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McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 1/19/76-1/25/76

For the week ending January 25th, 1976: with Matsuda not booked regularly in the area the heavyweights dominate the top spots on the cards as well as the biggest feuds & 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: Hiro Matsuda. Matsuda was booked to defend the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title on Tuesday in Alexandria and then disappears for a few weeks. The only booking I can find for him during that time away is on February 3rd in Tampa.

Jack Curtis Jr, who is booked here regularly but often as a part-timer, has enough matches over a few week period of time to be included in the SPOT Ratings this week. To make my life easier when putting these charts together, I have a set formula I use to separate "regulars" from "non-regulars". Unfortunately, part-timers such as Curtis (or Tom Bradley in 1972 or Red McKim at various points in time) often can drift back-and-forth between qualifying as regulars and non-regulars, but it's a necessary evil at this point in time.

The Invader left the territory this week. As stated previously, this couldn't have been one of the more notable wrestlers to have used the Invader name over the years, and his identity is unknown.

With Matsuda not in the territory full-time, Danny Hodge was significantly cooled off over the last several weeks. He's still a key player in the territory, but there are several babyfaces higher up on the depth chart. Much of the emphasis at this point in time was on the heavyweights, with the Dick Murdoch-Killer Karl Kox feud still raging on and Bill Watts feuding with Waldo Von Erich. In addition, the Bob Slaughter-Sonny King feud is still going strong; both men see an increase in their SPOT Ratings this week.

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Known house show lineups for the week:

Monday - Tulsa, OK
-Lights out match: Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-US Tag Team titles: Bill Watts & Greg Valentine vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Bob Slaughter vs Sonny King
-Ted DiBiase vs Waldo Von Erich
-Gorgeous George Jr vs Mr Ito

Tuesday - Alexandria, LA
-Battle royal featuring Haystack Calhoun
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Bob Griffin vs Hiro Matsuda
-Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Greg Valentine & Grizzly Smith
-Mr Ito vs Sonny King
-Igor Putski vs Mike Pappas

Tuesday - Shreveport, LA
-Lights out match: Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Danny Hodge & Ted DiBiase
-Alex Perez vs Gorgeous George Jr
-Calypso Joe vs Sonny Rogers

Wednesday - Fort Smith, AR
-Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-Buck Robley vs Sonny King
-Bob Slaughter vs Ted DiBiase
-Alex Perez vs Igor Putski

Thursday - Greenville, MS
-US Tag Team titles: Bill Watts & Greg Valentine vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Bob Griffin vs Mr Ito
-Gorgeous George Jr vs Sonny Rogers

Thursday - North Little Rock, AR
-Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-Battle royal featuring Haystack Calhoun
-Danny Hodge vs Waldo Von Erich
-Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Sonny King & Ted DiBiase
-Alex Perez vs Igor Putski

Friday - Lafayette, LA
-Bob Slaughter vs Grizzly Smith
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Greg Valentine & Haystack Calhoun
-Buck Robley vs Gorgeous George Jr
-Calypso Joe vs Mr Ito

Saturday - Greenwood, MS
-Buck Robley vs Sonny King
-Haystack Calhoun vs Waldo Von Erich
-Jack Curtis Jr vs Mr Ito

Saturday - Loranger, LA
-Alex Perez & Bob Slaughter vs Bob Griffin & Grizzly Smith
-Sonny Rogers vs Ted DiBiase
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches between the participants from the tag bout

Sunday - Houma, LA
-Bob Slaughter vs Grizzly Smith
-Alex Perez & Sonny Rogers vs Bob Griffin & Ted DiBiase
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches between the participants from the tag bout

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