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McGuirk Wrestling Territory: May 1976

Here's a look at the McGuirk wrestling territory in May 1976: the junior heavyweights are coming, Kox collects a bounty but is fined an amount greater than said bounty, two tag title changes & more!

Here are the SPOT Ratings for the month.


COMINGS AND GOINGS

Newcomers to the territory this month are babyfaces Nelson Royal, Silento Rodriguez and Ted Heath and heels Bobby Jaggers, Gene Lewis, Randy Tyler and Siegfried Stanke.

We are seeing an influx of junior heavyweights (Ron Starr, Nelson Royal, Ted Heath) into the area ever since Danny Hodge's career ending auto accident in March. In the coming months they (and others) will have a series of matches as part of a tournament to fill the vacant NWA World Junior Heavyweight title.

Royal had been wrestling for the IWA in North Carolina while Heath had been in Gulf Coast. I can't find any records for Silento since he left here the previous September. Gene Lewis (Gene Petit aka Cousin Luke) had been in Gulf Coast and then worked for Gulas for a couple of weeks before coming here. Stanke had been wrestling for All-Star in Vancouver. Jaggers and Tyler both came in from Amarillo.

Leaving the territory during the month were babyfaces Calypso Joe, Dick Murdoch and Sonny King and heels Alex Perez, Bob Slaughter, Buddy Roberts, Jerry Brown, Mr Ito and Waldo Von Erich.

Murdoch left for a month for a tour with All Japan. Murdoch was "injured" in an angle to explain his absence, with Killer Karl Kox throwing a foreign substance into his eyes. This enabled Kox to collect a $2,000 bounty Terry Funk had placed on Murdoch. However, promoter Leroy McGuirk "fined" Kox (as well as Bob Sweetan and Buck Robley, who presumably aided Kox in the attack) the sum of $2,500; so it was actually a net loss for Kox in the storyline. I believe this also led to a falling out between Kox & Sweetan and their manager Robley which would play out over a few weeks.

Sonny King went to the IWA (North Carolina). Calypso Joe goes to Gulf Coast but disappears after a couple of weeks there. At this point in time I am unaware of any other ring names he may have used or if this is someone who was better known under a different name.

Perez works a couple of shows in Amarillo and then goes to Florida. Slaughter seems to be out of action until the fall, when he goes to Central States. He continued to use "Bob Slaughter" for a few more years; his first appearances as Sgt. Slaughter don't come until 1980. Roberts & Brown go to New Japan and then to Florida. Mr Ito (Umanosuke Ueda) went to Japan for IWE. Waldo Von Erich went to Canada, wrestling mostly for Maple Leaf Wrestling but also for Big Bear Promotions.

The following charts look at the SPOT Ratings and FEUD Scores for Sonny King, Bob Slaughter, the team of Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown and Waldo Von Erich during their runs here. You can see them being moved up the cards gradually over time, all eventually reaching main event status, as well as who they feuded with at various points in time during their time in the territory.





Other wrestlers not listed in the SPOT Ratings: Alan Klein, Dick the Bruiser, El Diablo, George Strickland, Greg Valentine, Jack Curtis Jr, Johnny Eagles, the Medic, Sir Oliver Humperdink, Terry Funk and Tommy Tate and women midget wrestlers Diamond Lil and Princess Little Dove.

Dick the Bruiser came in for one shot, teaming with Bill Watts in Chalmette on May 13th to take on Dick Murdoch & Killer Karl Kox. Valentine came in for three shows, including matches against NWA World Heavyweight champion Terry Funk in Tulsa and Shreveport. Valentine had just left the territory in April, going to Georgia, but for whatever reason was brought back for this brief stint. In addition to the two matches with Valentine, Funk also faced Murdoch in Jackson, Bob Griffin in North Little Rock and Ron Starr in Lafayette. I believe the angle was that Funk was doing anything and everything he could to avoid defending the title against Watts, as he had a bounty out on Watts in addition to the previously mentioned one on Murdoch.

Humperdink was managing Buddy Roberts and Jerry Brown, but as part of them finishing up their run here he was "forced" to wrestle. On some occasions he teamed up with them in six-man tags, but he also had singles bouts against opponents such as Grizzly Smith, Ted DiBiase and Bob Griffin. Diamond Lil and Princess Little Dove came in for two weeks at the end of May, working exclusively in singles bouts against one another.  They generally worked in the middle of the cards and had a SPOT Rating of .57

CH-CH-CHANGES

Role Changes: With Bob Slaughter exiting the area, Buck Robley returned to singles action during the month. With Roberts & Brown also leaving the territory, newcomers Bobby Jaggers & Randy Tyler were the only regular tag team on the roster at the end of May.

Title Changes: Dick Murdoch & Ted DiBiase won the US Tag Team titles from Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley on April 28th in Fort Smith, AR. Murdoch & DiBiase then lost the titles to Bob Sweetan & Killer Karl Kox on May 11th in Shreveport. Murdoch, DiBiase, Sweetan and Kox are still primarily positioned as singles wrestlers on most of the house shows this month.

Bank Account Changes: Numerous matches this month had financial stipulations above and beyond the norm. While this was a common hook/angle for promoters over the years, they are way more prevalent than normal this month. Ted DiBiase and Killer Karl Kox had been having matches throughout the territory for several weeks at this point, with Kox vowing to defeat DiBiase in a specified time limit or else he would forfeit the money. DiBiase would last the time limit and "win" the money. Then the following week in the same town Kox would up the stakes and DiBiase would often win the money again. With DiBiase getting all this money from Kox week after week, he probably invested it wisely and that's how he became "The Million Dollar Man"!

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Here are the FEUD Scores for the month.


ANATOMY OF A FEUD

This month we'll look at the feud between Bob Griffin and Ron Starr, 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 6 North Little Rock AR: Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr in a challenge match
May 11 Baton Rouge LA: Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr in a special one-fall match with a $100 bonus added by Griffin should Starr beat him
May 16 Houma LA: Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr
May 18 Baton Rouge LA: Ron Starr defeated Bob Griffin in a return grudge match
May 21 Lafayette LA: Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr
May 23 Alexandria LA: Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr
May 25 Baton Rouge LA: Ron Starr defeated Bob Griffin in a no-disqualification match
May 28 Lafayette: Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr

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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.

4/26/76 Tulsa OK
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Ken Patera
-Elimination match: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown & Sir Oliver Humperdink vs Dick Murdoch & Jay Clayton & Ted DiBiase
-Bob Griffin vs Killer Karl Kox
-Alex Perez vs Rick McGraw

4/27/76 Baton Rouge LA
-Winner take all: Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Buck Robley vs Calypso Joe
-Bob Slaughter vs Ron Starr
-Mr Ito vs Silento Rodriguez

4/27/76 Monroe LA
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Killer Karl Kox
-Ken Patera vs Tom Jones
-Elimination match: Bob Griffin & Jay Clayton & Ted DiBiase vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown & Sir Oliver Humperdink
-Alex Perez vs Rick McGraw

4/28/76 Fort Smith AR
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Dick Murdoch & Ted DIBiase
-Bill Watts vs Ken Patera
-Alex Perez vs Rick McGraw

4/28/76 Vicksburg MS
-Killer Karl Kox vs Tom Jones
-Bob Griffin & Ron Starr vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Grizzly Smith vs Sir Oliver Humperdink (Smith must win 2 falls in 5 minutes or forfeit $250)
-Bob Sweetan vs Jay Clayton

4/29/76 North Little Rock AR
-Bounty match: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-Handicap match: Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase (the stipulations for this match are not listed but likely required Kox to win within a certain amount of time or he would be deemed the loser of the match and possibly forfeit a sum of money to DiBiase)
-Bob Griffin & Ron Starr vs Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley
-Alex Perez vs Rick McGraw

4/30/76 Lafayette LA
-Elimination match: Bill Watts & Jay Clayton & Tom Jones vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown & Sir Oliver Humperdink
-Strap match: Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Calypso Joe vs Mr Ito

5/1/76 Loranger LA
-Bob Griffin & Grizzly Smith vs Bob Sweetan & Mr Ito
-Alex Perez vs Rick McGraw
-Judo jacket match: Bob Griffin vs Mr Ito
-Calypso Joe vs Silento Rodriguez

5/2/76 Alexandria LA
-Loser leaves town: Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown
-Grizzly Smith vs Sir Oliver Humperdink (Grizzly must win 2 falls in 15 minutes or forfeit $250)
-Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase (Kox must win in 20 minutes or he is deemed loser of the bout and forfeiters $750 to DiBiase)
-Bob Sweetan vs Jay Clayton
-Mr Ito vs Tom Jones

5/2/76 Houma LA
-Two referees: Bob Sweetan vs Ron Starr
-Bob Griffin vs Buck Robley
-Alex Perez vs Rick McGraw

5/3/76 Tulsa OK
-Bill Watts & Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera & Killer Karl Kox
-Handicap match: Sir Oliver Humperdink vs Ted DiBiase (likely had time limit/money stipulations)
-3 out of 5 falls: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Jay Clayton & Nelson Royal
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw

5/4/76 Baton Rouge LA
-Buck Robley vs Grizzly Smith
-Ron Starr vs Tom Jones
-Alex Perez vs Bob Griffin
-Silento Rodriguez vs Ted Heath

5/4/76 Shreveport LA
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Ken Patera
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Sweetan & Killer Karl Kox vs Dick Murdoch & Ted DiBiase
-3 out of 5 falls: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Jay Clayton & Nelson Royal
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw

5/5/76 Fort Smith AR
-3 out of 5 falls: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Jay Clayton & Ted DiBiase
-Handicap match: Bob Griffin vs Sir Oliver Humperdink (likely had time limit/money stipulations)
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw

5/5/76 Jackson MS
-Lights out match: Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Killer Karl Kox
-Bob Slaughter & Buck Robley vs Nelson Royal & Tom Jones
-Bob Sweetan vs Ted Heath
-Alex Perez vs Ron Starr

5/6/76 North Little Rock AR
-Loser leaves town: Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown vs Jay Clayton & Ted DiBiase
-Challenge match: Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr
-Special handicap match: Bob Griffin vs Sir Oliver Humperdink
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw

5/7/76 Lafayette LA
-Bob Sweetan & Killer Karl Kox vs Grizzly Smith & Tom Jones
-Buck Robley vs Ted Heath
-Alex Perez vs Nelson Royal

5/8/76 Greenwood MS
-Killer Karl Kox vs Tom Jones
-Buck Robley vs Ted DiBiase
-Jay Clayton vs Mr Ito

5/8/76 Loranger LA
-Bob Griffin & Grizzly Smith vs Bob Sweetan & Ron Starr
-Alex Perez vs Nelson Royal
-Special challenge match: Bob Griffin vs Bob Sweetan (Sweetan has offered $100 if Griffin can beat him within 10 minutes)
-Silento Rodriguez vs Ted Heath

5/9/76 Alexandria LA
-Lumberjack match: Bob Sweetan & Buck Robley vs Grizzly Smith & Tom Jones
-$1200 lumberjack match: Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase
-Jay Clayton vs Mr Ito
-Alex Perez vs Nelson Royal
-Rick McGraw vs Ron Starr

5/9/76 Houma LA
-One fall sudden death: Bob Sweetan vs Ron Starr
-Alex Perez & Mr Ito vs Bob Griffin & Grizzly Smith
-Silento Rodriguez vs Ted Heath
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

5/10/76 Tulsa OK
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Greg Valentine vs Terry Funk
-No disqualification: Bill Watts & Dick Murdoch vs Ken Patera & Killer Karl Kox
-Mr Ito vs Nelson Royal
-Jay Clayton vs Rick McGraw

5/11/76 Baton Rouge LA
-Alex Perez & Ron Starr vs Bob Griffin & Grizzly Smith
-Special challenge match: Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr ($100 bonus added by Griffin should Starr beat him)
-Medic vs Ted Heath
-Jack Curtis Jr vs Silento Rodriguez

5/11/76 Shreveport LA
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Greg Valentine vs Terry Funk
-US Tag Team titles, no disqualification: Bob Sweetan & Killer Karl Kox vs Dick Murdoch & Ted DiBiase
-Handicap match: Jay Clayton & Rick McGraw vs Ken Patera
-Buck Robley vs Tom Jones
-Mr Ito vs Nelson Royal

5/12/76 Fort Smith AR
-Bob Sweetan vs Ted DiBiase
-Jay Clayton vs Mr Ito
-Bob Griffin vs Rick McGraw

5/12/76 Jackson MS
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Dick Murdoch vs Terry Funk
-Bill Watts & Greg Valentine vs Ken Patera & Killer Karl Kox
-Buck Robley vs Tom Jones
-Alex Perez vs Nelson Royal
-Ron Starr vs Ted Heath

5/13/76 Chalmette LA
-Bill Watts & Dick the Bruiser vs Bob Sweetan & Killer Karl Kox
-Ken Patera vs Tom Jones
-Medic vs Nelson Royal
-Ron Starr vs Silento Rodriguez
-Alex Perez vs Tommy Tate

5/13/76 North Little Rock AR
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Bob Griffin vs Terry Funk
-Buck Robley vs Ted DiBiase
-Jay Clayton vs Mr Ito
-Rick McGraw vs Ted Heath

5/14/76 Lafayette LA
-NWA World Heavyweight title: Ron Starr vs Terry Funk
-Bill Watts & Grizzly Smith vs Bob Sweetan & Killer Karl Kox
-Ken Patera vs Tom Jones
-Nelson Royal vs Silento Rodriguez

5/15/76 Greenwood MS
-Buck Robley & Ken Patera vs Ted DiBiase & Tom Jones
-Mr Ito vs Rick McGraw
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

5/15/76 Loranger LA
-Two referees: Bob Griffin & Grizzly Smith vs Bob Sweetan & Ron Starr
-Alex Perez vs Silento Rodriguez
-Special challenge match: Bob Griffin vs Bob Sweetan (Sweetan put up $200 if Griffin can win match in ten minute time limit)
-George Strickland vs Ted Heath

5/16/76 Alexandria LA
-Buck Robley vs Tom Jones
-Grizzly Smith vs Ken Patera
-Bob Sweetan vs Ted DiBiase
-Bob Griffin vs Rick McGraw
-Ron Starr vs Ted Heath

5/16/76 Houma LA
-Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr
-Bob Sweetan & George Strickland vs Grizzly Smith & Silento Rodriguez
-plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

5/17/76 Monroe LA
-Bob Griffin vs Bob Sweetan
-Buck Robley vs Tom Jones
-Grizzly Smith vs Medic
-Ron Starr vs Silento Rodriguez
-Alex Perez vs Jack Curtis Jr
-plus a battle royal

5/17/76 Tulsa OK
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Ken Patera
-Killer Karl Kox vs Nelson Royal
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Jay Clayton & Ted DiBiase vs Rick McGraw & Ted Heath

5/18/76 Baton Rouge LA
-Grudge match: Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr
-Grizzly Smith vs Medic
-George Strickland vs Jack Curtis Jr
-Alex Perez vs Silento Rodriguez

5/18/76 Shreveport LA
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Ken Patera
-Bob Sweetan & Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase & Tom Jones
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Buck Robley vs Nelson Royal
-Jay Clayton vs Medic

5/19/76 Jackson MS
-Bill Watts vs Ken Patera
-Buck Robley & Killer Karl Kox vs Nelson Royal & Tom Jones
-Bob Sweetan vs Jay Clayton
-Rick McGraw vs Ron Starr
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Bob Griffin vs Ted DiBiase

5/20/76 Chalmette LA
-Bill Watts & Nelson Royal & Tom Jones vs Bob Sweetan & Ken Patera & Killer Karl Kox
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Buck Robley vs Ted DiBiase
-Bob Griffin vs Jay Clayton
-Rick McGraw vs Ron Starr

5/21/76 Lafayette LA
-Steel cage match: Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Buck Robley & Ken Patera vs Ted DiBiase & Tom Jones
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr
-Jay Clayton vs Rick McGraw

5/22/76 Greenwood MS
-Grudge match: Ken Patera vs Tom Jones
-Gene Lewis vs Tommy Tate
-El Diablo vs Jack Curtis Jr

5/22/76 Lawton OK
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Killer Karl Kox
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Buck Robley vs Ted DiBiase
-Alex Perez vs Jay Clayton

5/22/76 Loranger LA
-Strap match: Bob Griffin vs Bob Sweetan
-Johnny Eagles vs Ron Starr
-Medic vs Silento Rodriguez
-Rick McGraw vs Ted Heath

5/23/76 Alexandria LA
-Bob Sweetan & Ken Patera vs Grizzly Smith & Tom Jones
-Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Gene Lewis vs Ted Heath

5/23/76 Houma LA
-Battle royal featuring Bob Sweetan, George Strickland, Grizzly Smith, Johnny Eagles, Medic, Rick McGraw, Ron Starr and Silento Rodriguez
-plus four other bouts

5/24/76 Monroe LA
-Bob Griffin & Grizzly Smith vs Bobby Jaggers & Randy Tyler
-Ron Starr vs Tom Jones
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Rick McGraw vs Siegfried Stanke

5/24/76 Tulsa OK
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Ken Patera
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Sweetan & Killer Karl Kox vs Jay Clayton & Ted DiBiase
-Buck Robley vs Nelson Royal
-Gene Lewis vs Ted Heath

5/25/76 Shreveport LA
-North American title: Bill Watts vs Ken Patera
-US Tag Team titles: Bob Sweetan & Killer Karl Kox vs Nelson Royal & Ted DiBiase
-Bob Griffin vs Buck Robley
-Siegfried Stanke vs Ted Heath
-Gene Lewis vs Jay Clayton

5/26/76 Baton Rouge LA
-No disqualification: Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr
-Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Alan Klein vs Siegfried Stanke

5/26/76 Jackson MS
-Ken Patera vs Nelson Royal
-No disqualification: Buck Robley vs Tom Jones
-Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase (Kox says he will beat his opponent in 15 minutes or forfeit $500)
-Bobby Jaggers & Randy Tyler vs Rick McGraw & Ted Heath
-Gene Lewis vs Jay Clayton

5/27/76 North Little Rock AR
-Lumberjack match: Killer Karl Kox vs Ted DiBiase
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Bob Griffin vs Ken Patera
-Buck Robley vs Tom Jones
-Gene Lewis vs Nelson Royal

5/28/76 Lafayette LA
-Loser leaves town: Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Bob Griffin vs Ron Starr
-Bobby Jaggers & Randy Tyler vs Rick McGraw & Silento Rodriguez
-Siegfried Stanke vs Ted Heath
*the Sweetan-Smith bout went to a double disqualification and led to both men being "barred from Lafayette" the following week

5/29/76 Greenwood MS
-Loser leaves town: Buck Robley vs Tom Jones
-Jay Clayton vs Ron Starr
-Gene Lewis vs Ted Heath

5/29/76 Loranger LA
-Bob Griffin vs Bob Sweetan
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove
-Rick McGraw vs Silento Rodriguez
-plus a battle royal including the four male wrestlers listed above plus Alan Klein, Bobby Jaggers, Jack Howe, Randy Tyler and Terry Lathan

5/30/76 Houma LA
-Winner gets last week's battle royal purse in addition to winner's share of purse for this match: Bob Sweetan vs Grizzly Smith
-Bob Griffin & Rick McGraw vs Bobby Jaggers & Randy Tyler
-Diamond Lil vs Princess Little Dove

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