Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 7/26-8/1 1982

Our coverage of 1982 continues with a look at the week ending August 1, 1982.

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

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:
Tuesday - Baton Rouge, LA
Thursday - Pine Bluff, AR
Friday - Shreveport, LA
Sunday - New Orleans, LA
The New Orleans info comes from The Clawmaster's Archives

Data/Analysis: With the big Summer Spectacular cards ending the previous week, several wrestlers ended their stays here as well. Ernie Ladd, Big John Studd, the Super Destroyer and Bob Roop all left the territory. Ladd next shows up in mid-August in Georgia, but only stays a couple of weeks. His next full-time stop is in Florida in November. Studd goes to Florida while Super Destroyer returns to Georgia. Roop makes a couple of appearances here later in the year, but the next place he shows up as a regular is in Georgia in February 1983.

With Ladd leaving the territory, upper mid-carders Buck Robley and Iron Mike Sharpe see their SPOT ratings increase slightly.

Paul Ellering and Hacksaw Duggan continue their slow climb up the cards. Keep in mind that while I update these ratings weekly, the ratings for each "week" are based on a five week period, including the two weeks before and the two weeks after the given week.

Duggan has his highest profile bookings to date this week, in Baton Rouge against Leroy Brown and in Shreveport against Steve Williams. While I don't have results from Baton Rouge, Leroy couldn't have appeared, as he wrestled Jack Brisco in Columbia, SC that night. So it's possible Leroy didn't make his advertised appearance in Alexandria the previous week against Killer Khan as well. The match vs Williams (which Steve won by disqualification) was billed as a "Battle of Football Stars".

Williams also has what may have been his first title shot, against Killer Khan for Khan's Louisiana Heavyweight title in Baton Rouge. While I don't know the actual result of the match, Khan is still billed as champ the following week so he retained the title somehow.

In addition to the full-time roster listed above, Mr. Wrestling II was advertised in a six-man tag team match for the New Orleans card which featured a DiBiase vs Robley main event. Junkyard Dog was not on the card, as he was in Atlanta wrestling against the Super Destroyer at the Omni.

Frequent matches:
Junkyard Dog vs Ted DiBiase
Buck Robley vs Ted DiBiase
Killer Khan vs Mr Olympia
Buck Robley vs One Man Gang

Frequent tag team combinations:
Junkyard Dog & Mr Olympia
Assassin & One Man Gang
Buck Robley & Iron Mike Sharpe
Killer Khan & One Man Gang

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