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Great Birmingham show, loved both of the last two matches. The Armstrong are gonna have to pick it up against the..um fire guys? It's nice to see the Shadow Riders still getting their push.

The Shadow Riders are a tricky one for me, I liked how Kris booked them, but I have nothing for them at the moment. So that's why their be on my B loop until I find something for them. And as I like my trios (Armstrongs, Studds, Heavenly Bodies, Fire Gang?) I might have to put them with Dutch when he returns.

 

Loved the match ups! Reminds me of when I was a kid and I think this is why so many of us are involved. The territory system and especially Southern Wrestling was all about brawls and surprises. I get wait to find out who the tall man in the dark jacket was. Loved seeing Rich come back from the sneak attack!

It probably isn't the person you think it may be...

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PROUD MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN WRESTLING ASSOCIATION

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SOUTHEASTERN CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING TV

Saturday 22nd October 1983

Taped in front of a live studio audience at the WTBS Television Studio in Atlanta, GA

Hosted by Charlie Platt and Gordon Solie

The credits roll and we join Gordon Solie and Charlie Platt for another week of exciting wrestling action. Gordon Solie runs through the card this evening, we have National Heavyweight Champion Buzz Sawyer in action, Ricky Gibson and Tim Horner will be in tag action, Johnny Rich continues his quest up the card to get another shot at Jimmy Golden, the Armstrong Brothers will be here and todays main event see’s Southeastern Television Champion Charlie Cook defending his title against Jimmy Golden and much, much more.

 

Johnny Rich joins Gordon and Charlie. He says that more focused than he has ever been to get one last match with Jimmy Golden so he can settle the score. He knows Golden has a TV Title match tonight and he has faith in Charlie Cook getting the job done. But for tonight he continues on his march towards retribution. Johnny Rich makes his way to the ring to faces of with Tony Falk. Johnny who is clearly a few levels above Falk, and defeats him in 4 minutes with a Running Power Slam and the pin.

=== Advert ===

We are back with Gordon and Charlie as they welcome former Southeastern Tag Team Champions Ricky Gibson and Tim Horner, they say that this past Monday they were cheated out of regaining the Tag Team Titles when a mystery man came to the ring and hit Gibson with a side walk slam and place a lifeless Jim Cornette on top of him for the win. They have spoken with Stanley Blackburn and he has agreed with them to one last title match but this time to be held inside a 15 foot high steel cage to keep anyone and everyone out of the ring. They go on to say that Stanley Blackburn agreed the match it comes with a catch, if Gibson and Horner fail to defeat the Heavenly Bodies then they will be forced to part as a tag team but it’s a risk their willing to take to regain the titles. Tonight they face of with Bill Howard and Norman Frederick Charles III, they make light work of the team and get the victory after a double dropkick to Howard and cover him for the victory in 5 minutes.

 

=== Advert ===

 

National Heavyweight Champion Buzz Sawyer joins Gordon Solie and Charlie Platt, Gordon goes over what happen last week in Birmingham where Buzz refused to have a tag team partner in his in his match tag team match with the Studd Stable, and says this week he defends his National Heavyweight Title against Robert Fuller. Buzz promises that he won’t only beat Robert Fuller but he will put him out of action. Tonight though he has the match against Josh Stroud where he makes quick work of him, defeating him in 2 minutes with a Running Power Slam. After the bell rings the Studd Stable storm the ring and begin to beat down Buzz Sawyer. Sawyer puts a fight to give the fans some hope, but the 3-on-1 is too much for the champion as the Studd Stable take control. Much like a few weeks ago the fans are calling for “Wildfire” Tommy Rich to come and help him but there’s nothing. The locker room empties with Gene Ligon, Marty Jannetty, Ted and Jerry Oates, Tony Falk, Tommy Wright, Rick McCord and Ron Ritchie come to the ring to break up the Studd Stable from there brutal beat down of Buzz Sawyer.

 

=== Run down of this week’s action coming to Alabama and Georgia ===

 

Southeastern Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton and Tom Pritchard, The Heavenly Bodies along with their manager Jim Cornette and the mystery man join Gordon Solie and Charlie Platt. Jim Cornette starts of by celebrating his victory in the Southeastern Tag Team Title match on Monday in Birmingham. Gordon challenges Cornette to who this man is that is accompanying him and his team. Cornette goes on to say this is the Heavenly Bodies insurance policy, and his name is Big Bubba Lynch and he’s here to make sure nothing funny happens. Cornette goes on to talk about this week’s big cage match in Birmingham, where the Heavenly Bodies will put to bed this issue with Gibson and Horner. Jim Cornette moves onto address the National Tag Team Titles, he says he knows the Fabulous Ones cheated their way to winning the titles last week in Texas, but Stanley Blackburn has signed a massive National Tag Team Title match for next Monday night in Birmingham, the winners of this week’s cage match will go on to face the Fabulous Ones next Monday night for the National Tag Team Titles. As for tonight the Heavenly Bodies defeat Marty Jannetty and Gene Ligon in 5 minute in what can only be described as exhibition as Ligon and Jannetty got very little offence in on the champions. The match ends when Pritchard hits a Top Rope Elbow drop on Ligon and covers him for the win at 5 minutes.

 

=== Advert ===

“Wildfire” Tommy Rich comes to the ring as he faces off with Jerry Bryant. Tommy who has been having his issues with the Fullers for a while is scheduled to face off with Jimmy Golden this Monday in his quest towards the National Title. This evening he dominates Jerry Bryant in 6 minutes and finishes him off with a Thesz Press and covers him for the 3 count. After the match he makes his way to the announcer’s desk where he says this Monday continues his quest to get a rematch with Robert Fuller and then move onto the National Heavyweight Title, he says that if he can’t win the National Heavyweight Title by the end of the year then he will leave Southeastern Championship Wrestling forever.

 

=== Run down of this week’s action coming to Alabama and Georgia ===

We return with Brad Armstrong making his way to the ring with his brother Scott Armstrong to face off with Tommy Wright, but before he can get to the ring both men are jumped by The Flame, Fire and Torch, they beat down the Armstrong’s. This is clearly a way to send a message to Brad and Scott father who The Flame threw a fire ball at a few weeks back putting him out of action. The Flame will face off with “Bullet” Bob next week in Birmingham when Fire and Torch will be handcuffed to Brad and Scott, but they are trying their hardest to take Brad and Scott out before the big Southeastern Heavyweight Title match next week. Flame, Fire and Torch leave the Armstrong brothers motionless on the studio floor.

=== Advert ===

This week’s main event see’s Charlie Cook defend his Television Championship against Jimmy Golden. This match has a 10 minutes time limit. The match starts with a fast pace and Jimmy Golden clearly trying to get an early victory, but Cook is a bit tougher than to get pinned in 2 minutes. The match goes about 7 minutes when Cook is pushed into the referee, who gets knocked down by it. Golden hits a low kick to Cook and calls someone from the back, Robert Fuller comes to ring and climbs up onto the second rope and Golden and Fuller hit a deadly Spike Piledriver on Cook, Fuller goes to wake the referee up as Golden covers Cook. The referee rolls over and makes the 3 count at 9 minutes and Jimmy Golden is the new Southeastern Television Champion. Ron Fuller comes to the ring to celebrate with Robert and Golden. From the back Buzz Sawyer storms the ring swinging a folding chair as he cuts the The Studd Stables celebrations short, and chases them to the back.

=== Show Ends ===

Quick Results

 

1. Johnny Rich defeats Tony Falk in 4 minutes.

2. Ricky Gibson and Tim Horner defeat Bill Howard and Norman Frederick Charles III in 5 minutes with a Double Drop Kick.

3. Buzz Sawyer defeats Josh Stroud in 2 minutes. Following the match, The Studd Stable attacked Buzz Sawyer.

4. The Heavenly Bodies with Jim Cornette and Big Bubba Lynch defeat Marty Jannetty and Gene Ligon in 5 minutes.

5. Tommy Rich defeats Jerry Bryant in 6 minutes following the Thesz Press.

6. Jimmy Golden defeats Charlie Cook for the Southeastern Television Title in 9 minutes following a Spike Piledriver.

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Monday 24th October 1983

Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, AL

Bell Time 7:30pm

1. Fire and Torch defeat Brad and Scott Armstrong in 12 minutes when the Flame came to the ring and distracted Brad who was about to hit a Russian Leg Sweep on Fire, which would of no doubt been enough to get the win. After the match The Flame got involved in a 3-on-2 bet down of the Armstrong brothers, Only for Charlie Cook to come to the aid of the Armstrong's as he helped turn the table and fight off the trio of Flame, Fire and Torch.
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2. Johnny Rich continues his march towards getting one more match with Jimmy Golden, by defeating Tommy Wright in 7 minutes with a Flying Cross Body and then covers Wright for the win. Rich who has been told by the new Television Champion he must start from the bottom if he wants a rematch with him.
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3. The Flame defeats Charlie Cook in 10 minutes with Big Samoan Drop. Charlie Cook put up a spirited performance but the The Flame was just too much for Cook. The Flame now moves on to facing off with "Bullet" Bob Armstrong next week for the Southeastern Heavyweight Title.
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4. "WIldfire" Tommy Rich defeats Southeastern Television Champion Jimmy Golden in a non title match in 16 minutes when he hit a Thesz Press to defeat the newly crowned Television Champion. This match was an all out brawl which could of gone either way but in the end it was Rich who came out on top.
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5. In a Steel Cage Match for the Southeastern Tag Team Titles, The Heavenly Bodies (Bobby Eaton & Tom Pritchard) with Jim Cornette and Big Bubba Lynch defeat Ricky Gibson and Tim Horner in 23 minutes in a bloody brawl where both teams gave it their all. The end came when Bobby Eaton came of the top of the cage with an Alabama Jam onto Gibson and covers him for the pin. Although the Heavenly Bodies won the contest neither team looked like winners at the end, Big Bubba Lynch had to carry the champions to the back.
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6. Robert Fuller defeats Buzz Sawyer for the National Heavyweight Title in a bloody brawl that went all around the arena. The end came when Robert Fuller slapped on the Fuller Leg Lock and Buzz Sawyer passed out and the referee counted him out to ten. Fuller had been targeting the knee throughout the match and finally it paid off. Ron Fuller and Jimmy Golden came to the ring to celebrate Robert winning the National Heavyweight Title, while the fans chanted for Tommy Rich.

The B Crew also held a show this evening, results below.


Rockdale County High School, Conyers, GA

Bell Time 8pm

1. Marty Jannetty defeats Gene Ligon in 7 minutes with a Top Rope Fist Drop.
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2. Tommy Wright defeats Josh Stroud in 5 minutes when Wright rammed Stroud head into the ring post on the outside and Stroud couldnt return for the 10 count.
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3. Ron Ritchie and Ric McCord defeat the Masked Medic's in 8 minutes with Ron Ritchie hits a Corner Slingslot Splash on Medic #2.
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4. The Shadow Riders (Bobby Jaggers & Johnny Mantell) defeat Jerry and Ted Oates in 14 minutes when Bobby Jaggers submitted Ted Oates with the Hangmans Clutch.
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5. The Latin Lovers (Javier Cruz & Vinnie Valentino) defeat the Nightmares (Danny Davis & Ken Wayne) via pinful in 17 minutes when Valentino reversed a Small Package from Davis to get the 3 count.

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A different show than I tuned in to a couple of weeks ago and perhaps for the better with what you have already built up Southeastern to be. I like the idea of a Steel Cage match to keep people in and then turn around to have a bloody all out brawl but I would probably side with Rain on the idea that the cage is a main event gimmick and could have really sold the Fuller/Sawyer match more happening after it. You would have to utilize how the announcers would put over if a cage could even hold these two guys when watching the action of the tag team match unfold. On the flip side, you need to put over your major singles title, which you did in the main event, so it is all by choice. Running the two shows isn't taking too much away from you and with Marty Jannetty getting the build from the B Show, we can only wait to see if he will find a partner or find a niche to be successful on the A show.

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The B Crew also held a show this evening, results below.

 

Rockdale County High School, Conyers, GA

Bell Time 8pm

5. The Latin Lovers (Javier Cruz & Vinnie Valentino) defeat the Nightmares (Danny Davis & Ken Wayne) via DQ in 17 minutes when Valentino reversed a Small Package from Davis to get the 3 count.

 

Maybe I am missing something here but can you explain this result?

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The B Crew also held a show this evening, results below.

Rockdale County High School, Conyers, GA

Bell Time 8pm

5. The Latin Lovers (Javier Cruz & Vinnie Valentino) defeat the Nightmares (Danny Davis & Ken Wayne) via DQ in 17 minutes when Valentino reversed a Small Package from Davis to get the 3 count.

Maybe I am missing something here but can you explain this result?

Just a typo, I'll edit it...

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I was really quite surprised that Buzz Sawyer lost the title so cleanly. Would have thought the dastardly Stud Stable would have gotten a bit more involved in that.

 

Jimmy Golden also taking the TV Title off the Brisco AND Funk approved big man Charlie Cook means The Stud Stable is definitely making some waves. I can only imagine how much bragging would be going on in their promos, those guys certainly liked to celebrate when they won anything.

 

Putting Tom Lintz in the Big Bubba role isn't the most original idea but he would have definitely looked imposing in the get up. I wonder what Tim Horner and Ricky Gibson are going to do now that they can no longer team up.

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I like the Stud Stable getting a lot of gold. Gives Rich and Cook somebody to chase for a while. I wonder who the next tag team to challenge the Heavenly Bodies will be since Gibson and Horner can't tag. Seems like your hottest feud is still the Armstrongs vs. the Fire Gang.

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Southeastern Championship Wrestling Catch Up

 

 

Just important notes from these weeks.

 

 

29th October 1983 - Television

 

 

The Studd Stable celebrate not only Jimmy Golden winning the Television title but also Robert Fuller winning the National Heavyweight Title this past Monday in Alabama. Both men go onto say they will be exercising their right to the “28 Day Rule”, Charlie Platt ask’s what that is, Robert goes on to say that they will only be defending the title when they have to and it will be after 28 days. Robert Fuller’s know both Buzz Sawyer and Tommy Rich want a shot at his National Heavyweight Championship and Jimmy says that he knows Johnny Rich is working his way up the card to get a match and Charlie Cook will be wanting a rematch also. The Studd Stable say they are putting a bounty on both Rich and Sawyers heads, and they already have a trio of takers.

 

 

Both Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer cut separate promo’s stating their intent to win the National Heavyweight Champion. Buzz Sawyer says he welcomes any bounty on his head and looks forward to the fight that is coming, while “Wildfire” says he’s so focused on winning the National Heavyweight that nothing will stand in his way.

 

 

Ricky Gibson and Tim Horner come out and thank all the fans for their support and their kind words, but it goes to prove all good things unfortunately come to an end. But both men vow to find a new partners and continue in the tag division fighting their way to the Tag Team Titles. At this point the Heavenly Bodies with Jim Cornette and Big Bubba Lynch come to the ring and also thank Gibson and Horner, for handing them their titles, and this Monday they will defeat The Fabulous Ones and add the National Tag Teams titles to them persons. Gibson and Horner promise the Bodies that they will be back, just not as a team, to haunt them.

 

 

We get promos from Brad and Scott Armstrong saying their father is ready for The Flame this Monday and they are ready to stop any outside interference from Fire and Torch. While later on in the show The Flame, Fire and Torch together cut a promo saying they are going put out “Bullet” out of action once and for all and The Flame will be the new Southeastern Heavyweight Champion.

 

 

In the main event this week, Tommy Rich goes up against Fire, only for the Fabulous Freebirds, Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts, to storm the ring and attack Rich, it becomes very clear very quickly that the Freebirds are here to collect the bounty placed on Rich’s head from The Studd Stable. They beat down Rich, while The Studd Stable stand and watch from ringside until the locker room empties to break up the attack.

 

 

31st October 1983 – Birmingham, AL

 

 

“Bullet” Bob Armstrong returns and retains his Southeastern Heavyweight Championship against The Flame in a hard hitting brawl that went 18 minutes, Brad and Scott detained Fire and Torch on the outside allowing their father to score the victory in the main event.

 

 

The Heavenly Bodies defeat The Fabulous Ones for the National Tag Team titles to become double champions, when Big Bubba Lynch held down Stan Lanes feet as Bobby covered him for the 3 count.

 

 

Buzz Sawyer defeats Ron Fuller, after the match Buzz Sawyer is jumped by the Fabulous Freebirds, while the fan chant for Tommy Rich to come out and save him, but he doesn’t.

 

 

Tommy Rich defeats Buddy Roberts, only for the Freebirds to attack Rich and try and claim the bounty placed on his head.

 

 

Note, Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden weren’t in attendance due to being in Texas.

 

 

5th November 1983 – Television

 

 

The Armstrong’s come out and celebrate “Bullet” Bob retaining the Southeastern Heavyweight Championship against The Flame. Bob Armstrong says he would like to throw his name in the hat to face off with Robert Fuller to try and win the National Heavyweight Title. Brad and Scott say they have a number one contender’s bout this evening against Bobby Jaggers and Johnny Mantell, The Shadow Riders, where the winner will face off with the double tag team champions The Heavenly Bodies. Later in the show the Armstrong brothers defeat Jaggers and Mantell to become the number one contenders for the double tag titles.

 

 

The Studd Stable are joined by the Fabulous Freebirds and hand them their cash for taking out Rich and Sawyer. They then offer another bounty if they can do the same again this week but they want to add “Bullet” Bob Armstrong to the list on the bounty, the Freebird agree. Later in the show, Gordon Solie informs the fans that this week in Birmingham we will see, Michael Hayes versus “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, Buzz Sawyer takes on Buddy Roberts and “Wildfire” Rich takes on Terry Gordy. The Freebirds are in action later in the show defeating Tim Horner, Johnny Rich and Charlie Cook.

 

 

The Heavenly Bodies, Big Bubba Lynch and Jim Cornette come to the ring and celebrate being double champions, and they are ready for the Armstrong’s this Monday. The Heavenly Bodies defeat Josh Stroud and Gene Ligon.

 

 

To end the show Buzz Sawyer cuts a promo stating that he doesn’t need help from Tommy Rich and wishes the fans would stop chanting his name, he spent far too long kicking the tar out of Rich to ever want his help. Tommy comes out and says he respects Sawyer but feels the same, he hates him for the 18 months he put him through, but respects him, although they have similar goals and should both just get on with them. At this point the Freebirds come out and attack Rich and Sawyer, “Bullet” Bob to comes out and evens the sides, only for the Studd Stable to come out and make it a 6-on-3 and both the Stable and Freebirds get the advantage and stand tall at the end of the show.

 

 

7th November 1983 – Birmingham, AL

 

 

Buzz Sawyer defeats Buddy Roberts.

 

 

Michael Hayes defeats Southeastern Heavyweight Champion “Bullet” Bob Armstrong when Buddy Roberts distracts “Bullet” and Hayes rolls him up for the win.

 

 

“Wildfire” Tommy Rich defeats Terry Gordy via DQ when Hayes and Roberts storm the ring and jump Tommy Rich.

 

 

The Heavenly Bodies defeat the Armstrong Brothers when Eaton pinned Scott Armstrong following an Alabama Jam.

 

 

12th November 1983 – Television

 

 

The Studd Stable say they are quite enjoying taking care of business here and in Texas, they thank the Freebirds for they help, but they want the Freebirds to finish the job this Monday night. Robert says he will be defending the National Heavyweight Title next week on TV against a Rich, but he decides which one. Jimmy Golden says he is going to wait out a little long to defeat his title and he still has 14 days and he’s enjoying his reign.

 

 

Brad and Scott challenge The Heavenly Bodies to a rematch this week in Birmingham and this time they are going to win the titles. The Heavenly Bodies come out laughing and say that they now have their sights set on the AWA World Tag Team titles that our held by The Road Warriors. The Armstrong say they isn’t any need as they are taking the titles.

 

 

“Bullet” Bob calls out Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer and asks them to put there difference aside to settle the score with the Freebirds, but Sawyer and Rich refuse to tag one another. While the 3 of them argue with one another and the Freebirds storm the ring and attack Armstrong, Rich and Sawyer. All 6 man brawl to the back.

 

 

Johnny Rich continues his march towards getting a rematch with Jimmy Golden by defeating Johnny Mantell.

 

 

14th November 1983 – Birmingham, AL

 

 

The Heavenly Bodies defeat Brad and Scott Armstrong to retain their titles.

 

 

Johnny Rich defeats Bobby Jaggers after the match Jimmy Golden attacks Johnny Rich with the Television title.

 

 

In the main event “Bullet” Bob Armstrong stands across the ring from The Freebirds waiting to see if his partners will show up. The bell rings and The Freebirds attack “Bullet”, only for the lights to go out, they return and Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer are both standing in the ring and shake hands, the crowd goes wild and all 3 man attack the Freebirds. The trio of Sawyer, Rich and Armstrong defeat the Freebirds and send them packing. Clearly the bounty put on the heads of Bullet, Mad Dog and Wildifre back fires on the Studd Stable, it only united them.

 

 

 

19th November 1983 - Television

 

 

The Studd Stable come out and say that they are refusing to pay the Freebirds as they didnt finish the job with Sawyer, Armstrong and Rich, and if a job is worth doing, its best to do it themselves. But as promised Robert Fuller says he will be defending his National Heavyweight Championship against a Rich today. Robert welcomes Randy Rich to the ring, a young skinny man who looks very similar to Tommy Rich, Robert welcomes Randy to Southeastern Championship Wrestling and asks if he’s ready for his National Title Match, Randy says he is, but he's defeated in a matter of moments.

 

 

This brings out Stanley Blackburn who says he's had enough of Robert Fuller and his games, he says that he will be booking his matches going forward and if it’s one every 28 days thats fine, the first will be this Thursday in the Omni for Thanksgiving against "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer in a rematch that everyone has been waiting for, while Jimmy Golden will be defending his Television title next Saturday against the new number 1 contender, Johnny Rich, but before that Jimmy Golden will be going one on one with "Bullet" Bob Armstrong this Thursday and Ron Fuller hasn’t gone unnoticed as the ring leader of the group, he will be facing off with "Wildfire" Tommy Rich this Thursday at the Omni.

 

 

"Bullet" Bob Armstrong comes to the announcer’s desk with his sons and he says that now they have settled the Freebird issue he’s moving onto the National Heavyweight Title and he will defeat Jimmy Golden this week in Atlanta and move onto Robert Fuller. And his sons have one more chance against the Heavenly Bodies for their double tag titles, and he knows they can do it.

 

 

24th November 1983 - Thanksgiving Night - The Omni - Atlanta, GA

 

 

The Heavenly Bodies jump Brad and Scott Armstrong on route to the ring and take Scott out of the match, Brad goes 1-on-2 with the Bodies, 10 minutes into the match the returning Tim Horner comes to the aid of Brad Armstrong and before we know it, Brad and Tim manage to get the win and take both the titles much to the dismay of Jim Cornette, we have new National and Southeastern Tag Team Champions.

 

 

"Bullet" Bob Armstrong defeats Jimmy Golden, following the match The Flame returns and beats down Armstrong.

 

 

"Wildfire" Tommy Rich defeats Ron Fuller.

 

 

Robert Fuller defeats Buzz Sawyer when The Assassins return to jump Buzz Sawyer on the outside behind the referees back and Fuller picks up the win.

 

 

Other matches on this big card, The Nightmares defeat Charlie Cook and Ricky Gibson; Johnny Rich and Marty Jannetty defeat Bobby Jaggers and Johnny Mantell.

 

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Nice job putting this all together. Interesting that Rich and Sawyer are on the same side of the law but won't help each other against the Freebirds! The idea of the Freebirds to me are like Kevin Sullivan. Anyplace they went just got awesome to follow.

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Southeastern Championship Wrestling Catch Up

Just important notes from these weeks.

26th November 1983 - Television

 

The Heavenly Bodies open the show and say that Tim Horner and Brad Armstrong need to give their titles back as Horner was never suppose too be in the match, Brad and Tim come out to gloat about winning the titles, when Stanley Blackburn comes to the announcers table and says the tag titles will be held up as both teams have a right to the titles, and there will be an 8 team tournament to crowd new Unified Tag Team Champions, the finals of the tournament will in 2 weeks. The teams involved are....

 

Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner

The Heavenly Bodies, Bobby Eaton & Tom Pritchard

The Nightmares, Danny Davis & Ken Wayne

Charlie Cook & Ricky Gibson

The Assassins

Scott Armstrong & Marty Jannetty

Tommy Wright & Jerry Bryant

The Latin Lovers, Vinnie Valentino & Javier Cruz

 

Tommy Rich says he is next in line for a National Heavyweight Title match and he’s spoke to Stanley Blackburn and the match has been set, and it’ll take place Christmas Night at the Omni, live on WTBS. Gordon Solie informs Tommy Rich that his opponent will be the winner of the Buzz Sawyer – Robert Fuller rematch that will be happening this Monday, in the confines of a Steel Cage Match, due to the 28 day rule, Tommy will have to wait until Christmas day as it’s legally binding. Tommy informs Gordon that he doesn’t care who he faces, he’s taking the title.

 

Buzz Sawyer comes to the ring and challenges The Assassins to a match later tonight, Robert Fuller comes out with Ron Fuller and says the Assassins are the newest members the Studd Stable, there are their own personal hitmen. The Fullers send the Assassin in to attack Sawyer, clearly to make a dent in Sawyer before Monday night.

 

This weeks main event saw Johnny Rich defeats Jimmy Golden in 12 minutes in his Television Title match unfortunately it was passed the TV Title time limit of 10 minutes, although Johnny Rich’s quest to get revenge was fulfilled, he didn’t manage to get the title, very bittersweet for the young Rich.

 

“Bullet” Bob says his rivalry with The Flame has got to come to an end and in 2 week’s time it will. The Flame is interviewed and says that he’s looking to send Armstrong back to the old peoples home he came from.

 

28th November 1983 – Birmingham Alabama

 

Tag Title Tournament

 

Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner defeat Tommy Wright and Jerry Bryant.

The Nightmares defeat Latin Lovers

The Heavenly Bodies defeat Scott Armstrong and Marty Jannetty

The Assassins go to a Double DQ with Ricky Gibson and Charlie Cook

 

Tommy Rich and Bullet Bob Armstrong defeat The Flame and Jimmy Golden

 

Robert Fuller defeats Buzz Sawyer to retain his National Heavyweight Champion when The Assassins come up from under the ring and attack Sawyer 3 on 1. Fuller got the pinful when Sawyer had no more to give.

 

3rd December 1983 – Television

 

Stanley Blackburn opens the show and announces that live on Christmas day an event called Superclash will be shown live on WTBS , the reason for it being called Superclash is because all the top stars from around the AWA will be appearing. Including World Champion Hulk Hogan defending his world title, World Tag Team Champions The Road Warriors, Jerry Lawler, Tommy Rich, The Fabulous Ones and many, many, more stars will also be appearing. The show set to be shown live from the Omni in Atlanta Georgia. Blackburn goes onto say that tonight on WTBS, we will be having the contract signing for Tommy Rich and Robert Fuller for the National Heavyweight Championship.

 

Highlights are shown from this past Monday in Birmingham of the start of the Tag Team Title Tournament. It’s announced due to The Assassins draw with Ricky Gibson and Charlie Cook, The Heavenly Bodies will receive a bye to the finals. This Monday we will see the Nightmares take on Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner.

 

Surprise, surprise the contract signing didn’t go to plan. Both men with their seconds, Johnny Rich behind his cousin Tommy and Jimmy Golden behind cousin Robert. Before the contract could be signed, Buzz Sawyer storms the ring with a 2x4 attacking everyone in sight and laying everyone out. This Monday Rich and Sawyer will be forced to team together against the Studd Stable.

 

5th December 1983 – Birmingham, Alabama

 

Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner overcome The Nightmares in a near 45 minute match. This was a fast paced all action match

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The Flame defeats “Bullet” Bob Armstrong for the Southeastern Heavyweight Title when he used a loaded mask to knock out “Bullet”.

 

The Studd Stable of Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden defeat Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer when Sawyer just walks out on his partner to be 2 on 1. The advantage was just too much for “Wildfire”.

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10th December 1983 - Television

 

"Wildfire" Tommy Rich calls out Buzz Sawyer for walking out on him last week in Birmingham. He knows due to him losing to Buzz Sawyer earlier on in the year he cant face him again in another official match, but he's challenging him to a non sanction come as you are street fight, Buzz comes out and faces up to Rich and says he's done with Rich, he's done with the Studd Stable and he's done with Southeastern, but he'll be there monday for a fight.

 

Former Southeastern Heavyweight Champion "Bullet" Bob comes out and says the referee may not of seen The Flame load up his mask, but he certainly did see, and this Monday in Birmingham he will get his title back. The Flame comes out with his new title and says he doesn't know why Armstrong thinks that, but he prove to "Bullet" that it was more that he has a hard head and not that he loaded his mask.

 

We get a VTR from Japan where Ron Fuller is currently touring, he announces his retirement from in ring competition and says he last match will be on Christmas Day at Superclash. The Studd Stable, Robert Fuller, Jimmy Golden and the Assassins come to the interview area and pay homage to their leader.

 

We get promos from The Heavenly Bodies and Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner ahead of the Unified Tag Team Title match this Monday in Alabama.

 

12th December 1983 - Birmingham Alabama

 

The Heavenly Bodies defeat Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner in around 30 minutes to become the new Southeastern Unified Tag Team Champions.

 

The Studd Stable, Robert Fuller, Jimmy Golden and The Assassins defeat Johnny Rich, Charlie Cook, Ricky Gibson and a returning Larry Hamilton.

 

The Flame defeats "Bullet" Bob Armstrong again by loading his mask with something, this week it almost knocks himself out also.

 

Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer brawl around the arena for 30 odd minutes, this non sanctioned fight came to an end when Rich Piledrives Sawyer on top of Soda Venting machine at the back of the arena and Sawyer was unable to fight on longer.

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Im hoping what came over in the brief outlines to my shows, was Tommy Rich finally overcoming Buzz Sawyer as the last piece in his quest for the National Heavyweight Title match which included the Freebirds and the Studd Stable.

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I like seeing the Freebirds in their great heelness coming through. I think that Rich and Sawyer are set to light Southeastern on fire with some of the brawls they will have. The brawl on the 12th reminds me of the classic concession stand brawl from Memphis. Good stuff to build towards Superclash.

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Saturday 17th December 1983

Taped in front of a live studio audience at the WTBS Television Studio in Atlanta, GA

Hosted by Charlie Platt and Gordon Solie

This week’s show opens up with clips from this past Monday’s Non Sanctioned Fight between “Wildfire” Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer. The fight ended when “Wildfire” piledrove Buzz Sawyer on top of a Soda Venting Machine at the back of the arena. “Wildfire” Tommy Rich comes out and joins Gordon Solie and Charlie Platt. Tommy Rich says this has been a long year, in he has finally put to bed the issues with Buzz Sawyer after nearly 2 years and his 6 month long issue with Robert Fuller will end on Christmas day when he takes the National Heavyweight Title. This Monday he teams with his cousin Johnny Rich against the Studd Stable. The Studd Stable come out lend by Ron Fuller, with the National Heavyweight Champion Robert Fuller, Television Champion Jimmy Golden and The Assassins. Ron Fuller informs Tommy that his “quest” still has some road blocks, because tonight he and his cousin will face off with The Assassins in the main event and in his last appearance as a full time wrestler on television, Ron Fuller will be putting the trunks one last time in the WTVY Studio to weaken Tommy Rich before his title match with Robert the next night. The Studd Stable go to walk off as Tommy grabs Robert by the shoulder, “haven’t you forgotten something?” he asks the champion, as he passes the contract that never got signed two weeks ago. Robert snatches the contract and signs it and throws it back to Rich. Robert tells Rich that although the contracted is signed, he’s got a few hurdles still to jump.

=== Advert ===

Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner open today’s action after falling short of winning the Southeastern Tag Team Titles this past Monday, this week they face off with Tony Falk and Bill Howard. Horner and Armstrong make light work of Howard and Falk and get the win after 4 minutes following Armstrong pinning Howard after a Russian Leg Sweep. Following the match Armstrong and Horner join Solie and Platt, they tell the fans, that they won’t be giving up on their dream of becoming the Tag Team champions. They also know if they want to be Tag Team Champions they need a name, so from now on they will be collectively known as The Lightening Express. The Nightmares Danny Davis and Ken Wayne come to the announcers table and laugh off the new name for Armstrong and Horner, they also say if it’s a dream for them to become Tag Team Champions, then Davis and Wayne are their Nightmares, and this Monday night the Lightening Express will be waking up with a bump.

 

=== Commercial for Superclash Live on WTBS Christmas Night===

We return from the break and we are show a video of a new tag team joining the ranks of Southeastern, the music for the video is ZZ Tops “Sharp Dress Man” plays and we see a clip of two blonde men strutting about Hollywood, we are lead to believe this is The Fabulous Ones who have been signed for Superclash for a Southeastern Tag Team Title match. But there’s something not quite right about this video, this doesn’t look like Stan Lane and Steve Keirn. Just at the end of the video we finally get a shot of the two men’s faces and as suspected it wasn’t the Fabulous Ones but actually a team by the name of the Hollywood Blondes, Ken Timbs and Eric Embry. Timbs and Embry say they are coming for glory in Southeastern Championship Wrestling.

 

=== Run down of this week’s action coming to Alabama and Georgia ===

 

Following the break we have “Bullet” Bob Armstrong with Scott Armstrong come to the announcers desk and talks through his lost this past week in Birmingham and he says that he has spoken with Stanley Blackburn and he will have one more rematch to try and regain his Southeastern Heavyweight Title, and it will come at Superclash and he promises he has a surprise for The Flame something that will combat any sort mask loading. “Bullet” makes his way to the ring for his match against Jerry Bryant. “Bullet” defeats Bryant in a pretty straight forward match, Bryant jumps Armstrong at the bell, but it didn’t take long for Bob to turn the tables and take control of the match and scores the pinful at 5 minutes following a Jaw Breaker.

 

=== Advert ===

 

Next up we see Danny Davis and Ken Wayne, The Nightmares face off with Josh Stroud and Gene Ligon. The Nightmares who got to the semi-finals of the Unified Tag Team Titles Tournament, but came up short to the team they challenged earlier The Lightening Express, The Nightmare have been putting together a string of decent performances as of late are in full control here against Stroud and Ligon. The Nightmares who are the masters of the double team, finish off their opponents in 6 minutes following a combination Piledriver Middle Rope Leg Drop and the pinful for the victory.

 

=== Run down of this week’s action coming to Alabama and Georgia ===

In preparation for their big tag team match this coming Monday, The Studd Stable of National Heavyweight Champion Robert Fuller and Television Champion Jimmy Golden along with Ron Fuller face of with former Television Champion Charlie Cook and former Tag Team Champion Ricky Gibson. Gibson and Cook make a great showing and control spells of the match, after 8 minutes of action Ron Fuller gets involved and trips Gibson who was running the ropes and he stumbles into low boot from Robert Fuller and a Piledriver followed by the pin for the victory for his team. The Studd Stable now move onto Tommy Rich and Johnny Rich this Monday evening in Birmingham.

 

=== Advert ===

 

The new Southeastern Unified Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton and Tom Pritchard, The Heavenly Bodies along with manager Jim Cornette and his Insurance Policy Big Bubba Lynch come out and join Gordon Solie and Charlie Platt. Cornette says that his team are the now without a doubt the best team in the AWA and they proved it again this past week, and they know that the Fabulous Ones are next in line but they have proved once before that they are better than The Fabs and on Christmas Night they are going to prove it. The Heavenly Bodies make their way into the ring as they have a tag match with the returning Larry Hamilton and Marty Jannetty. Hamilton and Jannetty put a valiant fight but the champs are just too much for them and Pritchard gets the pinful victory after a Top Rope Elbow Drop in 6 minutes.

 

=== Commercial for Superclash Live on WTBS Christmas Night===

Today’s main event see’s the Rich Cousins “Wildfire” Tommy and Johnny face off with the The Studd Stables Assassins, who are joined by Ron Fuller. Just as the bell goes The Assassins attack the Rich’s before they could decide who would be starting the match, we now have al 4 men brawling in the ring. The match calms itself down after about 2 minutes, we go for another 2-3 minutes before the rest of the Studd Stable to storm the ring and attack the Rich’s. it’s a 2-on-4 brawl before “Bullet” Bob and The Lightening Express come to the aid of he Rich’s as we go of the air.

=== Show Ends ===

Quick Results

 

1. The Lightening Express defeat Tony Falk and Bill Howard in 4 minutes.

2. “Bullet” Bob Armstrong defeats Jerry Bryant at 5 minutes following a Jaw Breaker.

3. The Nightmares defeat Josh Stroud and Gene Ligon in 6 minutes.

4. Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden defeat Charlie Cook and Ricky Gibson in 9 minutes following a Piledriver from Fuller to Gibson.

5. The Heavenly Bodies defeat Larry Hamilton and Marty Jannetty in 6 minutes.

6. Tommy Rich and Johnny Rich defeat The Assassins via DQ when the Studd Stable jump the Rich’s around the 5 minute mark.

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Monday 19th December 1983


Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, AL


Bell Time 7:30pm



1. Rick McCord and Ron Ritchie defeat The Assassins via DQ at 8 minutes when one of the Assassins refused to the leave the ring and The Assassins continued to double team their opponent and in the end the referee called for the bell and disqualified The Assassins. Following the decision, The Assassins continued their attack until 4 referee's came from the back to separate them.

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2. The Lightening Express (Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner) and The Nightmares (Danny Davis and Ken Wayne) go to a 15 minute time limit. This was a very fast paced match as expected from these two young teams, where neither team got enough of the advantage to get the decisive fall.

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3. Southeastern Heavyweight Champion The Flame defeats Larry Hamilton in 5 minutes in a dominate performance. The end came when The Flame hit a Samoa Drop on the helpless Hamilton.

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4. "Bullet" Bob Armstrong defeats "The Tennessee Studd" Ron Fuller in 12 minutes when Bullet Bob hits a Jawbreaker on Fuller followed by the pin. Following the 3 count, Armstrong offers a hand to Fuller, to celebrate their rivalry, Fuller refuses and leaves the ring, almost instantly The Flame storms the ring and attacks "Bullet" Bob, these two will meet next week at Superclash for the Southeastern Heavyweight Title.

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5. Southeastern Tag Team Champions The Heavenly Bodies (Bobby Eaton and Tom Pritchard) with Jim Cornette defeat Ricky Gibson and Charlie Cook in 12 minutes following a Top Rope Alabama Jam from Eaton to Gibson followed by the pin.

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6. "Wildfire" Tommy Rich and Johnny Rich defeat National Heavyweight Champion Robert Fuller and Southeastern Television Jimmy Golden in 18 minutes. This match was a heated affair, that has been building for a good 6 months. The finish came when the Studd Stable had set up Johnny Rich for a Spike Piledriver only for Tommy to knock Golden of the second rope to the floor, Johnny Rich back body dropped Robert, as he got up Tommy ran the ropes and hit a Thesz Press for the win.


Also tonight a smaller card was held at the

Georgia Mountain Centre in Gainesville, Georgia.

Bell Time 19:30


1. Big Bubba Lynch defeats Gene Ligon in 3 minutes following an Avalanche Splash in the corner.

2. Josh Stroud defats Bill Howard in 5 minutes when Stroud caught Howard off guard and rolled him up for the pinful and victory.

3. Ken Lucas defeats Jerry Bryant following a Sleeper Hold at 9 minutes.

4. Tommy Lane and Mike Davis defeat Scott Armstrong and Marty Jannetty in 10 minutes when Davis hit a Running Knee Lift on Armstrong followed by the pin.

5. The Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane and Steve Keirn) defeat The Hollywood Blondes (Eric Embry and Ken Timbs) when Lane hit Timbs with a Karate Kick and the pin for the 3 count in 13 minutes.

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Saturday 24th December 1983

Taped in front of a live studio audience at the WTVY Television Studio in Dothan, AL

Hosted by Charlie Platt and Gordon Solie

Gordon Solie and Charlie Platt welcome us to a special edition of this week’s television program, live on Christmas Eve from Dothan Alabama. This week’s show is a shorter version due to WTBS Christmas Movie Marathon. We start by running down the card for Superclash tomorrow night in Atlanta Georgia, we also have “Wildfire” Tommy Rich versus “The Tennessee Studd” Ron Fuller, we will also have a special 8 man tag team match when the Southeastern Tag Team Champions The Nightmares team with The Assassins against The Lightening Express, “Bullet” Bob and Scott Armstrong. Solie runs through the the Superclash card for tomorrow evening live on WTBS at 8:05 from the Omni in Atlanta Georgia.

 

AWA World Heavyweight Title

Hulk Hogan © Vs Roddy Piper

National Heavyweight Title

“Wildfire” Tommy Rich Vs Robert Fuller ©

Southeastern Heavyweight Title

“Bullet” Bob Armstrong Vs The Flame ©

Tito Santana vs Manny Fernandez

Southeastern Tag Team Title

The Heavenly Bodies © Vs The Fabulous Ones

Southern Heavyweight Title

Jerry Lawler © Vs Lord Humungous

Rock ‘n’ Roll Express Vs Brotherhood of Poland

Also appearing The Road Warriors

 

=== Advert ===

We get promos from both The Heavenly Bodies and The Fabulous Ones before tomorrow nights big Southeastern Tag Team Title match. Jim Cornette says this will be the third and final meeting between these two teams, and his team will come out on top by any means necessary. The Fabulous Ones say they are looking to make Alabama and Georgia their new home and to do that they need to win the titles, and that’s what they are going to do.

 

=== Commercial for Superclash Live on WTBS Christmas Night===

We return from the break and we have the big 8 man tag match. The Armstrongs and Tim Horner overcome the team of The Nightmares and The Assassins when “Bullet” Bob Armstrong hits a Jawbreaker on Assassin #1 after 8 minutes of action. Following the match “Bullet” joins Charlie Platt and Gordon Solie, he tells Flame he has a surprise for him tomorrow night and he knows that The Flame has been loading his mask, but Armstrong has something that will combat any shenanigans from The Flame.

 

=== Run down of this week’s action coming to Alabama and Georgia ===

 

Following the break we get a video highlight reel of “Wildfire” Tommy Rich’s march to the National Heavyweight Title match tomorrow evening including clips from his feud with Buzz Sawyer and The Studd Stable over the last year. We hear from Tommy who says he’s been fighting to this moment ever since he lost the NWA World Title two years ago and he won’t let the fans down tomorrow evening.

 

=== Advert ===

 

We are show clips from the “Bullet” Bob Armstrong and Flame feud from the past year followed by The Flame saying that Armstrong and his kids are no good rotten scumbags and he’s very much looking forward to putting the “Bullet” out of action tomorrow evening.

 

=== Commercial for Superclash Live on WTBS Christmas Night===

Today’s main event see’s “Wildfire” Tommy Rich defeats Ron Fuller after 13 minutes following a Thesz Press followed up by the pin for the 3 count. This was Ron Fuller’s last match on TV as a full time competitor. Following the match Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden jump Tommy Rich and try and weaken him before tomorrow evening, but within moments of the attacks Johnny Rich, Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner come and even up the score and chase of the Studd Stable. Brad Armstrong gets on the mic and shouts out “Next National Heavyweight Champion, “Wildfire” Rich” to which the TV audience go mental.

 

=== Show Ends ===

Quick Results

 

1. “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, The Lightening Express and Scott Armstrong defeat The Nightmares and The Assassins in 8 minutes.

2. “Wildfire” Tommy Rich defeats Ron Fuller in 13 minutes.

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I grew up in the Southeastern territory (and still live here today) and I'm excited to follow all the happenings here in Southeastern. Superclash should be a great show!

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I am interested to see how Superclash turns out and you've done a great job building to it. It think Tommy Rich is one of the premiere figures in the 1983 world we've created thanks to your consistency with him. I have no doubts that his run in 1984 will only get better.

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