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Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 7/19-7/25 1982

Our coverage of 1982 continues with a look at the week ending July 25, 1982.

For new readers, this post and this post will help you understand the SPOT rating and what it means.

Year-by-year coverage:
1982               1975               1968               1961

Here's a look at the talent roster along with their SPOT ratings for the week.

The first number to the right of each wrestler's name is their SPOT rating for this week and the second number is their rating for the previous week. Babyfaces are in blue on the left-hand side, heels in orange on the right. They are listed in descending order; wrestlers at the top were mostly in main events while wrestlers at the bottom were mostly in preliminary matches.

I have data for the following house shows this week:
Monday - Monroe, LA
Tuesday - Baton Rouge, LA
Friday - Lafayette, LA
Saturday - Jackson, MS
Sunday - Alexandria, LA

Analysis/Notes: Ted DiBiase assumes the role of "lead heel" this week, with his SPOT rating increasing from .84 to .91. Many of the other heels see small decreases in their ratings as DiBiase moves up. On the babyface side, Andre the Giant finished his brief run here the previous week; as such, some of the other babyfaces see increases in their SPOT ratings as they move up the card to take Andre's place.

In addition to Andre, Billy Starr and King Cobra are absent from this week's ratings. Cobra had a very short run here. He came in from Memphis, and returned there after just a couple of weeks. Starr is not booked on any cards this week, but he returns the following week.

Women wrestlers Judy Martin and Vivian St. John finished up their run here this week. Vicki Williams may have substituted for St. John on at least one card.

Also making appearances were Mr. Wrestling II, the Masked Superstar and Leroy Brown. II and Superstar were in from Georgia for the weekend and faced each other in Jackson and Alexandria. Leroy Brown had just started in Mid-Atlantic (coming from Georgia) but worked some shots here, including in Alexandria against Killer Khan.

DiBiase and Junkyard Dog both worked twice in Monroe. DiBiase faced Iron Mike Sharpe and JYD teamed with Mr. Olympia against Big John Studd & Super Destroyer, then they faced each other in a Lights Out match in the final match on the card.

Hacksaw Duggan and Paul Ellering continued to work in preliminary matches this week. Both were being pushed on TV but since they were new to the territory, they were likely given strong wins in the prelims to build them up. Duggan faced Mike Bond, Jesse Barr (twice) and Vinnie Romeo, while Ellering worked against Rick Harris (twice) and Vinnie Romeo.

Frequent tag team combinations:
Big John Studd & Super Destroyer
Junkyard Dog & Mr Olympia
Assassin & One Man Gang
Buck Robley & Ernie Ladd
Buck Robley & Iron Mike Sharpe
Killer Khan & One Man Gang

Frequent matches:
Junkyard Dog vs Ted DiBiase
Big John Studd & Super Destroyer vs Junkyard Dog & Mr Olympia
Iron Mike Sharpe vs Ted DiBiase

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