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i read some stuff on this guy and his career reads as somewhat scattered. 
 
He teamed with Ken Times early in his career as The Fabulous Blondes.  

Embry was booker for World Class at 29 years old?  He lived at the Sportatorium.  

What or who got him the job of booker for World Class? 
 
For those who got to see this guy in the ring and his other involvement in wrestling, what did you think of him?  


Seems like his big feud was with Akbar.  I remember a lot of pictures with him being a bloody mess.  

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Akbar vs Embry was the 2nd best feud in Texas History.

In Texas he was a poor mans Jerry Lawler.

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He was also an underdog baby face in Florida

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Embry was the booker of World Class at the very end after Fritz had a falling out with Gary Hart, Ken Mantell, and just about anyone else who was competent. Hart said by this point Fritz had given up between the personal tragedies and his failing business and basically wasn’t involved anymore in day-to-day operations. He took a liking to Embry and just let him run with it. The company was already dead and he wanted out.  I think it was Embry who tore down the WCCW banner and raised the USWA one. 

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By the time Eric Embry was booking, Fritz was out of the promotion. Here is a rough booking rundown:

1976 to 1982 - Gary Hart

1983 to Spring of 1986 - Ken Mantel

Spring of 1986 to Summer of 1986 - David Manning (I think Michael Hayes had a lot of input)

Summer of 1986 to December of 1986 - George Scott

December of 1986 to May of 1987 - Bruiser Brody

May of 1987 to March 1988 - Gary Hart

It gets a little fuzzy around this time because Hart was booker of record, but it was fairly evident by February of 1988 that he was not in power and that Ken Mantel was booking with Michael Hayes having a lot input. I'd say those two were booking after Hart left in March for JCP. Mantel bought in with the father of Steve and Shaun Simpson as a money mark in late 1987. He had more shares than Kerry and Kevin individually, but Kerry and Kevin together had more than Mantel. It seems like Ken Mantel faded out somewhere in the summer of 1988 with Hayes booking alone.

Jerry Jarrett bought the promotion in early October and that is when Embry booking looks to have begun. This is when Embry started his babyface turn, lots of Memphis guys came in apart from just Lawler who'd already been in and out, the weekly Monday night Fort Worth cards were dropped due to a decline in attendance making them unprofitable, and with Hayes no longer booking Terry Gordy stopped coming in.

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One of Embry's biggest career runs was in Mexico for the UWA promotion during a time when they were attracting more paying customers than any promotion in the world.

He did the stereotypical rudo role, and was brought into Mexico by Lou Thesz.

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Eric Embry's time booking Dallas and being on top as lead babyface is entertaining in its own way and sparked some interest, although I don't think as much as credit often is given. However, as a fan of the promotion before Jarrett took over, it is still jarring to watch.

Jerry Jarrett kept things going in Memphis well after his peers had closed down, but keeping things moving with active booking and by cutting costs as low as possible. World Class' TV production took a visible dip in early 1988 when the Ken Mantel regime came in, but it was still visibly similar to what had been in place since 1982 or so. However, when Jarrett took over, the TV production was changed again. The lighting was poorer, there were fewer cameras at fewer angles, the video tape quality seemed to be of a lesser grade, and the tightness of the production seemed to dissipate.

With Embry booking, there were far more angles. It was more of a Memphis style show, but came off a little more low rent. Embry as the top star did what most bookers do by pushing himself too hard. For as much as people go on about peak era World Class emphasizing the Von Erichs, I think Embry pushed himself much harder when you consider the number of times he'd appear on screen or be mentioned in a single episode (matches, angles, live to camera interviews, bumpers, pretaped and inserted promos, the announcers or other wrestlers talking about him). It got to be a bit too much.



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