Throwback Thursday Halloween Edition: Leatherface haunts Memphis

Leatherface

Many of you know him as a legendary horror movie slasher that wears a mask made of human skin & wields a chainsaw as his deadly weapon of choice.  Longtime Memphis Wrestling fans, however, also know him as Eric Embry’s henchman who was ordered to destroy Jerry “The King” Lawler.

When we say The King has beaten everyone… we really mean it.

This week we celebrate Halloween in the Mid-South by looking back at one of the most frightening opponents The King has ever endured.  In typical madman fashion, Leatherface storms into WMC-TV5 Studio alongside Eric Embry with his chainsaw roaring.

Dave Brown & Michael St. John are at the broadcast desk up-in-arms as Eric Embry has a few choice words for Lawler.

If you thought Leatherface was a monster outside of the square circle, just wait until you see his match with Jerry Lawler.  This short clip is from one of their battles at the Mid-South Coliseum.

Fun Facts:  Leatherface isn’t the only monster Jerry Lawler has wrestled.  The King has also been in the ring with Freddy, Jason, Mummy & more.  The role of Leatherface was often played by Memphis Wrestling mainstay Ken Raper.

“Throwback Thursday” is a weekly Memphis Wrestling post at MemphiSport.com.

Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.

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Photos: Top 10 Memphis Grizzlies Pumpkins

With Halloween and the start of the Memphis Grizzlies’ season so close to each other, it was only appropriate for fans across the Mid-South to carve their pumpkins in honor of their favorite NBA franchise.

Here is our collection of the Top 10 Grizzlies Pumpkins:

(For our list of the Top 20 Canine Grizzlies Fans, click here.)

(For our list of the Top 20 Baby Grizzlies Fans, click here.)


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Memphis-area sports fans experience disappointment trifecta

memphis miss 2Wednesday evening started as a dream come true for most Mid-South sports fans with three teams locals care about playing in meaningful games.

The Cardinals faced elimination in a pivotal Game 6 of the World Series against the Red Sox, while the Grizzlies tried to shake their woeful opening day record against a Spurs team that swept them out of last year’s Western Conference Finals.  On top of these two sporting events was the University of Memphis football team’s home contest against Cincinnati on national television.

What more could you ask for as a sports fan living in Memphis and surrounding areas? Three big games, all on TV, all with some significance, and all with a chance to create some positive vibes in the Bluff City.

Memphians raced home after work to get ready for their night of monumental sports proportions, only to have that dream day become a nightmare.

It started with the Grizzlies, who continued their streak of 13 straight opening night losses, followed by the Cardinals who were next to lose, and ended with the lowly Memphis Tigers losing a close one (again).

Memphis really struggled to score the ball, especially in the second quarter.

Some of you may be wondering which Memphis, Grizzlies or Tigers? To that I say- both.  Ironically, the second quarter for both teams inevitably did them in during their respective contest.

The Grizzlies managed seven (that’s right seven) points in the second quarter against the Spurs, and fell behind by 21 points at halftime after having a two point lead to start the second quarter.  To put this into perspective, the Grizzlies only had 27 first half points, and the team shot an awe-inspiring 11.1 percent after the second quarter.

Just like the Grizzlies, the Tigers lost control of their game in the second quarter.  After Paxton Lynch hooked up with Tevin Jones for a seven yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, it looked as if Memphis might have a chance to pull off an upset.  However, the Tigers gave up 14 second quarter points, and 21 unanswered points, to find themselves down 21-7 and never recovered.

In the second quarter, the Tigers offense managed to muster just 12 yards on 14 total plays while tallying four penalties for 34 yards.

St. Louis, the parent club to the Memphis Redbirds, also struggled offensively in their contest.

This was not a recent trend for the Cardinals in this year’s World Series.  They managed just 14 runs, batted a woeful .224, and could only muster 10 extra base hits the entire series.

Wednesday had the potential to be one of those nights that had people speaking positively about local sports teams.  Memphians expected somebody to win with three marquee games taking place.

Alas, neither team could manage to find consistent offensive production, causing all of them to fall short of victory.

At least, college basketball is right around the corner.

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.

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Audio: Greg Akers and Kevin Cerrito preview 2013’s Indie Memphis

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The Memphis Flyer’s Film/TV editor Greg Akers joined Kevin Cerrito in studio on MSL to preview the 2013 Indie Memphis Film Festival.

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Grizzlies rookie head coach Dave Joerger is a familiar face with a new voice

FAMILIAR FACE, NEW VOICE --- Dave Joerger, after serving as Lionel Hollins' lead assistant the previous four-plus seasons, was promoted to head coach of the Grizzlies in June. Memphis opens the season Wednesday night at San Antonio in a rematch of the Western Conference Finals. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

FAMILIAR FACE, NEW VOICE — Dave Joerger, after serving as Lionel Hollins’ lead assistant the previous six seasons, was promoted to head coach of the Grizzlies in June. Memphis opens the season Wednesday night at San Antonio in a rematch of the Western Conference Finals. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Roughly an hour into the Memphis Grizzlies’ recent Media Day festivities, new head coach Dave Joerger walked into the media hospitality room in FedExForum and was immediately met by a throng of reporters, many of whom were eager to find out if he has assumed what they deem a “new voice” since he was named the franchise’s 11th head coach in late June.

Without hesitation, Joerger alluded to his predecessor, former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, whom he admittedly has been extremely supportive in aiding him to make the lofty transition to coaching a Grizzlies team that came within four games of advancing to the NBA Finals last year.

“I love coaching,” Joerger said with a smile. “I really do. To have the opportunity to be an (assistant) coach for 350 games helps me feel comfortable with my voice. And, at the same time, Lionel gave me a lot of latitude to coach the defense, to run drills, to be out on the floor. He encouraged all of coaches to do well. He delegated very well and, as a young guy coming up, that makes you feel confident.”

Whether the 39-year-old Joerger will savor the kind of success he had as an assistant under Hollins the previous six seasons remains a mystery for Memphis, which opens the season Wednesday night at defending Western Conference champion San Antonio at 7:30 p.m. CST. However, given a solid professional coaching resume that includes a number of championships in the minor leagues, Grizzlies majority owner Robert Pera is convinced the organization has found the guy who is capable of ensuring the Grizzlies remain a serious contender to vie for the Larry O’Brien trophy this year and beyond.

“He’s a young guy, he’s hands on,” Pera said of Joerger. “He’s won championships at different levels. When we were interviewing coaches in the summer, I got to know him. And we talked about building a selfless team, a cohesive team with a great culture. We talked about his approach to the great defense he built and also about getting more efficient on offense.”

The Grizzlies, despite enjoying a 2012-13 campaign in which they manufactured the highest winning percentage (.683) in franchise history with a 56-26 mark, was 22nd in the league in offensive efficiency, one of a several notable issues the organization aspired to address after it parted ways with Hollins, whose contract was not renewed after coaching Memphis from 2009-2013. With the key offseason additions of rookie Jamaal Franklin — who will likely back up veteran point guard Mike Conley, former Denver Nuggets big man Kosta Koufos (who was traded to Memphis for Darrell Arthur), and the return of veteran small forward Mike Miller, among others, many within the Grizzlies organization believe the team essentially has upgraded its roster from a year ago.

“We feel this is a team that could do something special,” Conley, the longest tenured Grizzly now in his sixth season, said. “I was telling someone earlier that I think we quietly had a very productive offseason and I think the guys we got fit our team.”

Conley and Co. also believe Joerger is a right fit to steer the Grizzlies. Among the reasons is that as Hollins’ lead assistant

the previous two seasons, Joerger was among those credited for helping Memphis emerge as one of the top defensive teams in the NBA. The biggest question, however, that loomed mostly throughout training camp and the preseason is whether his coaching transformation process will include demonstrating the ability to be unrelenting, let alone challenging his players intensely when necessary.

In other words, does the usual muffled Jeorger have what it takes to rip into this veteran bunch much like his predecessor?

“I think the biggest challenge is him trying to take the lead coaching role,” Conley said. “Sometimes, he’ll have to rip some guys’ heads off and yell at them…something different than what he was as an assistant. He didn’t have that voice as much as Lionel did, but now he has that chance to really go after some guys and challenge some people and we expect him to do that.”

Regardless of how vocal or unyielding Joerger becomes, his players — from the rookies to the veterans — don’t shy away from the notion that he has the respect and full support of his team.

Especially respect.

“Coach got the respect from all the players that’s been here,” said 12-year-veteran Zach Randolph, now in his fifth season with the Grizzlies. “Me, Marc (Gasol), and so on. You know, this is coach’s first year, and he knows he’s got a lot of eyes on him. But from a team aspect, he’s not going to have a problem out of anyone trying to disrespect what he’s trying to do. I’m the easiest person to get along with.

“This is a players’ league and we treat everybody with respect. This isn’t about tough love. We’re coachable, so we do

NEXT IN LINE --- Despite coaching the Grizzlies to a franchise best 56-26 record and their first appearance in the Western Conference Finals last year, that wasn't enough to save Hollins' job. Hollins was replaced by his Jeorger, his former top assistant to whom he still offers head-coaching advice.

NEXT IN LINE — Despite coaching the Grizzlies to a franchise best 56-26 record and their first appearance in the Western Conference Finals last year, that wasn’t enough to save Hollins’ job. Hollins was replaced by Jeorger, his former top assistant to whom he still offers head-coaching advice.

what they tell us to do just like with coach Hollins.”

As the new-look Grizzlies prepare to raise the curtain on what many hope is season in which they overachieve much like a year ago, Joerger relishes the fact that he has been afforded the monumental challenge that awaits him, one that will surely call for him to exhibit his revamped voice now that he’s the main man in charge.

“Well, getting any opportunity to coach any NBA team is a privilege, something anybody would want,” Joerger said. “It’s truly a blessing for me. I think I have a really good group of guys. It’s an easy group to work with. They care about each other. Those things have to continue. We feel like we have some talent. We’re a tough team, a tough out. We’ll play hard every single night. We display passion both home and away. And we hope our home court continues to be an advantage for us.”

Even if he finds himself ripping into players, a component that comes with inheriting the proverbial head-coaching role.

Andre Johnson covers the NBA for MemphiSport. To reach Johnson, email him at andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Week 9 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss is unanimous No. 1

ole miss trampolineIt was another exhilarating week for the TAM teams, but there were no major upsets (unlike last week).

Ole Miss took care of business against lowly Idaho amassing just over 570 total yards of offense.  The Rebels remain the unanimous No. 1 in these rankings, with everyone else vying for the second place spot.

Mississippi State defeated Kentucky on Wednesday night, and may be the TAM team with the best chance to knock Ole Miss off of their perch atop the TAM rankings.

After riding high off of their two upsets last week, Tennessee and Vanderbilt came crashing back to Earth with a resounding thud.  Vanderbilt could not stop last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who had over 300 yards of total offense in the Aggies blow out victory over Vandy.

Coach Butch Jones and the Vols did manage to score in their 35 point defeat to Alabama, something that no other TAM team has done all year (neither Ole miss or Arkansas could muster a point against the Crimson Tide).

MTSU managed to keep their bowl hopes alive by knocking of Marshall thanks to a last second touchdown pass from Logan Kilgore.

Arkansas got some much-needed rest this week, but face a stiff challenge Saturday when a one loss Auburn team comes to town.  Arkansas State may have just cost themselves a shot at three-peating as Sun Belt Champs with their loss to Lafayette, and Memphis did not play on Saturday because of their Wednesday night game against old rival Cincinnati.

Southern Mississippi is not going to be eligible for a bowl this year, and the Golden Eagles are still seeking their first win of the year. 

With so many stellar games to choose from this week, it is hard to single one out as the best TAM game.  However, the Bulldogs trip to South Carolina has significant implications to the TAM Rankings and the Bulldogs season.  The Bulldogs start a brutal three game stretch against ranked teams before taking on two TAM teams (Arkansas and Ole Miss) at the end of the year.  Knocking off the Gamecocks will go a long way to ensuring the Bulldogs become bowl eligible.

November is almost here, and with each passing week the bowl picture becomes clearer.  So far eight of the nine TAM teams still have a shot at becoming bowl eligible.  It is sure to be another thrilling week for the TAM teams.

 Without further ado here are week nine’s TAM Rankings…

The Mid-South is full of fans with allegiances to different area college football programs. Which FBS program in the three states surrounding the Memphis area is the best? To help end some arguments and start others, every week MemphiSport ranks all the college football teams in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. We call it the TAM Rankings.

1. ole_miss logoOle Miss (5-3):
Last Game:
W 59-14 vs. Idaho @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (4-3):
Last Game:
W 28-22 vs. Kentucky @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 
59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams:
N/A

3. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (4-4):
Last Game:
L 45-10 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Best Win: 23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-14 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (4-4):
Last Game:
L 56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Best Win: 31-27 vs. Georgia @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss:  56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams:
1 (Ole Miss)

5.  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-5):
Last Game:
L 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  MTSU LogoMTSU (4-4):
Last Game:
W 51-49 vs. Marshall @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win:
17-15 vs. Memphis @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss:
34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

7.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (3-4):
Last Game:
L 23-7 vs. UL-Lafayette @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis) 

8.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (1-5):
Last Game:
 L 34-29 vs. SMU @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)


9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-7):
Last Game:
L 55-14 vs. North Texas @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.

 

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MSL Interview: Quincy Pondexter previews the 2013-14 Grizzlies season

Grizzlies forward Quincy Pondexter joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter on MSL to preview the upcoming season and talk about giving away pumpkins to help St. Jude, playing basketball against Justin Timberlake, meeting Topanga from Boy Meets World, and much more.


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MemphiSport Live

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host MemphiSport Live (MSL) on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

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MSL: 10.26.13 ‘Ice Girls Invasion’

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HOUR 1:

 

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter talk with Grizzlies forward Quincy Pondexter about giving away pumpkins to help St. Jude, the upcoming season, and meeting Topanga from Boy Meets World, etc.
(Segment 2)  The entire new Riverkings Dance Team stops by in studio. (BONUS FOOTAGE: Watch Johnny Radio react to hearing the dance team was coming in studio)
(Segment 3) Maria Garay calls in with her weekly College Football Gossip Report.

 

MemphiSport Live

 

HOUR 2:
(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen
(Segment 2) The Memphis Flyer’s Film/TV editor Greg Akers in studio to preview Indie Memphis and to tell us why Nashville Sucks this month.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos.

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Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host MemphiSport Live (MSL) on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

 

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Fantasy Football Rankings – Week 8

This week Dez Bryant says he can do the things that Calvin Johnson can do.  We find out as the Top 2 receivers in the league face off.

This week Dez Bryant says he can do the things that Calvin Johnson can do. We find out as the Top 2 receivers in the league face off today.

This is the week that a lot of fantasy owners have been dreading as six teams are on bye this week and among those teams, there are a lot of fantasy studs.  Chicago, Tennessee, Baltimore, San Diego, Indianapolis, and Houston are all off this week.  You may need to go a little deeper on your roster to fill it, but by now you know whether or not you are a contender or a pretender.  Also, because of that there are fewer options so the rankings will not be as much either since there are some players not worth starting at all.

 

QB

  1. Peyton Manning – vs WAS
  2. Drew Brees – vs BUF
  3. Matthew Stafford – vs DAL
  4. Aaron Rodgers – @ BUF
  5. Tony Romo – @ DET
  6. Robert Griffin III – @ DEN
  7. Tom Brady – vs MIA
  8. Michael Vick – vs NYG
  9. Russell Wilson – @ STL
  10. Matt Ryan – @ ARI
  11. Colin Kaepernick – @ JAX
  12. Andy Dalton – vs NYJ
  13. Terrelle Pryor – vs PIT
  14. Carson Palmer – vs ATL
  15. Eli Manning – @ PHI

RBs

  1. Jamaal Charles – vs CLE
  2. LeSean McCoy – vs NYG
  3. Marshawn Lynch – @ STL
  4. Frank Gore – @ JAX
  5. Adrian Peterson – vs GB
  6. Eddie Lacy – @ MIN
  7. Knowshon Moreno – vs WAS
  8. Le’Veon Bell – @ OAK
  9. Reggie Bush – vs DAL
  10. Alfred Morris – @ DEN
  11. Stevan Ridley – vs MIA
  12. Giovani Bernard – vs NYJ
  13. Darren McFadden – vs PIT
  14. Steven Jackson – @ ARI
  15. Fred Jackson – @ NO
  16. Darren Sproles – vs BUF
  17. Andre Ellington – vs ATL
  18. Peyton Hillis – @ PHI
  19. Roy Helu – @ DEN
  20. Maurice Jones-Drew – vs SF
  21. Jacquizz Rodgers – @ ARI
  22. Kendall Hunter – @ JAX
  23. Joseph Randle – @ DET
  24. Zac Stacy – vs SEA
  25. Daniel Thomas – @ NE
  26. Pierre Thomas – vs BUF
  27. Chris Ivory – @ CIN
  28. Brandon Bolden – vs MIA
  29. Lamar Miller – @ NE
  30. Bilal Powell – @ CIN

WRs

  1. Dez Bryant – @ DET
  2. Calvin Johnson – vs DAL
  3. Jordy Nelson – @ MIN
  4. AJ Green – vs NYJ
  5. DeSean Jackson – vs NYG
  6. Pierre Garcon – @ DEN
  7. Demaryius Thomas – vs WAS
  8. Victor Cruz – @ PHI
  9. Wes Welker – vs WAS
  10. Antonio Brown – @ OAK
  11. Justin Blackmon – vs SF
  12. Larry Fitzgerald – vs ATL
  13. Jarrett Boykin – @ MIN
  14. Eric Decker – vs WAS
  15. Anquan Boldin – @ JAX
  16. Terrance Williams – @ DET
  17. Denarius Moore – vs PIT
  18. Marques Colston – vs BUF
  19. Hakeem Nicks – @ PHI
  20. Golden Tate – @ STL
  21. Rueben Randle – @ PHI
  22. Danny Amendola – vs MIA
  23. Mike Wallace – @ NE
  24. Josh Gordon – @ KC
  25. Harry Douglas – @ ARI
  26. Jeremy Kerley – @ CIN
  27. Greg Jennings – vs GB
  28. Brian Hartline – @ NE
  29. Kris Durham – vs DAL
  30. Sidney Rice – @ STL

TEs

  1. Jimmy Graham – vs BUF
  2. Rob Gronkowski – vs MIA
  3. Tony Gonzalez – @ ARI
  4. Vernon Davis – @ JAX
  5. Jordan Reed – @ DEN
  6. Julius Thomas – vs WAS
  7. Heath Miller – @ OAK
  8. Jason Witten – @ DET
  9. Jordan Cameron – @ KC
  10. Joseph Fauria – vs DAL
  11. Charles Clay – @ NE
  12. Kyle Rudolph – vs GB
  13. Jeff Cumberland – @ CIN
  14. Rob Housler – vs ATL
  15. Ben Watson – vs BUF

D/STs

  1. Chiefs – vs CLE
  2. Seahawks – @ STL
  3. 49ers – @ JAX
  4. Bengals – vs NYJ
  5. Steelers – @ OAK
  6. Saints – vs BUF
  7. Packers – @ MIN
  8. Eagles – vs NYG
  9. Broncos – vs WAS
  10. Patriots – vs MIA
  11. Falcons – @ ARI
  12. Cardinals – vs ATL

Ks

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – vs MIA
  2. Garrett Hartley – vs BUF
  3. Matt Prater – vs WAS
  4. Kai Forbath – @ DEN
  5. Sebastian Janikowski – vs PIT
  6. Dan Bailey – @ DET
  7. Mason Crosby – @ MIN
  8. Alex Henery – vs NYG
  9. Matt Bryant – @ ARI
  10. Jay Feely – vs ATL
  11. Caleb Sturgis – @ NE
  12. Ryan Succop – vs CLE

 

Ben Hogan is a long-time fantasy sports guru. Follow him @NotTheGolfer for any fantasy or lineup questions throughout the week.

Throwback Thursday: 1979 Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl

DundeeAs the old saying goes, often imitated but never duplicated – the legendary Tupelo concession stand brawl still holds up as one of the wildest fights in Memphis Wrestling history.

This week, we throwback to June 15, 1979 inside the Tupelo Sports Arena.  With the Southern Tag Team Championship on the line, Jerry “The King” Lawler & “Superstar” Bill Dundee defend the titles against Larry Latham & Wayne Ferris in a match where the aftermath is more famous than the match itself.  Many wrestling historians credit this clip as the birth of hardcore wrestling in the states.

Featured in this brawl are none other than wrestling legends Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, Larry Latham and Wayne Ferris.  Lawler is now a WWE Hall of Famer, Bill Dundee is a Memphis Wrestling legend, Larry Latham went on to become Moondog Spot and Wayne Ferris later became the “Greatest Intercontinental Champion of All-Time” as The Honkey Tonk Man.

We join Lance Russell as he calls the action through the mustard, ketchup, popcorn & punches.

Fun Fact:  Today, “Superstar” Bill Dundee celebrates his 70th Birthday.  Bill Dundee is a friend of MSL & has been a guest numerous time.  Be sure to wish Bill a Happy Birthday on his Official Facebook page.

“Throwback Thursday” is a weekly Memphis Wrestling post at MemphiSport.com.

Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.

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