Throwback Thursday: Southern Heavyweight Classic TONIGHT

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Jerry Lawler has won two Southern Heavyweight Classic trophies, including the one held in January.

Tonight is the big night!  What better way to celebrate Throwback Thursday than to take a look back at the 4th Annual Southern Heavyweight Classic held in January of this year?  After all, it’s not every day you step in the ring with Jerry “The King” Lawler in the Main Event for a trophy based on so much Memphis Wrestling tradition.

Each year twelve men enter the tournament – one man prevails as winner and new Southern Heavyweight Classic Champion.  The guests for the evening were absolutely star-studded – the who’s who of Memphis Wrestling.  WWE Hall of Famer KoKo B. Ware, the legendary “Superstar” Bill Dundee and even Dave Brown were on hand at Minglewood Hall to see who would prevail at the end of the night.

Lawler and I had already defeated two other opponents before finally meeting at the end.  Take a look at the entire night’s highlights in this week’s clip – including the final minutes of the Main Event (21:19 mark).

Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s Southern Heavyweight Classic takes place tonight (Dec. 18th) at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN.  Two feature bouts have been added to Round 1 of the tournament – Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. “Superstar” Bill Dundee and “Grand Master Sexay” Brian Christopher vs. Jeff Jarrett.  The winner of each match will face the other in Round 2.

Special meet & greet starts at 6PM.  Bell rings at 7PM.  To purchase tickets online & for the full line-up click here.

VIDEOS LEADING UP TO SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CLASSIC:

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MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: SEC Bowl Pick’em Edition

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Throwback Thursday: Lawler vs Dundee

On December 18th at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN, the biggest rivalry in Memphis Wrestling history will be renewed.  One last chapter will be written in the storied feud between two of the very best to ever step foot in the square circle.  “Superstar” Bill Dundee will go one on one with Jerry “The King” Lawler in Round 1 of the Southern Heavyweight Classic presented by Memphis Wildfire Wrestling.

These two have done it all, when it comes to sports entertainment.  However, when you put the two together inside the ring – it’s pure magic.  Whether you take a look back at 1985 when Dundee defeated Lawler for the Southern Heavyweight Championship or the numerous Loser Leaves Town matches between the two.  Or how about when Lawler defeated Dundee in a Hair Match… with Dundee’s wife’s hair on the line.  The two have had epic battles.

Last month at BRAWL in the FALL, Dundee was scheduled to make a major announcement.  The announcement ended up being a challenge to The King himself.  Take a look:

Although both men seem cordial in this clip, their feud has been going on for 50 years.  They do not like each other.  Both men would love nothing more than to defeat the other, make their way to the Finals & win the 5th Annual Southern Heavyweight Classic.

This week’s classic clip is from the 1970′s.  Not only do you get a little taste of Lawler vs Dundee but there’s a special appearance by “The Fabulous” Jackie Fargo:

Next week, we will take a look back at last year’s Southern Heavyweight Classic where I met The King in the Finals for the coveted trophy.

Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s Southern Heavyweight Classic takes place next Thursday night (Dec. 18th) at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN.  To purchase tickets online & for the full line-up click here.

DON’T MISS:

  • Jerry “The King” Lawler & “Superstar” Bill Dundee will appear on Fox 13′s Good Morning Memphis tomorrow morning (Dec. 12)!
  • You’ll have a chance to win FREE tickets to the Southern Heavyweight Classic!  Tune in to MSL Saturday morning & call in during “Hang Up & Listen!”  Best call wins!

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“Superstar” Bill Dundee set for MSL Saturday

10384108_530810850388433_5261785722469952261_nMemphis Wrestling legend “Superstar” Bill Dundee is scheduled to join MSL this Saturday December 13th for an exclusive interview.  Dundee is set to square off in the first round of the Southern Heavyweight Classic against his arch-rival Jerry “The King” Lawler, next Thursday (Dec. 18th) at Minglewood Hall.  The Southern Heavyweight Classic is a tournament created based off the rich history and tradition of the Southern Heavyweight Championship – a title Dundee has won on several occasions.

Dundee issued the challenge to Lawler at last month’s BRAWL in the FALL.  The winner of their match will move on to the second round and will face the winner of Jeff Jarrett vs Brian Christopher.  Twelve men will enter the tournament – one man will be crowned the winner.

Along with the exclusive interview with The Superstar, you will have your chance to win FREE Memphis Wildfire Wrestling tickets.  Be sure to listen live!

MSL airs live every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM .  If you have any questions you’d like to discuss with Bill Dundee, feel free to post them here or send them via Twitter @MemphiSport.  Also, be sure to follow Bill Dundee on Twitter.

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MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: Memphis to the Big 12 Edition

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5 Reasons Why The Big 12 Should Add The University Of Memphis

big 12We might not have known who all would be involved, but we all knew conference expansion would pick back up some day.  Recent rumors have the Big 12 looking to add at least two more teams so that they can have a conference championship game and actually have “one true champion” (ignore this year’s PSA from the Big 12). The two teams that are believed to be on the Big 12 radar are Cincinnati and Memphis.

This move makes a ton of sense for everyone involved.  In fact, Memphis joining the Big 12 makes so much sense that I suggested it be done way back in 2011.

The basic points remain the same as to why the Big 12 should add the Tigers.  A strong fan base, good facilities, and marketability are all reasons why it is logical for the Big 12 to want a team like Memphis.

However, there are more reasons why they should want Memphis.  Here are Five Reasons Why the Big 12 Should Add the University of Memphis…

1). The Tigers have a football team on the rise.
In the past, one of the issues Memphis ran into during conference realignment was the fact that their football team was not up to snuff.  This is no longer the case, as finally the Tigers have a football team that is more than respectable.

They are Co-Champions of the American Athletic Conference and have an outside chance of making it to a “New Year’s Six Bowl”.  The job head coach Justin Fuente has done in three short years is truly laudable.  With coach Fuente leading the way this Tigers football program should remain relevant for several years to come.

One of the things that matter most in conference realignment is football, and now that the Tigers are good it is only logical that the Big 12 strike while the coal is hot.

2).  Mid-Southerners love college football and will support a quality team in a quality conference.
You might wonder why it matters if the Mid-South is full of passionate fans.  After all, passion and enthusiasm for college football is all over this great country.

The Mid-South is very similar to the Midwest, West Coast, and Southwest in that one “Power Five” conference dominates the college football landscape for the individual regions.  SEC football is all that Mid-Southerners care about, and it is clear to see why with the recent success of the conference.  Add to it the fact that the Mid-South is home to three teams that play in the SEC (Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Arkansas) and you have a region that is as die hard as any in the nation.

The way fans in the area thirst for college football is unlike any other region and if the Big 12 adds Memphis they will get a piece of that fervor.  Sure SEC will still reign supreme, but there are enough die hard Tigers fans in the area for the Big 12 to gain a significant following and a get a substantial number of supporters.

3). It may not seem like it now, but Memphis has a good basketball program.
There is no doubt that football is the driving force behind conference realignment.  However, adding a university that has a basketball program as exceptional as the Memphis Tigers is a good thing too.

If you ignore this season’s struggles, you will see that Memphis is a program that has a slew of conference championships over the past decade, and the Tigers have only missed out on the NCAA Tournament once since 2003.  A basketball program like the one Memphis has can be another money maker for the Big 12, which loves raking in the doe.

The Tigers will also add more prestige to a conference that already has national powerhouse Kansas and several of good programs like Texas and Iowa State.

4).  Geographically, speaking adding Memphis will help connect West Virginia to the rest of the Big 12.
We all knew that travel was going to be an issue for the Mountaineers when the Big 12 decided to add West Virginia in 2012.  The Mountaineers are on the East Coast while most of the Big 12 sits in the Southwest. The nearest conference foe to West Virginia sits two states away across Kentucky and Missouri into Kansas.

That type of travel can really wear down an athletic department’s budget.  It also annoys coaches, athletic directors, and players as well.

With the addition of both Memphis and Cincinnati to the Big 12 the conference can split into two division like the rest of the “Power Five” conferences. One can only assume the Tigers, Bearcats and Mountaineers would comprise the East Division of the Big 12.  A Big 12 East will certainly cut down on the travel that West Virginia has to do and allow for a healthier Big 12.

5).  Adding Memphis will give the Big 12 another top 50 media market.
The Big 12 has a television deal worth 2.5 billion dollars through 2025, which is not too shabby.  However, there is always more money to be had and adding yet another top 50 media market will help the conference get more doe when time comes to negotiate another television deal.

As it stands right now there are five top 50 media markets in Big 12 territory.  They are Austin, Oklahoma City, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.  If you have not noticed, all but one of these media markets reside in Texas.

Bringing in Memphis will give the conference yet another top 50 media market, while simultaneously increasing its footprint in another part of the country.  The Big 12 will no longer be so dependent on the Texas schools to carry the burden of marketability from a media perspective.  This diversity in markets will certainly equate to more dollars when the next television contract comes up.

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Throwback Thursday: Jeff Jarrett returns to Memphis

If you missed Memphis Wildfire Wrestling‘s latest event “BRAWL in the FALL”, you missed the return of one of the most successful superstars to ever start his wrestling career in Memphis -

“Double J” Jeff Jarrett.

Jarrett joined us on MSL and was very vague about whether he would appear at Minglewood Hall to answer Brian Christopher’s challenge.  However, he did say that Brian would be the first to know.

How about this for an answer?

The history runs deep with Jeff Jarrett & Brian Christopher, as they both started their professional wrestling careers in Memphis, TN.  A new chapter will be written on Thursday December 18th when the two square off in the first round of the Southern Heavyweight Classic, a tournament created based on the tradition of the Southern Heavyweight Championship.  Both men have held the Southern Heavyweight Championship on several occasions in the past.

Another historic rivalry will be renewed at the Southern Heavyweight Classic, as well.  Also in the first round, “Superstar” Bill Dundee has challenge Jerry “The King” Lawler – with the winner facing the winner of Jarrett vs Christopher in round two.

Twelve men will enter the tournament – only ONE will reign supreme as the Southern Heavyweight Classic Champion.  I am on the opposite side of the bracket… and hope to see any of the four men in the finals.

Next week on Throwback Thursday, we will take a deeper look into the greatest rivalry in Memphis Wrestling history – Jerry Lawler vs Bill Dundee.

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MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: University of Memphis Football AAC Championship Edition

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Week 15 TAM Rankings: Big Win in Egg Bowl for Rebels Moves Them to First

ole miss helmet blueWhat a bounce back week for the Rebels of Ole Miss.  After the most disappointing performance of the season, Ole Miss knocked off in-state rival Mississippi State to win the Battle for the Golden Egg.  Thanks to Jaylen Walton’s career high 148 yards on the ground, the Rebels were able to salvage a season that appeared to be taking a turn for the worst.

Mississippi State ends their remarkable season with back to back SEC losses, and cannot lay claim to a SEC West Co-Championship.  The loss also means that the Bulldogs have to share the top spot in this week’s ranking with their arch nemesis.

Memphis won this week making them American Athletic Conference Champions (Let that sink in.  This is the Tigers first football conference championship since 1971.)

Arkansas failed to get their third straight conference win as they fell to Missouri despite leading for most of the game.

Tennessee held on to beat rival Vanderbilt despite only 92 passing yards.  The Vols managed to get three interceptions in route to their seven point victory.  Beating Vandy gave Tennessee six wins and made them bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.  Vanderbilt managed to lose all of their conference games for the first time since 2009.

MTSU fell to UTEP this week making it the Blue Raiders third lost in their last four games, while Arkansas State snapped their two game losing streak by blowing out New Mexico State.

Southern Mississippi made history this week in their loss to UAB.  The Blazers have fired their AD and are eliminating all sports programs so the Golden Eagles will go down in history as the last football team UAB beat.

No TAM teams are playing this week so there is no TAM Game of the Week.

Next up for the TAM teams is bowl season.  Bowl season is going to be a blast as seven of the nine TAM teams are bowl eligible this year.

Without further ado, here are week fifteen’s TAM Rankings…


The Mid-South is full of fans with allegiances to different area 
college football programs. Which FBS program in the three states surrounding the Memphis area is the best? To help end some arguments and start others, every week MemphiSport ranks all the college football teams in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. We call it the TAM Rankings.

T1. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (10-2):
Last Game: 
L 31-17 vs. Ole Miss @Vaught Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win: 
38-23 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-17 vs. Ole Miss @Vaught Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
 2 (Southern Miss and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

T1.  ole_miss logoOle Miss (9-3):
Last Game: 
W 31-17 vs. Mississippi State @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium 
Best Win: 
23-17 vs. Alabama @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-17 vs. Mississippi State @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 3 (Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Mississippi State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

3.   memphis-tigers logoMemphis (9-3):
Last Game:
 W 41-10 vs. UCONN @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 41-14 vs. Cincinnati @ Paul Brown Stadium 
Worst Loss: 28-24 vs. Houston @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

4.  Arkansas logoArkansas (6-6):
Last Game: 
L 21-14 vs. Missouri @ Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 
30-0 vs. Ole Miss @ Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: L 35-28 (OT) vs. Texas A&M @ AT&T Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Mississippi State)

5. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (6-6):
Last Game: W 24-17 vs. Vanderbilt @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 45-42 (OT) vs. South Carolina @ Williams-Brice Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-10 vs. Oklahoma @ Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State, Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (7-5):
Last Game: W 68-35 vs. New Mexico State @ Centennial Bank Stadium
Best Win: 21-14 vs Utah State (OT) @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 55-40 vs LA Lafayette @ Cajun Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Tennessee)

7.   MTSU LogoMTSU (6-6):
Last Game: 
L 24-21 vs. UTEP @ Sun Bowl Stadium
Best Win: 50-47 (3 OT) vs. Western Kentucky @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 36-17 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)

8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (3-9):
Last Game: 
L 24-17 vs. Tennessee @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 42-28 vs. Old Dominion @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 
 41-3 vs. Ole Miss @ LP Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss, Tennessee)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (3-9):
Last Game: 
L 45-24 vs UAB @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win: W 26-20 vs. Alcorn State @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Worst Loss: 12-10 vs. UTSA @ Alamodome Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 2 (Mississippi State and MTSU)

 

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Week 14 TAM Rankings: Arkansas Up Two Spots After Shutout Win Over Ole Miss

state gloveIt is time to give serious kudos to Coach Bret Bielema and the Arkansas Razorbacks who notched their second straight conference win after going 0-17 the past three seasons.  Arkansas knocked off Ole Miss, giving them six wins on the year and making them bowl eligible.  The Razorbacks took a page out of the book of the infamous Land Shark defense and forced six turnovers in route to their second straight shutout victory against a divisional foe.

Poor Ole Miss.  They had an outside shot at a SEC West Title and a chance to jump into the College Football Playoffs.  However, the loss to Arkansas eliminated them from SEC Championship contention and the fact it was 30-0 just added insult to injury.

The Bulldogs pitched a shutout of their own against a nobody this week and are going into the Egg Bowl with all the momentum on their side (Vandy is the nobody that Mississippi State beat.  Since Vanderbilt is so bad they only get a parenthesis not their own paragraph this week.  Sorry ‘Dores fans.)

Tennessee gave Missouri everything they could handle, but ended up falling just short.  The Vols need to win their final game of the season to gain bowl eligibility.  Thankfully they get the same nobody Mississippi State just beat 51-0.

Memphis won this week, keeping their hopes at an American Championship alive.  All the Tigers have to do is beat UCONN and they will at least a share of the AAC Championship.

MTSU snapped their two game losing streak by knocking off Florida Atlantic in the waning moments of their contest.  With that win the Blue Raiders have become bowl eligible.

Arkansas State suffered their second straight loss as they watched Texas State run all over the field.  The Red Wolves gave up 370 yards on the ground in route to their 18 point loss.

Southern Mississippi managed to escape defeat this week thanks in large part to the Golden Eagles bye week.

It is thanksgiving weekend and there is one obvious choice for the TAM Game of the Week, Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss.  The famed Battle for the Golden Egg has lost some of its luster thanks to the Rebels downfall, but Mississippi State can still get a share of the SEC West Championship and remain in the hunt for the College Football Playoffs

Without further ado, here are week fourteen’s TAM Rankings…


The Mid-South is full of fans with allegiances to different area 
college football programs. Which FBS program in the three states surrounding the Memphis area is the best? To help end some arguments and start others, every week MemphiSport ranks all the college football teams in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. We call it the TAM Rankings.

1. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (10-1):
Last Game: 
W 51-0 vs. Vanderbilt @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 
38-23 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-20 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
 2 (Southern Miss and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

2.  Arkansas logoArkansas (6-5):
Last Game: 
W 30-0 vs. Ole Miss @ Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Best Win: 
30-0 vs. Ole Miss @ Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: L 35-28 (OT) vs. Texas A&M @ AT&T Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Mississippi State)

3.  memphis-tigers logo Memphis (8-3):
Last Game:
 W 31-20 vs. USF @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 41-14 vs. Cincinnati @ Paul Brown Stadium 
Worst Loss: 28-24 vs. Houston @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

4.  ole_miss logo Ole Miss (8-3):
Last Game: 
L 30-0 vs. Arkansas @ Razorback Stadium 
Best Win: 
23-17 vs. Alabama @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 30-0 vs. Arkansas @ Razorback Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 3 (Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

5. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (5-6):
Last Game: 
L 29-21 vs. Missouri @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 45-42 (OT) vs. South Carolina @ Williams-Brice Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-10 vs. Oklahoma @ Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (6-5):
Last Game: L 45-27 vs. Texas Southern @ Bobcat Stadium
Best Win: 21-14 vs Utah State (OT) @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 55-40 vs LA Lafayette @ Cajun Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Tennessee)

7.   MTSU LogoMTSU (6-5):
Last Game: 
W 35-34 vs. Florida Atlantic @ Johnny Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 50-47 (3 OT) vs. Western Kentucky @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 36-17 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)

8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (3-8):
Last Game: 
L 51-0 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 42-28 vs. Old Dominion @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 
 41-3 vs. Ole Miss @ LP Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (3-8):
Last Game: 
L 12-10 vs. UTSA @ Alamodome Stadium
Best Win: W 26-20 vs. Alcorn State @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Worst Loss: 12-10 vs. UTSA @ Alamodome Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 2 (Mississippi State and MTSU)

 

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