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Randy Hales started working for the Memphis territory when he was 10 years old and was at the Mid-South Coliseum every Monday night starting in 1981, often commentating alongside Lance Russell. By 1986 he was part of the booking team and part of management, and even booked the territory himself from 1994-1996. Join us as we use his remarkable history and memory to go into detail on classic Memphis wrestling in a way you've never heard before. This is a deep dive into Memphis wrestling history with someone who saw nearly all of it. Randy and Sean Reedy talk about wrestling's greatest territory every week on Memphis Memories with Randy Hales.

Randy Hales started working for the Memphis territory when he was 10 years old and was at the Mid-South Coliseum every Monday night starting in 1981, often commentating alongside Lance Russell. By 1986 he was part of the booking team and part of management, and even booked the territory himself from 1994-1996. Join us as we use his remarkable history and memory to go into detail on classic Memphis wrestling in a way you've never heard before. This is a deep dive into Memphis wrestling history with someone who saw nearly all of it. Randy and Sean Reedy talk about wrestling's greatest territory every week on Memphis Memories with Randy Hales.
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Randy Hales started working for the Memphis territory when he was 10 years old and was at the Mid-South Coliseum every Monday night starting in 1981, often commentating alongside Lance Russell. By 1986 he was part of the booking team and part of management, and even booked the territory himself from 1994-1996. Join us as we use his remarkable history and memory to go into detail on classic Memphis wrestling in a way you've never heard before. This is a deep dive into Memphis wrestling history with someone who saw nearly all of it. Randy and Sean Reedy talk about wrestling's greatest territory every week on Memphis Memories with Randy Hales.

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Episodes

Episode 40: Randy Hales and Jerry Jarrett on Eddie Marlin

8/15/2019
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This episode features an extremely touching tribute to Eddie Marlin from two men whose lives he impacted so much, Randy Hales and Jerry Jarrett.

Duration:00:48:16

Episode 39: 1995 Memphis

8/8/2019
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This week Randy dives into a great year of Memphis history, where he was the booker, 1995. This year was highlighted by the big USWA vs SMW inter-promotional feud. This started with a program between the R'R Express and PG-13, and lead to a full-blown invasion by the wrestlers of Smoky Mountain. The year featured appearances from an array of talent - Sid, Jim Cornette, Road Dogg, Bob Armstrong, Buddy Landel, the Heavenly Bodies, Tracy Smothers, Brian Lee, Kanyon, and Scotty Riggs. Hear about...

Duration:01:56:12

Episode 38: 1994 Memphis

8/1/2019
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This week we talk about 1994 in Memphis, with the area revitalized by the Monday Night Memories card and talent like Eddie and Doug Gilbert, Sid, Tommy Rich, Dream Machine, the Eliminators, alongside mainstays like Jerry Lawler, Brian Christopher, and PG-13. Hear Randy explain how the famous Monday Night Memories show of March 1994 lead to his return to booking the territory, and inside stories from his perspective of this year.

Duration:02:07:24

Episode 37: 1989-1993 Memphis - The Dark Days

7/25/2019
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This week we take a frank and honest look at a period that Randy Hales does not remember fondly - the Memphis territory from 1989-1993. As you will hear in this episode, tensions were mounting and Randy left the promotion for several years during this time. This is a very authentic look at the difficulties of trying to maintain a historic territory while the industry was changing so rapidly. Still, there is plenty to talk about - a young Undertaker debuting in the territory, Sid, Dustin...

Duration:01:53:07

Episode 36: Jerry Lawler Tribute and 1988 Memphis

7/17/2019
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We cover a lot this week, as Randy does a tribute to Jerry Lawler and then continues his historical deep dive by going into 1988 Memphis wrestling. Hear about Jerry Lawler's entire career from the perspective of someone who worked with him and has been friends with him for decades. There a lot of interesting stories told. Then, we continue into another big year in Memphis history - 1988. This included the end of a 14-year storyline with Jerry Lawler finally winning the AWA Title from Curt...

Duration:02:18:07

Episode 35: 1987 Memphis

7/10/2019
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This week Randy looks back at a wild year from a time he was the assistant booker in Memphis - 1987. Hear behind the scenes details on the Lawler vs Rich/Idol feud, a young Paul Heyman breaking into the business and the story behind the scaffold match that ended his run, his impressions of very young Scott Hall and Shawn Michaels, differences in Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett booking the territory, Nasty Boys stories we can tell on-air, and much more!

Duration:01:46:45

Episode 34: The History of Memphis Wrestling - the mid 80's

7/4/2019
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This week Randy continues his deep dive into Memphis wrestling history, going into great detail on the mid-80's with Memphis expert Beau James. They also discuss the move to put Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff in charge of Raw and SDL!

Duration:02:42:16

Episode 33: History of Memphis Wrestling - 1983-1984

6/27/2019
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This week Randy does a deep dive into two of the most famous and successful years in the history of the Memphis territory - 1983 and 1984. It was an amazing time, the Lawler-Hart feud in full swing, Andy Kaufman creating chaos, the Fabulous Ones vs Moondogs feud, the debut of Randy Savage, and some behind the scenes turmoil that Randy lived through and explains. It's a first-hand look into one of the great runs of any territory ever from a man who was there ringside for the whole thing.

Duration:02:05:38

Episode 32: The History of Memphis Wrestling Part 3

6/20/2019
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This week Randy digs into that special 1981-1983 period of Memphis wrestling history. He goes into detail on all of the famous occurrences, like the Lawler-Kaufman feud, the introduction of Kamala, the creation of the Fabulous Ones, the Lawler-Hart feud, and everything else from this era that lead to record business!

Duration:02:36:02

Episode 31: The History of Memphis Wrestling - Part 2

6/13/2019
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In this episode Randy takes into another journey through Memphis wrestling history. This time focusing on the 70s, he and Sean go into detail on a pivotal decade in the territory's history with insider information from his spot working for the company! Jerry Lawler, Jackie Fargo, Bill Dundee, Jerry Jarrett, Lance and Dave, Jimmy Valiant, Austin Idol, Rocky Johnson, Hulk Hogan, Robert Fuller, and so many more are covered.

Duration:01:43:16

Episode 30: The History of Memphis Wrestling - Part 1

6/6/2019
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In this episode we bring you our first part of a series looking at the rich history of Memphis wrestling. Randy takes us back to the 40s, with a little known story of Sam Muchnick attempting to buy the territory before Nick Gulas and Roy Welch did. Then an in-depth look into Billy Wicks, Sputnik Monroe, their legendary stadium match, and Sputnik's civil rights influence. We also go into the greatness of Jackie Fargo, Don and Al Greene, Lance Russell, the split with Jerry Jarrett, and more...

Duration:01:40:00

Episode 29: Tracy Smothers, Ricky Morton, and Bill Dundee

5/30/2019
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This week we pay tribute to the Nashville State Fairgrounds Sports Arena as we prepare for Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore to run the final show ever there on June 1st. This building was a historic destination for the Memphis territory and saw so many legendary cards. To help us, Randy conducts interviews with Tracy Smothers, Ricky Morton, and Bill Dundee, who are all appearing at the final event. Then, we turn our attention towards recapping AEW's Double or Nothing PPV, and talk about...

Duration:02:16:59

Episode 28: Tommy Dreamer

5/23/2019
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This week we welcome Tommy Dreamer onto the show. Tommy, a long-time Memphis fan who has memorably feuded with Jerry Lawler and the USWA, is running the last ever show at the famed Nashville Fairgrounds. It will be June 1st with his House of Hardcore promotion, and he joins us to talk about that show, Memphis/ECW parallels, and a whole range of topics. Get tickets for the show at www.houseofhardcore.net! Also, Randy and Sean break down Brock winning MITB, the 24/7 title, and the huge...

Duration:01:20:20

Episode 27: Randy's Late-Breaking thoughts on AEW on TNT and Reflections on a Life in the Business

5/16/2019
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The news of the announcement of AEW airing on TNT this fall broke just as we were getting ready to wrap up the episode, so hear Randy's thoughts on this massive news. Also, Randy reflects upon an upcoming high school reunion, and how wrestling has shaped his life since then while talking with an old friend!

Duration:01:47:50

Episode 26: 70's Memphis

5/9/2019
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This week Randy welcomes Rick Crane of 70s-tv.com to the show to talk about their shared passion for 70s Memphis wrestling that they watched as kids. Tune in for a great discussion on the glory days of the territory!

Duration:01:18:57

Episode 25: Randy In-Depth on the Memphis Memories Card from 1994

5/2/2019
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We celebrate our 25th episode by having Randy go in-depth on one of the proudest accomplishments of his career. It was the Monday Night Memories show from March 7, 1994, where so many of the great legends of Memphis Wrestling returned for one last night at the Mid-South Coliseum in front of a huge crowd. Hear all about Randy coming up with the idea, putting together that Saturday's TV, getting Lance Russell to return, having Jimmy Hart create a song for the night, dealing with Austin Idol,...

Duration:02:01:11

Episode 24: Deep Dive Into Booking of Summer 1999 Power Pro Wrestling

4/25/2019
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Randy guides us back to the summer of 1999, and takes us through his thought process while booking several episodes of Power Pro Wrestling. This was an especially exciting time, as Kurt Angle won his first pro wrestling title, Jim Cornette returned to Memphis as a big surprise heel, and many others names were involved like Rikishi, Tracy Smothers, Vic Grimes, Doug Gilbert, and many more. This is a great look at the art of booking week to week pro wrestling TV.

Duration:01:54:05

Episode 23: Marko Stunt Interview and Celebrating Power Pro's 21st Anniversary

4/18/2019
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In this episode Randy conducts an interview with a future huge star in the business who has roots not far from Memphis - Marko Stunt! If you are not familiar with his work yet, you will be soon, as he is quickly making a name for himself. Also, Randy celebrates the 21st anniversary of the first episode of Power Pro Wrestling, as Randy and Sean have fun going into detail on the booking of a specific episode that featured Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, Sid, Road Warrior Hawk, Tom Prichard, Bart...

Duration:02:26:00

Episode 22: Wrestlemania Recap including Randy, Dundee, Eaton, Marlin

4/11/2019
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We have a huge recap of Wrestlemania weekend now up! Listen to an esteemed panel including Randy Hales, Bill Dundee, Bobby Eaton, and Randy Hales. We later welcome Scott Mason to cover Wrestlemnia itself with us. Also, discussion on Takeover, the ROH/NJPW MSG show, RAW, SD and much more!

Duration:01:59:21

Episode 21: Ron Fuller

4/8/2019
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This week Randy welcomes Ron Fuller onto the show for a fantastic interview, and then does a deep dive into 1975 Memphis wrestling!

Duration:02:30:09