Jerry Lawler and Terry Funk faced each other in an Empty Arena match during the 1980s. It seems that Dutch Mantell is not a fan of Empty Arena matches as he criticized the match between them and talked about its negatives.
Pro Wrestling has had a lot of different types of matches over time. With a lot of them being entertaining and innovative, a lot of matches have received harsh criticism too. The crowd always wants something new from the performers and brainstorming new match types which is suitable for everyone is a very difficult task.
One such match with mixed reviews is the Empty Arena match. An empty arena match is a match that is contested with no fans at all and happens in an empty arena. The match itself is carried by the wrestlers and the energy given by fans is hugely missed. In the past, there have been a lot of instances where this match has taken place.
Dutch Mantell recently expressed his views on the Empty Arena match and talked about its cons. In his podcast, Storytime with Dutch Mantell, he stated how the match is boring and has no purpose. It also affects the business financially as no tickets are sold. Dutch further criticized the match between Jerry Lawler and Terry Funk calling it silly.
Dutch Mantell on how the Empty Arena match killed Memphis’ Business
The match between Jerry Lawler and Terry Funk saw both of them fight in an empty arena in front of no fans. According to Mantell, the show performed poorly and because of the match, the business suffered a lot. Dutch further criticized the match and compared it to a comic having a show with no audience at all.