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Tri-State Wrestling: Week of 11/12-11/18 1979

Our coverage of Tri-State in 1979 continues with a look at the week ending November 18th: Haystack feuds with Blair, Garvin feuds with Shikina, Ron Starr may or may not have turned heel, Sugar Bear heads to Texas & more!

Year-by-year coverage:
1982               1979               1975               1968               1961

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. 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.

I have data for the following house shows this week:
Monday - Tulsa, OK
Wednesday - Springfield, MO
Saturday - Joplin, MO

Notes/Analysis: Haystack Calhoun continued his brief run as a heel here, taking on Brian Blair on all three cards I have for this week. In Tulsa, the two fought to a no-contest. Also appearing to join the heel "side" was Ron Starr. He faced Bill Ash in Springfield and Ron McFarlane in Joplin; while they may have been babyface vs babyface "scientific" bouts, by the end of next week he is teaming with Scandor Akbar. I've moved him to the heel side starting this week, but the turn may have not actually happened until the following week. In Tulsa, Starr defeated Gama Singh in an elimination bout as part of the Junior Heavyweight title tournament. Singh came in from Central States for the show.

The other major matches in the territory this week involved Jim Garvin and Oki Shikina. The two faced off in singles bouts in Tulsa and Springfield, with Garvin winning in Tulsa. In Joplin, Garvin teamed with Herb Calvert to face Shikina & Scandor Akbar. Shikina's regular tag partner, Sugar Bear Harris (Kamala), finished up last week. He went to East Texas, where he worked as a babyface for a couple of months.

Frequent matches:
Jim Garvin vs Oki Shikina
Herb Calvert & Jim Garvin vs Oki Shikina & Scandor Akbar

Frequent tag team combinations:
Herb Calvert & Jim Garvin
Brian Blair & Jim Garvin
Oki Shikina & Scandor Akbar

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