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.

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


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