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Memphis News: Jerry Lawler's Memphis Wrestling promotion closes down, Lawler addresses decision on final TV episode

Sep 13, 2010 - 12:13:58 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

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WWE announcer Jerry Lawler's new Memphis Wrestling TV promotion has closed down after a three-month run.

Lawler's new project, which was attempting to get pro wrestling back on local Memphis TV on Saturday mornings, ran into financial difficulties, leading to the decision to end the weekly show.

Lawler announced the decision on the final episode that aired on Saturday. "What we found out was that it's very expensive to produce a local wrestling show in these days," he said.

Lawler cited a figure of $100,000 that was their estimated cost averaged out on an annual basis to produce the local show.

"We had some great sponsors to start off with and the sponsorships waned a little bit toward the end," he said. "It became simple - not enough money coming in to take care of the money going out."

Lawler said it's "no longer a financial possibility to keep doing it." He said he's leaving the door open for possibly re-starting the show in the future. He also talked about making talent available for spot shows, by request, at the number 901-652-5190.

Video: The final episode of Lawler's TV show can be viewed on kingjerrylawler.com.

[Torch art credit Jason Conlan (c) PWTorch.com]


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