McGuirk Wrestling Territory: March 1972

Here's a look at the McGuirk wrestling territory in March 1972: Danny Hodge regains the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title from Doctor X, Ken Mantell and Eric the Red move up the cards, the US Tag Team titles change hands, The Stomper (non-Mongolian version) debuts & more!

Here are the week-by-week SPOT Ratings charts for the month.






COMINGS AND GOINGS

Newcomers this month:

Babyfaces Argentina Zuma and Terry Lathan
These appear to be Zuma's first matches since December 1968 when he was in Mid-Atlantic. It's possible he was wrestling in Argentina or somewhere else internationally, but I have no further information on his whereabouts through 1969-1971. Lathan (sometimes spelled Latham but not to be confused with Larry Latham) wrestled a handful of bouts on McGuirk's Louisiana shows earlier in the year, which appear to be his first pro bouts after initially training under Pancho Villa (aka Roberto Pico) and then coming to Louisiana with Bob Boyer to further his training.

Heels Guillotine Gordon, Jack Evans, Mark Starr and The Stomper
Gordon (aka Evil Eye Gordon and Enforcer Luciano) had most recently wrestled in Georgia the previous September. Evans, who also wrestled as The Great Gama (but is not Gama Singh), came in from the WWWF. Starr, brother of Ricki Starr, came in from East Texas. Stomper came in from Stampede, where he had wrestled as John Quinn; he also used the name The Kentucky Butcher in the northeast.

Leaving the territory this month:

Babyfaces Buddy Austin and Bobby Whitlock
Austin went to Gulf Coast while Whitlock next shows up in Mid-Atlantic in May.

Heels Billy Hamilton and Tom Bradley
Hamilton shows up in Gulf Coast in June. It appears that Bradley retired; he had been wrestling since the mid-1940s, spending most of the last decade bouncing back-and-forth between here, Florida and Mid-Atlantic.

Other wrestlers not listed in the SPOT Ratings:

Bob Clay, Herb Hagan, Jim Garvin, Ken Nichols, Rick Renaldo and women wrestlers Betty Niccoli and Patsy Kelly. Niccoli and Kelly were in for a week and a half. Clay had been a full-time wrestler (originally trained by Leroy McGuirk) for about a decade beginning in the late 1940s, then worked for McGuirk as a local promoter in Joplin MO and Wichita Falls TX. Once or twice a year, Clay would do an angle that led to him getting back in the ring to get revenge on the heels. This time, his foil was Jim Garvin, the 19-year old manager and "younger brother" of Terry Garvin. On March 2nd in Wichita Falls, Clay and Jim were handcuffed together at ringside during the Bill Watts vs Terry Garvin main event. This led to a special Clay vs Jim match the following week, with Clay vowing to donate $100 to charity if he couldn't defeat Jim in 3 minutes or less.

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Here are the week-by-week Rankings for the month.






WHO'S HOT AND WHO'S NOT

Hot: Babyfaces Dale Lewis and Ken Mantell and heel Eric the Red. Lewis and Eric both debuted in the Top 10 Rankings the week of March 5th, and by the end of the month Eric was ranked 5th and Lewis 7th. Dale was turned heel at some point during the month, though it appears it took several weeks for it to play out across the territory. The first week of April is the first week where he is positioned as a heel in most of the towns going forward. Mantell was moved up the cards pretty significantly in March. The week of February 27th his SPOT Rating was a .55 and four weeks later it was a .91, making him a Main Eventer.

Not: Heels Chuck Karbo and Terry Garvin. While Karbo's SPOT Rating didn't actually drop all that much, several wrestlers moved ahead of him in the Rankings and he dropped out of the Top 10 by the end of the month. Garvin is clearly being de-emphasized after being a main eventer dating back to the previous summer; he dropped to 6th in the Rankings by the end of the month after being ranked #1 as late as mid-February.

CH-CHANGES

Role Changes: Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell formed a tag team at the beginning of the month. Karbo & Bob Sweetan also teamed up on a few occasions, but they were still primarily booked as singles wrestlers for most of March. Putski & Mantell and Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones took turns taking on Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente while the other duo would take often on a makeshift heel team. It appears that Putski & Mantell were given some wins over Hart & Parente to build them up as logical challengers prior to the heel duo winning the US Tag Team titles.

Title Changes: As referenced above, Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente defeated Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones to win the US Tag Team titles on March 21st in Monroe. That same day in Little Rock, The Stomper appears to have won the Brass Knucks title from Bill Watts. The Brass Knucks title was sporadically defended/acknowledged; online title histories list Watts as having been champ since at least August of 1971. On March 20th in Shreveport, Danny Hodge regained the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title from Doctor X; it's worth noting that he won the bout by disqualification but was still awarded the title. It's possible the "disqualification rule" was waived for the match, as a previous title bout between them saw X intentionally pitch Hodge over the top rope to get disqualified. Watts appears to have held the North American title throughout the month. Title history sites list The Stomper as winning the title from Watts at some point during the month, but I haven't seen any evidence of this. It's possible they're conflating Stomper's Brass Knucks title win into a North American title change as well.

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Here are the week-by-week FEUD Scores for the month.






The biggest feuds over the course of the month were:
Danny Hodge vs Doctor X, with a peak FEUD Score of 41
Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell, with a peak FEUD of 38
Eric the Red vs Vic Muehler, with a peak FEUD of 24
Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Hart & Parente, with a peak FEUD of 23

The Eric the Red vs Muehler feud seems to have been a one and done around the loop, as I haven't found any instances of rematches in the same town. In Baton Rouge, the match was used to set up a feud between Eric and Grizzly Smith, with Grizzly serving as special referee and disqualifying Eric after interference from Bruce Swayze. The Eric-Muehler match in Lafayette had the added stipulation that if Muehler won, he would get a match with Swayze.

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HOUSE SHOW LINEUPS
(unless stated otherwise, these lineups are from my own personal research)

2/28/72 Shreveport LA
-Winner take all: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Grizzly Smith vs Terry Garvin
-Bob Boyer vs Eric the Red
-Bobby Whitlock vs Bruce Swayze

2/28/72 Tulsa OK
-Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Battle royal featuring Billy Red Lyons, Bob Sweetan, Dale Lewis, Mark Starr, Red McKim, Rick Renaldo, Silento Rodriguez and Tom Jones
-plus four other bouts, likely singles matches determined by order of elimination in the battle royal

2/29/72 Alexandria LA
-US Tag Team titles: Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-Billy Hamilton vs Joe Corea
-Terry Lathan vs Tom Bradley

2/29/72 Hot Springs AR
-Ivan Putski vs Terry Garvin (if Putski wins in 20 minutes or less, he gets Jim Garvin for 3 minutes)
-Ken Mantell vs Mark Starr
-Bob Boyer vs Silento Rodriguez

2/29/72 Monroe LA
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title match, no disqualification: Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Bob Sweetan & Eric the Red vs Grizzly Smith & Vic Muehler
-Dale Lewis vs Rick Renaldo
-Bobby Whitlock vs Johnny Eagles

3/1/72 Baton Rouge LA
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title match, disqualification rule waived: Doctor X vs Tom Jones
-Bob Sweetan vs Buddy Austin
-Danny Hodge vs Rick Renaldo
-Joe Corea vs Johnny Eagles

3/1/72 Jackson MS
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Eric the Red vs Grizzly Smith
-Billy Red Lyons vs Chuck Karbo
-Bruce Swayze vs Dale Lewis

3/2/72 Chalmette LA
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Bob Sweetan & Chuck Karbo vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Bobby Whitlock vs Eric the Red
-Bruce Swayze vs Johnny Eagles

3/2/72 Greenville MS
-Bobby Hart vs Tom Jones
-Dale Lewis vs Lorenzo Parente
-Billy Red Lyons vs Rick Renaldo
-plus a battle royal

3/2/72 Wichita Falls TX
-Bill Watts vs Terry Garvin (Jim Garvin handcuffed to promoter Bob Clay at ringside)
-Tom Bradley vs Vic Muehler
-Bob Boyer vs Silento Rodriguez

3/3/72 Lafayette LA
-Billy Red Lyons & Grizzly Smith & Tom Jones vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente & Mystery Partner (no idea who it was, best guess would be Eric the Red)
-Bob Sweetan vs Bobby Whitlock
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the six-man tag

3/4/72 Greenwood MS
-Ivan Putski vs Terry Garvin
-Bruce Swayze vs Ken Mantell
-Eric the Red vs Johnny Eagles

3/4/72 Joplin MO
-Danny Hodge & Red McKim vs Doctor X & Stomper
-Dale Lewis vs Vic Muehler
-Doctor X vs Red McKim
-Danny Hodge vs Stomper

3/4/72 Loranger LA
-Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bob Sweetan & Chuck Karbo
-Grizzly Smith vs Rick Renaldo
-Bobby Whitlock vs Terry Lathan

3/5/72 Houma LA
-US Tag Team titles: Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bob Sweetan & Chuck Karbo
-Bobby Whitlock vs Rick Renaldo
-Buddy Austin vs Terry Lathan

3/6/72 Shreveport LA
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Bruce Swayze & Eric the Red vs Grizzly Smith & Johnny Eagles
-Joe Corea vs Vic Muehler
-Billy Hamilton vs Silento Rodriguez

3/6/72 Tulsa OK
-Brass Knucks title: Bill Watts vs Stomper
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Dale Lewis vs Terry Garvin
-Bob Boyer vs Guillotine Gordon
-Mark Starr vs Tom Bradley

3/7/72 Alexandria LA
-Bob Sweetan & Doctor X vs Danny Hodge & Johnny Eagles
-Chuck Karbo vs Ivan Putski
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

3/7/72 Aurora MO
-Betty Niccoli & Terry Garvin vs Ken Mantell & Patsy Kelly
-Betty Niccoli vs Patsy Kelly
-Ken Mantell vs Terry Garvin

3/7/72 Hot Springs AR
-Battle royal featuring Bill Watts, Bob Boyer, Bruce Swayze, Dale Lewis, Guillotine Gordon, Joe Corea and Mr Scarlet
-plus three other bouts

3/7/72 Monroe LA
-Texas rules match: Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-Eric the Red vs Vic Muehler
-Bobby Whitlock vs Stomper
-Mark Starr vs Silento Rodriguez

3/8/72 Baton Rouge LA
-Doctor X & Eric the Red vs Grizzly Smith & Tom Jones
-Bruce Swayze vs Vic Muehler
-Mark Starr vs Silento Rodriguez
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

3/8/72 Jackson MS
-No time limit, 3 out of 5 falls: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Billy Red Lyons vs Stomper
-Betty Niccoli vs Patsy Kelly
-Chuck Karbo vs Danny Hodge
-Bob Sweetan vs Johnny Eagles

3/9/72 Chalmette LA
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Eric the Red vs Vic Muehler
-Betty Niccoli & Bruce Swayze vs Patsy Kelly & Silento Rodriguez
-Bruce Swayze vs Silento Rodriguez

3/9/72 Greenville MS
-Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Billy Hamilton vs Stomper
-Bobby Whitlock vs Mark Starr

3/9/72 Wichita Falls TX
-Lights out match: Bob Clay vs Jim Garvin (Clay to give $100 to charity if he fails to pin Garvin)
-Bill Watts & Dale Lewis vs Guillotine Gordon & Terry Garvin
-Bob Boyer vs Joe Corea
-Dale Lewis vs Terry Garvin

3/10/72 Lafayette LA
-Bob Sweetan & Eric the Red vs Grizzly Smith & Vic Muehler
-Betty Niccoli & Bruce Swayze vs Ken Mantell & Patsy Kelly
-Betty Niccoli vs Patsy Kelly
-Bruce Swayze vs Ken Mantell

3/11/72 Greenwood MS
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Doctor X vs Tom Jones
-Eric the Red vs Vic Muehler
-Bobby Whitlock vs Johnny Eagles

3/11/72 Joplin MO
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Dale Lewis & Red McKim
-Billy Red Lyons vs Terry Garvin
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

3/11/72 Loranger LA
-Grudge match: Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Betty Niccoli & Chuck Karbo vs Patsy Kelly & Silento Rodriguez
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

3/12/72 Hot Springs AR
-Doctor X vs Tom Jones
-Bruce Swayze & Eric the Red vs Johnny Eagles & Vic Muehler

3/12/72 Houma LA
-Betty Niccoli & Chuck Karbo vs Patsy Kelly & Silento Rodriguez
-Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

3/13/72 Shreveport LA
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Eric the Red
-Terry Garvin vs Tom Jones
-Betty Niccoli vs Patsy Kelly
-Billy Red Lyons vs Stomper
-Bruce Swayze vs Vic Muehler
-Joe Corea vs Johnny Eagles

3/13/72 Tulsa OK
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Bob Boyer vs Dale Lewis
-Guillotine Gordon vs Tom Bradley
-Mark Starr vs Red McKim

3/14/72 Alexandria LA
-Bob Sweetan & Chuck Karbo vs Grizzly Smith & Vic Muehler
-Bobby Whitlock vs Mark Starr
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

3/14/72 Little Rock AR
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Dale Lewis vs Johnny Eagles
-Bob Boyer vs Guillotine Gordon

3/14/72 Monroe LA
-Eric the Red vs Tom Jones
-Betty Niccoli & Jim Garvin & Terry Garvin vs Bill Watts & Patsy Kelly & Silento Rodriguez
-Joe Corea vs Stomper
-Billy Red Lyons vs Bruce Swayze

3/15/72 Baton Rouge LA
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell (Grizzly Smith referee)
-Eric the Red vs Vic Muehler
-Bobby Whitlock vs Joe Corea
-Ken Mantell vs Lorenzo Parente

3/15/72 Jackson MS
-Brass Knucks title: Bill Watts vs Stomper
-Bob Sweetan & Doctor X vs Dale Lewis & Danny Hodge
-Bob Boyer vs Guillotine Gordon
-Johnny Eagles vs Mark Starr

3/16/72 Chalmette LA
-3 out of 5 falls: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Eric the Red
-Bob Boyer vs Stomper
-Bruce Swayze vs Dale Lewis

3/16/72 Greenville MS
-Lumberjack match: Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Bob Sweetan vs Vic Muehler
-Guillotine Gordon vs Johnny Eagles

3/16/72 Wichita Falls TX:
-US Tag Team titles: Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Chuck Karbo & Terry Garvin
-Betty Niccoli & Jim Garvin vs Patsy Kelly & Silento Rodriguez
-Betty Niccoli vs Patsy Kelly
-Chuck Karbo vs Tom Jones

3/17/72 Lafayette LA
-Bob Sweetan vs Vic Muehler
-Eric the Red vs Grizzly Smith
-Bob Boyer & Bruce Swayze vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

3/18/72 Greenwood MS
-Bruce Swayze & Eric the Red & Terry Garvin vs Ken Mantell & Silento Rodriguez & Tom Jones
-plus three other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the six-man tag

3/18/72 Joplin MO
-Grudge match: Dale Lewis vs Red McKim
-Billy Red Lyons vs Stomper
-Argentina Zuma vs Jack Evans

3/18/72 Loranger LA
-Bob Boyer & Vic Muehler vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-Winner take all: Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

3/19/72 Hot Springs AR
-Bruce Swayze & Eric the Red & Terry Garvin vs Ken Mantell & Silento Rodriguez & Tom Jones
-plus three other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the six-man tag

3/19/72 Houma LA
-No disqualification: Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Bob Boyer & Vic Muehler vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

3/20/72 Shreveport LA
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bob Sweetan & Guillotine Gordon
-Chuck Karbo vs Joe Corea
-Mark Starr vs Silento Rodriguez

3/20/72 Tulsa OK
-Bill Watts vs Dale Lewis
-Eric the Red & Terry Garvin vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Red McKim vs Stomper
-Argentina Zuma vs Bruce Swayze
-Jack Evans vs Johnny Eagles

3/20/72 Westwego LA
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Grizzly Smith & Vic Muehler
-Bob Boyer vs Terry Lathan

3/20/72 Alexandria LA
-Bruce Swayze & Eric the Red vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Bob Sweetan vs Terry Lathan
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

3/21/72 Little Rock AR
-Brass Knucks title: Bill Watts vs Stomper
-Chuck Karbo & Doctor X vs Dale Lewis & Danny Hodge
-Argentina Zuma vs Joe Corea
-Jack Evans vs Johnny Eagles

3/21/72 Monroe LA
-US Tag Team titles: Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-Terry Garvin vs Vic Muehler
-Jim Garvin vs Silento Rodriguez
-Bob Boyer vs Guillotine Gordon
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

3/22/72 Baton Rouge LA
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Bob Boyer & Vic Muehler vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-Jack Evans vs Joe Corea
-Bob Boyer vs Bobby Hart

3/22/72 Vicksburg MS
-Billy Red Lyons & Ramon Torres & Tom Jones vs Dale Lewis & Guillotine Gordon & Stomper
-plus three other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the six-man tag

3/23/72 Chalmette LA
-Doctor X vs Tom Jones
-Billy Red Lyons vs Stomper
-Bob Sweetan vs Vic Muehler
-Bob Boyer vs Guillotine Gordon
-Bruce Swayze vs Silento Rodriguez
-plus a battle royal also featuring Danny Hodge and Eric the Red

3/23/72 Greenville MS
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Dale Lewis vs Jack Evans
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

3/23/72 Wichita Falls TX
-Handicap match, ring enclosed by barbed wire: Bill Watts vs Jim Garvin & Terry Garvin
-Chuck Karbo vs Johnny Eagles
-Argentina Zuma vs Mark Starr

3/24/72 Lafayette LA
-No disqualification: Grizzly Smith vs Eric the Red (Bruce Swayze handcuffed to Vic Muehler at ringside)
-Bob Boyer & Vic Muehler vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-Bruce Swayze vs Joe Corea
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

3/25/72 Greenwood MS
-Dale Lewis & Danny Hodge vs Doctor X & Terry Garvin
-Chuck Karbo vs Terry Lathan
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

3/25/72 Joplin MO
-Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bob Sweetan & Stomper
-Argentina Zuma & Ken Nichols vs Jack Evans & Mark Starr
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bouts

3/25/72 Loranger LA
-Eric the Red vs Grizzly Smith
-Bob Boyer & Vic Muehler vs Bruce Swayze & Joe Corea
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

3/26/72 Houma LA
-Eric the Red vs Grizzly Smith
-Herb Hagan vs Vic Muehler
-Bob Boyer vs Tom Bradley

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