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For 2 decades Nick Gulas ruled Memphis Wrestling with an iron grip. In 1977, Jerry Jarrett would challenge him. A book on that battle

Memphis, TN Nonfiction
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What This Project Is About

This kickstarter project is to fund my 9th book about Memphis Wrestlng. This edition will cover the entire year of 1977, which happened to be the most pivotal year in Memphis Wrestling history. One thing I do in my books is talk to the people that were involved in the wrestling promotion, inside the ring and out. I've added their comments in earlier books and the fans feedback was very possitive.  That's were this project comes in... Specifically, this funding will allow me travel to the Memphis Wrestling legends and interview them, face to face. Instead of a quick phone call, etc. Some of the Memphis legends I entend to interview are Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, Rocky Johnson, Jerry Jarrett, George Gulas, Dutch Mantell, Jimmy Valiant, Jim Cornette, Jimmy Hart, Lance Russell, Jackie Fargo, David Schultz, Tommy Rich, Robert Gibson, Pal Orndorff, Jerry Calhoun and many more. The $1500 goal of this project will help me interview several people on this list. If we surpass the goal, even more will be interviewed.

Why 1977?

The first half of 1977 saw Memphis matchmaker Jerry Jarrett go to war with his former boss, Nick Gulas. For over twenty years Gulas had owned the entire Tennessee territory that included Memphis. Nick’s former partner, Roy Welch, had appointed Jerry Jarrett the Memphis matchmaker a decade earlier. 1977 saw the old guard and the young upstart go to war. While the action in the ring was predecided, the war going on between Nick Gulas and Jerry Jarrett was entirely real.

After the Gulas-Jarrett War was over, the summer feud of Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee set attendance records in Memphis that will never be broken. Their battles saw 2 men and 1 woman get their heads shaved in match stipulations. With summer over, the promotion played off of the death of Elvis Presley and turned it's most hated villain, Jerry Lawler into the promotion's greatest hero. The hero Lawler then came out of retirement to face the invading onslaught of Handsome Jimmy Valiant in a bloody feud. Some of the people involved with this story are Jerry Jarrett, Nick Gulas, Jerry Lawler, Lance Russell, Bill Dundee, Jackie Fargo, Tojo Yamamoto, Jimmy Valiant, Rocky Johnson, Dave Brown, and George Gulas.

What To Expect

This book will be formatted the same as my earlier book, Memphis Wrestling History Presents 1982.(example: http://www.memphiswrestlingbook.com). 

Each month will be a chapter and give the reader a historical account of what happened at the matches every week. This is the same way the fans saw the action. What's new is I then flip it on its head and let you know what was really going on behind the scenes during these times, matches, etc. At the end of each chapter, the weekly programs will be included. These programs were 4-12 pages and had some amazing photos as well as the card and results listed. Memphis Wrestling didn’t have an off season so there were over 52 cards that year. The book is project to be around 440 pages and measure 8"x10"

That’s what this kickstarter project is all about. I want to be able to travel around and spend more than a few minutes with the wrestlers on the phone. On the phone, my time with them is limited and short, usually only time for a question or two. If I can travel to them and have a meeting set up, I’ll be able to ask more in depth questions and have more input from the men who were actually there. If the goal of this kickstarter project is met, I will immediately start setting up meetings in KY, AL, GA, NC, SC and FL with Memphis Wrestling legends.

To The Memphis Wrestling Fans

The people that have bought my books in the past have been wonderfully supportive of them. This project gives you guys the chance to help on the front end of the product. It also allows you a way to be involved with the process as well. I’ve tried to put some rare and amazing rewards on this kickstarter project. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have. To see a picture of the actual belt that will be given as a reward, go to http://www.memphiswrestlinghistory.com/jl0001.jpg

When To Expect This Book To Be Released

The 1977 book was begun on June 25, 2012 and is expected to be released no later than Oct 2013, (but possibly earlier).


 

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    Referee Level: You will have our eternal thanks and your name will be included on the book's webpage as a backer. You will also receive a SIGNED copy of the book along with a personalized email thanking you for your support. As a reward you will get a special 4 pack of 4"x6" photos of Memphis Wrestlers from the 1977 era, (randomly choosen from 8 possible photos). Lastly, your name will be in the special kickstarter area of the book as a supporter.

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    Wrestler Level: You will have our eternal thanks and your name will be included on the book's webpage as a backer. You will also receive 3 SIGNED copies of the book along with a personalized email thanking you for your support. You will get a special 4 pack of 4"x6" photos of Memphis Wrestlers from the 1977 era. You will be able to choose your 4 photos from the set of 8. Lastly, your name will be in the special acknowledgements area of the book as a supporter.

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    Southern Champ Level: 1. You will have our eternal thanks and your name will be included on the book's webpage as a backer. You will also receive 5 SIGNED copies of the book along with a personalized letter thanking you for your support. You will get the entire 8 pack set of 4"x6" photos of Memphis Wrestlers from the 1977 era. Your name will be in the acknowledgements area in the book as a supporter. You will receive 1 extremely rare, used ticket stub from Monday Night Wrestling in Memphis at the Mid-South Coliseum (an original, not a reproduction and is from the early 1980s). An original wrestling related 8"x10" photograpgh taken by me (signed and #'d exclusively for this project and not available anywhere else.) A random Memphis Wrestling program (that were sold at the Monday night matches in Memphis.) You will also get a 30 minute phone call with me. Lastly, I will buy you lunch at my favorite eatery in Memphis*, and we can talk about Memphis Wrestling to your heart's content. (*= you have to provide/pay for your own travel to Memphis and accomondations while here. I will pay for your lunch. We will work out the date & time).

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    World Champ Level: You will have our eternal thanks and your name will be included on the book's webpage as a backer. You will also receive 5 SIGNED copies of the book along with a personalized letter thanking you for your support. You will get the entire 8 pack set of 4"x6" photos of Memphis Wrestlers from the 1977 era. Your name will be in the acknowledgements area in the book as a supporter. You will receive 1 extremely rare, used ticket stub from Monday Night Wrestling in Memphis at the Mid-South Coliseum (original, not a reproduction and is from the early 1980s). You will 2 different, original Memphis Wrestling related 8"x10" photograpghs taken by me (signed and #'d exclusively for this project and not available anywhere else.) A 1977 Memphis Wrestling program that was included in this book, (that was sold at the Monday night matches in Memphis). These programs are 4-12 pages long. You will also get a 30 minute phone call with me. I will meet you at and buy you lunch at my favorite eatery in Memphis*, and we can talk about Memphis Wrestling to your heart's content. (*= you have to provide/pay for your own travel to Memphis and accomondations while here. I will pay for your lunch. We will work out the date & time). As an added bonus: a Memphis Wrestling legend* will dine with us, (the legend will be of my choosing.) Lastly, I will give you the extemely rare proof copy of the book (signed). The Proof Copy is used to make sure everything in the book is correct and the photos look good, page margins are right, the cover lines up and looks great, etc.

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    King of Memphis Level: You will have our eternal thanks and your name will be included on the book's webpage as a backer. You will also receive 5 SIGNED copies of the book along with a personalized letter thanking you for your support. You will get the entire 8 pack set of 4"x6" photos of Memphis Wrestlers from the 1977 era. Your name will be in the acknowledgements area in the book as a supporter. You will receive 1 extremely rare, used ticket stub from Monday Night Wrestling in Memphis at the Mid-South Coliseum (original, not a reproduction and is from the early 1980s). You will 2 different, original Memphis Wrestling related 8"x10" photograpghs taken by me (signed and #'d exclusively for this project and not available anywhere else.) Another reward is a 1977 Memphis Wrestling program that was included in this book, (that was sold at the Monday night matches in Memphis). These programs are 4-12 pages long. I will buy you lunch at my favorite eatery in Memphis*, and we can talk about Memphis Wrestling to your heart's content. (*= you have to provide/pay for your own travel to Memphis and accomondations while here. I will pay for your lunch. We will work out the date & time). I will give you the extemely rare 1st proof copy of the book (signed). The Proof Copy is used to make sure everything in the book is correct and the photos look good, page margins are right, the cover lines up and looks great, etc. Another rare and special piece for this reward is a genuine ticket to the very first Saturday Morning Memphis Wrestling TV show that took place way back in March 1977. This Ch 5 Memphis Wrestling ticket came straight from Guy Coffey’s collection several years ago.The LAST item to send this reward over the top is a genuine, real Southern Heavyweight title belt. This is the same style belt used in Memphis Wrestling from 1981 to the late 1980s. Pictures of the belt will be in the Updates area at the top of this page. This is a REAL wrestling belt, not a replica or toy.

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