Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’ – Review | Varied Celluloid

Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’ – Review

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 28 - 2011

I don’t know what it is, but for some reason film geeks are often wrestling nerds as well. I personally think it comes down to our interest in niche cultures, and our curiosity gets the better of us. Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’ is the perfect film for geeks, as it combines a lot of this into a stylish and entertaining package. Click on the cover art in order to read the full review, but needless to say, this one is certainly worth searching out.

The Plot: Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’ is a documentary focusing on the Memphis wrestling territory during the formidable years between the 1970s and the 1980s. Following a very large spectrum of wrestlers during this period, the film simply focuses on the Memphis area and the big names who were created there. These were the men who helped make this “scene” as rowdy as any wrestling territory in the world. The film details some of the biggest stars that younger fans may recognize, such as Jerry “The King” Lawler and Rocky Johnson, as well as some older wrestlers who had a huge impact on the industry, such as Sputnik Monroe and Jackie Fargo. These wrestlers lived a hard life, traveling over 100,000 miles per year cramped inside of small cars, but they brought to life personas that were much larger than mortal men could have ever dreamed to be.

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