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Stats 101: Bob Backlund in Amarillo, 1974

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This month on Stats 101, we will look at Bob Backlund's 1974 run in the Amarillo territory using the statistics we have developed to measure a wrestlers' role in the territorial era. Backlund was still a rookie when he went to Amarillo in early 1974 to wrestle for the Funks. In his first week there, he beat Terry Funk to win the Western States Heavyweight title. It might seem like Backlund was in for a big push. The reality, however, was slightly different.

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Q2 1974

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In the 2nd quarter of 1974, Buck and Bull are pushed, Rip and Bob turn babyface, Akbar feuds with Hussian, a rookie named Frank debuts, & more!

Charting the Territories Apr '22: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Battleship Johnson?

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On the latest episode of Charting the Territories, Al Getz and Jon Boucher look at the 2nd quarter of 1966 in the Oklahoma/Louisiana wrestling territory. Danny Hodge, the Assassins, plus newcomers including Krusher Kowalski, Tor Kamata, and a man for whom little is known about, Battleship Johnson. Plus, Al quizzes Jon with questions from Gordon Solie's Championship Wrestling Trivia!

Stats 101: The SPOTted Amarillo

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On the latest episode of Stats 101, wrestling historian Al Getz looks at the Amarillo territory in the first half of the 1970s and discusses a new application of the SPOT Rating, the statistic which measures a wrestlers' average position on house show lineups.

The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 27 (1966 Q2)

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Welcome to Chapter 27 of The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac, an in-depth data-driven look at the wrestling territory run by Leroy McGuirk (and later, Bill Watts).

Charting the Territories Mar '22: Brute and Ernie

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On the latest episode of Charting the Territories, Al Getz and Jon Boucher look at the 1st quarter of 1978 in the Oklahoma/Louisiana wrestling territory. They discuss Ernie Ladd, Reggie Parks, and Skip Young among others. Along the way they take some interesting detours such as the scent of Kevin Nash and the Norwegian glam rock scene. As a special bonus, Al interviews the Brute (Buggsy McGraw)!

Wrestling History Mysteries: Mister Montez

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On the latest episode of Wrestling History Mysteries, rogue wrestling historian Al Getz attempts to use research and logic to clear up a slightly confusing situation involving a wrestler (or is it wrestlers?) in Florida in the fall of 1972. It's another example of the challenges wrestling historians face when trying to verify 50-year old info.