VIDEO: Rockey the Redbird takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Tonight, Rockey the Redbird accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on-field at AutoZone Park.  MSL regular Maria Garay emceed the event.  Rockey went on to nominate Sheldon from Mississippi RiverKings, Louie from Springfield Cardinals & The Redhots!

Rockey the Redbird takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 8.20.14:

Memphis Redbirds are in the final home-stand of the regular season.  Friday’s giveaway is a Carlos Martinez bobble head, SuperHero/Comic Night is on Saturday and Health & Fitness Night on Sunday.  Maria & I will emcee Sunday together.  Get more information at

Twitter: @DustinStarr

MSL Interview: ‘The Voice of Memphis Wrestling’ Lance Russell

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“The Voice of Memphis Wrestling” Lance Russell joined Kevin Cerrito and Dustin Starr on MSL to talk about his relationship with Dave Brown, his time in WCW, Jerry Lawler’s heart attack,  the “Banana Nose’ nickname, the future of the Mid-South Coliseum, a wrestling Hall of Fame, and more. Plus, Lance answered questions from listeners.

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Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

Throwback Thursday: Banana Nose

MSL Lance

If you were a wrestling fan growing up in Memphis, TN – you woke up every Saturday morning to the voice of Lance Russell.  To some, it was Saturday morning cartoons.  In Memphis, it was Saturday morning wrestling – with Lance Russell.

With Lance Russell being behind the desk for nearly 40 years, he certainly encountered some interesting characters.  Some of which, became world famous wrestlers.  Throughout the years, they all picked on Lance about the size of his nose.  Of course, Jerry Lawler coined the term.

This week’s Throwback Thursday dates back to 1983, where WWE Hall of Fame manager Jimmy Hart actually wrote and performed a song about Lance Russell… and his “banana nose.”

As reported earlier it the week, Lance Russell is scheduled to join MemphiSport Live (MSL) for an exclusive interview.  MSL airs live every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM .  If you have classic Memphis Wrestling moments you’d like to discuss with Lance Russell, feel free to post them here or send them via Twitter@MemphiSport.  If time permits, we will even take phone calls.  Also, be sure to like his Official Facebook Page.

Fun Facts:  Lance Russell was a broadcaster from 1959 to 1997.  He worked for World Championship Wrestling and appeared in the story of Andy Kaufman’s life, Man on the Moon.  

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


Lance Russell scheduled for MSL Saturday

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This Saturday, August 16th, the legendary voice of Memphis Wrestling returns to the Memphis airwaves.  MemphiSport is proud to announce the one and only Lance Russell will join MSL for an exclusive interview.

From 1959 to 1997, fans of Memphis Wrestling grew up on the commentary of Lance Russell.  This Saturday morning will be a stroll down memory lane for the cast of MSL & its listeners, as Lance will be our guest to discuss several topics related to the timeless history of professional wrestling in Memphis, TN.

Lance was inducted into the Memphis Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1994 and was voted Best Television Announcer by Wrestling Observer Newsletter from 1984-1987.  Rumors swirl each year in regards to Lance being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

If you have any questions for Lance Russell, feel free to post them here or send them via Twitter@MemphiSport.  Also, be sure to like his Official Facebook Page.

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host MemphiSport Live (MSL)  every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM .

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


Throwback Thursday: “Handsome” Jimmy is rolling into Mempho

Jimmy ValiantThis week, big news was released regarding the future of Memphis Wildfire Wrestling.  A new deal has been struck with the Memphis-based Cash Saver to bring professional wrestling back to Minglewood Hall throughout the rest of the year.  The first date announced is September 18th entitled “Long Live The King.”  The event will commemorate and celebrate the two-year anniversary of Jerry “The King” Lawler’s heart attack that happened live on the nationally televised Monday Night RAW.

Rumor has it that many of Lawler’s friends & foes from the classic Memphis Wrestling days will be in attendance that evening.  The first name confirmed for the show is a man known as one of Lawler’s greatest opponents, defeating Lawler several times for the Southern Heavyweight Championship.  He’s also a fellow WWE Hall of Famer.

On September 18th at Minglewood Hall, “Handsome” Jimbo will return to Mempho!

This week’s Throwback Thursday, we are going to take an in-depth look at “The Boogie Woogie Man” – WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Valiant.

After 10,000 matches & over 4 million miles on the road, “Handsome” Jimmy will be heading back to Memphis, TN to be a special guest on Jerry Lawler’s big night “Long Live The King.”  Don’t miss your chance to see Jimmy Valiant live at Minglewood Hall.

For ticket information, visit Memphis Wildfire on Facebook or Minglewood Hall.  Also, be sure to visit Jimmy’s official website.

Fun Facts:  Yesterday, “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant celebrated his 72nd Birthday.  If you missed it, please visit Jimmy Valiant’s Facebook page to wish him a “Happy Birthday!”

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


Red Bull’s King of the Rock is back in Memphis for the second consecutive year

P-20130701-00772_HiRes JPEG 24bit RGB (1)It is that time again Hoop City.  One of the premier sporting events of the nation is back in the Mid-South, and looking for the best one-on-one street ballers to come out and show their stuff.

Now in its fifth year, Red Bull King of the Rock has decided to make a return trip to Memphis in order to find the most elite hoopers in the nation.  Instead of going to Alcatraz, this year’s winner will go across the Pacific Ocean to the prison exercise yards of Samasana Island in Taiwan.

The event will be held this Saturday at Halle Stadium (or the Precinct as it is affectionately called).  Participants have to register at the event with registration starting at noon, and the tournament starting promptly at 1 pm.

Last year’s tournament had some great games, close calls, and thrilling victories so even if you do not think your game is good enough to compete with Hoop City’s best, you can still come out and watch some great street ball.

Red Bull King of the Rock
WHEN: Saturday, August 9 at 1 pm.
WHERE: 2634 Mt. Moriah (aka “The Precinct”)
COST: Free

CJ Hurt is a regular contributor for MemphiSport.  He will be at the Precinct this Saturday showcasing his one on one abilities.  Follow him @conradicalness  for commentary, pictures, and live tweets from the King of the Rock.

Dustin Starr Wins NPC Knox Classic Men’s Physique Class D

unnamedThe winner of the 2014 NPC Knox Classic Men’s Physique Class D Championship is no secret to the bodybuilding world (or MSL either).  Over the past two years he has competed  in eight events, winning three overall championships, one height class championship and getting second place in another contest.  On top of that, he won back to back NPC Tennessee State Men’s Physique Championships in 2012 and 2013.

Dustin Starr took home first place in front of a sold out crowd across the street from Neyland Stadium at Cox Memorial Stadium.

He appeared on Local Memphis Live the day before the show, and then he was off to Knoxville for some last minute preparations before the contest got underway.

Some of the things he did to make sure his body looked its best the night before the big event was get some much needed rest (after all he just had a minor physical altercation with Superstar Bill Dundee) and eat plenty of carbs in the form of fish and potatoes (both sweet and white).

Even though he won first place at the 2014 NPC Knox Classic, Starr (“5 Starr” to the wrestling world) is not done making special appearances .

You can learn some of his men’s physique secrets on August 21st when he and Maria Garay make a return appearance to Local Memphis Live to discuss his big win in Knoxville.  Then on August 24th Starr, a TEAMUSPlabs member, will guest emcee along side  Maria (also a TEAMUSPlabs member), a special  Health and Fitness Night at AutoZone Park.

With the 2014 NPC Knox Classic over and done with, Dustin Starr can focus on what is really important, and that is helping you get into the best shape of your life.


Throwback Thursday: Tommy Rich & Austin Idol shave Lawler’s head

Idol and RichHave you ever seen Jerry “The King” Lawler get his head shaved?  Could you even imagine The King of Memphis beaten up and getting his head shaved in the center of the ring?

“Wildfire” Tommy Rich and “The Universal Heartthrob” Austin Idol were two of the baddest men in Memphis Wrestling.  Along with Paul Heyman, they stole a victory over Jerry Lawler and you will not believe what happens next.

This week’s Throwback Thursday, we take a look back to April 27, 1987 where Jerry Lawler and Austin Idol battle inside a steel cage.  That’s not it – this match is Hair vs Hair.

Lance Russell is on play-by-play, as Idol and Rich go nuts inside the ring.

Did you hear the sold out audience at the Mid-South Coliseum?  Everyone was absolutely stunned at the end of the night.

Fun Facts:  Lawler was injured and could not wrestle for quite some time.  Rumor has it – behind the scenes – Lawler needed time off to do undergo a personal surgery procedure.

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


Throwback Thursday: Jos LeDuc’s blood oath

Joe LeDucThrough the annals of time, there have been many great wrestling interviews that made an impact on their audience.  Historic sayings and catch phrases that live forever.  From the famous Austin 3:16 interview, to CM Punk’s original “pipe bomb promo” – interviews that made wrestlers famous.  But there hasn’t been anything quite like Jos LeDuc‘s famous “blood oath” promo.

The interview is arguably the most famous in Memphis Wrestling history.

This week’s Throwback Thursday, we take you back to August 5, 1978.  Lance Russell interviews the maniacal Jos LeDuc, as he threatens Jerry “The King” Lawler before their match on Monday night at the Mid-South Coliseum.  Did I mention that LeDuc is holding an axe in his hand?

You will not believe what happens next.  This clip contains graphic material:

I have never seen anything like Jos LeDuc.  His historic interview would never be allowed on television today.  In fact, Lance Russell thought the incident would have the show taken off television.


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


2014 M Awards: Favorite Mascot

super grizzWas there ever any doubt who would win this category?  Super Grizz takes home another First place finish in the M Awards presented by the 17th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala after taking home first place in the Best Off Beat Moment category.  Nobody even came close to Super Grizz, who beat the Second Place Riverthing by 30 percent! 

Super Grizz, First Place: 48%
Riverthing, Second Place: 18%
TOM III, Third Place (Tie): 13%
Pouncer, Third Place (Tie): 13%

Visit daily in the month of July for a new winner in MemphiSport’s annual M Awards presented by the 17th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala.






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