Throwback Thursday: Brandon Baxter & Scott Bowden are in big trouble

Scott Bowden & BB

Memphis Wrestling has been a training ground for some of the greatest wrestlers to ever step foot inside the square circle.  The who’s who of professional wrestling have performed in Memphis at one time or another.  But throughout the years, we have also witnessed some of the greatest wrestling managers of all time.

From WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart to Memphis Wrestling mainstay Downtown Bruno (known in WWE as Harvey Wippleman), Memphis Wrestling is notorious for loud, obnoxious, wrestling managers.  Even the late, great Andy Kaufman made his mark in Memphis, TN.  For some reason, each manager who passed through Memphis always seemed to have a problem with The King.

In today’s Throwback Thursday, we rewind back to the early 1990′s.  Brandon Baxter and Scott Bowden, two of the most entertaining and charismatic managers we’ve ever seen, have a plan to go after Jerry “The King” Lawler.  Anyone who is familiar with either Brandon Baxter or Scott Bowden already know what is in store for these two.

Watch their plan fall apart, while a live studio audience watches in excitement.

The King did, in fact, beat “Wildfire” Tommy Rich to retain his Unified World Heavyweight Title.  It wasn’t a pretty sight for Brandon Baxter or Scott Bowden.

Scott Bowden was a mild-mannered referee turned heel, thanks to creative booking by the late Eddie Gilbert .  Bowden also claimed to be nephew of famed Florida State University coach Bobby Bowden.  You can read more about Scott Bowden at his blog entitled Scott Bowden presents Kentucky Fried Rasslin.

Brandon Baxter, on the other hand, worked for World Class Championship Wrestling for many years before debuting in Memphis.  Brandon booked Memphis PowerPro Wrestling during their WWE developmental years and continues to stay active in sports entertainment.  You can catch up with Brandon on 101.7 Kiss FM in Jonesboro or follow him on Twitter @BrandonOnKissFM.

Fun Facts:  Brandon Baxter is one of the very first people I ever met as a young, rookie, upstart at WMC-TV5.  Don’t worry, he no longer sports the blonde mullet.  As for Scott Bowden, yesterday he celebrated his Birthday.  Be sure to stop by his Facebook page to send your well-wishes.

 

“Throwback Thursday” is a weekly Memphis Wrestling post at MemphiSport.com.

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

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Throwback Thursday Thanksgiving Edition: The Rock as Flex Kavana

Bart & FlexThanksgiving has always been one of the biggest days for professional wrestling.  When WWE launched Survivor Series in 1987, it quickly became a huge hit.  Not only has Survivor Series become the 2nd longest reigning pay-per-view to date for WWE, but it has also hosted some of the biggest, most memorable matches and debuts ever.

From the debut of the infamous Gobbley Gooker in 1990, to the Montreal Screwjob of 1997 – Survivor Series has been a staple in die-hard wrestling fans’ Thanksgiving experience for many, many years.

This week’s Throwback Thursday sends us back to August 24, 1996.  It was a mere three months before WWE Survivor Series.  A young, up-start rookie by the name of Flex Kavana had made an impact in the Memphis-based USWA.  He captured the Southern Tag Team Titles with his partner Bart Sawyer in June of 1996 by defeating Brickhouse Brown & Reggie B. Fine.  Now, Flex was ready to put it all on the line for a shot at Jerry “The King” Lawler’s USWA World Championship.

Take a look at this week’s Throwback Thursday clip, which features a young Flex Kavana who has gone on to become not only one of the most famous wrestlers of all time… but one of the biggest action movie stars of all time, as well.

Three months after Flex Kavana lost the loser leaves town match-up against The King, he debuted for WWE at the 1996 Survivor Series under the name of Rocky Maivia.  As we all know by now, Rocky Maivia eventually morphed into the jabroni beating, pie eating, trail blazing, eye brow raising – you get the point – he morphed into the most electrifying man in all of entertainment – The Rock.

Fun Facts:  Also featured in this week’s clip along with The Rock, were several other Memphis Wrestling legends.  Dave Brown conducted the interview portion, while former WWE Women’s Champion Harvey Wippleman refereed the contest.  The King had Scott Bowden in his corner and in Flex’s corner was none other than former Tag Team Champion Bart Sawyer.

“Throwback Thursday” is a weekly Memphis Wrestling post at MemphiSport.com.

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

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MSL: 3.31.12

Hour 1:

Kevin CerritoMarcus Hunter and Ben Hogan debate who Memphis basketball fans should cheer for in the Final Four game between Louisville and Kentucky. Also,  Louisville Sports Live co-host Ethan Moore  joins the guys to talk about rivalries, Rick Pitino, the Big East and more. Plus, the Starting 5. 

Hour 2:

National pro wrestling columnist and former manager Scott Bowden joins Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter to preview WrestleMania XXVIII. Also, Hang Up & Listen.  Plus, the guys talk about Jessica SimpsonTim Cowlishaw picking the Grizzlies to make the NBA Finals, and more during Woohoos and Boos.

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

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MSL: 6.11.11

Hour 1:

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter talk about the 2011 St. Jude Classic, V3 Fights and more during the Starting 5. Also, Kentucky Fried Wrestling columnist Scott Bowden joins the guys to talk about Randy “Macho Man” Savage and TNA’s BaseBrawl at AutoZone Park. Plus, the listeners compete in the first ever MSL webcam scavenger hunt.

Click here to listen to Hour 1 of the 6.11.11 MSL

Hour 2:

Fox Sports Southwest’s Desmond Purnell returns to talk with Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter about all the latest news and information surrounding the NBA Finals. Also, callers compete in another edition of Hang Up & Listen. Plus, the guys discuss John Daly’s pants, the Grizzlies and more during Woohoo’s and Boo’s.

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Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host MemphiSport Live (MSL) every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on Sports 56 WHBQ. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Show in the 2010 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

Memphisport Live: 2.15.11

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter are joined by a special Royal Round Table featuring Jerry Lawler experts Travis Scott Bowden of Kentucky Fried Rasslin and Mark James of Memphis Wrestling History. The panel talks about Lawler’s greatest matches of all time, their predictions for The King’s upcoming title match against The Miz, and what it all means for the people of Memphis.

Also, Kevin and Marcus discuss the national reaction from their Taylor Corley interview. Plus, J-Will’s return, O.J. Mayo’s return, and Spoon’s return are all topics of conversation during this week’s Starting 5.

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Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host Memphisport Live every Tuesday at 6:00 PM on Sports 56 WHBQ. Memphisport Live was voted 3rd Best Sports Show in the 2010 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

MSL’s Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler Royal Round Table

photo courtesy of MemphisWrestlingHistory.com

In preparation for Jerry “The King” Lawler’s first ever WWE title shot on PPV, MSL hosts Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter are joined by a special Royal Round Table featuring Jerry Lawler experts Travis Scott Bowden of Kentucky Fried Rasslin and Mark James of Memphis Wrestling History.

The panel talks about Lawler’s greatest matches of all time, their predictions for The King’s upcoming title match against The Miz, and what it all means for the people of Memphis.

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Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host Memphisport Live (MSL) every Tuesday at 6:00 PM on Sports 56 WHBQ. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Show in the 2010 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. Listen to full episode podcasts here.

Scott Bowden is a former manager of Jerry Lawler and a national wrestling columnist for Kentucky Fried Rasslin. You can follow Scott on Twitter here.

Mark James is the founder of Memphis Wrestling History, author of Memphis Wrestling History Presents 1982, and a regular contributor for Memphisport. You can join his Memphis Wrestling History Facebook group here.

 

Story photo courtesy of MemphisWrestlingHistory.com

 


Scott Bowden on MSL

National professional wrestling columnist Scott Bowden joinsKevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter to talk about WrestleMania XVI, Shawn Michaels retirement, Jerry Lawler, and more.

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