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Thursday, June 13, 2019

MEMPHIS MEMORIES PODCAST #31 Update on Eddie Marlin, Deep Dive Timeline of Memphis Wrestling Part 2

We go way back in history as we examine the History of the Tennessee Territory.  We talk the beginning of Wrestling in Memphis, Nashville, Chatanooga, Birmingham, Louisville, Lexington and Evansville.  We talk Nick Gulas, Roy Welch, Jerry and Christine Jarrett and much more.  We also look at the Seventies, year by year.   I also do a update on Eddie Marlin.

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These are my show notes and loose format.


MEMPHIS MEMORIES PODCAST SHOW 31 DROP JUNE 13

SOT  OPENING THEME WITH SCOTT MASON

SEAN OPENS, RECAPS THE THEME FOR JUNE, DEEP DIVE INTO THE MEMPHIS WRESTLING TIME LINE THEN PITCHES TO RANDY TO SEE WHAT HE HAS PLANNED TODAY  RANDY DOES HEALTH UPDATE ON EDDIE MARLIN.

RANDY PREVIEWS SHOWS.   Featuring 70’s BUT A DEEP DIVE ON THE ENTIRE TERRITORY IN THE SEVENTIES (discuss the territory before the split and after the split of the Territory in 1977)

Nick Gulas and Roy Welch started promoting Nashville in early 40’s, Chatanooga and Birmingham in early 50’s

Roy Welch:  Oklahoma  1927-1977   died age 75   brothers Herb, Jack, Lester    Sons   Ron and Robert

Nick Gulas:   Birmingham, Alabama   1914-1991 age 76

Nick and Roy joined NWA in 1949

Christine Jarrett went to work Gulas-Welch in 40’s   23-98   age 75  Jerry Jarrett born sept 4 1942 age 76 now  sold tickets, book keeper, co-owner with Jerry Louisville Wrestling Enterprises     spot show promoter    Memphis hall of fame 94

ANNOUNCERS   Lance 26-17 age 91   Dave 1946 currently 72 dave whbq as radio 1964  Wrestling in 67   dialing for dollars 68  weather in 73   TV5  77-2015
Chatanooga   Harry Thorton co-promoter  died 1982   channel 12 wdef  morning show
Birmingham   Sterling Brewer  1925-2016   90 years old   hall of famer in Alabama radio
NASHVILLE
Nick and roy buy in 40’s. hipperdome     few shows at ryman      1907
moved to fairgrounds 1968  later called nick gulas sports arena 2500    hipperdome 4000     big shows municipal auditorium   Tuesday then Wednesday and Jarrett changed to Saturday

CHATANOOGA
Municipal Auditorium gulas and welch bought in 1950   1961 Harry Thorton co promoter and tv host wdef 12   Thursday then Saturday  6000   gcw    secw

BIRMINGHAM
Boutwell Auditorium    bought in 1953   Nicks home town     Monday town   outdrew Memphis for years   tv host sterling brewer  secw

MEMPHIS
Ellis 9000

LOUISVILLE WRESTLING ENTERPRISES
LOUISVILLE(Barnett to Bruiser and Snyder
CONVENTION CENTER THEN CHANFED TO LOUISVILLE GARDENS
1970    WLKY 32  ABC MAY 27 1970 ST

July 7 Debut
1.     Bobby Hart vs Eddie Marlin
2.     Dennis Hall vs JJ
3.     Tojo vs Joe Sky
4.     Johnny Walker vs Johnny Long
5.     Rossi and Brown vs Al Green and Frank Martinez
First Scaffold Match Aug 15
1        Ladies Tag
2        Alaskans vs Hall and Wikki Wikki
3        Interns vs Marlin and Brown
4        Green and Clements vs Fargo and Clements
5        Von brauners vs Jackie Fargo and Tojo
6        Scaffold   Jarrett vs Don Greene  
Near capacity   $10 golden circle

EVANSVILLE   1970     COLISEUM ON COURT STREET
2000   CH 7   ABC 

LEXINGTON KY
1970  CATHLIC HIGH 1500   CH 62  IN 1978 MOVED TO 18 WLEX RUPP ARENA   AT HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY THURSDAY  RUPP ARENA ONCE A MONTH ON THURSDAY

TIME LINE
1970:  Lawler debut in Memphis  Ellis Auditorium  Aug 17   vs Mack York   Paul Mortons brother   Rick Mortons uncle

1970:   Louisville Wrestling Enterprises starts  TV May 27    Convention Center July 7

1972:  August 8, 1972   First Mid South Coliseum Sell Out  scaled at 10653
1.     Wiki Wikki vs Joe Blassie
2.     Tommy Gilbert bear Corsica Joe
3.     George Hultz beat Tony Charles
4.     Frankie Lane and Eddie Marlin beat Don Greene and Steve Clements
5.     Al Green beat Fargo  2/3

1973
Feb   debut Lawler, White and Bass
Startin March 5  they had program with Jarrett, Fargo, Tojo   baby faces changed up with the three but drew 6000, 9900, 10023,7700,
April 9 Tojo and Rough House drew 11128 then 11118 then 9007 then 8900then 8200   june 18 9948, 6850, 7926, 8882, 8918
The Garvin’s  vs The Fargo’s  
October 8, 1973   NWA World Title   Thesz vs Jack Brisco
End Year Lawler and Al Green vs Jarrett and Rufus R Jones

1974    Refer to Podcast 11
1975  Refer to podcast 21
1976
Rich, Ron Mikolajcyk, Mike Stark, Big John and Superstar, Kirby, Shultz, Ernie Ladd, Don Anderson, Frazier vs Lawler, George Jr, June 21  Rocky Johnson, Bob Armstrong,   Aug 21 Funk vs Lawler 60 min draw, Fargo, Stomper switches, Lawler’s Army    In March hair vs hair Jarrett vs Al Green  10800

1977 THE BIG SPLIT
Jarrett resigned in 1977 but continued to book in secret and Eddie carried out the orders
Last card of Nick and Jarrett talent March 14 (two weeks before on march 1  Race vs Rocky, Lawler vs Rich  11237  three weeks before 10526  Lawler vs Armstrong)
March 19:   First TV5 Show
March 20   First Jarrett show at Cook Convention Center
March 21:  Nicks first solo show at coliseum 1964 Sheik vs Bobo
May 9   Nicks last show at Coliseum 484
Jarrett return to Coliseum  April 24
Lance TV 5 Debut   Pitch to Lance/Lawler audio.  April 23’ 77
April 24 Jarrett  8700
1.     George, Gibsons  beat Pat McGinis, Ken Dillenger   Jim Dalton
2.     Orndorff vs Gladitor
3.     Fullers vs Executioners
4.     Rich and Dundee beat Pork Chop and Norvell Austin
5.     Graham and Sulivan over Schultz and Orton Jr
6.     Hickerson and Condry over Gilbert and Dusty
7.     Laeler vs Brisco Sou Title
8.     Race over Johnson
More 77
June 12  Dusty vs Lawler
July 4:  Start of Dundee vs Lawler 5400
July 11   Car 8100
July 25  25  8700
Aug 8   Pooles Hair   sell out
Aug 15  8400
Aug 22 7200   Poole lost hair
Aug 29 7100
Pitch to audio of Beverly Dundee attacking Lawler
Sept 5  Hair vs Hair 10500
Sept 13   Beverly loses hair
Valiant Debut   Oct 3 without Lawler drew 2600   Oct 10 Lawler vs Valiant 6800     Oct 24  Lawler and Dundee vs Valiants  9300
Dec 11 Lawler vs Race   draw
Dec 18   Return  9664  Valiant breaks bottle

1978
Switch to AWA  August 21, 78  11000
1.     Cash, Kyle, Brown over Schroeder. Don Bass, Bounty Hunters
2.     Womens Tag Title
3.     Dundee, Bruiser, Gilbert and Ferris vs Leduc, Louie, Valiants
4.     Nelson Royal vs  NJackie Welch
5.     Verne Gagne vs Eddie Sulivan
6.     Gagne and Brunzel vs Lane and Boyer
7.     Lawler vs Bockwinkel
Lawler vs Leduc Program
Idol Debut

1979
Feb   Robert Fuller Booking
Stomper, George, Golden, Tanaka, Robert, Ron Condry and Carson, Mike Stallings, Armstrong, Tony Charles, Kevin Sullivan, Buzz Sawyer, Ron Slinker,

May 14   Hogan Debut vs Stomper
June 11     Fuller Last show
June 15
Pitch to Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl PLAY AUDIO THEN DISCUSS
Bobby Lyons vs Bob Owens, Regal and Gilbert vs Davis and Sputnik Jr, Pete Austin vs Jerry Bryant, Ken Wayne over Eddie Gilbert, Bass over Frazier, Bombers vs Lawler and Dundee, Baa won two ring, June 18  4800
July 23:  Freebirds,Lawler and Dundee’  Fargo’s, Bombers, Terry and Eddie Boulder vs Bass and Austin  7000
July 30   Dundee vs Bockwinkel   Fargo’s   7600
Aug  Lawler heel
Aug 27 Lawler vs Bockwinkel   10000
Oct  Billy Graham   CWA TITLE
Hart manages Lawler
Lawler wins CWA Title
Dick the Bruiser
Bock
Lucas   Big Red
SUMMARY OF THE EIGHTIES
PREVIEW NEXT WEEK
PITCH TO TAPE
THIS WEEK IN WRESTLING
SUPER SHOW DOWN
TAKER VS GOLDBERG
OLD DOMINION
FYTER FEST ON FREE STREAMING
NJPW MOVING TO SATURDAYS ON AXS
NEW DAY REUNITES
SEAN ADDS WHAT HE KNOWS
WRAP
PLUGS
CLOSE

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