Tonight is the big night! WWE Hall of Famer and Memphis’ own Jerry “The King” Lawler will go one on one with his son and former WWE Tag Team Champion “GrandMaster Sexay” Brian Christopher. It’ll be father vs son in the opening round of Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s Southern Heavyweight Classic. Only one man can advance to the next round of the tournament, which was inspired by the historic Southern Heavyweight Title. A Championship that both men have held previously.
Last week’s Throwback Thursday featured a match between these two from 1993. Since there wasn’t a clear-cut winner from last week & we are a mere six hours away from belltime (7PM) at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, let’s rewind to another classic match between Jerry Lawler & Brian Christopher.
The year was 1998. Jerry Lawler was having a bit of trouble with management and the owner of Memphis Power Pro Wrestling, Randy Hales. If King could defeat Brian Christopher in this contest, he would finally get his hands on the dastardly boss. As usual, there was a slight catch… to ensure the match was called without favoritism, WWE Hall of Famer “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant was appointed the special guest referee.
Take a look at this classic Memphis moment and what could very well be a preview of tonight’s big match.
Two classic matches between Lawler & Christopher in two weeks – still not a clear-cut winner. The battles between these two men have always been special. Not only were they always the top performers in the Memphis area, but the father vs son element always intrigues wrestling fans that much more. Who will win the latest battle between the two? There’s only one way to find out – be there live!
The Southern Heavyweight Classic will take place at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN tonight (January 30th) at 7PM and has been the talk of the town! Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee stopped by News Channel 3’s Live at 9 to discuss the event, Kevin Lawler has appeared on ABC 24 Local Memphis Live and Fox 13.
Scheduled 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 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: Tonight will be the 4th Annual Southern Heavyweight Classic tournament. Brian Christopher won the tournament in 2011 & 2012. One would have to think, he might actually have the advantage going into his contest with The King. Can Christopher win his 3rd Classic in 4 years?
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