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WrestlingGod September 06th, 2012 04:43 GMT Print this post
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Memphis has always had crazy gimmicks and gimmick matches,what you guys consider the worst gimmick matches that took place in memphis
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Tojo Mojo September 06th, 2012 14:39 GMT Print this post
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Back in late '67-early '68 we had the masked heel team of Dr. Frank (wearing a Frankenstein mask) & the Mummy. They were really hokey--glad that they didn't last long here. They were Nick Adams & Eddie Marlin.Of course, Lawler came up with pretty bad stuff (monster heel wise) later on, with some pretty stupid stuff at times.
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diamonddulius September 06th, 2012 20:16 GMT Print this post
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I couldn't disagree more, Tojo... the campy element that was always present in Memphis Wrestling is one of the things I like about it. This wasn't a promotion that was trying hard to convince the fans that everything happening in the ring was "real". There was a wink/nod to the fans that was refreshing, especially when compared to a territory like St. Louis. IMO, that is the most boring territory ever... I respect the performers and Muchnick as NWA prez, but without the crazy, campy, subversive element, pro wrestling as a sport is kind'a dull...

However, WG asked about matches, not gimmicks... and, for my money, the worst gimmick match was the "Snake Box Match" between Jonathan Boyd and Jeff Jarrett. I believe the year was '86. Basically, the loser had to get in a big, wooden box with a snake... it was pretty silly.

Another contender would be the first scaffold match between Jerry Jarrett and Al Green... or was it Don? Anyhoo, a plank of wood suspended between two ladders. Pretty low impact.
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Tojo Mojo September 06th, 2012 21:18 GMT Print this post
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First post did mention gimmicks--reread that post. But, each to their own. It was Don Greene in the '71 scaffold match in Louisville, vs. Jerry Jarrett. I have it on tape--it was okay, nothing special. I'd take a regular bout in the ring anytime.I loved my Tenn. wrestling in the '60's-'70's-'80's--but, at times, it could get a little TOO silly. But overall, it was great action for many years.Still enjoy my dvds of Tenn. nostalgia very much.
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Whitey September 07th, 2012 14:59 GMT Print this post
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I thought the cast match between Lawler and Killer Karl Krupp was pretty different also.  Remember, Lawler had the broken leg and Krupp put his leg in a cast so they could go at it on even terms.

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KontinentalKat September 07th, 2012 18:58 GMT Print this post
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I saw a couple of "Judo Jacket" matches with Tojo Yamamoto in the 70's and I thought those were really lame.  Never saw much judo in those matches and I don't think there was any special way to win the match, other than the usual pinfall or submission.  
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Tennoutdrsman September 09th, 2012 20:09 GMT Print this post
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Dog food matches tops it all in my book,along with the loser wear a dress matches..and you can guess who was booking when these matches took place.
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The part where Lance Russell fired Jimmy Hart.
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Quoted from: diamonddulius, September 06th, 2012 20:16  GMT
I couldn't disagree more, Tojo... the campy element that was always present in Memphis Wrestling is one of the things I like about it. This wasn't a promotion that was trying hard to convince the fans that everything happening in the ring was "real". There was a wink/nod to the fans that was refreshing, especially when compared to a territory like St. Louis. IMO, that is the most boring territory ever... I respect the performers and Muchnick as NWA prez, but without the crazy, campy, subversive element, pro wrestling as a sport is kind'a dull...

However, WG asked about matches, not gimmicks... and, for my money, the worst gimmick match was the "Snake Box Match" between Jonathan Boyd and Jeff Jarrett. I believe the year was '86. Basically, the loser had to get in a big, wooden box with a snake... it was pretty silly.

Another contender would be the first scaffold match between Jerry Jarrett and Al Green... or was it Don? Anyhoo, a plank of wood suspended between two ladders. Pretty low impact.


I actually loved the snake box match. Pretty straight forward with the casket match rules, and then at the end with Boyd rising up from the box with the snake dangling off of him was a great, creepy visual.  

As for my least favorite I agree that the early scaffold match didn't even make much sense without some element of danger involved. Just trying to knock your opponent off a bridge no higher than the top rope didn't seem that interesting of a gimmick. So it would definitely go high on my list.

It's all the more intriguing that while Memphis developed one of the lamest scaffold matches with those early versions, they would ultimately create perhaps the most dangerous form of the scaffold match when they added the concept of best of three falls. A single fall from a scaffold always looked terrifying, but then in Memphis you had the added insanity that a wrestler had a minute to get up and begin climbing back up to do it all again.  


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old school dude May 06th, 2016 12:21 GMT Print this post
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 I would have to go with the scaffold match as the worst IMHO. I have seen several of these matches, even the original match between Jarrett & Greene, and overall there's really very little action. The slow restrained pace of the match due to the scaffolding seems like it would cool off a hot feud. Also, the wrestlers are confined to a such small area and can do little more than punch and try to throw the other guy over the edge. I would say it's worse watching live, if you are sitting at floor level you have to look up for the entire match. At least Memphis never tried the Shark Cage match that they had in Detroit, it was two guys fighting in a phone booth. That had to be the worst stip match ever, and was worse than the scaffold match.
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Tojo Mojo May 06th, 2016 23:26 GMT Print this post
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Yes, I saw one of those "shark cage" matches from Detroit, on dvd--had heel Kangaroo Don Kent vs. somebody, can't recall. Just looked stupid to me.
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Didn't see the actual match, but that football match that Robert Fuller was pomtiong in the late 80's didn't make much sense lol.  

Brickhouse Brown and the Commission was a walking gimmick lmao


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