Originally Posted by mk92071
I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but I want to get into Memphis territory stuff. I have no idea where to start or of any places/uploaders that have several full shows etc. If nothing else, can anyone recommend the best Memphis matches?
There's a Memphis DVD comp that was independently made by a wrestling fan who has a strong reputation for making territory/wrestler comps to cover their body of work. I haven't got his email address but I think a few in this thread may be able to help there, alternatively Big Z and Seabs on here both own copies of the DVD which they sell to anyone who wants to buy.
As for Memphis itself, the territory was more of a brawl orientated company. You're not going to get great matwork or classic NWA wrestling, but rather a more violent match on average albeit with great selling, characters and a tremendous crowd for the big matches. Lawler is the MVP of the territory and is in largely the best matches from its peak. Bill Dundee is his greatest rival and they have a great on and off feud between '83-88 with 2 of the best matches in US wrestling history in the form of the 6/6/83 Loser Leaves Town match as well as the 12/30/85 Loser Leaves Town match.
Dutch Mantell has a stellar series with Lawler in '82, Terry Funk makes for a great rival in the NO DQ and Empty Arena matches in '81, and you can't forget about the Lawler vs Austin Idol/Tommy Rich feud in '87 which culminates in the Hair vs Hair Cage Match with one of the greatest finishes in history.
I'll post the best 30 matches as voted for by people at DVDVR, who watched the Memphis compilation and produced ballots chroniciling the best 150 matches.
1. Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee (Loser Leaves Town) 6/6/83
2. Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee (No DQ, Loser Leaves Town) 12/30/85
3. Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk (No DQ) 3/23/81
4. Jerry Lawler vs. Dutch Mantell (Barbed Wire Match) 3/29/82
5. Jerry Lawler vs. Dutch Mantell (No DQ) 3/22/82
6. Jerry Lawler vs. Austin Idol (Hair vs. Hair, Steel Cage Match) 4/27/87
7. Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee (No DQ, Loser Leaves Town) 7/14/86
8. Koko Ware vs. Ric Flair 11/18/85
9. Jerry Lawler vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (Texas Death) 9/7/86
10. Jerry Lawler vs. Randy Savage (Loser Leaves Town) 6/3/85
11. Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk (Empty Arena) 4/6/81
12. Jerry Lawler & Dutch Mantel vs. Bill Dundee & Buddy Landel 3/10/86
13. Jerry Lawler vs. Nick Bockwinkel (No DQ) 11/8/82
14. Tommy Rich & Eddie Gilbert vs. Pretty Young Things (Falls Count Anywhere) 5/18/84
15. Jerry Lawler vs. Ric Flair 8/14/82
16. Jerry Lawler vs. Nick Bockwinkel 10/18/82
17. Jerry Lawler vs. Dutch Mantell (Loser Leaves Town) 3/27/82
18. Jerry Lawler & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Austin Idol & Tommy Rich (Texas Death Match) 3/23/87
19. Jerry Lawler & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Austin Idol & Tommy Rich (Double Jeopardy Match) 3/16/87
20. Fabulous Ones vs. The Moondogs (Stretcher Match) 5/2/83
21. Jerry Lawler vs. Curt Hennig (Title vs. Retirement) 5/9/88
22. Bobby Eaton & Sweet Brown Sugar vs. Dutch Mantell & King Cobra 7/19/82
23. Jerry Lawler vs. Nick Bockwinkel 10/25/82
24. Jerry Lawler vs. Rick Martel (Nashville) 10/12/85
25. Ricky Morton & Eddie Gilbert vs. Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita (Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl) 9/4/81
26. Bill Dundee vs. Sweet Brown Sugar (2/3 falls, Scaffold Match) 6/21/82
27. Ronnie Garvin vs. Randy Savage (Cage Match) ICW 1982/83
28. Jerry Lawler & Randy Savage vs. King Kong Bundy & Rick Rude 9/10/84
29. Fabulous Ones vs. The Sheepherders (Cage Match) 8/6/85
30. Jerry Lawler vs. Crusher Blackwell 5/4/81
Alternatively, I made a Lawler Appreciation thread a few months ago and posted reviews to some of his finest matches, most of which are in that top 30 list above: