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Mid-South Wrestling: Week of 9/13-9/19 1982

Our coverage of 1982 continues with a look at the week ending September 19th: DiBiase continues to face all comers, a couple of guest appearances in OKC, the son of a former World champ comes in & more!

Here's a look at the talent roster along with their SPOT ratings for the week.

Columns: TW=This week's SPOT rating; LW=Last week's SPOT rating; ME%=Percentage of main events. Babyfaces are in blue on the left-hand side, heels in orange on the right. They are listed in descending order; wrestlers at the top were mostly in main events while wrestlers at the bottom were mostly in preliminary matches.

For new readers, this post and this post will help you understand what the SPOT rating means.

I have data for the following house shows this week:
Tuesday - Loranger, LA
Friday - Oklahoma City, OK
Sunday - Monroe, LA
(Oklahoma City data comes from

Notes/Analysis: I've added a new column to the weekly charts that shows how often a wrestler was booked in main events. It's based on all known house shows for a five-week period centered around the given week (so it includes this week, the two weeks prior and the two weeks following). It is calculated by taking the number of times a wrestler was booked in a main event and dividing it by the total number of shows that wrestler was booked on. Note that main events often featured tag team (or six-man, eight-man, etc) matches and that wrestlers were occasionally given days off or were booked outside of the territory. In addition, there were time periods when the territory ran multiple shows per night with different crews.

On the three shows I have records for this week, North American champion Ted DiBiase faced different opponents on each. In Loranger he was booked against Dick Murdoch. In Oklahoma City, he defeated Buck Robley. In Monroe, he lost to Junkyard Dog in a dog collar match. Presumably the Monroe bout was non-title, but I'm not sure about the other two matches. Another possible title match took place in Oklahoma City, as reigning tag champs JYD & Mr. Olympia defeated One Man Gang & Killer Khan.

Monroe also featured Robley & Iron Mike Sharpe against Gang & Khan with the same stipulation we saw in a few towns last week. If Robley's team won he would get five minutes with Gen. Scandor Akbar. Robley & Sharpe won this bout, and Robley "won" his match with Akbar when Akbar ran away after four minutes.

A couple of interesting names are listed in the results from Oklahoma City. Brad Armstrong lost to The Grappler and The Super Destroyer lost to Mr. Wrestling II. Both men were working in Georgia at the time. I do want to note that Georgia results on list Super D on a show in Columbus, GA the same day as the OKC show. One of the more maddening aspects of trying to come up with a complete and accurate history of shows and results is when a masked wrestler appears in two different towns on the same night.

Vinnie Romeo and Billy Starr are not booked on any of the house shows this week. In Romeo's case, it looks like he's taken off the road for a few weeks but still works the bi-weekly TV tapings in Shreveport. Starr leaves the territory and his name pops up on a couple of shows in Georgia and Florida over the next few months.

The only newcomer this week is Kelly Kiniski. Son of former NWA World Heavyweight champ Gene Kiniski, Kelly had a previous stint here in the spring of 1981. This time around, he came here after a stint in Mid-Atlantic. Kelly had debuted for Stampede at the age of 20 in August 1980. After several years of competing in various territories, he retired in 1987.

Frequent matches:
Junkyard Dog vs Ted DiBiase
Buck Robley & Iron Mike Sharpe vs Killer Khan & One Man Gang
Dick Murdoch vs Ted DiBiase

Frequent tag team combinations:
Killer Khan & One Man Gang
Buck Robley & Iron Mike Sharpe


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