Tri-State Wrestling: Week of 2/11/80-2/17/80

For the week ending February 17th, 1980: Ron Starr wins the NWA World's Junior Heavyweight title to end a tournament that actually started before the previous champ vacated the title & more!

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

As you can see, I've added a Rankings chart. This chart separates singles wrestlers from those primarily working as a tag team and ranks them according to their SPOT Ratings. For tag teams, I take each individual's SPOT Rating (which can be different if they work occasional singles matches) and just use the average. It's the simplest way to do it and still gives a generally accurate ranking of the teams.

Other wrestlers advertised for shows this week but not listed in the SPOT ratings: Kevin Von Erich and women wrestlers Judy Martin, Kandi Malloy, Leilani Kai and Vivian St John.

Bill Irwin and Don Factor left the territory. Irwin went to Mid-South and I've got no information on the whereabouts of Factor after leaving here.

The Junior Heavyweight title tournament finally came to an end this week, with Ron Starr defeating Les Thornton in Tulsa to win the vacant title. This is recognized as the NWA World's Junior Heavyweight title, previously held by Nelson Royal. In a mildly interesting note, the tournament actually started _before_ Royal vacated the title (sometime after October 5th, 1979; the first tournament match here was on September 10th).

The Rankings show that while Siegfried Stanke & Steve Lawler (the US Tag Team champions) are teaming up regularly, there is no steady babyface team opposing them. Besides David & Kevin Von Erich once this week, they are facing various combinations of babyfaces Bruce Reed, Herb Calvert and Tommy Gilbert. All three of those wrestlers are also booked regularly in singles bouts, so the most logical thing to do is to count them as singles wrestlers.

Herb Calvert has been moved down the cards significantly. Four weeks ago his SPOT Rating was a .83, putting him in the Main Eventer category. Since then, it's fallen to a 54 and he's slotted as a Mid-Carder. As I've mentioned previously, Calvert wrestled for the University of Oklahoma as a heavyweight for a couple of years. After a brief pro wrestling career, he became a Deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Department and later worked for a vending machine company.


Known house show lineups for the week:

Monday - Tulsa, OK
-World's Junior Heavyweight tournament finals: Les Thornton vs Ron Starr
-US Tag Team titles: Bruce Reed & Tommy Gilbert vs Siegfried Stanke & Steve Lawler
-David Von Erich vs Spoiler
-Women's Tag Team titles: Judy Martin & Leilani Kai vs Kandi Malloy & Vivian St John
-Brian Blair vs Gene Lewis
-Herb Calvert vs Scorpion
-Don Bass vs Ken Wayne

Tuesday - Fort Smith, AR
-Bruce Reed vs Steve Lawler
-Women's Tag Team titles: Judy Martin & Leilani Kai vs Kandi Malloy & Vivian St John
-Herb Calvert vs Ron Starr
-Brian Blair vs Gene Lewis

Wednesday - Springfield, MO
-Bruce Reed vs Steve Lawler
-Women's Tag Team titles: Judy Martin & Leilani Kai vs Kandi Malloy & Vivian St John
-Siegfried Stanke vs Tommy Gilbert
-Herb Calvert vs Ron Starr
-Brian Blair vs Scorpion

Friday - Oklahoma City, OK (source:
-David Von Erich & Kevin Von Erich vs Siegfried Stanke & Steve Lawler
-Herb Calvert vs Spoiler
-Brian Blair vs Ron Starr
-Judy Martin & Leilani Kai vs Kandi Malloy & Vivian St John
-Scorpion vs Tommy Gilbert
-Bruce Reed vs Gene Lewis

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