The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.27.19

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.27.19

So this is it, the last episode of Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis available on YouTube.  And this one is focused on the Rock N Roll Express.  Jerry points out that he’s the one who put them together in the first place.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – January 7, 1995

While Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) was a nostalgic look at wrestling’s past, the United States Wrestling Association (USWA) stubbornly fought for its existence, casting itself as a major promotion that was on the same level as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) or World Championship Wrestling (WCW).  Based in Memphis, Tennessee, a classic wrestling hotbed and arguably the only place to successfully fend off Vince McMahon’s territorial expansion in the 1980s, the USWA was created from a merger of the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) and World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1989.  The promotion tried to run shows along the East Mississippi and Texas in the early 1990s, but the venture proved unsuccessful.  By the middle of the decade the USWA was back to running its weekly shows in towns such as Louisville, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana, as well as holding weekly supercards on Monday nights at the Memphis Coliseum.  These events were heavily promoted on USWA TV, filmed at the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis.  While that may have made USWA TV seem second rate, the company had a talented core with owners and bookers Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler, as well as announcers Lance Russell and Dave Brown (who had a full-time gig as WMC-TV 5’s meteorologist).  They were supplemented by older territory stars such as Tommy Rich, Doug Gilbert, and Bill Dundee and a crop of new talent that included Lawler’s son Brian Christopher, PG-13, and wrestlers that the WWF and WCW sent for seasoning as the USWA had a working agreement with both.

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The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.29.19

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.29.19

YouTube has been RUTHLESSLY putting this one in my recommended list for a week now, so OK SHUT UP ALREADY I’LL WATCH IT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-D227CoxNM

Your hosts are Lance Russell & Dave Brown

Your theme this week:  The Fabulous Ones!

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The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.06.19

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.06.19

Man, I’ve had a day.  You know how sometimes your car dies in sub-zero temperatures and the auto club says it’ll be 45 minutes for a tow truck and then you’re left sitting there for FOUR HOURS waiting for it when you were supposed to be at work?  And then there’s literally no rental cars to be found in the entire city aside from one on the complete opposite side from where you dropped off the car?  Or is that just me?  That’s why there was no mailbag questions yesterday, by the way.

Time for some Memphis to get me back into the groove again.

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The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 06.29.19

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 06.29.19

I’m running out of these, because apparently Lawler only posted a dozen of them and then stopped, which makes me sad.  But I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

We appear to be in 1987 again judging by the opening montage, which is fine by me.

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The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 06.29.19

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 06.22.19

I’ve gotta say, I don’t really understand the dating structure of these videos, as this one is listed as the next one in the series but I feel like they’re just being uploaded randomly anyway.

And yeah, I’m taking a break from New Japan.  Time for the complete opposite of Japanese wrestling.  Also, if this is the episode that the thumbnail indicates, it’s totally gonna be worth it.

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The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling–06.15.19

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 06.15.19

I’m not sure what the exact date of the featured episode would be, but it opens with highlights of Lawler and Dundee winning the AWA World tag titles from Doug Somers & Soldat Ustinov at the Mid-South Coliseum, so that would place it between 10/11/87 when they won it, and 10/18/87 when they lost it to Hector Guerrero & Dr. D the very next week! So using the power of math, that means this episode aired 10/16/87. Oddly, they won the belts back at the Coliseum the week after THAT, and then dropped for good one week after that to the Original Midnight Express, making them two-time champions with a combined reign of two weeks.

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The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling–06.01.19

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 06.01.19

So I was trawling YouTube for Memphis stuff to meet people’s old school needs, and it turns out that Jerry Lawler actually has his own classic content show on there! So at least I know I’m watching official stuff that he owns the rights to.

Originally aired January 1986.

Your hosts are Lance Russell & Dave Brown

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