Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 1/21/80-1/27/80

For the week ending January 27th, 1980: catching up on title histories, DiBiase's primary dance partner shifts from Ox Baker to Mike George & more!

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



Other wrestlers advertised for shows this week but not listed in the SPOT ratings: Gino Hernandez, Jose Lothario and midget wrestlers Cowboy Lang and Little Tokyo. Gino and Jose worked Lake Charles this week, Gino against JYD and Jose against Bull Ramos.

The only newcomer this week was Frenchy Martin. Frenchy had been wrestling for Stampede as Don Gagne, though it appears he made a few appearances in Amarillo in between Stampede and here. I have also moved Ben Alexander from the heel side of the roster to the babyface side. In his first two weeks here, his opponents were mostly babyfaces, but now he's mostly going up against heels.

Leaving the territory were Mark Totten and Sonny Driver. This seems to have been the end of Totten's brief wrestling career. The former University of Florida football player and 10th-round NFL draft pick (by Green Bay) began a career in financial services in 1980 that continues to this day. Driver may have worked a show or two for Georgia later in the year, but that seems to be the end of it for him in wrestling as well.

Catching up with title histories, it appears there were two title changes last week. Mike George regained the North American title from Bill Watts in Alexandria, two days after he lost the Mississippi state title to Iron Mike Sharpe. Ernie Ladd is the current Louisiana state champ, while Hayes & Gordy are the Mid-South Tag Team titleholders.

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Known house show lineups for the week:

Tuesday - Lake Charles, LA
-Mid-South Tag Team titles: Bill Watts & Buck Robley vs Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy
-North American title: Mike George vs Ricky Fields
-Gino Hernandez vs Junkyard Dog
-Bull Ramos vs Jose Lothario
-Bob Sweetan vs Iron Mike Sharpe
-Cowboy Lang vs Little Tokyo
-Ox Baker vs Ted DiBiase
-Mike Blood vs Steve Hall

Wednesday - Jackson, MS
-Piledriver match: Bob Sweetan vs Iron Mike Sharpe
-Bounty match: Bull Ramos vs Ted DiBiase
-Junkyard Dog & Ricky Fields vs Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy
-Cowboy Lang vs Little Tokyo
-Chris Curtis vs Tank Patton
-plus one other exciting bout

Thursday - Greenville, MS
-Mike George vs Ted DiBiase
-Junkyard Dog & Ricky Fields vs Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy
-Cowboy Lang vs Little Tokyo
-Charlie Cook vs Frenchy Martin
-Bull Ramos vs Steve Hall

Friday - Shreveport, LA
-Mid-South Tag Team titles: Buck Robley & Junkyard Dog vs Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy
-Bounty match: Bull Ramos vs Ted DiBiase
-Bob Sweetan & Tank Patton vs Iron Mike Sharpe & Ricky Fields
-Ben Alexander vs Mike George
-Cowboy Lang vs Little Tokyo
-Charlie Cook vs Frenchy Martin

Saturday - Loranger, LA
-Lights out match: Charlie Cook vs Tank Patton
-Special challenge match: Mike George vs Ted DiBiase
-Ben Alexander & Ricky Fields vs Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy
-Cowboy Lang vs Little Tokyo
-Frenchy Martin vs Steve Hall

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