McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Week of 2/21/72-2/27/72

For the week ending February 27th, 1972: World champ Dory Funk Jr takes on all comers, Vic Muehler runs Great Mephisto out of the territory and starts seeing "red" (as in, Eric the Red) & more!

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




Other wrestlers advertised for shows this week but not listed in the SPOT ratings: Dory Funk Jr, Pat O'Connor, Terry Lathan and The Viking (presumably Bob Morse from Central States). O'Connor was booked against Doctor X in Joplin. It is possible he also served as a special referee for some (or all) of Dory's title defenses earlier in the week, as they often brought in former World champs for a week and had them wrestle a couple of nights and referee a couple of nights when the current World champ came in. Dory defended the NWA World Heavyweight title this week against Bill Watts in Tulsa, Danny Hodge in Little Rock, Watts again in Jackson, Grizzly Smith in Chalmette and Vic Muehler in Lafayette.

The lone newcomer this week is Bobby Whitlock. He came in from Central States, which was home base for a good chunk of his career. He had two stints here previously, one in 1970 and one in 1971.

Leaving the territory were the Great Mephisto, Ramon Torres and Don Duffy. Mephisto (Frankie Cain) went to Florida; he would return here for a brief stint in the fall of 1974. Torres, near the end of a twenty year career, went to the AWA. He would return here in November. Duffy went to Florida briefly and returned here in May.

With Mephisto leaving, Vic Muehler appears to begin a series of matches with Eric the Red. They have the third highest FEUD Score this week, behind Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente and Danny Hodge vs Doctor X. Eric the Red moves up the cards as well, his SPOT Rating increasing from a .45 to a .53 this week. Also moving up the cards are Ken Mantell and Bob Sweetan. Sweetan's SPOT Rating increased to a .72, enabling him to crack the Top 10 Rankings this week, coming in at #9.

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Known house show lineups for the week:

Monday - Hot Springs, AR
-Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-Bob Boyer vs Bruce Swayze
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving two of the participants from the tag bout

Monday - Tulsa, OK
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Bill Watts vs Dory Funk Jr
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Doctor X
-Eric the Red vs Vic Muehler
-Ken Mantell vs Viking
-Bobby Whitlock vs Red McKim

Monday - Westwego, LA
-Bob Sweetan vs Johnny Eagles
-Billy Hamilton & Chuck Karbo vs Buddy Austin & Grizzly Smith

Tuesday - Alexandria, LA
-Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-US Tag Team titles: Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving two of the participants from the tag bout

Tuesday - Little Rock, AR
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Dory Funk Jr
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Doctor X
-Eric the Red vs Vic Muehler
-Bruce Swayze vs Ken Mantell
-Bob Boyer vs Bobby Whitlock

Wednesday - Baton Rouge, LA
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Doctor X vs Tom Jones
-Billy Red Lyons vs Terry Garvin
-Dale Lewis vs Johnny Eagles
-Buddy Austin vs Joe Corea

Wednesday - Jackson, MS
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Bill Watts vs Dory Funk Jr
-Bob Boyer & Grizzly Smith vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-Eric the Red vs Vic Muehler
-Bruce Swayze vs Ken Mantell

Thursday - Chalmette, LA
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Dory Funk Jr vs Grizzly Smith
-Doctor X vs Vic Muehler
-Bob Boyer & Ken Mantell vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-there were likely one or two prelims, possibly involving the participants from the tag bout

Thursday - Greenville, MS
-Terry Garvin vs Tom Jones
-Billy Red Lyons vs Dale Lewis
-Joe Corea vs Ken Mantell

Thursday - Wichita Falls, TX
-Chuck Karbo vs Danny Hodge
-Bob Sweetan vs Ivan Putski
-Bobby Whitlock vs Silento Rodriguez

Friday - Lafayette, LA
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Dory Funk Jr vs Vic Muehler
-Texas Rules (aka Texas Death) match, likely non-title: Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-Billy Hamilton vs Johnny Eagles
-Terry Lathan vs Tom Bradley

Saturday - Greenwood, MS
-Winner take all, best 3 out of 5 falls: Billy Red Lyons & Tom Jones vs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente
-Bob Boyer vs Ken Mantell

Saturday - Joplin, MO
-Doctor X vs Pat O'Connor
-Bob Sweetan & Bruce Swayze vs Dale Lewis & Red McKim
-Bobby Whitlock vs Eric the Red

Saturday - Loranger, LA
-Chuck Karbo & Terry Garvin vs Johnny Eagles & Vic Muehler
-Buddy Austin vs Terry Lathan
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving the participants from the tag bout

Sunday - Houma, LA
-Chuck Karbo & Terry Garvin vs Grizzly Smith & Johnny Eagles
-Joe Corea vs Vic Muehler
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving the participants from the tag bout

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