Scott,Thought this would be a good Match Of The Day- Shawn Michaels Vs. Ted DiBiase in Memphis from 1985:
Scott, I found this on youtube. It is one of biggest and best angles in memphis. It has Jeff Jarrett debut as a ref. I never watched it until today but always heard about this show. This was my favorite wrestling show i have ever watched. My favorite was the triple title change episode of UWF, but Memphis was always awesome. This one is of course legendary for the angle with Jarrett.
I ended up on the PR mailing list for the Memphis Heat DVD (and the original book it was based on), so I finally just got them to send me a copy, and it’s a really awesome slice of memories about what made the territory so fun to begin with. Certainly as a documentary it’s fairly limited because of footage rights issues and only having certain people involved in the making of it, but man is it ever a good start for newer fans of the Memphis style who might not be aware of all the history behind it. The behind the scenes stuff with Jerry Jarrett splitting off from Nick Gulas is crazy, almost a wrestling storyline in itself. At 90 minutes, there’s tons of stuff that is either glossed over or missed entirely (like Randy Savage and his whole legendary run), but this is just chalk full of great old footage and it’s tremendous entertainment for old school fans. Plus there’s HOURS of extras with classic footage and more interviews with Lawler and Jarrett and Fargo and that whole crew. I loved every minute of it.
This was featured in the latest Karl Stern classic wrestling podcast and I had to go look up the original footage on Youtube. I nearly lost it on two or three occasions listening to Terry Funk absolutely put on a clinic on how to do a hilariously effective heel promo. If you can get through the rant about Jackie Fargo and how he’ll forget what comes after “two” (because he’s so old you see) without laughing your ass off, you’re a better man than me. Tell me that any promo on RAW in the last year was better than this one, and you’re a LIAR.
You think heel McMahon is cool? How about heel Rock N Roll Express in a bloodbath against PG-13 with Mark Curtis beating the shit out of everyone? HOW ABOUT THAT?
You want more? How about HEEL Midnight Rockers against the Rock N Roll Express for the AWA World tag titles?
Top that, Princess!
Okay, this is pretty awesome. I now hate my childhood cable company for not carrying USWA in 1993.