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Southeastern (Mobile/Pensacola) 1978 - Part 3

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In the fourth quarter of 1978, the top wrestlers in the Mobile/Pensacola division of Southeastern included Ron & Robert Fuller, the Mongolian Stomper, Don Carson and Bob Armstrong.

Southeastern (Mobile/Pensacola) 1978 - Part 2

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In the third quarter of 1978, the top wrestlers in the Mobile/Pensacola division of Southeastern included Ron Fuller, Ricky & Reuben Gibson and Bob Armstrong.

Southeastern (Mobile/Pensacola) 1978 - Part 1

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In the second quarter of 1978, the top wrestlers in the Mobile/Pensacola division of Southeastern included Ron Fuller, the Assassins, Bob Armstrong & Rip Tyler.

The below chart lists the wrestlers who were regulars in the territory between April 1st and June 30th, 1978. They are ranked by their Statistical Position Over Time, a number between .000 and 1.000 representing the average spot on the cards they were booked on (a 1.000 would mean they were always in the main event)


Babyfaces are highlighted in blue, heels in orange (Rip Tyler turned from heel to babyface during the quarter). The spacing between wrestlers is meant to approximate the differences in their SPOT. The vertical lines to the right of their SPOT indicate the days they were advertised/booked on a card.

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As touched on above, Rip Tyler had quite the rollercoaster quarter. At the beginning of April, he was managing heel team the Assassins (Randy Colley & Roger Smith). He turned babyface in mid-April and was …

Southeastern (Mobile/Pensacola) 1978 - Introduction

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By the end of 1977, Ron Fuller's Southeastern territory based out of Knoxville was firmly established. Ron took control of it in 1975, and they were running towns in eastern Tennessee and parts of Kentucky and Virginia. In early 1978, Fuller purchased Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling; the following article appeared in the January 8th edition of the Mobile (AL) Register.


Newspaper ads that I have from Panama City, Mobile, Montgomery and Pensacola refer to the new promotion as Southeastern Wrestling (or NWA Southeastern Wrestling) from the get-go. However, the promotion still used Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling signage on their TV program. My good friend Beau James (http://www.kingofkingsport.com) told me he has seen some ads that still called it "Gulf Coast", and he might have even seen a "Southeastern Gulf Coast" somewhere. According to the very reliable Karl Stern at whenitwascool.com , the renaming of the promotion to Southeastern didn't occur until …