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Tri-State Wrestling: Week of 12/31/79-1/6/80

For the week ending January 6th, 1980: Jim Garvin and Oki Shikina meet in two loser leaves town matches, Siegfried Stanke debuts on the SPOT Ratings chart & more!

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 12/29/75-1/4/76

For the week ending January 4th, 1976: Murdoch and Kox feud heating up while Hodge gets more shots at World Jr champ Matsuda, Slaughter and Pork Chop in a loser leaves town match in Fort Smith & more!

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 12/27/71-1/2/72

For the week ending January 2nd, 1972: We begin our coverage of 1972 with a look at the talent roster and a rundown of the holiday week shows at the end of 1971 featuring Dusty Rhodes & more!

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 12/23-12/29 1968

For the week ending December 29th, 1968: Sputnik Monroe becomes top heel, Ronnie Reed is about to start in a new territory and take on a new ring name, blindfold battle royals & more!

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 12/22-12/28 1975

For the week ending December 28th, 1975: Murdoch and Matsuda return, a Lights out Arabian Death match between Hodge and Akbar, Slaughter moves to the upper mid-card & more!

Tri-State Wrestling: Week of 12/24-12/30 1979

For the week ending December 30th, 1979: Jim Garvin takes on Oki Shikina in Texas Rules (aka Texas Death) matches, a future Nightmare debuts & more!

Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 12/24-12/30 1979

For the week ending December 30th, 1979: JYD and the Freebirds move up the cards, DiBiase returns after a three-plus year absence, Mike George continues to hold on to N.A. strap & more!

Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 12/20-12/26 1982

For the week ending December 26th, 1982: Mr Olympia forced to leave town, the promotion takes a holiday break as we finish up our coverage of 1982 & more!

Comparing SPOT Ratings to "Apter-mag" Ratings from December 1984

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the SPOT Rating that we calculate at Charting the Territories and compare them to the "Official Ratings" published in the so-called Apter mags.

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 12/16-12/22 1968

For the week ending December 22nd, 1968: The unmasked Diablo gets unmasked again (twice, it seems), Sputnik moves up the SPOT Ratings to main-eventer status & more!

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 12/15-12/21 1975

For the week ending December 21st, 1975: A future Sergeant battles with a Pork Chop in a mid-card feud, lumberjack matches abound in the latter part of the week & more!

Tri-State Wrestling: Week of 12/17-12/23 1979

For the week ending December 23rd, 1979: Blair and Starr face off in a couple of stipulation matches, Akbar reduces his in-ring schedule to focus on managing & more!

Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 12/17-12/23 1979

For the week ending December 23rd, 1979: No house shows this week due to the holidays so we take a detailed look at how Junkyard Dog's babyface turn played out on TV & more!

Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 12/13-12/19 1982

For the week ending December 19th, 1982: Kamala jumps to the top of the SPOT ratings on the heel side, Freebirds return for big pre-holiday cards with Michael Hayes putting up his hair in Shreveport & more!

Deep Dive: A Look at Dusty Rhodes in 1971 in the McGuirk Territory

Here’s a “Deep Dive” where I take a look at Dusty Rhodes in 1971 when he worked for the McGuirk wrestling territory, using the statistical tools I have developed to try to analyze his role in the territory, his frequent opponents and other interesting information.


Dusty turned pro in late ‘67 or early ‘68. Here is a chart showing the territories he worked for the first 3 years of his career, along with his SPOT Rating in each territory.


You can see Dusty started out in prelims in Detroit & Toronto. When he went to East Texas, he was given a little push and moved up the cards. He then went to Central States, where he (just barely) crossed the threshold to be considered a main eventer. He returned to East Texas in a similar spot as before, then went to Amarillo and was pushed a little bit stronger, though still considered an upper mid-carder. He returned to Detroit & Toronto (and also worked Cleveland) and was booked as a main eventer. From there he went to Florida where he was …

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 12/9-12/15 1968

For the week ending December 15th, 1968: new tag champs Hodge & Parente grant Donovan & Reed several rematches, we learn the identity of El Diablo #1 (don't get too excited, it's very anti-climactic) & more!

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 12/8-12/14 1975

For the week ending December 14th, 1975: Watts & Kox are top dogs, Brisco comes in for 2 World title defenses, Valentine returns & more!

Tri-State Wrestling: Week of 12/10-12/16 1979

For the week ending December 16th, 1979: The future Butch Reed debuts (as Bruce Reed) in the territory & more!

Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 12/10-12/16 1979

For the week ending December 16th, 1979: Junkyard Dog's final week as a heel, Mike George defends the North American title against 5 different opponents, Sweetan and Wrestling II face off in cage matches not once... not twice... but THRICE & more!

Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 12/6-12/12 1982

For the week ending December 12th, 1982: Stagger Lee is the top dog (get it?) in the SPOT Ratings, DiBiase booked for double duty in Loranger & more!

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 12/2-12/8 1968

For the week ending December 8th, 1968: Hodge and Parente challenge for tag belts while Hodge defends World Junior belt, Akbar vs Sputnik in a Texas death match & more!

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 12/1-12/7 1975

For the week ending December 7th, 1975: Bill Watts and Killer Karl Kox feud over the North American title, The Hollywood Blondes (Roberts & Brown) move up to main event status & more!

Tri-State Wrestling: Week of 12/3-12/9 1979

For the week ending December 9th, 1979: junior heavyweights Brian Blair and Ron Starr feuding, a Texas feud comes to Oklahoma City & more!

Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 12/3-12/9 1979

For the week ending December 9th, 1979: Ernie Ladd starts a run as a regular, Sweetan feuding with Watts and Mr Wrestling II (who is also feuding with Mike George) & more!

Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 11/29-12/5 1982

For the week ending December 5th, 1982: Stagger Lee with an almost perfect SPOT rating as his feud with Kamala heats up, Buddy Landell returns & more!