Friday, December 22, 2017

Jerry Lawler's Classic Memphis Wrestling Report-December 16, 2017

Jerry "The King" Lawler welcomed everyone to the second edition of Jerry Lawler's Classic Memphis Wrestling.  Lawler announced that this week would feature the Gilbert Family, detailing his intense rivalry with "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert.  Lawler noted that he first won the Southern Heavyweight Championship by defeating the patriarch of the Gilbert Family, Tommy Gilbert.  Lawler would be joined in studio by his special guest, "Dangerous" Doug Gilbert, who would provide commentary along with "The King" on some of Memphis Wrestling's classic moments.  First, Lawler introduced everyone to "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert by showing this "Dirty Deeds" music video:

Doug Gilbert mentioned how on the last episode, Lawler made Bill Dundee look like a fool by showing Lawler beating him in all of the highlights.  So Doug Gilbert insisted on bringing his own footage to show.  A reluctant Jerry Lawler at first did eventually give the staff his approval to air Doug's video which featured this classic "This is your life" segment:

Lawler's longtime band member, Tom Nunnery was back in the studio again this week and every time they mentioned him, he started singing, "World's Greatest Wrestler."

Following the video, tension in the studio was already building between Lawler and Gilbert with Gilbert threatening to leave.  Lawler then asked Gilbert to leave, but since Lawler now wanted Gilbert to go he insisted on staying.  Lawler talked about how Eddie Gilbert would copy him by having a crown and throwing fire.  They showed a video of Jerry Lawler wrestling Tommy Rich with Eddie Gilbert interfering and striking Lawler in the face with a massive fireball.  They discussed how Eddie wanted to become a fire throwing machine and that's where the "Hot Stuff" moniker originated.  They showed a video of the Gilberts attacking Jerry Jarrett and Eddie throwing a fireball in Jerry Jarrett's face while Tommy Gilbert held him.

Next was a video of Eddie Gilbert and Missy Hyatt confronting a young matchmaker named Randy Hales which led to Doug Gilbert and Tommy Gilbert both getting involved.  This resulted in Eddie Gilbert blasting Randy Hales in the face with a fireball.

Lawler mentioned that Randy Hales survived and is now the manager at Lawler's Hall of Fame Bar & Grille on Beale Street.  Doug said he went to eat there and the food was good.  Doug continued by asking Randy, "Who's your cooks back there?"  Randy said he's got two chefs,  "We've got a short order chef, that's Bill Dundee and another real chef."  Next was a clip when Eddie Gilbert threatened to light up Lance Russell, but was stopped by the surprise appearance from Jerry Lawler, who fought with Eddie Gilbert all over the studio and out in the parking lot.  Gilbert even slammed Lawler on the windshield of a car. 

The classic one-on-one match between Jerry Lawler and Eddie Gilbert was then featured.  Lawler would get his ultimate revenge in this feud by spiking Gilbert with his signature piledriver.  When Eddie Gilbert's valet, Missy Hyatt attempted to give Eddie her high heel shoe to use, Jerry Lawler's friend, Jerry Bryant took it from her.  Jerry Lawler lit up Eddie Gilbert with an epic fireball which led to a count out victory when Eddie had to be helped to the back by Missy Hyatt and Doug Gilbert.

The last clip shown was the most famous one from September 1, 1990 when Eddie Gilbert ran over Jerry Lawler outside the WMC studios.  After a heated exchange with Eddie Marlin, both Eddie and Doug Gilbert were fired and kicked out of the studio.  Once outside, Gilbert and Marlin pushed each other with Eddie Gilbert shoving Marlin to the pavement, followed by a kick.  Jerry Lawler ran to Eddie Marlin's aide as Eddie Gilbert retreated to his car where Doug had pulled up.  Eddie Gilbert then ran over Jerry Lawler in the parking lot.

Following the clip, Jerry Lawler discussed how he dislocated his hip when he crashed into the windshield.  Lawler told Gilbert that his hip still aches every time the weather changes thanks to him and his idiot brother.  Doug said that glass flew into his face when Lawler went through the windshield.  Doug claimed that they didn't try to run over Jerry, he moved over in the way.  Doug was upset with Jerry saying it was all their fault.  Doug Gilbert stood up to confront Jerry Lawler by saying, "I'm trying to figure out what you could be thinking when you think what you do is right, and what everybody else does is wrong.  When it's the same thing!"  Jerry Lawler told Doug that he was sorry that he even invited him to be on the show.  Lawler advised Doug that he thought it would be good if he left now because if he doesn't leave, he'll do just like what Eddie Marlin did back in the day to him and his brother and put him out of the studio.  Doug pushed Jerry and Jerry pushed back telling Doug to get out.  Jerry and Doug had to be separated by Tom Nunnery and a studio producer.  After a Tom Nunnery performance, Jerry Lawler apologized for what happened between him and Doug Gilbert and thanked everyone for watching. 

Throughout the episode, they aired commercials from Jerry Lawler's Classic Memphis Wrestling Sponsors:
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