Throwback Thursday: Remembering “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel

Last week, we celebrated the life and career of one of the most charismatic World Heavyweight Champions of all time – “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  This week, we will remember another legend who left his mark on Memphis Wrestling.  On June 22nd, we lost “The Nature Boy” Buddy Landel.

Although Buddy Landel may be more well-known for his time spent in WCW and WWF, today we will take a look at some of his finest work in Memphis.

This week’s Throwback Thursday clips features one of the most memorable moments in Memphis Wrestling history.  Funny enough, it involves the legendary “Superstar” Bill Dundee, as well.  Dundee & Landel, as a team, took over the hosting duties on the March 29, 1986 episode of Memphis Wrestling.  That was nearly 30 years ago – and it’s still television gold today.

I had the opportunity to work with Buddy Landel early in my career.  Landel was very well-respected in the locker room.  During the time I was around him, he was performing speaking engagements at youth groups and sharing his story to help make a difference.  I am very sorry to hear of his passing.

Fact:  Have you ever wondered how Buddy Landel was able to use the nickname “Nature Boy?” At one time, Landel was being groomed for a major feud with World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair – whom is also known as “Nature Boy.”  The feud never took off but the two did have a match in 1990 on WCW TV.

THIS Saturday Night:  Maria & I will be celebrating 4th of July in Jonesboro, AR at their annual 4th in the Forest.  We are fully stocked with Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame t-shirts & brand new Power Couple 8×10 photos – we hope to see you there!  For more information, click here.

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

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