Part 1 of 4. The first and only appearance of Ric Flair in the Memphis studios leads to a NWA World Heavyweight title match versus Jerry Lawler to the delight of Memphis Wrestling fans.

“The Interview”

As NWA World Heavyweight Champion, one of Ric Flair’s jobs was to travel to all the territories and have non-title matches with the local champion; putting the local yocal over as potentially having a shot at the belt. So it’s business as usual here in Memphis for Ric–same game, different town–but also I think he wanted some TV time with Lawler who was becoming a crossover success with his Andy Kaufman angle.

During the interview, Ric fully exploits the mantle of Heavyweight Champion. His infamous arrogance puts a backhanded twist on every compliment and the fans quickly begin to get the feeling they’re being insulted. Oh sure, we miserable fans in this Memphis Wrestling bubble wished to behold and admire the notorious NWA champ, but now… Hmmm. Now we’re sort of hoping somebody would come along and shut him down. Perhaps a regal and charming local hero to reclaim Memphis’ pride and dignity? (Wink wink.) Nope, not today. How about a yocal with a little poolhall hustle instead?

Date: August 14, 1982
Location: WMC TV5 Studio, Memphis
Interview: Lance Russell

This angle has four distinct parts:
1. The Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDIneaiyP1s
2. The Hustle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_GYGcGQbEU
3. The Match: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8psgP2yvLD4
4. The Meltdown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzkDzOfqDfc

From Playlist: “Jerry Lawler vs Ric Flair (1982, Memphis)”
View Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=38A40DA5F3D6A978
Play All: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDIneaiyP1s&feature=PlayList&p=38A40DA5F3D6A978&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1

Related Playlist: “Memphis Wrestling (1982)”
View Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=9F95D7D09936144B
PlayAll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDIneaiyP1s&feature=PlayList&p=9F95D7D09936144B&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1

Related Playlist: “Jerry Lawler: King of Memphis Wrestling”
View Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=8C956037BE97BE5D
Play All: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVMU8kEKybM&feature=PlayList&p=8C956037BE97BE5D&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1

Related Playlist: “Jobbing in Memphis”
View Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=09D0370287236D5F
Play All: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAg2tHtts5c&feature=PlayList&p=09D0370287236D5F&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1

Related Playlist: “Best of… CWA Studio Wrestling Memories”
View Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=3AAE006CB5F907C1
PlayAll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLHGD0dG-dE&feature=PlayList&p=3AAE006CB5F907C1&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1

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