Booking Memphis Wrestling with Jerry Jarrett

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A weekly podcast with Jerry Jarrett and Sean Reedy going into depth about topics from Jerry's legendary career!

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Episode 9: Jerry Jarrett pays tribute to Brian Lawler and hands out his Superstar Awards
01:13:04

In this episode, Jerry Jarrett pays tribute to Brian Lawler and gives his thoughts on the tragedy that occurred. Then, as a balance to our infamous Slappy awards, and to bring some happiness to a sad time, Jerry hands out his Superstar Awards. This is a tribute to the people who Jerry feels most helped him become so successful in the wrestling business. Hear his thoughts on people like Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, Eddie Graham, Vince McMahon Sr, and many more.

Aug 10, 2018
Episode 8: Memphis Controversies - Fact or Fiction: Andre/Harley/Sheik
59:06

This week we dive into a few well-known Memphis "controversies", and get the real story on what happened from Jerry Jarrett himself. In fact, one of these stories caused Jerry to call Jerry Lawler on the day of recording to make sure the record was set straight! We talk about the infamous Apter mag article claiming Lawler had defeated Andre the Giant on behalf of all smaller people, causing some heat in the NWA. We also talk in depth about Andre as a performer and person. Also, hear the details on supposed incidents involving Harley Race and the Sheik! And just for fun, we even get into the story of Sabu claiming to save Jerry's life in TNA, and talk about Ben the Wrestling Bear making appearances in Memphis in the 70s!

Jul 27, 2018
Episode 7: We give another lifelong Memphis fan access to Jerry Jarrett's brain!
01:01:15

We will get to the Superstar awards, but instead of doing lists two weeks in a row, we shake things up again this week Memphis-style. We thought it would be fun to bring on a lifelong Memphis fan, Scott Mason, who has worked in radio for 10 years and created the show's open, and let him ask Jerry Jarrett anything he can think of for an hour. Listen to some great stories on The Fabulous Ones, Lance Russell, Eric Embry, Eddie Gilbert, Austin Idol, SuperClash 3 and much more. Also, you have to hear how Joe Namath affected Jerry's fashion style for a time, trust us.

Jul 20, 2018
Episode 6: Jerry Jarrett's Slappy Awards!
01:29:02

It's time for Jerry Jarrett's Slappy Awards! This episode is hilarious but also at times very emotional. Here is Jerry's list of the top people in wrestling who he had some, well, unpleasant or unusual business dealings with during his career. This is not meant to be mean-spirited, its more of a vehicle for us to hear some great stories, as well as some cautionary tales. Yes, you probably guessed that Dixie Carter was on the list, but wait until you hear the story of how Ric Flair ended up here. Hear about the issues he had with other territorial promoters in the 80s and how it allowed Vince McMahon to take over wrestling. What Memphis legend showed up at the Mid-South Coliseum one Monday night and refused to wrestle unless he got a higher payout than agreed on?

Jul 13, 2018
Episode 5: Jerry Jarrett's top tips for all wrestling promoters in 2018
01:06:14

This is a great episode, as one of the most successful promoters in the history of the business gives his top tips to everyone trying to promote pro wrestling in 2018. And, as always with Jerry and Sean, we veer into some other topics. Hear about Vince McMahon telling Jerry 25 years ago that he wished he could have generic replaceable wrestlers, and how 25 years later Vince has now accomplished that. How did TNA fail by trying so often to be WWE-lite. Why did a Jimmy Valiant-Nick Bockwinkel match turn into a disaster. Hear how Vince McMahon considered pro wrestling to be a farce perpetrated on the public that he was above by promoting "sports entertaiment". Why did Jerry have a big sign above his office that said "Personal issues draw money". And so much more.

Jul 06, 2018
Episode 4: Booking 101 - Part 1: Booking wrestling TV and Jerry Jarrett: The Artist
58:16

This a fun wide-ranging show full of fascinating topics. We start with the premise of doing a Booking 101 series - a collection of shows where one of the all-time brilliant bookers in wrestling history passes down his knowledge to younger generations. We start with a discussion of why Memphis TV was so special, but we really get into the heart of Jerry Jarrett as an artist and writer. How did his love of literature and romantic poetry motivate his booking. How did "Et tu, Brute?" lead to Lawler-Dundee? How did Scottish poetry inform how he booked Randy Savage? How did watching a late night B-movie lead to the creation of the first scaffold match? How did his daughter's love of MTV lead to the first pro wrestling music videos? How did Jerry's experience at a movie theater "Rocky" touch his wrestling booking so much? It's a deep episode that Memphis fans will love, as we try to get to what was really at the core of our favorite wrestling.

Jun 29, 2018
Episode 3: Memphis Quick Hits - stories on over 25 legendary Memphis names
56:53

In the spirit of Memphis TV, we did a fast-paced really fun one this week. It's called Memphis Quick Hits - Sean throws about 25 names from Memphis history at Jerry Jarrett and he responds with the first story that comes to mind. Hear some gems - what did Lou Thesz do to lose Jerry's respect for a time, why does Jerry consider Randy Savage the most honorable main he ever came across in the wrestling business, hear about Jerry holding Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on his lap as his dad worked Memphis in the late 70's, and why did Eddie Graham stop talking to Jerry for a year. From Lawler, Dundee, and Mantell to Reggie B Fine, Frank Morrell, Phil Hickerson, we cover a very broad spectrum. People who enjoy Memphis will love this episode.

Jun 22, 2018
Episode 2: Part 1 on Jerry's relationship with the McMahon family and WWE
01:10:13

In this episode we go into great detail on Jerry Jarrett's long relationship with the McMahon family and WWE. Hear about how Vince McMahon Sr was a key part of Jerry's early success, how Vince McMahon Jr called in a favor Jerry had made to Vince Sr a decade earlier for help, how Jerry pushed for smaller wrestlers like Bret Hart to get pushed and how that is still felt today with smaller superstars like AJ Styles, and finally how Jerry created the Mr. McMahon character and produced the very first Mr. McMahon interviews. A great episode documenting important wrestling history.

Jun 15, 2018
Episode 1 - Andy Kaufman
50:21

Hear Jerry Jarrett go into detail on Andy Kaufman's entire legendary Memphis run, from the first phone call he ever received from Andy to his last appearance in the territory. Just as interestingly, hear the unique perspective of someone who worked closely with and knew Andy Kaufman the man, and what drove this brilliant innovative artist.

Jun 08, 2018
Preview - Rick Crayne On Memphis Wrestling
57:58

Booking Memphis Wrestling with Jerry Jarrett will be launching soon! For now, here's a preview, with his host Sean Reedy talking with Rick Crayne of 70s-tv.com about their shared love of Memphis wrestling.

May 31, 2018