Throwback Thursday: Memphis Wildfire Wrestling packs Minglewood Hall

Tim Van Horn is in Big Trouble

Dustin Starr & Maria introduce WMC-TV5 Weatherman Tim Van Horn to Wildfire Wrestling.

Memphis Wildfire Wrestling returned to Minglewood Hall on September 18th to honor the life and career of Jerry “The King” Lawler.  In an event entitled “Long Live the King”, many of the classic Memphis Wrestling stars of the 80’s and 90’s appeared to show their support in front of the largest Wildfire Wrestling audience to date.

This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to the event where “Dangerous” Doug Gilbert promised this would be the very last time a Gilbert would wrestle a Lawler.  The two squared off in the Main Event of the evening with Lance Russell as special guest ring announcer and classic Memphis Wrestling referee Jerry Calhoun on officiating duty.

Along with the feature match-up of the night, the legends were there to shine, as well.  Fans lined up throughout the arena to get autographs and take pictures with their favorite wrestling legends.  Jerry Lawler, Lance Russell, Dave Brown, Rock n’ Roll Express, PG-13’s Wolfie D & WWE Hall of Famer KoKo B. Ware were all on-hand for the event but one legend got a little more than he bargained for.

Our feature clip of the week is from our interview segment entitled the Five Starr Showcase.  Our special guest was none other than WWE Hall of Famer “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant.  Things started off great… but ended very poorly for “The Boogie Woogie Man”.  Take a look:

That was just the beginning of the night for us.  Later, not only did we defeat Wolfie D. in singles competition, but we had a run-in with Action News 5 Weatherman Tim Van Horn.  The footage was aired the next morning on Action News 5.

For the full results and photos from the event, check out Wrestling News Center Part 1 & Part 2.  Derrick O’ Dell provided amazing photography for the event, once again.

Memphis Wildfire Wrestling returns to Minglewood Hall on October 23rd for their annual Halloween Spooktacular.  You’ll have your chance to win FREE tickets to the event next Thursday at The Green Beetle, during Trivia with Kevin Cerrito.  Click here to view the Facebook event page.

WHAT: Pro Wrestling Trivia
WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
WHERE: The Green Beetle, 325 South Main StreetSouth Main Street, Memphis, TN.
COST: Free to play

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


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