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The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 22 (Q1 1965)

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Welcome to Chapter 22 of The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac, an in-depth data-driven look at the wrestling territory run by Leroy McGuirk (and later, Bill Watts). The territory is most commonly known as Tri-State Wrestling and/or Mid-South Wrestling, though neither of those names were actually used until September 1979 when Watts split from McGuirk.

A Wrestling History Mystery: The Curious Case of Mr. Szabo

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The latest episode of my Wrestling History Mysteries podcast is part 1 of a multi-part series discussing my quest to identify a masked wrestler named Mr. Szabo that wrestled for Leroy McGuirk in early 1963, getting a huge push as a heel, and then disappearing after suffering an injury in a match with Lou Thesz.

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Q3 1973

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In the 3rd quarter of 1973, Mantell and Sweetan put the boots to one another, Perez & Tapia win gold, early matches in the careers of Pistol Pez and Rotten Ron & more!

The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 21 (Q4 1964)

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Welcome to Chapter 21 of The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac, an in-depth data-driven look at the wrestling territory run by Leroy McGuirk (and later, Bill Watts). The territory is most commonly known as Tri-State Wrestling and/or Mid-South Wrestling, though neither of those names were actually used until September 1979 when Watts split from McGuirk.

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Q3 1977

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In the 3rd quarter of 1977, Murdoch breaks bad, the debut of not one but two future husbands of the boss’ daughter, the babyface roster includes a healthy diet of pork chops & candy & ‘oates’, and more! ----- Here is the roster for the quarter. Wrestlers are listed in descending order by their average SPOT Rating during the quarter. Directly below their week-by-week SPOT Ratings is a list of that wrestler's Frequent Partners and Frequent Opponents (if applicable): NEW TO THE TERRITORY THIS QUARTER (wrestlers either making their first-ever appearance as a regular in this territory or appearing in a significantly different role/gimmick than when they were here previously) BRIAN BLAIR – Blair turned pro earlier in the year, wrestling in Florida for a few months after being trained by Hiro Matsuda. He would later marry Mike McGuirk, daughter of Leroy. Blair later served as County Commissioner in Hillsborough County (Florida) and currently serves as the President & CEO of th

Charting the Territories Podcast Companion Piece - Episode 14

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Every month, Jon Boucher and I create a podcast that discusses a wide range of topics related to what is covered on this blog. I thought it would be helpful to create a 'companion piece' that goes along with each episode. We often reference web sites, books, YouTube videos, etc., on the podcast, and this companion piece will provide links to many of those materials so that you can see what Jon & I are discussing.

Looking at Paul Orndorff's three main-event runs in the McGuirk/Watts and Mid-South territories

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One of the biggest pro wrestling stars of the 1980s, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, passed away in July 2021. Before his big run with the WWF, he, like many other wrestlers, competed for various territories over a several year period. He had three separate stints in the territory I have been heavily researching for the last few years, first coming in late 1977 when it was still owned by Leroy McGuirk and returning for two later stints after Bill Watts took over and named it Mid-South Wrestling. Using the statistics I have developed for Charting the Territories, I decided to take a snapshot look his three stints here. There are three charts below, each providing what is basically the equivalent of a "stat line" for Orndorff in each of his three separate stints in the territory. These concepts may be new to readers, so here's a brief explanation: The SPOT Rating is a statistic that measures a wrestler's average position (or spot) on the cards. The advertised m