Growing up as a wrestling fan in Memphis, there weren’t many matches bigger than Jerry Lawler versus Brian Christopher. Both men were fan favorites for the majority of their careers and they always seemed to be holding a Championship title belt. But this feud was deeper than good versus evil. It was bigger than any Championship you could put on the line. This match-up was always special for a different and unique reason…
It was father versus son.
This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back more than 20 years ago inside WMC-TV5 studios in Memphis, TN. The brash, young Brian Christopher was looking to take the next step in his career. He was ready for his shot at the USWA Unified Heavyweight Championship. There was only one problem – Jerry “The King” Lawler held that title.
Listen to the audience as Jerry Lawler makes his way to the ring. Hear the excitement in the broadcast team’s voices. This was going to be something very special. But when you’re the top performers in the hotbed of wrestling, you must have eyes in the back of your head. Let’s take a look:
With the interference from Harlem Knights, Brain Christopher was disqualified from the contest. Fortunately for wrestling fans, this wasn’t the first battle between Brian & Jerry. It certainly will not be the last, either.
Last week, Memphis Wildfire Wrestling made the announcement that Jerry “The King” Lawler would face off against “Grand Master Sexay” Brian Christopher in the 1st Round of the Southern Heavyweight Classic on January 30th. The Southern Heavyweight Classic is a tournament that crowns a new Southern Heavyweight Classic Champion, much like the Southern Heavyweight Championship of old. After watching their unfinished match from 1993, who wouldn’t want to see these two face off in 2014?
The Southern Heavyweight Classic will take place at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN on January 30th – one week from today. Already schedule for the event is Jerry “The King” Lawler, “Grand Master Sexay” Brian Christopher, “Superstar” Bill Dundee, WWE Hall of Famer KoKo B. Ware,Derrick King, Dustin Starr & many more. Advanced tickets are already on sale at Minglewood Hall’s official website. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event for only $10.
Fun Facts: Shortly after their vicious attack on “The King”, Harlmen Knights debuted in WWE under the alias of Men on a Mission. Also, Brian Christopher eventually defeated Jerry Lawler for the Southern Heavyweight Championship on June 1st, 1996.
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