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Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 8/30-9/5 1982

Our coverage of 1982 continues with a look at the week ending September 5th: some interesting insight into how much travel some of these guys had to endure, JYD squares off with DiBiase four more times, Assassin & Ellering leave & more!

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

Year-by-year coverage:
1982               1979               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 - Oklahoma City, OK
Thursday - Little Rock, AR
Friday - Lafayette, LA
Saturday - Lake Charles, LA
Sunday - Alexandria, LA (2:30 PM) & Monroe, LA (7:00 PM)
(Oklahoma City data comes from, Little Rock data comes from

Notes/Analysis: The Super Destroyer comes in for the weekend on loan from Georgia. He worked a TV taping at the TBS studio Saturday morning, then worked Junkyard Dog that night in Lake Charles (which is 650 miles away so he had to have flown). The next day he worked both the Alexandria and Monroe cards against Mr. Wrestling II. After that, he worked Monday night in Muskegon, MI with the rest of the Georgia crew, and again in Michigan on Wednesday (probably with a show in the area on Tuesday as well). His next known booking was that Saturday night in Chattanooga. That's a lot of travel!

Kevin Von Erich and Magic Dragon finish up their two-day stop here on Monday in Oklahoma City. Bob Roop also worked that show, losing to Dick Murdoch. Roop would make a handful of appearances here throughout the remainder of the year, but not as a regular. Rick Harris (later known as Black Bart) finished up his stint as a full-timer here last week, though he too would make sporadic appearances over the next couple of months before starting in Mid-Atlantic in late October.

Also leaving the territory were The Assassin (Jody Hamilton) and Paul Ellering. It appears Assassin's last match here was the previous Monday against Iron Mike Sharpe in New Orleans, while Ellering's last booking was a few days later in Biloxi against Hacksaw Duggan. The Assassin may have gone to Puerto Rico, but there's not a whole lot of info out there on his whereabouts until early 1983 when he's in Georgia briefly and then Southeastern (where he worked as The Flame). Ellering may have been injured, as there are some sources out there that mention a severe knee injury occurring at some point in 1982. He does show up in Portland for a couple of weeks in October and next shows up as a wrestler in Georgia in early 1983. The nagging knee injury was enough to end his career as a full-timer in the late spring, at which point he transitioned into being a manager, which certainly worked out well for him.

Vinnie Romeo is booked on enough cards between this week and next to be considered a "full-timer" and returns to the SPOT ratings.

Junkyard Dog squared off with Ted DiBiase in Oklahoma City, Lafayette, Alexandria and Monroe. The Lafayette and Monroe matches were both advertised as title bouts. The Alexandria ad does not specify whether or not it was a title bout and the results I have from OKC also don't specify. DiBiase faced Buck Robley in a lumberjack match in Little Rock, but again I'm not sure if it was a title match. DiBiase did defend the title against Mr. Wrestling II in Lake Charles.

Frequent matches:
Junkyard Dog vs Ted DiBiase
Mr Wrestling II vs Ted DiBiase
Buck Robley & Iron Mike Sharpe vs Killer Khan & One Man Gang
Hacksaw Duggan vs Mr Olympia

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


  1. According to Ellerings Wikipedia entry he injured it in a bout versus Robert Gibson


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