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The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 19 (Q2 1964)

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Welcome to Chapter 19 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.

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Q2 1973

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In the 2nd quarter of 1973, Dory Funk Jr.’s last successful World title defenses, Grizzly Smith steps up to fill Watts’ boots, newcomers include a Tarzan, a Butcher, a Gypsy, a Lumberjack, and the future SHEIKY BABY!

Charting the Territories Podcast Companion Piece - Episode 12

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Every month, Jon Boucher and I create a podcast that discusses a wide range of topics related to what is covered on this blog. I thought it would be helpful to create a 'companion piece' that goes along with each episode. We often reference web sites, books, YouTube videos, etc., on the podcast, and this companion piece will provide links to many of those materials so that you can see what Jon & I are discussing.

A Dog and a King: Looking at The Junkyard Dog's experiences in the wake of desegregation and assassination

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A heretofore seemingly forgotten story in the early life of Sylvester Ritter (The Junkyard Dog) may offer some insight into the personality of the man who later transcended race to become the first Black wrestler indisputably pushed as the top babyface of a major pro wrestling territory in the South. The story has nothing to do with wrestling, though if you view professional wrestling in the territorial era as a sort of morality play based on real-life struggles & issues and you look at the role Junkyard Dog played as an extension of that, then it has everything to do with it.

The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 18 (Q1 1964)

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Welcome to Chapter 18 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.

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling: Q2 1973

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Here’s a look at the 2nd quarter of 1973 in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. We look at the talent roster, title histories, the big feuds in the territory, and a schedule of all known house shows. I’d like to thank Dick Bourne and Mark Eastridge of the Mid-Atlantic Gateway for providing the bulk of the house show records I used to compile this data. The Gateway, which is updated regularly by David Chappell, is an invaluable resource. I strongly encourage you to visit (and bookmark!) it: http://www.midatlanticgateway.com

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Q2 1977

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In the 2nd quarter of 1977, Murdoch “no-shows” a title match, Kox turns face, the brainbuster is banned, the junior heavies return, the debut of a junkyard pup, and more!

Q: When is a title change NOT a title change? A: When it's a title change. (Unless it isn't) PART 2

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One of the more frustrating aspects for those attempting to document professional wrestling history is the idea of “title histories”. A number of people have spent a great deal of time compiling a list of title changes over the years. It’s important to understand that in many cases, these title histories are not linear. As we all know, sometimes titles are created out of thin air (Pat Patterson winning the Intercontinental title in a tournament in Rio de Janeiro). Sometimes, title changes are repeated in various cities, with someone “losing” the title on Monday night in one town, then the next night in another town they’re billed as champions again only to “lose” the title once more. With many territories airing their television in different markets at different times, there are also occasions where someone loses the title at a television taping but continues to defend that title in some towns until the title change actually airs on local television, which may be several weeks after it

Charting the Territories Podcast Companion Piece - Episode 11

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Every month, Jon Boucher and I create a podcast that discusses a wide range of topics related to what is covered on this blog. I thought it would be helpful to create a 'companion piece' that goes along with each episode. We often reference web sites, books, YouTube videos, etc., on the podcast, and this companion piece will provide links to many of those materials so that you can see what Jon & I are discussing.

The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 17 (Q4 1963)

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 Welcome to Chapter 17 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.

Mid-South Wrestling: Q2 1981

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In the 2nd quarter of 1981, a big Superdome card with a tag team title tournament, Ladd “suspended”, Orndorff “oversleeps” & more!

Charting the Territories Podcast Companion Piece - Episode 10

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Every month, Jon Boucher and I create a podcast that discusses a wide range of topics related to what is covered on this blog. I thought it would be helpful to create a 'companion piece' that goes along with each episode. We often reference web sites, articles, YouTube videos, etc., on the podcast, and this companion piece will provide links to many of those materials so that you can see what Jon & I are discussing. Links will open in a new window. Images from McGuirk programs used with permission from Arcadian Vanguard. This Companion Piece goes with Episode 10 of the podcast, which can be found at  http://chartingthepodcast.com AL'S BIRTHDAY PRESENTS FROM JON DENNIS STAMP Dennis Stamp Passes Away after Battling Cancer (by Dave Meltzer) https://www.f4wonline.com/other-wrestling/dennis-stamp-passes-away-after-battling-cancer-231736 The Stamp Collection: A Collection of Short Stories from the worlds most famous unknown Wrestler https://www.amazon.com/Stamp-Collection-Sto

The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 16 (Q3 1963)

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Welcome to Chapter 16 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.

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling: Q1 1973

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Here’s a look at the 1st quarter of 1973 in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. We look at the talent roster, title histories, the big feuds in the territory, and a schedule of all known house shows. I’d like to thank Dick Bourne and Mark Eastridge of the Mid-Atlantic Gateway for providing the bulk of the house show records I used to compile this data. The Gateway, which is updated regularly by David Chappell, is an invaluable resource. I strongly encourage you to visit (and bookmark!) it: http://www.midatlanticgateway.com

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Q1 1973

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In the 1st quarter of 1973, Dennis Stamp is booked!, several wrestlers have Georgia on their minds, newcomers include two Mongols, two Blonds, a Bull, a Spoiler, a ballet dancer, a future Link, and a future Studd.

The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 15 (Q2 1963)

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Welcome to Chapter 15 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.

McGuirk Wrestling Territory: Q1 1977

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In the 1st quarter of 1977, Scandor Akbar needs a medic and gets two, Mr Sakurada (Kazuo Sakurada aka Kendo Nagasaki) debuts, Ted DiBiase wins and loses a title without appearing on any house shows, England vs Germany and more!

The McGuirk/Watts Wrestling Almanac - Chapter 14 (Q1 1963)

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Welcome to Chapter 14 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.

Q: When is a title change NOT a title change? A: When it's a title change. (Unless it isn't)

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An in-depth look at a title change that probably shouldn't be recognized as such.

Mid-South Wrestling: Q1 1981

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In the 1st quarter of 1981, Diamonds are forever but not-so-much for Don Diamond, Jim Garvin and the Super Destroyer fight for months & more!