Tag Archives: Mike Sempervive

Special Episode: Don Kernodle Tribute Show Part 1

Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. Mike Sempervive returns with a very special edition of the show, paying tribute to the life and career of The Pride of the Carolinas, Don Kernodle.

In part one, we tell the incredible story of how a lifelong wrestling fan got into the business, and the arduous journey Kernodle took to begin his career. We hear how he gets his first big break as a member of Sargent Slaughter’s Brigade, teaming first with Jim Nelson and then with Sarge himself.

The first part of our look at Kernodle’s incredible career ends with the announcement that May 12, 1983 is the date, and the Road To Greensboro is coming to a close. Coming up next week, in part two, we take you to Greensboro – and beyond – as we celebrate the career of the last territorial star, the late, great, Don Kerndole.  

We hope you enjoy our tribute, and stay vigilant for the next podcast in this series.

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Special Episode: 35th Anniversary of the 1986 Crockett Cup – Part 1

Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. Mike Sempervive returns with a very special edition of the show, celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the very first Jim Crockett Sr Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament, held on April 19, 1986.

This is the first in a series of specials discussing the most prestigious tag team tournament of all-time. In this episode, Mike takes you through all of the lead-up and the fall-out of the show, by way of the promos aired on the television of both Jim Crockett Jr and Cowboy Bill Watts.

Some of the greatest interviews of all-time, by some of the best wrestling talent of all-time. The peak of Crockett Promotions intersects with the birth of the Universal Wrestling Federation and, over the course of four hours, we – and they – tell you how it all came together.

We hope you enjoy the show, and stay vigilant for the next podcast in this series!

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Episode 36: September 25 1982

Welcome to The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. On this episode of the show, Mike Sempervive returns alongside Roman Gomez, to take a look at Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling from September 25 1982, featuring:

* Don Kernodle is suddenly – and strangely – summoned by Sgt. Slaughter to leave the studio and get to Tokyo ASAP.

* After a week of resurrection, the music is once again dead for the Boogie Woogie Man Jimmy Valiant – and he’s not taking it well.

* Dory Funk Jr is on the scene, and he’s offering a staggering amount of money to anyone who can last ten minutes with him.

* We open the show with our thoughts on Hacksaw Butch Reed, who had recently passed away when the podcast was originally recorded.

* Bonus audio of Gary Hart promising a favor for Ric Flair, while Mama Cornette buys her son his first woman (client) in Memphis.

* Plus, tons of historical context, important results from around the circuit, incredible promos, and so much more on another exciting edition of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast!

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Episode 35: September 18, 1982

Welcome to The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. On this episode of the show, Mike Sempervive returns alongside Roman Gomez, to take a look at Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling from September 18 1982, featuring:

  • Last week the music died for the Boogie Man. This week, we get a resurrection as Christmas comes early for Jimmy Valiant.
  • The expansive House of Humperdink once again dominates every aspect of the program.
  • The unrecognized Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood reform their team for television.
  • Don Kernodle and Mike Rotundo continue to be subtly repositioned.
  • As the area readies for Abdullah The Butcher’s arrival, we play bonus audio of an ominous presence on the way to Mid-South Pro Wrestling.
  • Plus, tons of historical context, important results from around the circuit, incredible promos, and so much more on another exciting edition of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast!

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Episode 34: September 11, 1982

Welcome to The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. On this episode of the show, Mike Sempervive returns alongside Roman Gomez, to take a look at Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling from September 11 1982, featuring:

* It’s the day the music died in Mid-Atlantic, as Jimmy Valiant’s portable cassette player bites the dust at the hands of the House of Humperdink.

* Ricky Steamboat, and his old friend Jay Youngblood, gets one over on Bad Bad LeRoy Brown.

* A feature match we wanted more of: Paul Jones and Greg Valentine vs. Jack Brisco and Wahoo McDaniel.

* JIM DALTON cuts the fieriest – and best – promo of the week.

* Special bonus audio! Roddy Piper officially turns babyface in Georgia, and meets some very familiar faces along the way.

* Plus, tons of historical context, important results from around the circuit, incredible promos, and so much more on another exciting edition of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast!

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Episode 32: August 28, 1982

Welcome to The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. On this episode of the show, Mike Sempervive returns alongside Roman Gomez, to take a look at Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling from August 28 1982, featuring:

* Wahoo McDaniel finally topples Sgt. Slaughter for the US title, and we get the genesis of Jimmy Valiant hair matches, in one fell swoop.

* The burgeoning House of Humperdink brings a very familiar face back to the area – as well as a very scary new one.

* The months-long reign of the Mid-Atlantic belts as the preeminent tag team titles in the area comes to a very quiet end.

* Roddy Piper’s redemption tour continues, as he teams with another former blood rival: Ricky Steamboat.

* Plus, tons of historical context, important results from around the circuit, incredible promos, and so much more on another exciting edition of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast! 


The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Episode 31: August 21, 1982

Welcome to The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. On this episode of the show, Mike Sempervive returns alongside Roman Gomez, to take a look at Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling from August 21 1982, featuring:

* Another incredible week of television keeps August red hot for Jim Crockett Promotions.

* An obnoxious Ric Flair unintentionally talks himself into an impromptu match against Mid-Atlantic Champion Jack Brisco.

* The tag team you didn’t know you needed, on the mic and in the ring: The Boogie Boogie Man Jimmy Valiant and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

* Wahoo McDaniel continues to fight a championship war on two fronts, as he deals with both Ric Flair and Sgt. Slaughter.

* The House of Humperdink continues to swell, with a higher level still yet to be reached.

* Plus, extremely important results from around the circuit, historical context, incredible promos, and so much more on another exciting edition of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast! 


The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Special Episode: It’s A Happy August Thanksgiving In Richmond

Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. Mike Sempervive returns with a very special edition of the show, celebrating wrestling history and memories! With a big assist from our friends at the Mid-Atlantic Gateway, we present to you exclusive audio of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling program – August 14, 1982 – that is not available on the WWE Network!

Ripped from the recording David Chappell made when the show originally aired on WTVR in Richmond, you’ll get to hear key happenings that would shake up the territory’s makeup. Jim Crockett Jr resigns his position as the President of the National Wrestling Alliance. NWA World Champion Ric Flair has returned to cause havoc. The Marines attack Wahoo McDaniel, tearing up his headdress – and threatening to scalp him! Roddy Piper, a week after being stabbed in the chest, has turned babyface and began soliciting help from some unlikely sources. Meanwhile, Paul Jones has turned dirty, joined the House of Humperdink and is thirsting for championships. History that could have been lost forever, will instead be played for you!

Plus, we’ll get a chance to hear audio from sister-program World Wide Wrestling, including local promos for an upcoming card at the Richmond Coliseum. In addition, we take a glimpse at the “River City’s” wrestling history, as well as reading your responses to the question of which Crockett-era Starrcade means the most to you!

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Episode 30: August 7, 1982

Welcome to The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. On this episode of the show, Mike Sempervive returns alongside Roman Gomez, to take a look at Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling from August 7 1982, featuring:

* Roddy Piper is stabbed in Raleigh; makes television the next day. We sift through both the fact and the fiction, including his imminent babyface turn, what the papers reported, what was said on TV – including a key angle on WTBS – and Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s spin on it all.

* We have two major championship changes, as Jack Brisco and Jimmy Valiant have claimed the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight and Television titles, respectively.

* Inserted promos spoil Sgt. Slaughter’s upcoming suspension exploits in Hawai’i (aka New Japan) and Paul Jones’ heel turn.

* As a bonus, straight from the personal archives of Dick Bourne, you’ll hear a frustrated Jim Crockett Jr resign as President of the NWA, and get the details on very special edition of the next podcast!

* Plus, important results from around the circuit, incredible promos, and so much more on another exciting edition of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast! 


The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 29: July 31, 1982

Welcome to The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. On this episode of the show, Mike Sempervive returns alongside Roman Gomez, to take a look at Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling from July 31 1982, featuring:

* Ivan Koloff provides a new match twist for The Boogie Woogie Man, as Matt Bourne looks for a way into the House of Humperdink.

* A made-over Bad Bad LeRoy Brown and Ricky Steamboat continue their war of words, while Jack Brisco hasn’t forgotten about the treachery of Mid-Atlantic Champion Roddy Piper.

* Sgt. Slaughter tries to fend off Wahoo McDaniel, and also plays promoter for an upcoming tag match.

* Roman & Mike open by talking about Roman’s trip to Jerry Lawler’s 50th Anniversary show in Jackson and the MLB Playoffs. (The proper show begins at the 11:02 mark.)

* Extremely important results from around the circuit, promos, and tons more on another exciting edition of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast! 


The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.