Throwback Thursday: Memphis Wrestling returns to Channel 13

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Dustin Starr & Maria Garay join Ernie Freeman on Good Morning Memphis.

Memphis Wildfire Wrestling returns to Minglewood Hall tonight for their annual event Force of July.  Memphis Wrestling stars have made appearances on local television stations & radio programs over the course of the last few weeks, but none more exciting than yesterday’s appearance on Fox 13’s Good Morning Memphis.

With Memphis Wrestling returning to Channel 13 for the first time since 1977, this week’s Throwback Thursday features MSL’s friend & host of Good Morning Memphis Ernie Freeman.  Ernie plays the role of Lance Russell or Dave Brown, as Maria & I are interrupted by a fired-up “Superstar” Bill Dundee.

Dundee gives a short Channel 13 Memphis Wrestling history lesson, as he mentions wrestling there in 1975 with guys like Don & Al Greene, Jackie Fargo and Jerry Lawler.  Among all the commotion, Dundee even threatens to knock Ernie out!

Let’s take a look:

FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s Force of July takes place tonight at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN.  Belltime is 7:00PM.  I will wrestle Bill Dundee with Maria in my corner for what is being billed as the “Star Spangled Challenge”.  In the main event, Jerry Lawler is set to square off against “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner in their first meeting ever.  WWE will have a film crew in Memphis for the event.

Can’t get enough of Memphis Wildfire Wrestling?  Here are a few interviews leading up to the big event.

VIDEO:  Jerry Lawler sends a special message to Scott Steiner.

VIDEO:  Scott Steiner replies to Lawler’s message.

VIDEO:  Bill Dundee has a few words for Dustin Starr & Maria.

VIDEO:  Dustin Starr & Maria discuss their match with Bill Dundee.

VIDEO:  Lawler vs. Steiner Highlights

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

Fun Facts:  The feud between Bill Dundee and I really started when I joined him on his radio program, several weeks back.  Things got a little heated, just as they did on Good Morning Memphis.  Here’s the exclusive footage taken by the producer behind the glass – Starr joins Dundee’s show.

Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.



  1. Rick Johnson says:

    This is the reason we do not have weekly wrestling in Memphis anymore. Lawler and Dundee are in their 60s. Every other superstar in the past knew when it was time to step aside and make room for the next group of stars. These two refused to step aside and let the next star develop.

    • Barry Brown says:

      I agree. Jerry Lawler feels that Memphis wrestling should be about him and Bill Dundee. I do miss weekly wrestling but if they are going to be fair and give everyone a chance to become the next big star well we as fans should not pay or watch the show

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