When Jerry “The King” Lawler shows up at FedExForum driving his brand new Batmobile, you know WWE Monday Night RAW is in Memphis!
So much wrestling history emanates from Memphis, Tenn. RAW in Memphis was no different.
What a night of action it was, where tag team wrestling was featured, Elvis ran a muck, Big Show gave us his best “Stone Cold” Steve Austin impersonation & FedExForum was packed to the rafters.
Big Show made a huge impact from start to finish on RAW. He opened & closed the program by interrupting The Authority (Triple H & Stephanie). Big Show’s Memphis wrestling history runs very deep. Especially, with the McMahon family. Big Show debuted in The Pyramid for WWE at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1999. Big Show attempted to help Vince McMahon defeat Stone Cold Steve Austin inside of a steel cage.
This time around, Big Show wreaked havoc by driving a massive truck through the arena, during Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton’s contract signing – in true Stone Cold fashion.
The main storyline of the night was the contract signing between Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton for Hell in a Cell, where they will battle for the vacant WWE Championship. Daniel Bryan is certainly no stranger to the city of Memphis.
Bryan started his WWE career under the alias The American Dragon. He competed in Memphis Championship Wrestling where he was under developmental contract with WWE. After being released from the company and returning, he is now one of the biggest stars in the company.
Santino made for some comic relief, showing up to compete in full Elvis garb. Afterwards, he invited Jerry “The King” Lawler to show off his Elvis dance moves for the Memphis audience, while standing on the broadcast desk. No, really. King danced with Santino Elvis-style.
Last but certainly not least, RAW in Memphis saw the WWE debut of none other than Shoebaby. That’s right! Memphis Wrestling fans know Zeb Colter as Dutch Mantell, one of Jerry Lawler’s arch-rivals for many years. Alongside Dutch has always been his number one weapon – a whip named Shoebaby. What better way to introduce Shoebaby than in Memphis?
For a full detailed report on all of the action from RAW in Memphis, click here.
Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.