McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 1/12/76-1/18/76

For the week ending January 18th, 1976: an interesting look at how McGuirk used three different African-American babyfaces over a six-month period of time, the Murdoch-Kox feud continues to heat up & more!

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



Other wrestlers advertised for shows this week but not listed in the SPOT ratings: Jack Curtis Jr.

Newcomers this week were babyface Gorgeous George Jr. and heel Mr. Ito. Both came here from Gulf Coast. George had been here before a few times, most recently in 1974. Ito (aka Umanosuke Ueda) also had previous stints here in the past, most recently a year prior.

Pork Chop Cash left the territory and went to Southern California. His next stint here would begin in May of 1977. Looking at SPOT Ratings dating back to the previous summer, you can see a clear pattern of three different African-American wrestlers being used in the same role. In the summer of '75, Tom Jones was slotted as an upper-midcarder; when Pork Chop came in, he slowly made his way up the cards while Jones was simultaneously moved down. Jones eventually left and Pork Chop settled into the upper mid-card babyface role. After a couple of months in that spot, Pork Chop in turn was phased out when Sonny King came in and slowly moved up the cards. Sonny eventually replaced Pork Chop in the upper-midcards while Pork Chop moved down the cards and eventually out of the area.

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Known house show lineups for the week:

Monday - Monroe, LA
-World Junior Heavyweight title, no time limit: Danny Hodge vs Hiro Matsuda
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Greg Valentine & Grizzly Smith
-Gorgeous George Jr vs Sonny Rogers
-Calypso Joe vs Igor Putski

Monday - Tulsa, OK
-Buck Robley & Killer Karl Kox vs Dick Murdoch & Haystack Calhoun
-Bob Slaughter vs Sonny King
-Alex Perez vs Ted DiBiase
-Bob Griffin vs Invader
-Jack Curtis Jr vs Mike Pappas

Tuesday - Alexandria, LA
-World Junior Heavyweight title: Bob Griffin vs Hiro Matsuda
-US Tag Team titles: Bill Watts & Greg Valentine vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Grizzly Smith vs Waldo Von Erich
-Calypso Joe vs Sonny Rogers

Tuesday - Shreveport, LA
-Buck Robley & Killer Karl Kox vs Dick Murdoch & Haystack Calhoun
-No disqualification: Bob Slaughter vs Sonny King
-Alex Perez vs Danny Hodge
-Invader vs Ted DiBiase
-Gorgeous George Jr vs Igor Putski

Wednesday - Fort Smith, AR
-World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Hiro Matsuda
-Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Sonny King & Ted DiBiase
-Alex Perez vs Calypso Joe

Wednesday - Jackson, MS
-Special referee Haystack Calhoun: Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-US Tag Team titles: Bill Watts & Greg Valentine vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Grizzly Smith vs Waldo Von Erich
-Bob Griffin vs Invader

Thursday - Chalmette, LA
-Special referee Haystack Calhoun: Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-Bob Griffin & Sonny King vs Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley
-Grizzly Smith vs Waldo Von Erich
-Igor Putski vs Invader
-Gorgeous George Jr vs Sonny Rogers

Thursday - Greenville, MS
-US Tag Team titles: Bill Watts & Greg Valentine vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Hiro Matsuda vs Ted DiBiase
-Alex Perez vs Danny Hodge

Friday - Lafayette, LA
-Haystack Calhoun in a battle royal
-Grizzly Smith vs Killer Karl Kox
-Bob Griffin & Sonny King vs Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley
-Gorgeous George Jr vs Invader

Saturday - Greenwood, MS
-Haystack Calhoun in a battle royal
-Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Greg Valentine & Sonny King
-Calypso Joe vs Mike Pappas

Saturday - Loranger, LA
-World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Hiro Matsuda
-Bob Griffin vs Bob Slaughter
-Gorgeous George Jr vs Sonny Rogers
-Alex Perez vs Ted DiBiase

Sunday - Houma, LA
-World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Hiro Matsuda
-Alex Perez vs Bob Griffin
-Gorgeous George Jr vs Sonny Rogers
-Igor Putski vs Sonny Rogers

Sunday - Monroe, LA
-No disqualification: Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Greg Valentine & Haystack Calhoun
-Buck Robley vs Sonny King
-Bob Slaughter vs Mike Pappas
-Calypso Joe vs Mr Ito

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