Throwback Thursday: Bill Dundee wins Southern Heavyweight Title

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When you think Memphis Wrestling, you typically think Jerry Lawler.  But Lawler didn’t do it alone.  He always had the help of “Superstar” Bill Dundee.  Dundee is known as the best tag team partner Jerry Lawler ever had… but also his greatest rival.

This week’s Throwback Thursday, we take a look back at one of the greatest feuds in Memphis Wrestling history.  The story transpired throughout one episode of USWA.  It all started while Lawler and Dundee were still a tag team.  Dundee sucker punched Lawler after a disagreement.  Dundee challenged Lawler for the Southern Heavyweight Championship with one special stipulation from Lawler.

Bill Dundee put his hair on the line against Lawler’s title.

October 19, 1985 a stunned WMC-TV5 audience witnessed “Superstar” Bill Dundee dethrone Jerry “The King” Lawler on live television.

Lawler and Dundee have had many battles since that day.  On July 10th, both men will have separate battles at Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s annual “Force of July.”  Minglewood Hall will host the event headlined by former WCW World Heavyweight Champion “Big Poppa Pump” versus Jerry “The King” Lawler.  This will be the first time the two former World Champions have ever met in the ring.

“Superstar” Bill Dundee, on the other hand, will be in a “Star Spangled Challenge” against none other than myself & Maria.  It’ll be “Five Starr” versus “The Superstar.”  Are you kidding me?  First, I Main Event the Southern Heavyweight Classic with “The King”.  Now, I get “The Superstar?”  Who would’ve ever thought?  Hear what Maria & I had to say about the match on MSL a few weeks back.

For more information, visit Memphis Wildfire on Facebook or Minglewood Hall.

Fun Facts:  “Superstar” Bill Dundee has a brand new radio program that will debut tomorrow morning.  One of his first guests will be none other than longtime Memphis Wrestling personality Eddie Marlin.  For more information on his new program, visit 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.



  1. I mean no disrespect to the King. I grew up watching Lawler and I am still a huge fan, but it is growing increasingly difficult to get excited about some “big” match when he never even wrestles in the WWE. A few weeks ago, he got attacked by one of the Wyatts yet there has been basically no mention since then. I realize wrestling is entertainment, but good wrestling requires a suspension of disbelief for a while and that is what the King and many other wrestlers were so go at it during their heyday. Take the Andy Kaufman feud. For many years people that that was real and that is what wrestling misses these days. Lawler is supposed to still be the King here capable of defeating anyone even though he is in his 60’s, yet can’t get a match in the WWE. I have to also say and I know this is going to come across as a slam against him and that is not my intention, but he seems bored to death being the good guy color commentator on Raw. I love seeing him in the WWE still, but he needs another role, maybe as the RAW GM or something.

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