This Sunday night (Feb. 22nd) World Wrestling Entertainment debuts it’s Fast Lane pay-per-view at FedExForum in Memphis, TN. The event is loaded with WrestleMania hanging in the balance. It also looks like Memphis will be well-represented throughout the evening.
Daniel Bryan is certainly no stranger to Memphis. He squares off with Roman Reigns for an opportunity to headline WrestleMania against WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman, spent his early years in Memphis, as well. Kane, Big Show & Joey (of J&J Security) have all passed through Memphis on their way to WWE fame. Let’s not forget The King on commentary – Fast Lane is shaping up to be a Memphis Wrestling reunion!
WWE is also promising a face to face showdown between Triple H & Sting. But did you know that even the Stinger started right here in Memphis? He also had an “ultimate” tag team partner.
This week’s Throwback Thursday clip features the tag team of Ultimate Warrior & Sting – collectively known as The Blade Runners.
As an extra added value to this week’s clip, Blade Runners were managed by “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert. Yesterday marked the 20 year anniversary of Gilbert’s untimely death.
Fun Facts: This is not the first time WWE has debuted a new pay-per-view in Memphis, TN. On Valentine’s Day 1999, WWE debuted St. Valentine’s Day Massacre at The Pyramid.
Trivia: Which Superstar debuted for WWE on that night?
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