except the money, and Akbar had more of it than Ladd could ever even imagine. Assassin told Ladd no hard feelings, but business was business and Akbar can simply pay him better. Assassin left the ring with Akbar as the referees continued to pull Afa and Sika off of Ladd.
Junkyard Dog pinned Wayne Ferris with the Thump Powerslam in 0:04:40. Rating: * (Junkyard Dog retained the Louisiana Heavyweight Title.)
It is no secret that Skandor Akbar wants to run off anyone that would challenge him in Mid-South. Two men who definitely won't put up with his underhanded deeds are the Junkyard Dog and Mr. Olympia. They each hold prestigious titles here in Mid-South, and Akbar would love to add their gold to his stable. Thankfully, the Junkyard Dog and Mr. Olympia have become fast friends and continue to watch out for one another.
Mr. Olympia joined the Dog at ringside of his title defense here tonight, and it's a good thing he did because you just know Akbar was in the back waiting to send his One Man Gang out here to try and assault the fan favorite Lousiana Heavyweight Champion. Junkyard Dog had his hands full with newcomer Wayne Ferris, but Ferris started getting a little full of himself a couple of minutes in as he had JYD on the ropes. As Ferris gloated to the crowd, that was the only opening the Dog needed to take back control and quickly finish the match with the Thump Powerslam.
After the match, Reisor Bowden joined the Junkyard Dog and Mr. Olympia in the ring to discuss Skandor Akbar's attempts to rid Mid-South of the likes of JYD, Mr. Olympia, Ted DiBiase, and others. JYD said he saw what had just happened to Ernie Ladd and that it's a rough in the wrestling business when you can't even trust the people you hire. Ladd couldn't even trust the Assassin despite paying him. That's why it was nice to know he had Mr. Olympia watching his back because their relationship had nothing to do with money, it was a friendship they had. And they'd continue to watch each other's backs! Mr. Olympia said not only that, but they might be aiming for the Wild Samoans and their tag team title belts!
Killer Karl Kox pinned Bob Sweetan with the Brain Buster in 0:05:55. Rating: DUD
Two grizzled old veterans collided here. Killer Karl Kox has been on a roll as of late, pinning Bob Roop two weeks ago and then beating Roop via countout last week. His momentum didn't stop tonight as he was able to get “Bruiser” Bob Sweetan up for the Brain Buster and another impresive win. After the match, Kox shook some hands with the fans at ringside. Bill Watts announced on commentary that Kox will be granted another shot at Roop's North American Title next week. You can bet Ted DiBiase and Paul Orndorff will be watching that match very closely.
Cocoa Samoa pinned Mike Boyer with the Cocoa Headbutt in 0:02:15. Rating: 1/4*
Bill Watts let it be known that Cocoa Samoa has expressed he isn't happy with how the Wild Samoans have disparaged the Samoan people by doing the bidding of Skandor Akbar. His competitive spirit shown here tonight is something the Samoa can be proud of as he wrestled Mike Boyer cleanly and finished him off with his big headbutt off the second rope.
Boyd Pierce thanked Watts for being on today's show, and mentioned that next week we would be seeing a North American Title defense as Bob Roop would defend against Killer Karl Kox. Watts said he wouldn't be surprised if Kox got his hand raised right here next week on Mid-South television.
Mid-South Wrestling Round-Up:
What an awful week for “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd. He comes back from the brutal injury he suffered at the hands of Skandor Akbar, the One Man Gang, and the Wild Samoans and is then turned on by his new tag team partner, the Assassin. The Assassin made it clear that his friendship to Ladd was solely based on money and that Akbar can pay him more. This leaves Ladd all alone to deal with Akbar and his stable full of ruffians. Hopefully Ladd can convince someone to help him out, but it's due to his own past deeds that so many men are reluctant to help him.
That isn't the case with the Junkyard Dog and Mr. Olympia. They have formed quite the friendship. Now the Louisiana and Mississippi Heavyweight Champions are looking towards the Tag Team Championship currently held by the Wild Samoans. Akbar would love nothing more than to run JYD and and Mr. Olympia out of Mid-South Wrestling, but they are watching each other's backs.
Next week Bob Roop will be forced to defend his North American Title against Killer Karl Kox. Kox has had Roop's number several times. Will this be the time that Kox finally wins the big one and the title? Paul Orndorff and Ted DiBiase will definitely be watching and possibly in the arena. If so, Roop better be on his toes.