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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Throwback Thursday: Remembering The American Dream

Dusty-RhodesJune 11th, 2015 was a sad, sad day for wrestling fans around the world.  We unexpectedly lost one of the greatest performers of all time.

So today on Throwback Thursday, we remember “The American Dream”.

Let’s go all the way back to 1977.  Dusty Rhodes was set to make an appearance in Memphis, TN.  Here’s footage of the interview leading up to his big match with The King!

Certainly one of the very best promo men the wrestling business has ever seen.  Dusty Rhodes captivated an audience with his charisma, style and showmanship.  He could talk you into the building, by himself.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with Dusty Rhodes in 2010, while I was under contract with WWE.  You always knew when he was in the room.  He was so respected, you could feel it.  I remember always wanting to do my very best for him, no matter what.

Quick story:  As he taught promo class one morning, Dream asked me to stand up and share a story with everyone.  I had told him previously that my parents named me after Dusty Rhodes himself.  I was known as Dusty all throughout my childhood.  He was proud of that and had me share it with the crew.

“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes – you will be missed.

Fact:  In 2010, Dusty Rhodes tagged up with his sons Goldust & Cody Rhodes to face off against The Dude Busters & Curt Hawkins in a six-man tag team match.  I was there and witnessed it live.  Dream received a standing ovation from the locker room afterward.  That was Dusty Rhodes’ last match.

Next week:  We will take a look back at the late “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel.

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

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Throwback Thursday: Masterlock Challenge

GlobalForceGrandSlamGlobal Force Wrestling officially launches their first ever Grand Slam Tour tomorrow night in Jackson, TN at Jackson General Ballpark.  Along with Jeff Jarrett and Jim Cornette, the event will feature a few names very familiar to the wrestling world.

One being my opponent – “The Adonis” Chris Mordetzsky.

Mordetzsky, formerly known in WWE as “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters, is also no stranger to the Mid-South and its wrestling stars.  As you’ll see in this week’s Throwback Thursday clip, Mordetzsky and I have a lot in common…

Although we both have had our run-ins with The King, there’s one thing for sure – I’m strong enough to break the Masterlock.

For more details on the GFW Grand Slam Tour in Jackson, TN, click here.

ICYMI: Jeff Jarrett joined us on Cerrito Live, last Saturday.

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

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Throwback Thursday: Jeff Jarrett set for Cerrito Live

The debut of Global Force Wrestling in the United States is right around the corner.  GFW Grand Slam Tour makes it first stop in Jackson, TN on June 12 at The Ballpark at Jackson – home of the Jackson Generals minor league baseball team.  The event is the first of many, as GFW makes its way to The Orleans in Las Vegas on July 24th.  Joining us this Saturday on Cerrito Live to give us all the latest details is none other than the founder of GFW and former multiple-time World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett.

But before we speak to Jarrett on Saturday, let’s take a look back at one of his finest moments for this week’s Throwback Thursday.

In 2008, Jeff Jarrett shocked the world when he appeared in Tokyo, Japan to spoil Hulk Hogan’s press conference.  The presser was held after a hard fought match for New Japan Pro Wrestling, inside the Tokyo Dome.  Let’s take a look.

Jarrett and company will attempt to shock the world again, as Global Force Wrestling kicks off their first tour next week.  Where better to start than just 45 minutes away from Memphis, in Jackson, TN?

Cerrito Live airs 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 Jeff, feel free to post them here or send them via Twitter @MemphiSport.  Also, be sure to follow Jeff Jarrett Global Force Wrestling on Twitter.

For ticket information, click here.

Jeff Jarrett on MSL:  November 2014

Jeff Jarrett on Cerrito Live:  March 2015

Fun Facts:  I am set to wrestle “The Adonis” Chris Mordetzsky (former Chris Masters) in Jackson, TN.  Next week, we will take a look back at The Masterpiece.

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

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Throwback Thursday: Lawler & Dundee return to Mid-South Coliseum

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When Jerry “The King” Lawler and “Superstar” Bill Dundee return to the Mid-South Coliseum this Saturday, it’ll be under much different terms than in the past.  Although they have a longtime rivalry, they will set their differences aside to help save a building they both made famous together.

Roundhouse Revival is an all-day event in the parking lot of the Mid-South Coliseum and is free to the public.  Along with music, basketball and food – Lawler & Dundee will face the Coliseum Crushers in the day’s main event.  Longtime referee Jerry Calhoun will be there to officiate the match-up.

We know very little about the Coliseum Crushers.  However, we all know how well Lawler and Dundee can work together as a team.  In case you’ve forgotten, let me take you back to 1987 where the duo captured the AWA World Tag Team Titles.  To make it a little sweeter – the victory came inside the Mid-South Coliseum.

I will be reporting live from the Mid-South Coliseum this Saturday and will have free Memphis Wildfire Wrestling tickets.  Memphis in MAYhem takes place next Thursday night (May 28) at Woodland Hills Event Center in Cordova, TN and features a Street Fight between myself (with Maria) and Bill Dundee.  Also, you will have your chance to win free tickets on Cerrito Live.  Cerrito Live airs on Saturday afternoons from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM.

For more information on Roundhouse Revival – Click here

For more information on Wild Fire Wrestling’s Memphis in MAYhem – Click here.

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

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