McGuirk Wrestling Territory: May 1972

Here's a look at the McGuirk wrestling territory in May 1972: Dory Funk Jr defends the NWA World title against five different opponents in five nights, a North American title switcheroo in Shreveport, the debut of the Pascagoula Plowboy & more!

Here are the SPOT Ratings for the month.


COMINGS AND GOINGS

Newcomers to the territory this month are babyfaces Dennis Stamp, George Strickland, Pancho Lopez and the Pascagoula Plowboy and heels Alex Perez and Gypsy Joe Rosario.

Stamp, perhaps best known nowadays for his appearance in the movie Beyond the Mat, turned pro in August 1971 after being trained by Verne Gagne. After several months working for Verne Gagne and also for Joe Dusek, Stamp came here. Strickland had been wrestling in Florida and may have also had a brief stint in Mid-Atlantic before coming here. He trained his son-in-law Dr. Sam Sheppard, the real life doctor who inspired the TV series (and later the Harrison Ford movie) The Fugitive, for a few pro wrestling matches as a novelty attraction. The Pascagoula Plowboy was Stan Frazier aka Plowboy Frazier aka Uncle Elmer. In some cities in this territory he was billed as the Mississippi Plowboy while in others he was the Pascagoula Plowboy. He had been wrestling in Gulf Coast prior to coming here.

Both Pancho Lopez and Gypsy Joe Rosario came here from East Texas. Lopez also wrestled as Pedro Lopez among other ring names over the course of his career, while Rosario also used the names Pancho Rosario, Pancho Valdez and Isaac Rosario among others. Perez came in from Amarillo.

Leaving the territory during the month were babyface Joe Corea and heels Bruce Swayze, Chuck Karbo, Eric the Red and Tom Bradley.

Corea's next known whereabouts are in the summer as the masked El Olympico in the WWWF. Swayze and Eric the Red both go to Ontario for Dave McKingney's Big Bear Promotions. Karbo went to Arizona; it appears he finished up his 10-year career as a pro later in the year. Similarly, Bradley seems to have retired when he finished up here.

Taking a closer look at Eric the Red's run here, he spent his first several weeks in the mid-cards where his most notable opponent was Ramon Torres, who was finishing up in the territory. He moved to the upper mid-cards as he began a feud with Vic Muehler. Again, this was a case of a wrestler putting the 'new guy' over before leaving the territory, as it marked the end of Muehler's run here. This series of wins elevated Eric to main eventer status, and as the feud with Muehler finished up, a new one with Grizzly Smith began. Eric's SPOT Rating peaked with a .85 in late March. Grizzly got the upper hand in their feud and Eric spent his last few weeks here in the upper mid-cards.


Other wrestlers not listed in the SPOT Ratings: Chuck Bowman, Dory Funk Jr, Jim Garvin, Pat O'Connor and Tommy Tate and women wrestlers Dawn Lemke, Donna Christantello, Kay Noble, Lilly Thomas, Sandy Parker and Susan Green. While he didn't wrestle here, Ernie Ladd was booked to serve as a special referee on May 2nd in Monroe.

NWA World Heavyweight kingpin Dory Funk Jr was in for the first week of May, defending against Danny Hodge in Tulsa, Dale Lewis in Little Rock, Bill Watts in Jackson, the Stomper in Chalmette and Bob Sweetan in Lafayette. Looking at the results I have, he and Hodge wrestled to a draw and he defeated Lewis and the Stomper (results from Jackson and Lafayette are not available). O'Connor teamed with Tom Jones in Tulsa to beat the Stomper & Terry Garvin. It's very possible O'Connor also worked as a special referee for some of the World title bouts during the week, as that normally was the M.O. when a former champ came in the same week as the current champ.

Jim Garvin continues to serve as Terry Garvin's manager but wrestled several bouts this month, many of them handicap matches or tag bouts where he teamed with Terry.

CH-CH-CHANGES

Role Changes: The team of Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell proved to be short-lived, as they transitioned back to mostly singles bouts this month. Their teaming was likely done as a stop-gap measure when Billy Red Lyons left the territory and perhaps also to give Mantell the rub of teaming with an established star. This left US Tag Team champs Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente as the only regular tag team in the territory in May.

Title Changes: The North American title changed twice in May, with Dale Lewis winning it from Bill Watts on May 15th in Shreveport and Watts winning it back on May 22nd, also in Shreveport. Grizzly Smith was the special referee for the bout on the 22nd.

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Here are the FEUD Scores for the month.


Looking at the chart above, a number of matches between mid-carders have high FEUD Scores this month. This is an anomaly, as we generally tend to see the main eventers higher on these charts. I think part of it is due to the territory not having a 'regular' babyface tag team during the month. We end up with Hart & Parente facing various different combinations of babyface teams, which gives those babyfaces less opportunities for frequent singles bouts against the other top heels.

I have listed "Pascagoula Plowboy in battle royal" as a standalone match. Keep in mind that we use the cards as they are advertised to determine the 'importance' of specific wrestlers and bouts. On many cards this month, Plowboy's presence in a battle royal was prominently featured in the advertisement, whereas the rest of the wrestlers in the battle royal had other matches earlier in the evening. Similar to how Andre the Giant or Haystack Calhoun's presence in a battle royal is indicative of them being the "draw", Plowboy being in the battle royal is a prominently featured event on these cards and is treated as such.

ANATOMY OF A FEUD

This month we'll continue looking at the feud between Bill Watts and Dale Lewis, 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.

May 1 Shreveport LA: Dale Lewis defeated Bill Watts in a no-disqualification grudge match
May 8 Tulsa OK: Bill Watts defeated Dale Lewis in a North American title match
May 14 Oklahoma City OK: Bill Watts vs Dale Lewis in a North American title match; Grizzly Smith special referee
May 15 Shreveport LA: Dale Lewis defeated Bill Watts to win the North American title
May 18 Chalmette LA: Bill Watts defeated Dale Lewis
May 22 Shreveport LA: Bill Watts defeated Dale Lewis to win the North American title; Grizzly Smith special referee

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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.

5/1/72 Shreveport LA
-US Tag Team titles: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-No disqualification: Bill Watts vs Dale Lewis
-Lilly Thomas vs Sandy Parker
-Chuck Karbo vs Steve Hagen
-Pancho Lopez vs Silento Rodriguez

5/1/72 Tulsa OK
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Dory Funk Jr
-Pat O'Connor & Tom Jones vs Stomper & Terry Garvin
-Dawn Lemke vs Kay Noble
-Alex Perez vs Gypsy Joe Rosario
-Guillotine Gordon vs Red McKim

5/1/72 Westwego LA
-Bob Sweetan vs Johnny Eagles
-Don Duffy & Tom Bradley vs Grizzly Smith & Silento Rodriguez

5/2/72 Alexandria LA
-US Tag Team titles: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Grizzly Smith & Ken Mantell
-Bruce Swayze vs Silento Rodriguez
-Terry Lathan vs Tom Bradley
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

5/2/72 Little Rock AR
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Dale Lewis vs Dory Funk Jr
Guillotine Gordon & Terry Garvin vs Ivan Putski & Tom Jones
Alex Perez vs Chuck Karbo
Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Pancho Lopez

5/2/72 Monroe LA
-Bill Watts vs Stomper (Ernie Ladd special referee)
-Bob Sweetan vs Danny Hodge
-Don Duffy & Lilly Thomas vs Johnny Eagles & Sandy Parker
-Jack Evans vs Steve Hagen

5/3/72 Baton Rouge LA
-Non-title: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Grizzly Smith & Tom Jones
-Bob Sweetan vs Silento Rodriguez
-Don Duffy vs Ken Mantell
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

5/3/72 Jackson MS
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Bill Watts vs Dory Funk Jr
-Lilly Thomas vs Sandy Parker
-Danny Hodge vs Terry Garvin
-Pancho Lopez vs Stomper
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Steve Hagen

5/4/72 Chalmette LA
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Dory Funk Jr vs Stomper
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Danny Hodge & Ken Mantell
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Pancho Lopez
-Jack Evans vs Steve Hagen

5/4/72 Greenville MS
-Bob Sweetan vs Tom Jones
-Lilly Thomas vs Sandy Parker
-Don Duffy vs Silento Rodriguez

5/4/72 Wichita Falls TX
-Dale Lewis vs Ivan Putski
-Chuck Karbo vs Johnny Eagles
-Alex Perez vs Guillotine Gordon

5/5/72 Lafayette LA
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Bob Sweetan vs Dory Funk Jr
-Grizzly Smith vs Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Pancho Lopez
-Jack Evans vs Terry Lathan

5/6/72 Greenwood MS
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-Bruce Swayze vs Silento Rodriguez

5/6/72 Loranger LA
-Grizzly Smith & Sandy Parker vs Lilly Thomas & Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Pancho Lopez
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches between participants from the tag bout

5/6/72 Sapulpa OK
-Chuck Karbo & Dale Lewis vs Danny Hodge & Tom Jones
-Guillotine Gordon vs Johnny Eagles
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

5/7/72 Houma LA
-Ken Mantell vs Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario & Lilly Thomas vs Pancho Lopez & Sandy Parker
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches between participants from the tag bout

5/7/72 Oklahoma City OK
-Bill Watts & Danny Hodge vs Dale Lewis & Stomper
-Guillotine Gordon vs Tom Jones
-Chuck Karbo vs Johnny Eagles
-Alex Perez vs Red McKim

5/8/72 Shreveport LA
-US Tag Team titles: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Danny Hodge & Tom Jones
-Handicap match: Chuck Karbo & Don Duffy vs Pascagoula Plowboy
-Bob Sweetan vs Silento Rodriguez
-Jack Evans vs Steve Hagen

5/8/72 Tulsa OK
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Dale Lewis
-Ivan Putski vs Stomper
-Donna Christantello vs Susan Green
-Dennis Stamp vs Guillotine Gordon
-Alex Perez vs Chuck Bowman

5/8/72 Westwego LA
-Ken Mantell & Sandy Parker vs Lilly Thomas & Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Pancho Lopez

5/9/72 Alexandria LA
-Ken Mantell vs Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario & Lilly Thomas vs Pancho Lopez & Sandy Parker
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Pancho Lopez
-Lilly Thomas vs Sandy Parker

5/9/72 Little Rock AR
-US Tag Team titles: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ivan Putski & Tom Jones
-Dale Lewis vs Grizzly Smith
-Alex Perez vs Dennis Stamp
-Chuck Bowman vs Jack Evans

5/9/72 Monroe LA
-Bob Sweetan vs Danny Hodge
-Pascagoula Plowboy vs Stomper
-Chuck Karbo vs Silento Rodriguez
-Guillotine Gordon vs Johnny Eagles
-Don Duffy vs Steve Hagen

5/10/72 Baton Rouge LA
-US Tag Team titles: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Grizzly Smith & Tom Jones
-Bob Sweetan vs Terry Lathan
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Pancho Lopez
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

5/10/72 Jackson MS
-Ivan Putski vs Stomper
-Lilly Thomas vs Sandy Parker
-Handicap match: Chuck Karbo & Jim Garvin & Terry Garvin vs Ken Mantell & Pascagoula Plowboy
-Dennis Stamp vs Guillotine Gordon

5/11/72 Chalmette LA
-Grizzly Smith vs Stomper
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Ken Mantell & Pascagoula Plowboy
-Dennis Stamp vs Guillotine Gordon
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Johnny Eagles

5/11/72 Greenville MS
-No disqualification: Bob Sweetan vs Tom Jones
-Ivan Putski & Steve Hagen vs Pancho Lopez & Terry Garvin
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

5/11/72 Wichita Falls TX
-Dale Lewis vs Danny Hodge
-Alex Perez vs Don Duffy
-Jack Evans vs Silento Rodriguez

5/12/72 Lafayette LA
-Grizzly Smith & Tom Jones vs Guillotine Gordon & Terry Garvin
-Handicap match: Pancho Lopez & Steve Hagen vs Stomper
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Ken Mantell

5/13/72 Greenwood MS
-Guillotine Gordon & Stomper vs Ken Mantell & Tom Jones
-Pancho Lopez vs Steve Hagen
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

5/13/72 Loranger LA
-Grizzly Smith & Terry Lathan vs Jim Garvin & Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Tommy Tate
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches between participants from the tag bout

5/14/72 Houma LA
-Grizzly Smith & Terry Lathan vs Jim Garvin & Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Tommy Tate
-plus two other bouts, likely singles matches between participants from the tag bout

5/14/72 Oklahoma City OK
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Dale Lewis
-Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Pascagoula Plowboy & Red McKim
-Bob Sweetan vs Ivan Putski
-Don Duffy vs Silento Rodriguez
-Alex Perez vs Jack Evans

5/15/72 Shreveport LA
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Dale Lewis
-Guillotine Gordon vs Ivan Putski
-Bobby Hart vs Ken Mantell
-Johnny Eagles vs Pancho Lopez
-Bruce Swayze vs George Strickland

5/15/72 Tulsa OK
-Bob Sweetan & Stomper vs Danny Hodge & Pascagoula Plowboy
-Lorenzo Parente vs Tom Jones
-Alex Perez vs Red McKim
-Don Duffy vs Silento Rodriguez
-Dennis Stamp vs Jack Evans

5/15/72 Westwego LA
-Grizzly Smith & Tommy Tate vs Gypsy Joe Rosario & Terry Garvin
-Jim Garvin vs Terry Lathan

5/16/72 Alexandria LA
-Bob Sweetan & Terry Garvin vs Ivan Putski & Ken Mantell
-George Strickland vs Pancho Lopez
-Bob Sweetan vs Ivan Putski
-Ken Mantell vs Terry Garvin

5/16/72 Little Rock AR
-Texas rules match: Bill Watts & Danny Hodge vs Dale Lewis & Stomper
-Handicap match: Don Duffy & Guillotine Gordon vs Pascagoula Plowboy
-Alex Perez vs Jack Evans
-Dennis Stamp vs Silento Rodriguez

5/16/72 Oak Grove LA
-US Tag Team titles: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Grizzly Smith & Tom Jones
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Johnny Eagles
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

5/17/72 Baton Rouge LA
-US Tag Team titles, no disqualification: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Grizzly Smith & Tom Jones
-Bob Sweetan vs Ken Mantell
-George Strickland vs Jack Evans

5/17/72 Vicksburg MS
-Dale Lewis & Gypsy Joe Rosario & Terry Garvin vs Dennis Stamp & Ivan Putski & Johnny Eagles
-plus three other bouts, likely singles matches between participants from the six-man

5/18/72 Chalmette LA
-Handicap match: Ivan Putski vs Jim Garvin & Terry Garvin
-Bill Watts vs Dale Lewis
-Ken Mantell vs Lorenzo Parente
-Bobby Hart vs Pancho Lopez
-Bruce Swayze vs George Strickland

5/18/72 Greenville MS
-Lumberjack match: Bob Sweetan vs Tom Jones
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Johnny Eagles
-Dennis Stamp vs Jack Evans

5/18/72 Wichita Falls TX
-Danny Hodge vs Stomper
-Guillotine Gordon vs Pascagoula Plowboy
-Don Duffy vs Silento Rodriguez
-Alex Perez vs Steve Hagen
-plus a battle royal

5/19/72 Lafayette LA
-Handicap match: Jim Garvin & Terry Garvin vs Tom Jones
-Bob Sweetan vs Ivan Putski
-Dale Lewis vs Johnny Eagles
-Pancho Lopez vs Terry Lathan

5/20/72 Greenwood MS
-Alex Perez & Bob Sweetan & Dale Lewis vs Ken Mantell & Steve Hagen & Tom Jones
-plus three other bouts, likely singles matches between participants from the six-man

5/20/72 Loranger LA
-No disqualification: Grizzly Smith vs Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Johnny Eagles
-George Strickland vs Terry Lathan

5/21/72 Houma LA
-No disqualification, no time limit: Grizzly Smith & Terry Lathan vs Jim Garvin & Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Johnny Eagles
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

5/21/72 Oklahoma City OK
-Battle royal featuring Pascagoula Plowboy and Stomper
-Danny Hodge vs Lorenzo Parente
-Guillotine Gordon vs Ivan Putski
-Bobby Hart vs Red McKim
-Don Duffy vs Silento Rodriguez

5/22/72 Shreveport LA
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Dale Lewis (Grizzly Smith special referee)
-Battle royal featuring Pascagoula Plowboy
-Guillotine Gordon vs Ken Mantell
-Bob Sweetan vs Dennis Stamp
-Jack Evans vs Pancho Lopez

5/22/72 Tulsa OK
-US Tag Team titles: Bobby Hart & Lorenzo Parente vs Danny Hodge & Tom Jones
-Ivan Putski vs Stomper
-Red McKim vs Silento Rodriguez
-Chuck Bowman vs Don Duffy

5/22/72 Westwego LA
-Jim Garvin vs Terry Lathan (Terry Garvin will "not be allowed to help" Jim)
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Johnny Eagles
-Alex Perez vs George Strickland

5/23/72 Alexandria LA
-Bob Sweetan vs Ken Mantell
-Johnny Eagles vs Terry Garvin (if Eagles wins in under 20 minutes he gets a "chance at" Jim Garvin)
-George Strickland vs Steve Hagen

5/23/72 Little Rock AR
-Battle royal featuring Pascagoula Plowboy and Stomper
-Grizzly Smith vs Guillotine Gordon
-Lorenzo Parente vs Tom Jones
-Bobby Hart vs Pancho Lopez
-Don Duffy vs Jack Evans

5/24/72 Baton Rouge LA
-Bob Sweetan & Guillotine Gordon vs Ken Mantell & Tom Jones
-Special challenge match: Bob Sweetan vs Tom Jones (if Sweetan wins within 10 minutes he will receive $100)
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Johnny Eagles
-Pancho Lopez vs Steve Hagen

5/24/72 Jackson MS
-Two referees: Ivan Putski vs Stomper
-Handicap match: Danny Hodge vs Jim Garvin & Terry Garvin (Hodge must defeat both men within 30 minutes or he loses the bout)
-Dale Lewis vs Grizzly Smith
-Alex Perez vs George Strickland
-Don Duffy vs Silento Rodriguez

5/25/72 Chalmette LA
-No disqualification: Grizzly Smith vs Stomper
-Ivan Putski vs Terry Garvin (if Putski wins within 20 minutes he gets a shot at Jim Garvin)
-Alex Perez vs Guillotine Gordon
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Johnny Eagles
-George Strickland vs Steve Hagen

5/25/72 Greenville MS
-Bob Sweetan & Dale Lewis vs Ken Mantell & Tom Jones
-Don Duffy vs Silento Rodriguez
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

5/25/72 Wichita Falls TX
-First man thrown over ropes loses: Bill Watts vs Pascagoula Plowboy
-NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Lorenzo Parente
-Bobby Hart vs Dennis Stamp
-Bruce Swayze vs Jack Evans

5/26/72 Lafayette LA
-Bob Sweetan vs Ivan Putski
-Alex Perez & Stomper vs Grizzly Smith & Johnny Eagles
-Jim Garvin & Terry Garvin vs Steve Hagen & Terry Lathan
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from one of the tag bouts

5/27/72 Greenwood MS
-Dale Lewis vs Tom Jones
-Don Duffy & Guillotine Gordon vs George Strickland & Ken Mantell
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match between participants from the tag bout

5/27/72 Loranger LA
-Battle royal featuring Grizzly Smith
-Johnny Eagles vs Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Ivan Putski
-Bob Sweetan vs Steve Hagen

5/28/72 Houma LA
-Johnny Eagles vs Terry Garvin
-Gypsy Joe Rosario vs Ivan Putski
-Bob Sweetan vs Steve Hagen
-plus a battle royal

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