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.
Episode 89: Randy Vents On the Lack of Respect for Memphis Wrestling
This week we go into something that really ticks Randy off - the historic lack of respect for Memphis wrestling. He talks about the negative reputation the territory had in the 70s/80s from old school promoters who considered Memphis to be a phony, silly style of pro wrestling. He talks about Bruce Prichard's comments on Jerry Jarrett. Randy talks about everything Memphis contributed to the world of wrestling, including an incredible list of names of guys who worked the territory on their way up.
Episode 88: Classic Territory Wrestling vs Modern Wrestling
This week we take a close look at the differences between classic territorial wrestling and the modern wrestling style. We view it through the lens of a match that Randy was heavily involved in putting together, the PG-13 vs R'R Express match from USWA A Night to Remember to in 1995. Randy breaks down what made that match and style great, and contrasts it with today's modern approach. Also, in honor of his new book, we take a look at the history of wrestling books, talking about our favorite and least favorite books and the genre in general.
Episode 87: Wrestling's Most Controversial Figures
This week Randy and Sean dive into a list of the most controversial figures in the history of pro wrestling. They go into detail on Vince, Hogan, Punk, Gilbert, Onita, Brody, and many more!
Episode 85: One of the Biggest Weeks of Randy's Life
We have a big one this week as Randy recaps one of the most significant weeks of his life! His book, Living the Dream, was released, and he had a book signing in his hometown of Jonesboro. Randy gets emotional talking about the significance of this milestone to him, and all the people who helped it become a reality. A great touching show!
Episode 84: Wrestlers Who Didn't Like Randy
In this go-home show for the release of Randy's big book, we go with a spicy topic and delve into the history of wrestlers who at one time or another had issues with Randy. Several of these relationships have since been reconciled, but hear about pretty much everyone Randy ever had heat with in his career, from Mick Foley bashing Randy in his best-selling book, to issues with Eric Embry, Manny Fernandez, Jimmy Hart, and others. We have some stories here that somehow haven't been told yet that are highly entertaining!
Episode 83: Randy Recaps Attending the Jerry Lawler 50th Anniversary Show!
This week is a fun one as Randy has just gotten back from Jerry Lawler's 50th anniversary show, and has all sorts of stories to tell. He got to reunite with many of the biggest members of Memphis wrestling history, and hear his stories on how everyone is doing and how they handled a reunion during Covid times. Lots of great behind the scenes stories from the show, as well as a recap of the event itself, Memphis fans will love this episode!
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