July 3, 2010
– Larry Goodman
Jerry Lawler’s Memphis Wrestling rundown for 7/3/10.
Show number five. I believe it was the first episode from the second taping.
Brandon Baxter and Lauren Jenkins stand up opening. Jenkins is so hot and so clueless. The major story is Derrick King not showing
proper respect to WWE Hall of Famer Koko B. Ware and they will in be in the ring today!
Hornswoggle clip for the bumper (same one that aired 6/19).
Baxter and King did verbal combat. King said Ware should be at home watching rather than getting the ring.
(1) Koko B. Ware beat Derrick King by DQ in 2:58
Koko hasn’t been missing any meals. He cut King off with a gordbuster. King took a sky high bump on a backdrop. Boss Winters and
Johnny Dotson attacked Ware. Dotson and King took turns dropping elbows on Ware. Nobody came to his rescue.
Edge bumper - “Is this stupid show still on the air?” he asked and walked away.
Baxter and Jenkins were joined at the desk by Kevin White and Su Yung. Baxter said Yung had been informed that WWE was calling her
down to Florida just yet. Yung was wearing sunglasses and looking appropriately dejected. We heard the regal music and out came
“King” Jerry Lawler himself.
Lawler said Yung came from Seattle to Memphis to live her dream of becoming a pro wrestler. He gave White credit for doing a fine job of
training her. Lawler said her deal was delayed due to budget reasons and the WWE said they would revisit it in 3-6 months. Lawler said
he had been with WWE since 1993 and they were reputable people, and she still had a shot. “Put a smile on the pretty face and take the
sunglasses off and smile.”
White said no way the sunglasses were coming off and told Yung she would keep them on if she knew what was good for her. Lawler
took the glasses off revealing that Yung has a black eye. White claimed Yung bumped into a door. Yung said White punched her in the
face when she got a contract and he didn’t. White fired Yung and told her to go back to the nail shop where he found here. White said he
would replace Yung no problem.
An ad ran for the Ken Wayne wrestling school.
Tommy Mercer cut a promo. Bert Prentice was hovering. He trashed Memphis, said he was only there for the Southern title, and referred
to himself as “the genetically gifted supernatural”.
(2) Matt Boyce beat Tommy Mercer in 4:44 to advance in the Southern Heavyweight Title Tournament
Baxter said Boyce was 4-0 and grew up as in Little Rock watching Memphis wrestling. Prentice said he had decided to offer the winner
his services - “take them to the moon if you know what I mean.” Prentice said he hadn’t been in Memphis wrestling since 1997. He said
there would be no rendition of “Achy Brakey. Heart” Thank God for small favors. Prentice said WWE was interested in Mercer, and he was
interested in a piece of that money. Mercer totally dominated the match playing cocky heel. Boyce got the flash pin with an inside cradle.
Prentice congratulated Boyce on having him as his new manager. Prentice said he had won more titles in Memphis than Downtown
Bruno or Jim Cornette. Boyce said he was 4-0 (somebody’s match is off) and doing fine on his own. Prentice said nobody tells him no.
Boyce said, “maybe you’ll understand this" and punched Prentice in the face.
Lauren introduced a clip featuring Joey Styles.
Styles was still holding a grudge about Lawler referring to ECW as “Extremely Crappy Wrestling”. "Let’s see what you and Brandon Baxter
can do with a few home cameras, duct tape and a spotlight," he said.
Back at the desk, Baxter said he hated to break the news that ECW was out of business and Lawler’s wrestling was alive and well.
Ox Baker clip. Wow. A mark out moment. Baker said Lawler had never beaten him and he had never beaten Lawler. Ox said he would be
in Memphis sooner or later. I shudder to think. Baker is 76 years old.
“Hollywood” Jimmy Blacklock was out with Baxter, who started to introduce Brian Christopher. They spliced in a clip of Ben Roethlisberger
saying Grandmaster Sexay was his favorite wrestler of all time. Christopher insisted that he was back in the Southern Heavyweight Title
Tournament. Baxter pointed out that Christopher already lost to Boyce. Christopher called it a lie of the devil. Christopher told
Commissioner Guy Coffey to tell “cueball” he was back in. Coffey said not yet. Christopher said Coffey promised. Coffey said Christopher
had to win his upcoming match. Christopher was ecstatic.
Baxter introduced Christopher’s surprise opponent as the returning Wolfie D. Wolfie stopped to chat with Jenkins and Brandon. “Im
gonna take you to school fool cuz I’m cool like the water in a swimming pool.”
(3) Wolfie D beat Brian Christopher in 3:18
Good action while it lasted. Blaylock kept making snide remarks about Wolfie being a convicted criminal. Baxter said Christopher had
been calling Coffey begging to get back in the tournament. Christopher kicked out of the move Wolfie uses as finisher in SAW and caught
him coming off the top with a superkick. The presence of Boyce at ringside distracted Christopher, Wolfie pinned him with a rolling
Brandon once again told Christopher sayonara from the tournament. Christopher shoved Baxter and he took a bump over his chair.
Baxter said a well known Hollywood make up guy promised problems for Lawler next week, and more matches in Southern Heavyweight
Title Tournament, plus return of Eric Wayne and Kid Nichols.
COMMENTS: This was a massive improvement over any of the shows from the first taping. Randy Hales made his return at this taping. I
understand that he did not have a major role in the TV production end. Whoever was responsible corrected many of the mistakes at the
first taping, which was an embarrassment in terms of production. The hard cam is still a funky high angle shot but not as cockeyed as the
first time. They made heavy used of the handheld and did a much better job of positioning it. Some good story developments this week.
The segment with Lawler, Yung and White was the best thing they’ve done so far. It was the closest JLMW has come to capturing the old
Memphis TV studio feel. White was great. I’m digging Baxter as lead commentator. Prentice was entertaining. Jenkins is clueless.
Blaylock is still annoying. They’re making a huge deal out of the Southern Heavyweight Championship, which is a good thing. Wolfie and
Mercer both mentioned it as the motivation for their presence. None of the matches were given enough time to develop into much. They
were there to set up the angles. But I don’t watch Memphis wrestling with the expectation of seeing great matches.