No one celebrates 4th of July quite like Memphis Wrestling. For many years, Memphis has been the hotbed of professional wrestling but for more reasons than you might think. It always heats up around Independence Day, just ask any die-hard wrestling fan.
This week’s Throwback Thursday, we take a look back at a very unique memory for true Memphians.
Without fail, when 4th of July was approaching, we would always catch a glimpse of Jerry “The King” Lawler riding on a rocket. You didn’t misread that – literally – Jerry Lawler would be seen riding a Fireworks City rocket. If you haven’t seen this commercial – #YouAintFromMemphis.
Jerry Lawler’s Fireworks City isn’t the only reason things heated up around the 4th. Many, many times we would hear The King make reference to “lighting it up like a Roman Candle”. If you didn’t know what that meant, just take a look at this bonus clip from 1988.
Jerry Lawler is notorious for throwing fireballs. No one does it like The King. Have you ever seen Hulk Hogan attempt to throw a fireball?. It isn’t pretty.
Once again, the stage is set for The King to do what he does best. One week after Independence Day, Jerry Lawler is set to square off against “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner in the main event of Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s Force of July. The event takes place at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN on July 10th. We broke the story just a few days back that WWE will actually have a film crew in Memphis for the event.
Not only is Memphis Wildfire Wrestling reigniting professional wrestling in Memphis, but they’ve given The King an opportunity to “light it up” one more time.
Fun Facts: Sports entertainment or not – you can not fake fire. Could you imagine how badly it would hurt to have a fireball thrown in your face? I can. Here’s a clip from 2006 when a fireball was thrown in my face, as Kevin White and I were defending the Southern Tag Team Titles.
Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.