Dinner with the King Recap – Heel Vince McMahon in Memphis Wrestling, Paige Situation, Will McMahon Ever Retire? More!

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Lawler talks about the arrival of heel Mr. McMahon at Memphis Wrestling in 1993.

Lawler informs that he has all the archive footage of Memphis Wrestling, but it’s not on the WWE Network yet. WWE wants the footage to add to the Network, and he’s in ongoing negotiations with them at this point. He started Memphis Wrestling in 1977 with Jerry Jarrett, and would go on to run that promotion until 1996 when he bought out Jarrett and sold the company in 1997.

When McMahon was steamrolling through all the territories in the 1980s, Lawler and Memphis Wrestling were able to stay in business because he was the main star in that territory. The main stars of most other promotions raced to the WWE for more money and exposure, dooming their previous employer. Lawler obviously did not do that because it would have meant the demise of his own business.

In 1993, both WWE and Memphis Wrestling were in the middle of a cross-promotional storyline where Lawler appeared on WWE television, and McMahon appeared on Memphis Wrestling. At that time, McMahon was a straight-nosed babyface commentator in WWE, but when arriving in Memphis he was booed heavily by the Memphis crowd.

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