The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 9 (Q4 1961)

 Welcome to Chapter 9 of The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac, an in-depth data-driven look at the wrestling territory run by Leroy McGuirk (and later, Bill Watts). The territory is most commonly known as Tri-State Wrestling and/or Mid-South Wrestling, though neither of those names were actually used until September 1979 when Watts split from McGuirk.

Each chapter covers a three-month period of time and will list our exclusive statistics:
1) SPOT (Statistical Position Over Time) Ratings, which measure a wrestlers average position on the cards
2) FEUD (Frequent Encounters Using Data) Scores, which measure the frequency and breadth of a series of matches between the same wrestlers (or tag teams)
In addition, we list the advertised lineups for all known house shows in the territory during the time period, along with an index of newcomers and other wrestlers (special attractions, women, midgets, etc) that passed through the territory.

Previous chapters:
Chapter 1 (Q4 1959)
Chapter 2 (Q1 1960)
Chapter 3 (Q2 1960)
Chapter 4 (Q3 1960)
Chapter 5 (Q4 1960)
Chapter 6 (Q1 1961)
Chapter 7 (Q2 1961)
Chapter 8 (Q3 1961)

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THE McGUIRK/WATTS WRESTLING ALMANAC
CHAPTER 9 (Q4 1961)




ADVERTISED LINEUPS FOR ALL KNOWN HOUSE SHOWS

9/25/61 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy
Silento Rodriguez vs Tony Angelo
Bing Ki Lee vs Jerry London

9/25/61 Weatherford, OK
Corsica Joe & Sputnik Monroe vs Danny Hodge & Torbellino Blanco
Corsica Joe vs Danny Hodge
Sputnik Monroe vs Torbellino Blanco

9/26/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Handicap match: Bing Ki Lee & Oni Wiki Wiki vs Happy Humphrey
Russian Angel vs Torbellino Blanco

9/26/61 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Great Bolo & Mighty Bolo vs Jerry London & Silento Rodriguez
Mighty Bolo vs Silento Rodriguez
Great Bolo vs Jerry London

9/27/61 Baton Rouge, LA (VFW Hall)
Bing Ki Lee & Happy Humphrey vs Mighty Bolo & Tony Neopolitan
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

9/27/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
No referee, fight to the finish: Corsica Joe vs Red McKim
Great Shadow vs Oni Wiki Wiki

9/27/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Mike Clancy
Pancho Villa & Sputnik Monroe vs Tiny Smith & Torbellino Blanco
Sputnik Monroe vs Torbellino Blanco
Pancho Villa vs Tiny Smith

9/28/61 New Orleans, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Great Bolo & Mighty Bolo & Russian Angel vs Happy Humphrey & Jerry London & Silento Rodriguez
Bing Ki Lee vs Tony Neopolitan
Mighty Bolo vs Silento Rodriguez
Jerry London vs Russian Angel

9/28/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Corsica Joe & Pancho Villa vs Red McKim & Tiny Smith
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

9/29/61 Jackson, MS (City Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Bing Ki Lee, Great Bolo, Happy Humphrey, Jerry London, Mighty Bolo and Tony Neopolitan
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

9/29/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Two referees: Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Pancho Villa & Russian Angel vs Silento Rodriguez & Torbellino Blanco
Corsica Joe vs Red McKim
Russian Angel vs Torbellino Blanco

10/2/61 Tulsa, OK (Tulsa State Fair)
Battle royal featuring Corsica Joe, Danny Hodge, Jerry London, Mike Clancy, Pancho Villa, Red McKim, Russian Angel, Sputnik Monroe, Tiny Smith and Torbellino Blanco
Plus four additional bouts determined by order of elimination

10/3/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Corsica Joe & Russian Angel & Sputnik Monroe vs Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy & Torbellino Blanco
Danny Hodge vs Sputnik Monroe
Mike Clancy vs Russian Angel
Corsica Joe vs Torbellino Blanco

10/4/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Corsica Joe vs Danny Hodge
Pancho Villa vs Tiny Smith

10/4/61 New Orleans, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Bing Ki Lee & Red McKim vs Great Bolo & Mighty Bolo
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Silento Rodriguez vs Tony Neopolitan
Bing Ki Lee vs Mighty Bolo

10/4/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Russian Angel vs Torbellino Blanco
Jerry London vs Oni Wiki Wiki

10/5/61 Baton Rouge, LA (VFW Hall)
Bing Ki Lee & Red McKim vs Mighty Bolo & Tony Neopolitan
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

10/5/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Russian Angel & Sputnik Monroe
Jerry London vs Torbellino Blanco
Mike Clancy vs Russian Angel

10/6/61 Jackson, MS (City Auditorium)
Bing Ki Lee & Silento Rodriguez vs Great Bolo & Mighty Bolo
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

10/6/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Corsica Joe & Pancho Villa & Russian Angel vs Danny Hodge & Tiny Smith & Torbellino Blanco
Jerry London vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Pancho Villa vs Torbellino Blanco

10/9/61 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Mighty Bolo vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Russian Angel vs Torbellino Blanco

10/9/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Corsica Joe vs Silento Rodriguez
Bing Ki Lee vs Waldo Von Erich
Jerry London vs Pancho Villa

10/10/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Corsica Joe & Waldo Von Erich vs Jerry London & Tiny Smith
Tiny Smith vs Waldo Von Erich
Corsica Joe vs Jerry London

10/11/61 Baton Rouge, LA (VFW Hall)
Al Massey & Mighty Bolo vs Jerry London & Tiny Smith
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

10/11/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Bing Ki Lee & Red McKim vs Corsica Joe & Waldo Von Erich
Red McKim vs Waldo Von Erich
Bing Ki Lee vs Corsica Joe

10/11/61 Tahlequah, OK (City Auditorium)
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Great Bolo & Sputnik Monroe
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Danny Hodge vs Sputnik Monroe
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy

10/12/61 New Orleans, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Mighty Bolo & Russian Angel & Tony Neopolitan vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Tiny Smith & Torbellino Blanco
Jerry London vs Nick Carter
Mighty Bolo vs Tiny Smith
Tony Neopolitan vs Torbellino Blanco
Oni Wiki Wiki vs Russian Angel

10/12/61 Seiling, OK (Seiling School Gym)
Corsica Joe & Great Bolo vs Danny Hodge & Red McKim
Corsica Joe vs Danny Hodge
Great Bolo vs Red McKim

10/12/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Fight to a finish, no holds barred: Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Pancho Villa vs Silento Rodriguez
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Bing Ki Lee vs Waldo Von Erich

10/13/61 Blackwell, OK (Fairgrounds Stock Pavilion)
Great Bolo & Pancho Villa vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Tiny Smith
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Great Bolo vs Tiny Smith
Oni Wiki Wiki vs Pancho Villa

10/13/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Russian Angel & Sputnik Monroe
Mighty Bolo vs Torbellino Blanco
Jerry London vs Waldo Von Erich
Bing Ki Lee vs Silento Rodriguez

10/14/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Great Bolo vs Torbellino Blanco
Pancho Villa vs Red McKim

10/16/61 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Russian Angel vs Torbellino Blanco
Bing Ki Lee & Judy Grable vs Mighty Bolo & Peggy Allen
Bing Ki Lee vs Mighty Bolo

10/16/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Texas rules match: Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Corsica Joe vs Red McKim
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Jerry London vs Waldo Von Erich
Oni Wiki Wiki vs Silento Rodriguez

10/17/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe & Waldo Von Erich
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Jerry London vs Silento Rodriguez
Plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

10/17/61 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Russian Angel vs Torbellino Blanco
Bing Ki Lee & Judy Grable vs Mighty Bolo & Peggy Allen
Bing Ki Lee vs Mighty Bolo

10/18/61 Baton Rouge, LA (VFW Hall)
Al Massey vs Bing Ki Lee vs Jim Quinn vs Mighty Bolo vs Tony Neopolitan
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

10/18/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo
Ring surrounded by wire fence: Corsica Joe vs Red McKim

10/18/61 Springfield, MO (Springfield, MO)
Mike Clancy & Tiny Smith vs Sputnik Monroe & Waldo Von Erich
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Oni Wiki Wiki vs Silento Rodriguez
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich

10/19/61 Harvey, LA (Westside Sports Center)
Judy Grable & Torbellino Blanco vs Peggy Allen & Russian Angel
Judy Grable vs Peggy Allen
Russian Angel vs Torbellino Blanco

10/19/61 Shawnee, OK (City Auditorium)
Corsica Joe & Great Bolo vs Red McKim & Tiny Smith
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Great Bolo vs Tiny Smith
Corsica Joe vs Red McKim

10/19/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Ring enclosed by fence: Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Danny Hodge vs Jerry London
Silento Rodriguez vs Waldo Von Erich

10/20/61 Jackson, MS (City Auditorium)
Bing Ki Lee vs Mighty Bolo
Judy Grable vs Peggy Allen
Russian Angel vs Torbellino Blanco

10/20/61 Jay, OK (High School Gym)
Corsica Joe & Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy & Tiny Smith
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

10/21/61 Healdton, OK (Healdton High School Gym)
Battle royal featuring Great Bolo, Mike Clancy, Sputnik Monroe, Tuffy Truesdale and Victor the Wrestling Bear (listed in the ad as Terrible Ted but Tuffy’s bear was Victor)
Plus two additional bouts determined by order of elimination

10/23/61 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Fight to the finish: Great Bolo vs Torbellino Blanco
Oni Wiki Wiki vs Russian Angel
Bing Ki Lee vs Johnny Demchuck

10/23/61 Stillwell, OK (National Guard Armory)
Battle royal featuring Bolo Jr, Corsica Joe, Tiny Smith, Tuffy Truesdale and Victor the Wrestling Bear
Plus two additional bouts determined by order of elimination

10/23/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Sputnik Monroe
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Judy Grable vs Peggy Allen
Red McKim vs Silento Rodriguez

10/24/61 Chickasha, OK (Borden Gym)
Battle royal featuring Victor the Wrestling Bear and Tuffy Truesdale plus the rest of the wrestlers on the card
Bolo Jr vs Red McKim
Corsica Joe vs Silento Rodriguez

10/24/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Sputnik Monroe
Judy Grable vs Peggy Allen
Great Bolo & Waldo Von Erich vs Mike Clancy & Tiny Smith
Plus one other bout, likely a singles match involving participants from the tag bout

10/24/61 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Battle royal featuring Bing Ki Lee, Mighty Bolo, Oni Wiki Wiki, Russian Angel and Torbellino Blanco
There were likely also two singles matches determined by order of elimination

10/25/61 Baton Rouge, LA (VFW Hall)
Bing Ki Lee vs Tony Neopolitan
Johnny Demchuck vs Oni Wiki Wiki

10/25/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo
Corsica Joe vs Victor the Wrestling Bear

10/25/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Ring enclosed by wire fence, loser leaves town: Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe
Judy Grable & Tiny Smith vs Peggy Allen & Waldo Von Erich
Tiny Smith vs Waldo Von Erich
Judy Grable vs Peggy Allen

10/26/61 New Orleans, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Russian Angel vs Torbellino Blanco
Mighty Bolo vs Oni Wiki Wiki
Bing Ki Lee vs Johnny Demchuck
Carlos Mendoza vs Jimmy Quinn

10/26/61 Shawnee, OK (Municipal Auditorium)
Judy Grable & Mike Clancy vs Peggy Allen & Sputnik Monroe
Corsica Joe vs Victor the Wrestling Bear
Judy Grable vs Peggy Allen
Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe

10/27/61 Jackson, MS (City Auditorium)
Mighty Bolo vs Torbellino Blanco
Oni Wiki Wiki vs Russian Angel
Bing Ki Lee vs Johnny Demchuck
NOTE: while the newspaper ad lists “mask vs mask” above the main event, I don’t believe this was actually a stipulation so much as the paper noting that it was two masked wrestlers facing one another

10/27/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Danny Hodge & Tiny Smith vs Great Bolo & Waldo Von Erich
Alligator vs Tuffy Truesdale
Judy Grable vs Peggy Allen
Jerry London vs Silento Rodriguez
Great Bolo vs Tiny Smith

10/27/61 Sulphur, OK (American Legion Hall)
Battle royal featuring Bolo Jr, Mike Clancy, Red McKim, Russian Angel and Victor the Wrestling Bear
Plus two additional bouts determined by order of elimination

10/30/61 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Corsica Joe, Danny Hodge, Oni Wiki Wiki, Russian Angel, Tiny Smith, Tony Neopolitan and Victor the Wrestling Bear
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

10/30/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Great Bolo & Waldo Von Erich vs Mike Clancy & Red McKim
Alex Perez vs Torbellino Blanco
Bing Ki Lee vs Johnny Demchuck
Red McKim vs Waldo Von Erich

10/31/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Great Bolo & Peggy Allen vs Judy Grable & Torbellino Blanco
Johnny Demchuck vs Silento Rodriguez

10/31/61 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Battle royal featuring Corsica Joe, Danny Hodge, Oni Wiki Wiki, Russian Angel, Tiny Smith and Victor the Wrestling Bear
Plus additional bouts determined by order of elimination

11/1/61 Baton Rouge, LA (VFW Hall)
Carlos Mendoza & Corsica Joe vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Tiny Smith
Corsica Joe vs Tiny Smith
Carlos Mendoza vs Oni Wiki Wiki

11/1/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Great Bolo & Peggy Allen vs Judy Grable & Red McKim
Great Bolo vs Red McKim
Judy Grable vs Peggy Allen

11/1/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Johnny Demchuck vs Torbellino Blanco
Alex Perez vs Jerry London

11/2/61 Cleveland, OK (High School Gymnasium)
Advertised for the card were “two women wrestlers” (probably Judy Grable and either Nell Stewart or Peggy Allen), Great Bolo and Mike Clancy; the card likely consisted of two singles matches followed by a mixed tag

11/2/61 New Orleans, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Russian Angel
Battle royal featuring Carlos Mendoza, Corsica Joe, Oni Wiki Wiki, Tiny Smith, Tony Neopolitan and Victor the Wrestling Bear
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

11/2/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Great Bolo & Johnny Demchuck & Waldo Von Erich vs Jerry London & Mike Clancy & Torbellino Blanco
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Great Bolo vs Jerry London
Johnny Demchuck vs Torbellino Blanco

11/3/61 Jackson, MS (City Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Corsica Joe, Danny Hodge, Oni Wiki Wiki, Russian Angel, Tiny Smith and Victor the Wrestling Bear
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

11/3/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Great Bolo & Waldo Von Erich vs Mike Clancy & Red McKim
Johnny Demchuck & Nell Stewart vs Judy Grable & Torbellino Blanco
Alex Perez vs Silento Rodriguez
Johnny Demchuck vs Torbellino Blanco

11/6/61 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo
Jerry London vs Johnny Demchuck
Alex Perez vs Silento Rodriguez

11/6/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Battle royal featuring Corsica Joe, Great Antonio, Mike Clancy, Red McKim, Russian Angel, Sascha the Great, Tiny Smith, Torbellino Blanco and Waldo Von Erich
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

11/7/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Great Bolo & Waldo Von Erich vs Mike Clancy & Tiny Smith
Sascha the Great vs Torbellino Blanco
Corsica Joe vs Silento Rodriguez

11/8/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Battle royal featuring Alex Perez, Danny Hodge, Great Bolo, Jerry London and Johnny Demchuck
Plus two additional bouts determined by order of elimination

11/8/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Battle royal featuring Corsica Joe, Great Antonio, Mike Clancy, Russian Angel, Sascha the Great, Tiny Smith, Torbellino Blanco and Waldo Von Erich
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

11/9/61 Hominy, OK (Merchants Theatre)
Battle royal featuring Alex Perez, Corsica Joe, Russian Angel, Tiny Smith and Torbellino Blanco
Plus two additional bouts determined by order of elimination

11/9/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Battle royal featuring Danny Hodge, Great Antonio, Great Bolo, Johnny Demchuck, Mike Clancy, Silento Rodriguez and Waldo Von Erich
Plus three additional bouts determined by order of elimination

11/10/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Colisem)
Battle royal featuring Alex Perez, Corsica Joe, Great Antonio, Great Bolo, Jerry London, Mike Clancy, Russian Angel, Silento Rodriguez, Tiny Smith, Torbellino Blanco and Waldo Von Erich
Plus four additional bouts determined by order of elimination

11/11/61 Okeene, OK (Okeene High School Gymnasium)
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Great Bolo & Johnny Demchuck
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

11/13/61 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo
Alex Perez vs Jerry London
Johnny Demchuck vs Silento Rodriguez

11/13/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Frenchie Semard vs Pee Wee Lopez
Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II vs Red McKim & Torbellino Blanco
Mighty Yankee (not known which one) vs Red McKim

11/14/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Torbellino Blanco vs Waldo Von Erich
Danny Hodge & Frenchie Semard vs Great Bolo & Pee Wee Lopez
Alex Perez vs Jerry London

11/15/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Alex Perez & Great Bolo vs Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy
Alex Perez vs Danny Hodge

11/15/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Torbellino Blanco vs Waldo Von Erich
Frenchie Semard vs Pee Wee Lopez
Alex Perez & Silento Rodriguez vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II

11/16/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo
Frenchie Semard & Torbellino Blanco vs Pee Wee Lopez & Waldo Von Erich
Torbellino Blanco vs Waldo Von Erich
Frenchie Semard vs Pee Wee Lopez

11/17/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Jerry London vs Waldo Von Erich
Frenchie Semard vs Pee Wee Lopez
Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II vs Mike Clancy & Red McKim
Alex Perez vs Silento Rodriguez

11/17/61 Ponca City, OK (Conoco Gymnasium)
Corsica Joe & Great Bolo vs Danny Hodge & Torbellino Blanco
Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo
Corsica Joe vs Torbellino Blanco

11/20/61 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Alex Perez & Great Bolo vs Danny Hodge & Jerry London
Frenchie Semard vs Pee Wee Lopez
Alex Perez vs Danny Hodge
Great Bolo vs Jerry London

11/20/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Two referees: Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Jerry London & Red McKim vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Jimmy Quinn vs Silento Rodriguez
Jerry London vs Mighty Yankee
(not known which one)

11/21/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Jerry London & Torbellino Blanco vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Alex Perez vs Silento Rodriguez

11/21/61 Pawnee, OK
Danny Hodge & Frenchie Semard vs Great Bolo & Pee Wee Lopez
Frenchie Semard vs Pee Wee Lopez
Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo

11/22/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Frenchie Semard & Mike Clancy vs Great Bolo & Pee Wee Lopez
Alex Perez vs Torbellino Blanco
Frenchie Semard vs Pee Wee Lopez

11/22/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Danny Hodge vs Waldo Von Erich
Jerry London & Silento Rodriguez vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Jerry London vs Mighty Yankee I
Mighty Yankee II vs Silento Rodriguez

11/23/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Alex Perez & Silento Rodriguez vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Torbellino Blanco vs Waldo Von Erich

11/24/61 Marlow, OK (High School Gym)
Alex Perez & Great Bolo vs Danny Hodge & Torbellino Blanco
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

11/24/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II vs Red McKim & Silento Rodriguez
Alex Perez & Pee Wee Lopez vs Frenchie Semard & Jerry London
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bouts

11/27/61 Stillwater, OK (Stillwater High School Gym)
Danny Hodge & Red McKim vs Great Bolo & Mighty Bolo
Frenchie Semard vs Pee Wee Lopez
Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo
Mighty Bolo vs Red McKim

11/27/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Texas rules match: Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Alex Perez & Jimmy Quinn vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Johnny Heidmann vs Torbellino Blanco
Alex Perez vs Mighty Yankee I

11/28/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Alex Perez & Jerry London vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

11/28/61 Shawnee, OK (Municipal Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo
Robere de Paree vs Torbellino Blanco

11/29/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy
Johnny Heidmann vs Torbellino Blanco

11/29/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Alex Perez & Danny Hodge & Jerry London vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II & Waldo Von Erich
Alex Perez vs Waldo Von Erich
Danny Hodge vs Mighty Yankee I
Jerry London vs Mighty Yankee II

11/30/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Danny Hodge & Jimmy Quinn & Mike Clancy vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II & Waldo Von Erich
Danny Hodge vs Mighty Yankee I
Mighty Yankee II vs Mike Clancy
Jimmy Quinn vs Waldo Von Erich

12/1/61 Mountain Home, AR (High School Gym)
Great Bolo & Mighty Bolo vs Jerry London & Mike Clancy
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

12/1/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy & Red McKim vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II & Waldo Von Erich
Johnny Heidmann vs Torbellino Blanco
Danny Hodge vs Waldo Von Erich
Mighty Yankee I vs Mike Clancy
Mighty Yankee II vs Red McKim

12/4/61 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Johnny Heidmann vs Torbellino Blanco
Alex Perez vs Red McKim
Jimmy Quinn vs Mr X

12/4/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Danny Hodge vs Waldo Von Erich
Great Bolo & Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II vs Jerry London & Mike Clancy & Silento Rodriguez
Great Bolo vs Silento Rodriguez
Mighty Yankee I vs Mike Clancy

12/5/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Texas rules match: Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Alex Perez & Torbellino Blanco vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

12/5/61 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Johnny Heidmann & Mr X vs Oni Wiki Wiki & Red McKim
Plus two other bouts, likely singles matches involving participants from the tag bout

12/5/61 Shawnee, OK (Municipal Auditorium)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Jerry London vs Silento Rodriguez

12/6/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Johnny Heidmann vs Silento Rodriguez

12/6/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Danny Hodge vs Waldo Von Erich
Alex Perez & Torbellino Blanco vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Mighty Yankee I vs Torbellino Blanco
Alex Perez vs Mighty Yankee II

12/7/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Mighty Yankee I vs Waldo Von Erich
Johnny Heidmann vs Mike Clancy
Alex Perez vs Jerry London

12/8/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Great Bolo vs Waldo Von Erich
Danny Hodge vs Mighty Yankee I
Jerry London vs Torbellino Blanco
Alex Perez vs Johnny Heidmann

12/11/61 Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium)
Johnny Heidmann vs Mike Clancy
Red McKim vs Torbellino Blanco
Alex Perez vs Jimmy Quinn

12/11/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Great Bolo vs Waldo Von Erich
Danny Hodge vs Mighty Yankee I
Mighty Yankee II vs Silento Rodriguez
Jerry London vs Johnny Heidmann

12/12/61 Edmond, OK (National Guard Armory)
Danny Hodge & Red McKim vs Johnny Heidmann & Mighty Bolo
Danny Hodge vs Mighty Bolo
Johnny Heidmann vs Red McKim

12/12/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Great Bolo vs Waldo Von Erich
Alex Perez vs Mighty Yankee I
Mighty Yankee II vs Red McKIm

12/12/61 Monroe, LA (Roll Arena)
Johnny Heidmann vs Mike Clancy
Oni Wiki Wiki vs Torbellino Blanco

12/13/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Danny Hodge vs Mighty Yankee I
Mighty Yankee II vs Mike Clancy

12/13/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Great Bolo vs Waldo Von Erich
Alex Perez vs Johnny Heidmann
Jerry London vs Torbellino Blanco

12/14/61 Hominy, OK (Merchants Theatre)
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Danny Hodge vs Mighty Yankee I
Mike Clancy vs Mighty Yankee II

12/14/61 Wichita Falls, TX (4-H Arena)
Loser leaves town: Great Bolo vs Waldo Von Erich
Jerry London & Mike Clancy vs Johnny Heidmann & Russian Angel
Mike Clancy vs Russian Angel
Jerry London vs Johnny Heidmann

12/15/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Great Bolo vs Waldo Von Erich (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Mighty Yankee I & Mighty Yankee II
Jimmy Quinn vs Johnny Heidmann
Silento Rodriguez vs Torbellino Blanco

12/18/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
Loser leaves town: Great Bolo vs Waldo Von Erich (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Johnny Heidmann & Karol Krauser
Hassan Bey vs Silento Rodriguez
Jerry London vs Jimmy Quinn

12/19/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Winner take all: Great Bolo vs Waldo Von Erich (Bolo must wrestle without his mask)
Hassan Bey vs Mike Clancy
Johnny Heidmann vs Silento Rodriguez

12/20/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Danny Hodge & Silento Rodriguez vs Hassan Bey & Johnny Heidmann
Danny Hodge vs Hassan Bey
Johnny Heidmann vs SIlento Rodriguez

12/20/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Oni Wiki Wiki vs Wild Red Berry
Karol Krauser vs Torbellino Blanco

12/21/61 Shawnee, OK (Municipal Auditorium)
Jerry London & Mike Clancy vs Johnny Heidmann & Waldo Von Erich
Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Jerry London vs Johnny Heidmann

12/22/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Danny Hodge vs Waldo Von Erich
Karol Krauser vs Mike Clancy
Johnny Heidmann vs Wild Red Berry
Hassan Bey vs Silento Rodriguez

12/25/61 Tulsa, OK (Cimarron Arena)
One night tag team tournament featuring Danny Hodge & Red McKim, Hassan Bey & Johnny Heidmann, Jerry London & Mike Clancy, Karol Krauser & Waldo Von Erich and Oni Wiki Wiki & Silento Rodriguez

12/26/61 Little Rock, AR (Robinson Auditorium)
Battle royal featuring Danny Hodge, Hassan Bey, Jerry London, Johnny Heidmann, Karol Krauser, Mike Clancy, Silento Rodriguez and Waldo Von Erich
Plus four additional bouts determined by order of elimination

12/27/61 Fort Smith, AR (Sports Arena)
Winner take all: Danny Hodge & Silento Rodriguez vs Hassan Bey & Johnny Heidmann
Danny Hodge vs Johnny Heidmann
Hassan Bey vs Silento Rodriguez

12/27/61 Springfield, MO (Shrine Mosque)
Karol Krauser & Waldo Von Erich vs Mike Clancy & Red McKim
Jerry London vs Wild Red Berry
Red McKim vs Waldo Von Erich
Karol Krauser vs Mike Clancy

12/28/61 Shawnee, OK (Municipal Auditorium)
3 out of 5 falls: Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich
Hassan Bey vs Silento Rodriguez

12/29/61 Oklahoma City, OK (Stockyards Coliseum)
Karol Krauser vs Waldo Von Erich
Danny Hodge & Mike Clancy vs Hassan Bey & Johnny Heidmann
Jerry London vs Wild Red Berry
Oni Wiki Wiki vs Silento Rodriguez

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NEW TO THE TERRITORY THIS QUARTER

ALEX PEREZ – Before getting into wrestling, Perez was a Golden Gloves boxer, a semi-pro baseball player and a deputy for the Potter County (Texas) Sheriff’s office. He had a thirty-year career in wrestling, spending much of his time in Amarillo.

BING KI LEE – Philip Lee Hahn wrestled under the ring names of Felipe Ham Lee, Ham (or Hahn) Lee and Bing Ki Lee among other names. He was a significant star in Mexico and Hawaii for much of the ‘60s.

JIMMY QUINN – I don’t have much in the way info on this wrestler. He made some appearances earlier in the year in Louisiana (before McGuirk started running in the state) and made some appearances in East Tennessee in 1962.

JOHNNY DEMCHUCK – Demchuck is believed to have been born in Russia. He spent a couple of years wrestling in the United Kingdom in the late 30s, then spent the rest of his career in Canada and the U.S. According to the Wrestling Heritage web site (wrestlingheritage.co.uk), Demchuck suffered a heart attack during a match in Victoria, British Columbia and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

JOHNNY HEIDMANN – His last name was often spelled as Heidman or Heidemann, but in this territory it was more often than not spelled Heidmann. Originally spotted as an amateur by three of the four Dusek brothers, he is most associated with promoter Jim Crockett Sr. He worked for Crockett in the ring (mostly as a wrestler and sometimes as a referee) and in the office.

MIGHTY YANKEE I & MIGHTY YANKEE II – This version of the Mighty Yankees tag team was comprised of Roger Mackay and Herbert Knotts (who wrestled as Buddy Knox for much of his career). Knotts had worked here frequently during his career, but this was his first time in the area since 1949 and his only time under a mask. Mackay had been here once before, a brief run in 1953, also unmasked.

RUSSIAN ANGEL – Wrestled under the name Tony Angelo for most of his career, but from 1961 to 1963 he worked in a few territories as the Russian Angel or the Russian Crusher.

TUFFY TRUESDALE – Tuffy was probably one of the two best-known trainers of wrestling bears, the other being Dave McKigney (aka Gene DuBois). Tuffy’s original four-legged companion/opponent was an alligator, but he added a bear (a black bear from Canada named Victor) to his “stable” at some point, eventually phasing out the alligator and focusing on bears for most of his career.

WALDO VON ERICH – This was Waldo’s first stint in the territory, though he would come back in the 70s for a few significant runs. Originally used the ring name Waldo Von Seiber until Fritz Von Erich took a liking to him and the two first worked regularly as a “brother” tag team in 1958 Minneapolis.

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OTHER WRESTLERS NOT LISTED IN THE SPOT RATINGS

NATIONALLY KNOWN STARS / TOURING ATTRACTIONS
Wild Red Berry

PART-TIMERS
Bolo Jr (this was likely Mighty Bolo)
Carlos Mendoza
Great Shadow
Mr X
Nick Carter
Robere de Paree
Sascha the Great
Tony Angelo

WOMEN WRESTLERS
Judy Grable
Nell Stewart
Peggy Allen
(the overall SPOT Rating for the women wrestlers here this quarter was a .62)

MALE MIDGET WRESTLERS
Frenchie Semard
Pee Wee Lopez
(the overall SPOT Rating for the male midget wrestlers here this quarter was a .62)

ANIMALS
Tuffy Truesdale, who came here in October for four weeks, didn’t come alone. He brought Victor the Wrestling Bear and an alligator. He wrestled against the alligator on several shows, whereas the bear was mostly used for battle royals. And yes, I did calculate SPOT Ratings for the two animals. The alligator had a .59 SPOT and the bear had a .63 SPOT 

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1961 IN REVIEW

THE DIRTY DOZEN

1 – Great Bolo (157 points)
2 – Mike Clancy (133)
3 – Danny Hodge (111)
4 – Mighty Bolo (50)
5 – Nelson Royal (36)
6 – Tiny Smith (33)
7 (tie) – Karol Krauser (32)
7 (tie) – Red McKim (32)
9 (tie) – Oni Wiki Wiki (27)
9 (tie) – Waldo Von Erich (27)
11 – Donnie Fargo (25)
12 – Jack Donovan (23)

(the top 12 wrestlers in the territory for the year, using a point system that gives 1 point for every week a wrestler has a SPOT of .60 or above, 1 additional point for every week it’s .80 or above and a third point for every week it’s .90 or above)

THE FEUDIN’ FIVE

1 – Mike Clancy vs Sputnik Monroe (11 points)
2 – Great Bolo vs Mike Clancy (10)
3 – Mike Clancy vs Waldo Von Erich (8)
4 – Great Bolo vs Waldo Von Erich (6)
5 (tie) – Danny Hodge vs Great Bolo (4)
5 (tie) – Jack Donovan vs Pepper Martin (4)
5 (tie) – Russian Angel vs Torbellino Blanco (4)

(the top 5 feuds in the territory for the year, using a point system that gives 1 point for every week a feud has a FEUD Score of 15 or above, 1 additional point for every week it’s 25 or above and a third point for every week it’s 40 or above)

THE LOOP

Mondays –Shreveport (Jul-Dec), Tulsa
Tuesdays – Little Rock, Monroe (Jul-Oct)
Wednesdays – Baton Rouge (Jul-Oct), Fort Smith, Springfield
Thursdays – New Orleans (Jun-Oct), Paris TX (Jan-Mar), Shawnee (Feb-Jun, Oct-Dec), Wichita Falls (Mar-Dec)
Fridays – Jackson MS (Sep-Oct), Muskogee (Jan-Feb), Oklahoma City

(the most frequently run cities of all known house shows for the year and their ‘regular’ day of the week)

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