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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 49: Randy Re-Books His Life

10/18/2019
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In an extremely honest and introspective episode, Randy decides to use his booking skills to re-book his life. He talks about regrets, mistakes, things he would have done differently, and decisions he wouldn't change for anything.

Duration:01:48:22

Episode 49: Randy Re-Books His Life

10/18/2019
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In an honest, emotional, and introspective show this week, Randy discusses what he would do differently if he had the chance to re-book his life. After leading a life living the dream in the wrestling industry, he tells us what he would have done differently.

Duration:01:48:23

Episode 48: 5/99 Power Pro - Return of Freebirds, Doug Gilbert, Wolfie D

10/11/2019
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This week we look closely at May 1999 Power Pro Wrestling. Again, Randy is able to take us behind the scenes with a very unique perspective as the booker and owner of the promotion. May was another wild month, with the return of the Fabulous Freebirds, as well as Memphis mainstays like Doug Gilbert and Wolfie D. Also, Jerry Lawler is considering running for mayor for real! Kurt Angle continues to develop, Rikishi is in as JR Smooth, Vic Grimes tries to make Memphis hardcore, and much more.

Duration:01:48:51

Episode 47: March-April 1999 Memphis Power Pro

10/4/2019
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This week Randy takes us behind the scenes of a wild period from when he was booking Memphis Power Pro Wrestling. In the spring of 1999, the promotion was red hot, with Michael Hayes having his last run as a full-time wrestler, Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee feuding with the Fabulous Ones, Kurt Angle debuting as the WWF relationship was in full swing, and much more! Hear never heard stories about this very unique time.

Duration:01:45:31

Episode 46: January-February 1999 Power Pro Wrestling

9/25/2019
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This week Randy takes behind the scenes of early 1999 Power Pro Wrestling. The pro wrestling world was red hot, and Memphis was no exception as the time featured some wild angles involving Jerry Lawler, Brian Christopher, Shawn Stasiak, Bruce Prichard(!), Jim Cornette, Michael Hayes, and Randy himself. Hear exclusive never told stories.

Duration:02:16:55

Episode 45: 1998 Power Pro Wrestling

9/19/2019
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This week Randy dives into the formation and first year of Power Pro Wrestling! Hear about everything that went into creating the company after the chaotic demise of the USWA, how the deals were made, their first Mid-South Coliseum show with a Jerry Lawler vs Kane main event, Randy turning heel and feuding with Lawler, and tons of behind the scenes stories that only Randy can tell about the last Memphis morning studio wrestling!

Duration:02:50:05

Episode 44: Growing up in wrestling

9/12/2019
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This week Randy takes a personal look at a life spent growing up in the wrestling business, as he interviews talent like Reggie B Fine and David Oswald, as well as family members and friends who have watched his journey.

Duration:08:49:22

Episode 43: 1997 USWA and the end of the Memphis territory

9/4/2019
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We complete our look at the traditional Jarrett/Gulas/Welch Memphis territory, as we dive into the chaos of 1997. Randy goes into great detail on the behind the scenes happenings that led to so much disruption and eventually the end of the company. Hear all about the changes in management, wrestlers and announcers quitting, booking changes, and the fallout.

Duration:01:53:49

Episode 42: 1996 USWA

8/29/2019
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This week we take a look at the final full year Randy spent working for the classic Memphis territory - 1996. It was another eventful year, with a controversial feud featuring Bill Dundee and PG-13 (later the Cyberpunks). Of course there was the rookie appearance of that Flex Kavana guy, who went on to become The Rock. The debut of the Mankind character happened in Memphis. Jerry Lawler turned heel for the first time in a decade. And much more!

Duration:01:49:37

Episode 41: Eddie Marlin Tribute

8/25/2019
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It was a difficult week for the Memphis wrestling family as we lost our patriarch, the legendary Eddie Marlin. Randy pays an emotional tribute to a man who meant so much to his life, from breaking him into the business in 1973 to the last year they spent living together. Also, Randy conducted several interviews with people touched by Eddie Marlin's life, including Bill Dundee.

Duration:02:55:39

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