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Memphis Heat - The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin DVD

Jerry Lawler , Jimmy Hart , Chad Schaffler  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Hart, Jackie Fargo, Rocky Johnson, Bill Dundee
  • Directors: Chad Schaffler
  • Producers: Billy Worley
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0061QHUBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Memphis Heat documents the wild and wooly history of Memphis and Mid-South professional wrestling. From the carnival days of cult hero Sputnik Monroe - the heel who integrated the Memphis wrestling audience before the Civil Rights movement - to masked men, midgets, tag teams, female wrestlers, and the rise of bad-guy heel Jerry "the King" Lawler and Jimmy Mouth of the South Hart in the 1970s, Memphis Heat delves into a time-forgotten, pre-cable TV world where almost anything happened inside and outside of the wrestling ring and no holds were barred!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wrasslin' that started it all. May 19, 2012
By akydaky
I was fortunate to witness so much of what the film covers growing up in the 60's and 70's in Memphis, TN. Memphis was nationally known as the "hotbed of professional wrestling". Anybody who was anybody in wrestling came through Memphis at some point or another, usually on the way up in their career. Monday nights at the Mid-South Coliseum was a happening in its own right. Sold out crowds of 13,000+ each and every week. This film captures so much of how the industry, as it currently is, developed. I only wish that the producers could have included more of the wrestlers of the era, however they did a FANTASTIC job. Len Rossi, Bearcat Brown, Tojo Yamamoto, Jackie Fargo and his brothers, The Sheepherders, The Fabulous Ones, Rock n' Roll Express, Superstar Bill Dundee, Austin Idol, Ric Flair, Buddy Landell, The Medics, The Assassins, The Iron Sheik, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Dirty Dutch Mantell, Beautiful Bobby Eaton, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Leapin' Lanny Poffo, Nick Bockwinkle, and on and on and on and on. Jake Steinfeld(Body by Jake) and his partner a.k.a. Sting. So many more names and not enough space. Thanks for the memories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin' is a great addition to any wrestling fan's video library. I've been a wrestling fan for 30 years, and growing up in the northeast my only exposure to the Memphis territory was through the wrestling magazines of the day. But watching this superb documentary really gives you an insight into legendary characters that you might have heard of, like Jackie Fargo, and of ones you wish you had heard of, like Sputnik Monroe, who was willing to take a stand for the rights of others. Great stories from the participants involved, including the stories of Mario Galento incident and how Macho Man Randy Savage sucker punched Bill Dundee.
I absolutely loved this DVD. I only wish WWE would be willing to produce a few documentaries like this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal! June 6, 2012
By JChill
"Love this movie!
I've seen it twice in the past few months and am ready to watch it again. It's that kind of film.
Funny, crazy and entertaining Memphis wrestling history told by the wrestlers, promoters, managers, and TV studio MC's themselves along with vintage film footage.
Action packed, fast moving entertainment with a killer sound track!
I recently gave a friend a copy as a birthday gift and they loved it too.
I wasn't especially a big wrestling fan before I saw this and Now I Am!!!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars memphis heat March 5, 2012
By david
wow. i was waiting for this release since i first heard of its conception. watched it today. i got hooked on that era from older vhs tapes i got on memphis wrestling. it did not dissapoint. overall it was a good watch. i will agree a lot was not covered and left out, but the brunt of it was there. the extras were great. i would have liked to seen more matches covered! the stories from the outtake section were great to hear. that must have been great to have been in memphis at that time and go the the arena monday night for the card!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Look At Classic "Wrasslin" October 29, 2013
During an era where there were many territories throughout the United States, one of the most influential ones was came from "Music City USA" in Memphis, TN and this here is the story behind what happened in front of the crowd & behind the camera here in Memphis Heat told by various personalities such as "Superstar" Bill Dundee, "Handsome" Jimmy Valant, Jerry Jarrett, "Mouth Of The South" Jimmy Hart, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Sputnik Monroe, Billy Wicks, Len Rossi, promoter Buddy Wayne, music producer Jim Blake, "Fabulous" Jackie Fargo, referee Jerry Calhoun, commissioner Guy Coffey, fan Herman Mitchell, Rocky Johnson, and television personality Jack Eaton.

The documentary started with how it started & evolved from the carnival circuit to the small arena with every seat having a front row view before going into the various attractions the territory would have from midgets to women & the positive effect it would have by adding variety. Issues of racism was discussed next with Sputnik Monroe being defined as a "black man in a white man's body" for how he fought the fight of segregation of the black fans when it wasn't a battle he had to fight followed by the discussion of his feud with Billy Wicks & how it was such a draw that a World Heavyweight Champion of boxing got involved as well before going into the various opinions of the the promoters of Nick Gullas & Roy Welch was talked about along with how Jerry Jarrett got into promoting at a very young age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great footage! August 27, 2013
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I loved the old footage in this piece. Having lived in the Northeast all my life, it was impossible to see wrestling in the pre-cable days. What put me off was the way some of the old talent would still talk trash like they were cutting promos. Towards the end it got too heavy on Jimmy Hart and seemed to end abruptly. That took away from a lot of documentary for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for all wrestling fans.
I grew up watching WMC Wrestling out of Memphis and seeing it live in Tupelo. This is a must see for any wrestling fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memphis Heat: The Very Best and Innovative!
Awesome DVD. Growing up in Memphis, Tn. and watching pro wrestling EVERY single Saturday from around 1971 until I graduated High School and joined the Air Force in June of 1984, I... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Daniel C. Burse
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Published 2 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this dvd is great thanks
Published 2 months ago by richard eckam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful seeing the stories of the wrestlers I grew up watching.
Published 2 months ago by John A. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Memphis Wrestling
Nothing like Memphis wrestling. This is a great watch for any historian of professional wrestling. Its good to watch whether you are from Memphis or an outsider like me who wants... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving My Youth
This is easily the best documentary on Memphis Wrestling. The history starts with Sputnik Monroe and Billy Wicks (there are interviews with both) and continues through the end of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Russell D. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Video bought as gift to my daughter.
My daughter was thrilled with this video. We lived in Memphis and she used to followthe Memphis Heat. She thought the video was GREAT!
Published 6 months ago by Mary D. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see if you grew up on this wrestiling
I was happy to see that there was a doc on Memphis Wrestling. As a kid I couldn't wait for American Bandstand to get off of Channel 7 out of Evansville so the wrestling could... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian Emmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
This is a great back story of Memphis wrestling. I grew up in the Memphis area in the 70's and 80's and when wrestling came on Saturday mornings, everyone stopped what they were... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tony K Edwards
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