St. Petersburg Independent – April 6, 1983
By Gene Taylor
TAMPA – The main event at Fort Hesterly Armory Tuesday night was supposed to be between Dusty Rhodes and The Purple Haze. It soon involved others, however; most of whom were scheduled for a nonsanctioned Lights Out Tornado match. And it had all the earmarks of a tornado before the smoke cleared.
Rhodes was wearing goggles to protect his eyes from the repeat of a reported flame blown in his face in Lakeland last week. He attacked his heavily muscled opponent before the bell in what appeared to be an attempt to end the match before the Haze could get started.
Rhodes barely managed to hold his own, but when he slipped a figure 4 on the Haze the scales tipped in Rhodes’ direction. That’s when Kevin Sullivan suddenly appeared in the ring and broke it up. Rhodes switched the hold to Sullivan, but in seconds Angelo Mosca and Frank Dusek joined the other two.
The referee couldn’t stop the attack, but he did declare Rhodes the winner on a disqualification. That took seven minutes. Meanwhile, Blackjack Mulligan and Barry Windham had entered the fray and taken some of the pressure off Rhodes. For two minutes they took everything Mosca, Sullivan and Dusek could hand out. Then Mosca caught Windham coming off the ropes and shoved him over the top and out of the ring. The referee quickly stopped everything and gave the Lights Out Tornado match to Windham and Mulligan on a disqualification.
In the other matches: Scott McGhee suffered a beating by Bad Leroy Brown for the Florida Heavyweight title, but Brown was disqualified as he tossed McGhee back into the ring; Bob Heffernan was defeated by Terry Allen for the Global Tag Team title; Lone Eagle defeated Tiny Tom in the midget matches, and Brad Armstrong defeated The Professional.