Showing posts from December, 2021

Charting the Territories Dec '21: Moondog eats glass, the family Bass, Ty Cobb kicks a fan's ass

On the latest episode of Charting the Territories, Al Getz and Jon Boucher look at the 4th quarters of 1973 and 1965 in Leroy McGuirk's territory, discussing the Bass family, Bob Backlund, and Lorenzo Parente among others. They then head west, but not before they open their Christmas presents for one another "live". Plus Al has an intern!

Big Time Wrestling (Northern California): Q4 1974

Here's a special look at Big Time Wrestling (Roy Shire; Northern California) in the 4th quarter of 1974. From time to time we will look at territories that I don’t normally cover on this blog; think of them as “Uncharted Territories”.

The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 25 (Q4 1965)

Welcome to Chapter 25 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) Frequent Partners & Frequent Opponents, which let you see who a wrestler was teaming up with on a regular basis (if any) and who they were regularly wrestling against in meaningful matches high up on the cards In addition, we list the advertised lineups for all known house shows in the territory during the time period, an index of newcomers and other wrestlers (special attractions, women, midgets, etc) that passed through the territory, and

The Curious Case of Mr. Szabo (transcript of podcast episodes)

The following is a transcript of all four episodes of my "Wrestling History Mysteries" podcast. They are taken from the 'scripts' I prepared for each episode. I have also included numerous original-source materials where relevant to provide documentation.

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Q4 1973

In the 4th quarter of 1973, Akbar turns heel on Hodge, two ‘fake’ brother teams (one of whom is managed by their "Maw") and one masked team consisting of actual brothers-in-law, a rookie named Backlund & more!