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The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 6 (1961 Q1)

Welcome to Chapter 6 of The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac, an in-depth data-driven look at the wrestling territory run by Leroy McGuirk (and later, Bill Watts). The territory is most commonly known as Tri-State Wrestling and/or Mid-South Wrestling, though neither of those names were actually used until September 1979 when Watts split from McGuirk.

Each chapter covers a three-month period of time and will list our exclusive statistics:
1) SPOT (Statistical Position Over Time) Ratings, which measure a wrestlers average position on the cards
2) FEUD (Frequent Encounters Using Data) Scores, which measure the frequency and breadth of a series of matches between the same wrestlers (or tag teams)
In addition, we list the advertised lineups for all known house shows in the territory during the time period, along with an index of newcomers and other wrestlers (special attractions, women, midgets, etc) that passed through the territory.

Previous chapters:
Chapter 1 (1959 Q4)
Chapter 2 (1960 Q1)
Chapter 3 (1960 Q2)
Chapter 4 (1960 Q3)
Chapter 5 (1960 Q4)

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THE McGUIRK/WATTS WRESTLING ALMANAC
CHAPTER 6 (1961 Q1)




ADVERTISED LINEUPS FOR ALL KNOWN HOUSE SHOWS

1/3/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Jack Donovan
Karol Krauser vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Al Galento vs Treach Phillips

1/4/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Al Galento & Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Treach Phillips
Al Galento vs Treach Phillips
Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki

1/4/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Danny Hodge & Oni Wiki Wiki & Wild Red Berry vs Don Kent & Great Bolo & Karol Krauser
Don Kent vs Wild Red Berry
Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo
Karol Krauser vs Oni Wiki Wiki

1/5/61 Okmulgee, OK (National Guard Armory)
Al Galento & Karol Krauser vs Danny Hodge & Treach Phillips
Danny Hodge vs Karol Krauser
Al Galento vs Treach Phillips

1/5/61 Sulphur, OK (Legion Hall)
Farmer Jones & Oni Wiki Wiki vs Great Bolo & Jack Donovan
Farmer Jones vs Great Bolo
Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki

1/6/61 Muskogee, OK (City Hall)
Al Galento & Mr X vs Red McKim & Treach Phillips
Al Galento vs Treach Phillips
Mr X vs Red McKim

1/6/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Farmer Jones & Wild Red Berry vs Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser
Dick Hutton vs Great Bolo
Don Kent vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Jack Donovan vs Wild Red Berry

1/9/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Farmer Jones & Wild Red Berry vs Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser
Don Kent vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Al Galento vs Treach Phillips
Jack Donovan vs Wild Red Berry

1/10/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Farmer Jones & Oni Wiki Wiki vs Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser
Dick Beattie vs Red McKim
Farmer Jones vs Karol Krauser
Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki

1/11/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Don Kent & Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Treach Phillips
Don Kent vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Jack Donovan vs Treach Phillips

1/11/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Farmer Jones & Wild Red Berry vs Great Bolo & Karol Krauser
Al Galento vs Bob Clay
Great Bolo vs Wild Red Berry
Farmer Jones vs Karol Krauser

1/12/61 Paris, TX (Fairgrounds Coliseum)
Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Chuck Benson vs Treach Phillips
Bob O'Brien vs Jack Kennedy

1/13/61 Muskogee, OK (City Hall)
Bob Clay & Oni Wiki Wiki vs Karol Krauser & Mr X
Bob Clay vs Karol Krauser
Mr X vs Oni Wiki Wiki

1/13/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Colisem)
Farmer Jones vs Jack Donovan
Great Bolo vs Red McKim
Al Galento vs Wild Red Berry
Don Kent vs Treach Phillips

1/16/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Farmer Jones vs Jack Donovan
Al Galento & Antone Leone vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Red McKim
Dick Beattie vs Don Kent
Plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

1/17/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Farmer Jones vs Jack Donovan
Al Galento & Antone Leone vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Treach Phillips
Al Galento vs Treach Phillips
Antone Leone vs Oni Wiki Wiki

1/17/61 Sulphur, OK (Legion Hall)
Great Bolo vs Red McKim (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Bob Clay vs Don Kent

1/18/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Karol Krauser vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Antone Leone vs Treach Phillips

1/18/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Farmer Jones vs Great Bolo
Jack Donovan vs Red McKim
Al Galento vs Dick Beattie

1/19/61 Paris, TX (Fair Grounds Coliseum)
Antone Leone & Karol Krauser vs Chuck Benson & Oni Wiki Wiki
Karol Krauser vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Antone Leone vs Chuck Benson

1/20/61 Muskogee, OK (City Hall)
Al Galento & Karol Krauser vs Bob Clay & Farmer Jones
Al Galento vs Bob Clay
Farmer Jones vs Karol Krauser

1/20/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Colisem)
Great Bolo vs Red McKim (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Antone Leone vs Treach Phillips
Jack Donovan vs Jack Humberto
Don Kent vs Oni Wiki Wiki

1/23/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Jack Donovan vs Red McKim
Al Galento vs Sonny Myers
Jody Hamilton vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Antone Leone vs Treach Phillips

1/24/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Great Bolo vs Karol Krauser
Al Galento vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Antone Leone vs Treach Phillips

1/24/61 Ponca City, OK (Civic Center Auditorium)
Dick Beattie & Farmer Jones vs Don Kent & Jack Donovan
Farmer Jones vs Jack Donovan
Dick Beattie vs Don Kent

1/25/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Al Galento vs Farmer Jones
Don Kent vs Karol Krauser

1/25/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Great Bolo vs Jack Donovan
Antone Leone vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Red McKim vs Treach Phillips

1/26/61 Holdenville, OK (High School Auditorium)
Al Galento & Jack Donovan vs Farmer Jones & Jack Humberto
Farmer Jones vs Jack Donovan
Al Galento vs Jack Humberto

1/26/61 Paris, TX (Fair Grounds Coliseum)
Karol Krauser vs Oni Wiki WIki
Dick Beattie vs Don Kent

1/27/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Jack Donovan vs Red McKim
Don Kent vs Sonny Myers
Karol Krauser vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Antone Leone vs Jack Humberto

1/27/61 Okmulgee, OK (National Guard Armory)
Battle royal featuring Bob Clay, Don Kent, Farmer Jones, Great Bolo and Treach Phillips
Plus two additional bouts determined by order of elimination

1/30/61 Prairie Grove, AR (High School Gym)
Al Galento & Karol Krauser vs Farmer Jones & Oni Wiki Wiki
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches between participants from the tag bout

1/30/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Antone Leone vs Sonny Myers
Jack Donovan vs Steve Atkins
George Grant vs Jack Humberto

1/31/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Karol Krauser vs Mike Clancy
Antone Leone vs Jack Humberto
Steve Atkins vs Treach Phillips

1/31/61 Ponca City, OK (Civic Center Auditorium)
Al Galento & Jack Donovan vs Dick Beattie & Oni Wiki Wiki
Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Al Galento vs Dick Beattie

2/1/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
George Grant & Karol Krauser vs Steve Atkins & Treach Phillips
Karol Krauser vs Steve Atkins
George Grant vs Treach Phillips

2/1/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Antone Leone vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy
Jack Humberto vs Steve Atkins

2/1/61 Woodward, OK (Convention Hall)
Al Galento & Jack Donovan vs Farmer Jones & Red McKim
There were likely one or two additional singles bouts featuring participants from the tag bout

2/2/61 Paris, TX (Fair Grounds Coliseum)
Farmer Jones & Mike Clancy vs Great Bolo & Karol Krauser
Farmer Jones vs Karol Krauser
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy

2/3/61 Muskogee, OK (City Hall)
Al Galento & Great Bolo vs Danny Hodge & Farmer Jones
Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo
Al Galento vs Farmer Jones

2/3/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser vs Mike Clancy & Sonny Myers
Antone Leone vs Oni Wiki Wiki
George Grant vs Steve Atkins
Karol Krauser vs Sonny Myers

2/6/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Karol Krauser vs Mike Clancy
Al Galento & Antone Leone vs Red McKim & Sonny Myers
Dick Beattie vs George Grant
Al Galento vs Red McKim

2/7/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Karol Krauser vs Mike Clancy
Antone Leone vs Oni Wiki Wiki
George Grant vs Steve Atkins

2/8/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Great Bolo vs Jack Donovan (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Al Galento vs Ken Hill

2/8/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Antone Leone vs Mike Clancy
George Grant & Karol Krauser vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Treach Phillips
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout
NOTE: This card was cancelled due to inclement weather

2/9/61 Paris, TX (Coliseum)
Battle royal featuring Al Galento, George Grant, Great Bolo, Oni Wiki Wiki and Treach Phillips
Plus two additional bouts determined by order of elimination

2/10/61 Muskogee, OK (City Hall)
Antone Leone & Great Bolo vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Red McKim
Great Bolo vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Antone Leone vs Red McKim

2/10/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Karol Krauser vs Sonny Myers
Jack Donovan vs Mike Clancy
George Grant vs Treach Phillips
Al Galento vs Dick Beattie

2/13/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Karol Krauser vs Mike Clancy
Jody Hamilton & Taro Miyaki vs Red McKim & Sonny Myers
Al Galento vs George Grant
Jody Hamilton vs Sonny Myers

2/14/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Antone Leone vs Mike Clancy
Great Bolo vs Jody Hamilton
Al Galento vs Farmer Jones

2/15/61 Anadarko, OK (National Guard Armory)
Farmer Jones & Treach Phillips vs Great Bolo & Jack Donovan (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Farmer Jones vs Great Bolo
Jack Donovan vs Treach Phillips

2/15/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Al Galento vs Red McKim
George Grant vs Oni Wiki Wiki

2/15/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Antone Leone vs Mike Clancy
Karol Krauser vs Sonny Myers
Dick Beattie vs Jody Hamilton

2/16/61 Holdenville, OK (National Guard Armory)
Antone Leone & Jack Donovan vs Bob Clay & Red McKim
Jack Donovan vs Red McKim
Antone Leone vs Bob Clay

2/16/61 Paris, TX (Fair Grounds Coliseum)
Great Bolo & Jody Hamilton vs Mike Clancy & Oni Wiki Wiki
Jody Hamilton vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy

2/17/61 Muskogee, OK (City Hall)
Bob Clay & Red McKim vs Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser
Bob Clay vs Jack Donovan
Karol Krauser vs Red McKim

2/17/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy
Jody Hamilton vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Al Galento vs George Grant
Bolo Jr vs Farmer Jones

2/18/61 Okmulgee, OK (National Guard Armory)
Antone Leone & Jack Donovan vs Bob Clay & Red McKim
Bob Clay vs Jack Donovan
Antone Leone vs Red McKim

2/20/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Al Galento & Great Bolo & Jody Hamilton vs Farmer Jones & Mike Clancy & Oni Wiki Wiki (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Judy Glover vs Penny Banner
Al Galento vs Farmer Jones
Jody Hamilton vs Mike Clancy
Great Bolo vs Oni Wiki Wiki

2/21/61 Guthrie, OK (High School Gymnasium)
Battle royal featuring Al Galento, Farmer Jones, George Grant, Jack Donovan and Karol Krauser
There were likely two other singes bouts determined by order of elimination

2/21/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy (3 out of 5 falls)
Jody Hamilton & Penny Banner vs Judy Glover & Oni Wiki Wiki
Jody Hamilton vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Judy Glover vs Penny Banner

2/22/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Al Galento vs Farmer Jones
George Grant vs Treach Phillips

2/22/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Karol Krauser vs Mike Clancy
Jody Hamilton & Penny Banner vs Judy Glover & Oni Wiki Wiki
Jody Hamilton vs Oni Wiki Wiki

2/22/61 Woodward, OK (Convention Hall)
Bob Clay & Red McKim vs Great Bolo & Jack Donovan (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Bob Clay vs Jack Donovan
Great Bolo vs Red McKim

2/23/61 Paris, TX (Fair Ground Coliseum)
Great Bolo vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Jody Hamilton vs Mike Clancy
Chuck Benson vs Jack Kennedy
NOTE: This card was postponed until the following Thursday due to “a change in the wrestling card and other innovations”

2/23/61 Shawnee, OK (Municipal Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Al Galento, Dick Beattie, Farmer Jones, Jack Donovan and Treach Phillips
Plus two additional bouts determined by order of elimination

2/23/61 Sulphur, OK (American Legion Hall)
Judy Glover & Oni Wiki Wiki vs Karol Krauser & Penny Banner
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

2/24/61 Muskogee, OK (City Hall)
Bob Clay & Farmer Jones vs George Grant & Karol Krauser
Farmer Jones vs Karol Krauser
Bob Clay vs George Grant

2/24/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Sudden death (Texas death) match: Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy
Jody Hamilton & Penny Banner vs Judy Glover & Sonny Myers
Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Jody Hamilton vs Sonny Myers

2/27/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Great Bolo & Jack Donovan vs Mike Clancy & Oni Wiki Wiki
Jody Hamilton vs Pepper Martin
George Grant vs Nelson Royal
Jack Donovan vs Oni Wiki Wiki

2/28/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Grudge match, ring enclosed by steel wire fence: Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy
Jody Hamilton vs Pepper Martin
George Grant vs Nelson Royal

3/1/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Al Galento vs Karol Krauser
George Grant vs Oni Wiki Wiki

3/1/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Battle royal featuring Bob Clay, Great Bolo, Jack Donovan, Jody Hamilton, Mike Clancy, Nelson Royal and Pepper Martin
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

3/2/61 Paris, TX (Fair Grounds Coliseum)
Bob Clay & Red McKim vs Karol Krauser & Nelson Royal
Karl Krauser vs Red McKim
Bob Clay vs Nelson Royal

3/2/61 Shawnee, OK (Municipal Auditorium)
No holds barred, fight to a finish, winner take all: Jack Donovan vs Red McKim
Jody Hamilton vs Pepper Martin

3/3/61 Blackwell, OK (Stock Pavilion)
Great Bolo & Jack Donovan vs Mike Clancy & Red McKim (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Jack Donovan vs Mike Clancy
Great Bolo vs Red McKim

3/3/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Colisem)
Karol Krauser vs Sonny Myers (Sonny will distribute $100 to fans if he doesn’t win)
Jody Hamilton vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Nelson Royal vs Red McKim
George Grant vs Pepper Martin

3/6/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Battle royal featuring Great Bolo, Jack Donovan, Jody Hamilton, Mike Clancy, Nelson Royal, Oni Wiki Wiki, Pepper Martin and Sonny Myers
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

3/7/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Great Bolo, Jack Donovan, Jody Hamilton, Mike Clancy, Nelson Royal, Pepper Martin and Sonny Myers
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

3/8/61 Chickasha, OK (Borden Gym)
Jody Hamilton & Karol Krauser vs Red McKim & Sonny Myers
Jody Hamilton vs Sonny Myers
Karol Krauser vs Red McKim

3/8/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Al Galento vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Jack Donovan vs Pepper Martin

3/9/61 Paris, TX (Fair Grounds Coliseum)
Al Galento & Jack Donovan vs Dick Beattie & Mike Clancy
Jack Donovan vs Mike Clancy
Al Galento vs Dick Beattie

3/9/61 Shawnee, OK (Municipal Auditorium)
Karol Krauser & Nelson Royal vs Pepper Martin & Red McKim
Karol Krauser vs Red McKim
Nelson Royal vs Pepper Martin

3/9/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Great Bolo vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Farmer Jones & Sonny Myers vs Jack Humberto & Jody Hamilton
Jody Hamilton vs Sonny Myers

3/10/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
10 round boxing match: Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy
Farmer Jones & Sonny Myers vs Jack Donovan & Jody Hamilton
Karol Krauser vs Pepper Martin
Nelson Royal vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Jody Hamilton vs Sonny Myers

3/13/61 Sulphur, OK (American Legion Building)
Battle royal featuring Jody Hamilton, Karol Krauser, Mike Clancy, Nelson Royal and Red McKim
Plus two additional bouts determined by order of elimination

3/13/61 Tulsa, OK (Fairgrounds Pavilion)
Danny Hodge vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Jessica Rogers & Judy Glover vs Kathy Starr & Millie Stafford
Great Bolo vs Sonny Myers
Al Galento vs Farmer Jones
Jack Donovan vs Pepper Martin

3/14/61 Elk City, OK (High School Gym)
Danny Hodge & Judy Glover vs Karol Krauser & Millie Stafford
Judy Glover vs Milli Stafford
Danny Hodge vs Karol Krauser

3/14/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Great Bolo & Nelson Royal vs Mike Clancy & Sonny Myers
Jessica Rogers vs Kathy Starr
Great Bolo vs Sonny Myers
Mike Clancy vs Nelson Royal

3/15/61 Anadarko, OK (National Guard Armory
Battle royal featuring Danny Hodge, Farmer Jones, Jack Donovan, Karol Krauser and Red McKim
Plus two additional bouts determined by order of elimination

3/15/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Al Galento & Nelson Royal vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Pepper Martin
Nelson Royal vs Pepper Martin
Al Galento vs Oni Wiki Wiki

3/15/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Great Bolo vs Sonny Myers
Jessica Rogers & Judy Glover vs Kathy Starr & Millie Stafford
Jody Hamilton vs Mike Clancy

3/16/61 Paris, TX (Fair Park Coliseum)
Danny Hodge & Jessica Rogers vs Jack Donovan & Kathy Starr
Jessica Rogers vs Kathy Starr
Danny Hodge vs Jack Donovan

3/16/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Karol Krauser vs Sonny Myers
Jody Hamilton & Millie Stafford vs Judy Glover & Oni Wiki Wiki
Judy Glover vs Millie Stafford
Jody Hamilton vs Oni Wiki Wiki

3/17/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Sonny Myers
Jessica Rogers vs Millie Stafford
Farmer Jones & Mike Clancy vs Jody Hamilton & Nelson Royal
Jack Donovan vs Pepper Martin

3/17/61 Vinita, OK (National Guard Armory)
Judy Glover & Oni Wiki Wiki vs Karol Krauser & Kathy Starr
Judy Glover vs Kathy Starr
Karol Krauser vs Oni Wiki Wiki

3/20/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Two referees: Great Bolo vs Sonny Myers
Jody Hamilton & Nelson Royal vs Mike Clancy & Oni Wiki Wiki
Jack Donovan vs Pepper Martin
Jody Hamilton vs Mike Clancy

3/21/61 Houston, MO (High School Gymnasium)
Farmer Jones & Oni Wiki Wiki vs Jody Hamilton & Karol Krauser
There were likely one or two additional singles bouts featuring participants from the tag bout

3/21/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Great Bolo & Nelson Royal vs Mike Clancy & Sonny Myers
Jack Donovan vs Pepper Martin
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy
Nelson Royal vs Sonny Myers

3/22/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Al Galento & Nelson Royal vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Pepper Martin
Nelson Royal vs Oni Wiki Wiki

3/22/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Great Bolo & Jody Hamilton vs Mike Clancy & Sonny Myers
Nelson Royal vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Great Bolo vs Sonny Myers
Jody Hamilton vs Mike Clancy

3/23/61 Paris, TX (Fair Grounds Coliseum)
Farmer Jones & Pepper Martin vs Jody Hamilton & Karol Krauser
Farmer Jones vs Jody Hamilton
Karol Krauser vs Pepper Martin

3/23/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Great Bolo vs Sonny Myers
Jack Donovan vs Mike Clancy
Nelson Royal vs Oni Wiki Wiki

3/24/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Battle royal featuring Al Galento, Great Bolo, Jody Hamilton, Mike Clancy, Nelson Royal, Pat Newman, Pepper Martin, Red McKim and Sonny Myers
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

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NEW TO THE TERRITORY THIS QUARTER

ANTONE LEONE – Hailing from the town of Oyster Bay NY, Antone “Ripper” Leone had a career that lasted almost three decades. He had several stints here over the years dating back to 1946.

GEORGE GRANT – This was Grant’s first of two stints here; the second one occurred in 1971. He sometimes billed himself as “Gorgeous” George Grant, though there is no relation to George Wagner.

MIKE CLANCY – Clancy, a pro since 1949, had last wrestled here in February 1958 when he dropped the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title to Angelo Savoldi to end his second run with that title. He also had tag team title runs with George Becker in Mid-Atlantic.

NELSON ROYAL – This was Royal’s second stint here, the first being a short run in 1957. This time around he was billed as “Mr. Nelson Royal”.

PEPPER MARTIN – Martin worked his way through several territories over the years since his pro debut in 1959. A friendship with wrestler-turned-actor Woody Strode opened doors to an acting career as well, with Martin appearing in over 20 movies between 1968 and 1989 including the original version of The Longest Yard in 1974.

SONNY MYERS – Myers wrestled for numerous territories from the mid-40s to the late-60s but spent the majority of his time in Central States. In 1953 Myers invested in a carnival operation run by Gust Karras and eventually took it over completely; Sonny Myers Amusements provided attractions for numerous county fairs in the Midwest for decades. His refusal to pay talent fees to Pinkie George and/or the NWA for booking wrestlers on the fair shows led to Myers claiming he was blackballed. He sued George & the NWA, though the jury found in favor of the defendants.

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OTHER WRESTLERS NOT LISTED IN THE SPOT RATINGS

NATIONALLY KNOWN STARS / TOURING ATTRACTIONS
Dick Hutton
Wild Red Berry – Berry, from nearby Pittsburg KS, generally went home for the holidays and would work a handful of shows

PART-TIMERS
Bob Clay
Bob O’Brien
Bolo Jr (a number of different wrestlers used this gimmick over the years as a partner/ally of the Great Bolo)
Chuck Benson
Jack Kennedy
Ken Hill
Mr X (identity unknown)
Pat Newman
Steve Atkins
Taro Miyaki (Miyaki was full-time in Amarillo, but worked the 2/13 Tulsa card)

WOMEN WRESTLERS
Jessica Rogers
Judy Glover
Kathy Starr
Millie Stafford
Penny Banner
Glover and Banner came in together for a week in February, and Rogers, Glover, Starr and Stafford all came in for a week in March. Rogers & Glover worked as babyfaces and Starr, Stafford & Banner were heels
(the overall SPOT Rating for the women wrestlers here this quarter was a .62)

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