January 29, 1975 in Raleigh, NC at
WRAL TV Studios)
Anderson Brothers were announced
on Mid-Atlantic television as
having won a tournament in
California to become the NWA World
Tag Team Champions. They defeated
Dino Bravo and Gino Brito in the
finals of the tournament.
Fictitious Tournament to establish
championship. Broadcast date
February 1, 1975.
McDaniel and Paul Jones
Coliseum, Greensboro, North
WRESTLING NOTE: Some published title
reports show Mr. Wrestling I &
II winning the World Tag Team titles
from the Andersons during this time.
This was not the case. Mr. Wrestling
I & II won and lost the Georgia
tag team titles to the Andersons.
The Andersons held both the world
tag and Georgia tag titles at the
same time during part of the year,
which has apparently created that
Blackjack Mulligan to win U.S.
Title, but Mulligan files a post
match protest challenging the title
switch with the NWA Board of
from earlier date thought to be
12/9/76. There is no known newspaper
clipping for this show which has led
to some confusion. The change may
have taken place twice, also
occurring in Norfolk on 12/9,
although the film shown on TV was
WRAL TV Studios, Raleigh, NC
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV show that aired on Saturday,
December 18, 1976, Jim Crockett, Jr.
forces Paul Jones to turn the U.S.
Title back over to Blackjack
Mulligan after NWA President Eddie
Graham in a video taped ruling
upholds Mulligan’s protest and
requires the title to be returned to
the Scope Coliseum in Norfolk,
title wins for Bobo Brazil will
indicate only those wins for the
version of the US title.
the Detroit/Sheik version of the US
title on several occasions.)
Royal defeated Gene and Ole Anderson
on 10/2/73 in Raleigh NC for the
Atlantic Coast Tag titles. On the
WRAL TV taping on 10/3, they were
presented with new Mid-Atlantic tag
belts. First title defense of new
Mid-Atlantic titles on 10/9/73 in
Raleigh vs. The Royal Kangaroos.
Best Guess is
11/26/73 Memorial Auditorium,
there is a newspaper article that
ran before the Thanksgiving card in
Charlotte (11/22/73) that reported
that Bernard and York were defending
the titles. A 2nd article said
Scott and Royal were reigning
champions. cott and Royal were still
billed as champions on 11/2, but by
11/12 it appears they are no longer
teaming regularly. Still working to
nail down this one!
winning the NWA World Tag Team
titles in January of 1975.
Gene and Ole
Anderson had just been announced as
NWA World Tag Champions on 1/29/75.
This match in Greensboro with
Mid-Atlantic Tag Champions Tiger
Conway Jr. and Paul Jones on 2/20/75
was a title vs. title match. After
winning the Mid-Atlantic Tag titles,
Gene and Ole Anderson retired the
titles. The Mid-Atlantic Tag
Team Titles were dormant until September
of 1976 when the Anderson’s
left the Mid-Atlantic area for
Georgia Championship Wrestling and
took the NWA World Tag Team Titles
with them. A tournament on
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV to determine the new Mid-Atlantic
Tag Team Champions started on
September 22, 1976 (air date Sept.
Wrestling Tim Woods & Dino
WRAL TV studios, Raleigh, NC
Bravo defeat Sgt. Jacques Goulet
& Mike "The Judge" DuBois
in finals of
the tournament that aired on
Saturday, November 6, 1976.
This is one
of those rare occasions where the
title change hands twice in
different cities on different dates.
In this case, Rufus first beat
Valentine on Tuesday 2/15 in Raleigh
for the title. Rufus then beat
Valentine again on Friday 2/18/77 in
Charleston. The Raleigh change (#1)
would have been announced at the TV
taping on Wednesday night 2/16 in
Raleigh, so when the announcement
aired on Television on Saturday
2/19/77. both "changes" would have
already happened and fans in both
cities would never know the
difference. This type thing was
rare, but did happen on several
occasions on the 1970s and 1980s.
Allan Barrie and Carroll Hall for
confirmation on these title changes.
Date and Site
reported as 4/4/77 Greenville Mem.
Aud. Greenville, SC, but a
clipping from the Spartanburg
Herald-Journal referencing the
Greenville results says Flair beat
Rufus outside of the 15 minute time
limit to win the title at the time.
Newspaper results on wrestling in
those days frequently had erroneous
information, but this clipping,
along with clippings weeks later in
April showing Rufus still TV champ,
put the widely published date of
4/4/77 in major doubt. The only
record of them meeting that we can
find is 4/17/77 in Savannah GA.
Flair was definitely TV champ by
Kriss Knights for the helpful
at WRAL Studios, Raleigh, NC.
WRAL Studios, Raleigh, NC. Air
FURTHER SUPPORTING CLIPPINGS SOON!
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Mid-Atlantic TV Title Discontinued
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Raschke announces on Mid-Atlantic
Championship Wrestling television
that aired from the WRAL studios in
Raleigh, North Carolina on March 4,
1978 (taped 3/1/78) that he will
enter a national Tournament of TV
Champions featuring other TV
champions from other NWA territories
around the nation.
Wins NWA TV
Tournament featuring TV champions
from around the NWA
Tournament - March 3-4, 1978)
tournament determined by researching
other title defenses between the two
television tapings on 3/1 and
3/8/78. The Baron defended the
Mid-Atlantic TV title against Paul
Jones in Fisherville VA on 3/2/78.
This is the only TV defense
documented between the two TV
tapings, the 2nd of which was
announced that Baron had won the TV
MID-ATLANTIC GATEWAY EXCLUSIVE
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North
announced on Mid-Atlantic
Championship Wrestling from the WRAL
studios in Raleigh, North Carolina
that aired March 11, 1978 (taped
3/8) that Baron Von Raschke had
recently won the NWA TV title
tournament. Despite the Baron's
assertions a week earlier that the
area competition for his title is
"too weak", Johnny Weaver defeated
Baron Von Raschke for the
championship within days of Baron
winning the NWA TV tournament. (The
Mid-Atlantic TV title is retired.)