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Tri-State Wrestling: Week of 7/10-7/16 1961

I continue looking at the year 1961, and this week is the first time we're able to look at week-to-week changes in the SPOT ratings for this year.

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. 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 and grouped into loose categories, so you can easily see who were the main eventers, mid-carders, preliminary wrestlers, etc.

Known shows for the week:
Monday - Shreveport, LA & Stillwell, OK & Tulsa, OK
Tuesday - Little Rock, AR & Monroe, LA
Wednesday - Baton Rouge, LA & Fort Smith, AR & Springfield, MO
Thursday - New Orleans, LA & Wichita Falls, TX
Friday - Oklahoma City, OK
The Tulsa info comes from

Analysis/Notes: There were no newcomers this week. The two wrestlers with the biggest change in their SPOT ratings were Nelson Royal and Corsica Joe, with Royal being moved down the cards and Corsica Joe moving up them.

McGuirk ran Baton Rouge for the first time this week, with World's Junior Heavyweight champion Danny Hodge and World Women's champion The Fabulous Moolah on the card. The local promoter for Baton Rouge is listed as Mrs. Jimmy Kilshaw.

Moolah was in her second week here along with Judy Grable, Rita Cortez, Vicki Page and female midget wrestlers Baby Cheryl and Darling Dagmar. In Oklahoma City, Dorothy Carter subbed for Page.

In addition to the wrestlers listed in the chart, Al Galento took part in a battle royal in Springfield, which led to a babyface turn. In Little Rock, Galento was billed as matchmaker for the promotion, and at this point in time was basically semi-retired as an active wrestler.

The most frequent tag team combinations at this time are:
Great Bolo & Mighty Bolo
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy

Some of the more frequent matches at this time include:
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Great Bolo & Mighty Bolo
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy
Danny Hodge vs Nelson Royal


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