McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 2/16/76-2/22/76

For the week ending February 22nd, 1976: Hiro Matsuda returns and defends the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title against Ted DiBiase, Waldo Von Erich is the champ of Europe (well, not really), the top three feuds show little signs of slowing down & more!

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




Other wrestlers advertised for shows this week but not listed in the SPOT ratings: women wrestlers Toni Rose and Vicki Williams.

Hiro Matsuda returns to the territory after taking a brief vacation. As the NWA World Junior Heavyweight champ, Matsuda is a "touring attraction", but his home base is here and he's in full-time for the next few weeks. Butcher Brannigan debuts this week, coming here after a run in Stampede. He had been here previously for a few months back in 1973.

Matsuda edges out North American champ Bill Watts for the #1 spot in the Rankings this week. The World Junior Heavyweight title had been the cornerstone championship in this territory for many years, so even with a proven heavyweight draw such as Watts holding the top singles title, Matsuda is given pretty much equal billing. Gorgeous George Jr, Greg Valentine, Buddy Roberts and Jerry Brown all see their SPOT Ratings increase, as their feud over the US Tag Team titles continues to build. Its' FEUD Score increases from a 46 to a 53 this week. The other top feuds continue to be Bob Slaughter vs Sonny King and Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox.

Waldo Von Erich is being billed as the European Heavyweight champion. This seems to be a fabricated title, and I'd guess it was used to build Von Erich up for his series of matches against Watts.

NOTE: You'll see a card for Vicksburg listed below along with all the other known weekly cards. I added over 350 new house shows to my database this past week, mostly from the Mississippi towns of Vicksburg, Meridian and Natchez. I currently run all my statistics on a quarterly basis; this means that these "new" shows won't be part of the dataset used to calculate the SPOT Ratings, Rankings and FEUD Scores until the first week of April.

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Known house show lineups for the week:

Monday - Monroe, LA
-US Tag Team titles: Buck Robley & Hiro Matsuda vs Gorgeous George Jr & Greg Valentine
-Claw vs Headbutt: Bob Slaughter vs Sonny King
-Butcher Brannigan vs Grizzly Smith
-David Nevins vs Ken Dillinger

Monday - Tulsa, OK
-European Heavyweight title: Dick Murdoch vs Waldo Von Erich
-Danny Hodge vs Killer Karl Kox
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Calypso Joe & Ted DiBiase
-Toni Rose vs Vicki Williams
-Mr Ito vs Sonny Rogers

Tuesday - Alexandria, LA
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Bob Griffin vs Hiro Matsuda
-Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Grizzly Smith & Sonny King
-Butcher Brannigan vs Calypso Joe
-David Nevins vs Sonny Rogers

Tuesday - Shreveport, LA
-European Heavyweight title: Dick Murdoch vs Waldo Von Erich
-US Tag Team titles: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Gorgeous George Jr & Greg Valentine
-Toni Rose vs Vicki Williams
-Danny Hodge vs Mr Ito
-Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase

Wednesday - Fort Smith, AR
-US Tag Team titles: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Gorgeous George Jr & Greg Valentine
-Toni Rose vs Vicki Williams
-Danny Hodge vs Mr Ito

Wednesday - Vicksburg, MS
-European Heavyweight title, no disqualification: Sonny King vs Waldo Von Erich
-Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-Bob Griffin & Ted DiBiase vs Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley
-Calypso Joe vs Sonny Rogers

Thursday - Chalmette, LA
-Battle to the finish: Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Bob Griffin vs Hiro Matsuda
-Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Grizzly Smith & Sonny King
-Butcher Brannigan vs Calypso Joe
-Sonny Rogers vs Ted DiBiase

Thursday - North Little Rock, AR
-US Tag Team titles: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Gorgeous George Jr & Greg Valentine
-Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-Toni Rose vs Vicki Williams
-David Nevins vs Mr Ito

Friday - Lafayette, LA
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Hiro Matsuda vs Ted DiBiase
-Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-Bob Griffin & Sonny King vs Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley
-Butcher Brannigan vs Calypso Joe

Saturday - Greenwood, MS
-US Tag Team titles: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Gorgeous George Jr & Greg Valentine
-Ted DiBiase vs Waldo Von Erich
-Toni Rose vs Vicki Williams

Saturday - Loranger, LA
-Lumberjack match: Buck Robley vs Sonny King
-Bob Griffin vs Bob Slaughter
-Alex Perez vs Calypso Joe
-David Nevins vs Ken Dillinger

Sunday - Houma, LA
-Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Grizzly Smith & Mystery Partner (this was probably either Sonny King or Bob Sweetan; Sweetan was in East Texas at the time but appeared in Houma last week and came to blows with Slaughter & Robley during the lumberjack match between Slaughter and King)
-Butcher Brannigan vs Calypso Joe
-David Nevins vs Ken Dillinger

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