Mid-South #21 Page #2
Bill Watts’ Worst Nightmare, Evil Foreigners
They Just Never Got Over
It Happened In Mid-South
Our Special Guest Stars, Non-Regulars Who Made Shots in Mid-South
Who Were Those Masked Men?
People Who Turned On Friends
Wrestlers With The Most North American Title Reigns in the Mid-South Era
The Most Tag Team Reigns
Most TV Title Reigns
people have forgotten that Mid-South Wrestling recognized Louisiana and
Mississippi Heavyweight Titles from 1979 to early 1983. Both belts were
actually holdovers from the Tri-States era and served as secondary singles
titles before the creation of the TV Title. At the time these belts were
initially recognized, Mid-South only promoted in those two states. Mr. Olympia
held the Mississippi Title 3 times while Mike George, The Grappler and Iron
Mike Sharpe were all 2 time champs. Multiple Louisiana Champs were Junkyard
Dog with 3 reigns. Ernie Ladd and Iron Mike Sharpe held the title twice each.
The Assassin held the title twice during 1978, but that was during the
What About Arkansas, Oklahoma and Houston?
and Arkansas would not be a part of the promotion until Leroy McGuirk closed
his group in 1982. Paul Boesch increasingly booked Mid-South talent in
Houston, but in the late 1970s and early 1980s used a lot of talent from
Southwest along with big stars like Nick Bockwinkel, Dusty Rhodes, and Mil
The TV Title Medallion
than a belt, a large gold medallion represented the TV Title. It was not
uncommon for trophies or even jackets to represent a title, but as far as I
can remember, no other pro wrestling title has used a medal as the symbol of
the championship. The medal met an untimely end in early 1986 when Dick Slater
threw it into a river. He was forced to pay for the UWF TV Title belt that
replaced it, thus ending one pro wrestling’s more interesting quirks.
A Forgotten Supercard
On Labor Day 1985, Mid-South held Tulsa Wrestlefest
at, I believe, Skelly Stadium. Some clips and matches made TV, but I’ve
never seen the full results or attendance. The card has been forgotten by
history and is rarely mentioned. Does anyone have the information?
The Mouth of the South
In this case The Mouth of the South was not Jimmy Hart,
but rather comedian Jerry Clower. In the fall of 1983 Clower brought his
rustic brand of humor to Mid-South when he appeared mid ring at the Irish
McNeill Boys Club to perform a standup routine for the assembled crowd and the
On June 1, 1985 Muhammad Ali seconded The Snowman as he
retained his Mid-South TV Title against Jake Roberts. When some heels
inevitably interfered, Ali dropped them one by one with his punches. Jake was
a different matter. Roberts initially no sold Ali’s worked punches and even
danced his own version of the Ali Shuffle. This did not exactly endear Jake to
Cowboy Bill Watts.
In our next edition we’ll have another round up article with a variety of recaps of memorable feuds, matches, and angles.
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