McGuirk Wrestling Territory: April 1976

Here's a look at the McGuirk wrestling territory in April 1976: Bill Watts fends off challenges from Waldo Von Erich and a surprising bounty hunter, Scandor Akbar comes in for a quickie, a look at a heel vs heel tag team feud & more!

Here are the SPOT Ratings for the month. Instead of showing each week separately, I am now showing one chart for the month which contains all of the weekly numbers.

COMINGS AND GOINGS

Newcomers to the territory this month are babyfaces Tom Jones and Jay Clayton and heels Scandor Akbar and Ron Starr.

Tom Jones came in from Florida. Both Clayton and Akbar came here from Georgia. Starr had been on a tour for New Japan; prior to that, he was wrestling in Florida.

Leaving the territory during the month were babyfaces Greg Valentine, Gorgeous George Jr, Jack Curtis Jr and John Gagne and heel Scandor Akbar.

Valentine went to Georgia while Gorgeous George Jr went to Gulf Coast. After just a few weeks here, Akbar goes to the WWWF.

Other wrestlers not listed in the SPOT Ratings: Bill Ash, Hiro Matsuda and Sir Oliver Humperdink.

Matsuda had been wrestling in Mexico, then came here for a week before going to Florida. Humperdink was managing Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown but got in the ring a few times this month.

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Here are the "Apter-mag style" Rankings for the month.

WHO'S HOT AND WHO'S NOT

Hot: Babyface Grizzly Smith and heels Waldo Von Erich and Ken Patera.

Grizzly Smith moved up the cards during the month. Grizzly had three bouts against fellow babyface Bill Watts early in the month; these were billed as bounty matches with NWA World Heavyweight champion Terry Funk and brother Dory Funk Jr having put a bounty on Watts. Waldo Von Erich also feuded with Watts throughout April. Patera moved up the cards slowly but steadily, feuding with Dick Murdoch and facing Sonny King on several occasions.

Not: Babyfaces Sonny King and Bob Griffin and heel Bob Sweetan.

Sonny King's SPOT Rating peaked at a .84 in mid-February and since then he's been moved slowly down the cards. Both Griffin and Sweetan were regulars in the Louisiana towns throughout the month, but were positioned slightly lower on the cards than they had been in March.

CH-CH-CHANGES

Role Changes: Bob Slaughter and Buck Robley became a regular tag team. With babyface team Gorgeous George Jr & Greg Valentine leaving, they booked a heel vs heel program with Slaughter & Robley taking on Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown.

Title Changes: Slaughter & Robley defeated Roberts & Brown to win the US Tag Team titles on March 29th in Tulsa. Roberts & Brown were still being advertised as champs for a few title matches later that week, but in at least one case Robley & Slaughter took their place and were acknowledged as the new champs. Bill Watts held on to the North American title throughout the month while the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title remained vacant (vacated last month after Danny Hodge's auto accident and subsequent retirement).

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Here are the FEUD Scores for the month. As with the SPOT Ratings, I am now showing just one chart for the entire month which contains all the weekly scores.

ANATOMY OF A FEUD

This month we'll dissect the feud between Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter and Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown, looking at all of the known matches between them with results and stipulations noted where available.

Keep in mind that some newspapers didn't list details, so just because a match isn't specified as a title match we don't necessarily know for a fact that it was non-title and the same can apply for stipulation bouts. Also, "Wrestler A defeated Wrestler B" doesn't necessarily mean it was by pinfall or submission.

March 29 Tulsa OK: Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter defeated Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown to win the US Tag Team titles
April 5 Monroe LA: Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter defeated Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown by disqualification in a title match
April 6 Baton Rouge LA: Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter defeated Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown in a title match
April 7 Jackson MS: Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown in a title match
April 8 Chalmette LA: Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
April 11 Alexandria LA: Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown in a title match
April 12 Monroe LA: Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter defeated Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown in a no disqualification title match
April 13 Shreveport LA: Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter defeated Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown in a title match
April 16 Lafayette LA: Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown in a title match
April 17 Greenwood MS: Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown in a title match

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Here is the calendar of known house shows:

HOUSE SHOW LINEUPS
(unless stated otherwise, these lineups are from my own personal research)
Stipulations listed when known; keep in mind that some matches not specified as title matches may have actually been title bouts and the same can apply for stipulation matches.

3/29/76 Monroe LA
-Sonny King vs Waldo Von Erich
-Greg Valentine vs Hiro Matsuda
-Bob Griffin vs Gorgeous George Jr
-Jay Clayton vs Mr Ito
-John Gagne vs Rick McGraw

3/29/76 Tulsa OK
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Winner take all: Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase
-Alex Perez vs John Gagne

3/30/76 Baton Rouge LA
-US Tag Team titles: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Jay Clayton & Sonny King
-Bob Griffin vs Hiro Matsuda
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw

3/30/76 Shreveport LA
-US Tag Team titles: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Gorgeous George Jr & Greg Valentine
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Winner take all: Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase
-Grizzly Smith vs Waldo Von Erich
-Alex Perez vs John Gagne

3/31/76 Fort Smith AR
-US Tag Team titles: Bill Watts & Jay Clayton vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Alex Perez vs Rick McGraw
-Bill Ash vs John Gagne

3/31/76 Greenville MS
-US Tag Team titles, Texas tornado match: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Gorgeous George Jr & Greg Valentine
-Sonny King vs Waldo Von Erich
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

3/31/76 Vicksburg MS
-Dick Murdoch & Ted DiBiase vs Ken Patera & Killer Karl Kox
-Bob Griffin vs Hiro Matsuda
-Jack Curtis Jr vs Mr Ito

4/1/76 Chalmette LA
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Bob Griffin & Sonny King vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Grizzly Smith vs Hiro Matsuda
-Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw

4/1/76 North Little Rock AR
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-US Tag Team titles: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Gorgeous George Jr & Greg Valentine
-John Gagne vs Scandor Akbar
-Alex Perez vs Jay Clayton

4/2/76 Lafayette LA
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Lumberjack match: Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Calypso Joe & Grizzly Smith
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw

4/3/76 Loranger LA
-Bob Griffin vs Bob Sweetan
-Grizzly Smith vs Scandor Akbar
-Judo jacket match: Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw
-Alex Perez vs Calypso Joe

4/4/76 Houma LA
-Submission match: Bob Griffin vs Bob Sweetan
-Alex Perez & Scandor Akbar vs Calypso Joe & Grizzly Smith
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw

4/5/76 Monroe LA
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Bob Griffin vs Scandor Akbar
-Jack Curtis Jr vs Rick McGraw
-Alex Perez vs Calypso Joe

4/5/76 Tulsa OK
-No disqualification: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Bounty match: Bill Watts vs Grizzly Smith
-Submission match: Sonny King vs Waldo Von Erich
-Jay Clayton vs Ted DiBiase
-John Gagne vs Mr Ito

4/6/76 Baton Rouge LA
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
Bob Griffin vs Scandor Akbar
Alex Perez vs Calypso Joe

4/6/76 Shreveport LA
-No disqualification: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Bounty match, lumberjack rules: Bill Watts vs Grizzly Smith
-Submission match: Sonny King vs Waldo Von Erich
-Jay Clayton vs Ted DiBiase
-John Gagne vs Mr Ito

4/7/76 Fort Smith AR
-Bounty match: Bill Watts vs Grizzly Smith
-Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase
-Jay Clayton vs Mr Ito
-Alex Perez vs John Gagne

4/7/76 Jackson MS
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Submission match: Sonny King vs Waldo Von Erich
-Bob Griffin vs Scandor Akbar

4/8/76 Chalmette LA
-Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-No disqualification: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-no other matches listed but there were likely two or three additional bouts

4/8/76 North Little Rock AR
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-Grizzly Smith vs Killer Karl Kox
-Mr Ito vs Ted DiBiase
-Calypso Joe vs Jay Clayton
-Alex Perez vs John Gagne

4/9/76 Lafayette LA
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown & Sir Oliver Humperdink vs Grizzly Smith & Rick McGraw & Sonny King
-Ken Patera vs Ron Starr
-Calypso Joe vs Scandor Akbar
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the six-man tag

4/10/76 Greenwood MS
-Bob Griffin & Sonny King vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Jack Curtis Jr vs Ken Patera
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

4/10/76 Loranger LA
-Bob Sweetan & Calypso Joe vs Ron Starr & Scandor Akbar
-Judo jacket match: Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

4/11/76 Alexandria LA
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Ken Patera vs Sonny King
-Scandor Akbar vs Ted DiBiase
-Alex Perez vs Jay Clayton

4/11/76 Houma LA
-Texas rules (aka Texas death match): Bob Griffin & Calypso Joe vs Bob Sweetan & Ron Starr
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

4/12/76 Monroe LA
-US Tag Team titles, no disqualification: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Ken Patera vs Sonny King
-Ron Starr vs Tom Jones
-Bob Griffin vs Calypso Joe

4/12/76 Tulsa OK
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Scandor Akbar
-Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase
-Jay Clayton vs Ken Patera
-Alex Perez vs John Gagne

4/13/76 Baton Rouge LA
-Ken Patera vs Sonny King
-Alex Perez vs Tom Jones
-Bob Griffin vs Calypso Joe
-Rick McGraw vs Ron Starr

4/13/76 Shreveport LA
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Scandor Akbar
-Jay Clayton vs Killer Karl Kox
-John Gagne vs Ted DiBiase

4/14/76 Greenville MS
-Dick Murdoch & Ted DiBiase vs Ken Patera & Killer Karl Kox
-Scandor Akbar vs Tom Jones
-Alex Perez vs Jay Clayton

4/14/76 Vicksburg MS
-Submission match: Sonny King vs Waldo Von Erich
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Grizzly Smith & Ron Starr
-Bob Griffin vs Buck Robley
-Bob Slaughter vs Rick McGraw

4/15/76 Chalmette LA
-Loser leave town: Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-Bob Griffin & Rick McGraw & Sonny King vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown & Sir Oliver Humperdink
-Buck Robley vs Ron Starr
-Bob Slaughter vs Calypso Joe

4/15/76 North Little Rock AR
-Dick Murdoch & Ted DiBiase vs Ken Patera & Killer Karl Kox
-Scandor Akbar vs Tom Jones
-Alex Perez vs Jay Clayton
-John Gagne vs Mr Ito

4/16/76 Lafayette LA
-Grizzly Smith vs Waldo Von Erich
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Special challenge match: Bob Griffin vs Sir Oliver Humperdink (Griffin must win two falls in 15 minutes or forfeit $250)
-Ron Starr vs Sonny King

4/17/76 Greenwood MS
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Tom Jones vs Waldo Von Erich
-Ken Patera vs Sonny King

4/17/76 Loranger LA
-Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Alex Perez vs Bob Griffin
-Amateur rules: Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw
-Calypso Joe vs Ron Starr

4/18/76 Houma LA
-Bob Griffin & Grizzly Smith vs Bob Sweetan & Ron Starr
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw
-Calypso Joe vs John Gagne

4/19/76 Monroe LA
-Killer Karl Kox vs Sonny King
-Buck Robley vs Tom Jones
-Bob Griffin vs Bob Slaughter
-Bob Sweetan vs Calypso Joe
-Alex Perez vs Ron Starr

4/19/76 Tulsa OK
-Ring enclosed by fence: Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Jay Clayton & Ted DiBiase
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw

4/20/76 Baton Rouge LA
-Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Bob Griffin vs Buck Robley
-Ron Starr vs Tom Jones
-Alex Perez vs Calypso Joe

4/20/76 Shreveport LA
-Ring enclosed by fence: Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-Handicap match: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown & Sir Oliver Humperdink vs Dick Murdoch & Ted DiBiase
-Killer Karl Kox vs Sonny King
-Jay Clayton vs Ken Patera
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw

4/21/76 Vicksburg MS
-Handicap match: Bill Watts & Jay Clayton vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown & Sir Oliver Humperdink
-Tom Jones vs Waldo Von Erich
-Bob Sweetan vs Sonny King
-Alex Perez vs Ron Starr

4/22/76 Chalmette LA
-Lumberjack match: Bill Watts vs Waldo Von Erich
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Jay Clayton & Tom Jones
-Grizzly Smith vs Sir Oliver Humperdink
-Bob Sweetan vs Sonny King
-Alex Perez vs Ron Starr

4/22/76 North Little Rock AR
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Handicap match: Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase (if Kox didn't win in a specified time limit, he would lose the match and forfeit a certain amount of money)
-Bob Griffin & Rick McGraw vs Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley
-Calypso Joe vs Mr Ito

4/23/76 Alexandria LA
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Handicap match: Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase (if Kox doesn't win in fifteen minutes or less, he loses the match and forfeits $500 to DiBiase)
-Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Jay Clayton & Tom Jones
-Alex Perez vs Rick McGraw

4/23/76 Lafayette LA
-Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Lumberjack match, five minute time limit: Bob Griffin vs Sir Oliver Humperdink
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Ron Starr & Sonny King
-Calypso Joe vs Mr Ito

4/24/76 Greenwood MS
-Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Jay Clayton & Tom Jones
-Lumberjack match, no disqualification: Ken Patera vs Sonny King
-Sir Oliver Humperdink vs Ted DiBiase (if DiBiase doesn't win two falls within five minutes he will forfeit $500 to Humperdink)

4/24/76 Loranger LA
-Bob Slaughter vs Grizzly Smith (Buck Robley barred from arena)
-Bob Sweetan vs Calypso Joe
-Bob Griffin & Rick McGraw vs Mr Ito & Ron Starr
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

4/25/76 Houma LA
-Bob Slaughter vs Grizzly Smith (Buck Robley barred from arena)
-Bob Sweetan vs Ron Starr
-Mr Ito vs Tom Jones

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