Throwback Thursday: Dave Brown Says Goodbye

Earlier this week, WMC Action News 5 announced that Dave Brown will retire as Chief Meteorologist on August 31st, 2015.  Dave served the Mid-South as Chief Meteorologist since 1977.  To say he will be missed would be an understatement.

As good of a weatherman as Dave was, many would argue that he was an even better wrestling announcer.  Dave hosted Memphis Wrestling from 1967 to 2002.  For 25 of those years, he co-hosted with the legendary Lance Russell.  Many have called this duo the greatest broadcast team of all time.

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, let’s take you back to “Memphis Wrestling Memories” with both Lance and Dave.  WMC aired this special just last year (2014) – but Lance and Dave talk us thru many great Memphis Wrestling classics.

 

Lance Russell will join us on Cerrito Live this Saturday to discuss Dave’s retirement.  I’m sure Lance will have a few stories to share about Dave Brown “The Weather Clown”, as well.  Along with Lance, Joe Cronin will join us to breakdown this Sunday’s WWE Summer Slam.

Cerrito Live airs every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM .

Oman Arena, Jackson, TN:  Catch Lance & Dave together on Saturday October 24th at Oman Arena.  Also scheduled for the Main Event – Jerry Lawler vs Terry Funk.  For more info, click here.

Don’t forget:  Pro Wrestling Trivia with Kevin Cerrito is back at The Green Beetle on September 10th at 8PM .  Test your knowledge against other wrestling fans to see if you have what it takes to bring home the title!  Also, dress as your favorite wrestler and win a prize in the Costume Contest!  View the official event invite here.

(photo cred: WMC Action News 5)

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Throwback Thursday: Grizz don’t bluff

GrizzamaniaOur Memphis Grizzlies are no strangers to the squared circle.  Being known for arguably the best game operations crew in the NBA, they know all about the rich history of Memphis Wrestling.  Don’t believe me?  Show up on Saturday night (Jan. 31st) and see for yourself.

Memphis Grizzlies present Wrestling Night at FedExForum with the first 3,000 fans receiving their very own World Grizzlyweight Championship belt.  If you want to know just how sweet they really are, just ask The King.

Rumors have been circulating for weeks on what the Grizzlies have planned.  Not only have we heard that there will be a wrestling match, but legendary Memphis Wrestling broadcast team Lance Russell & Dave Brown will be there to call the action.  If that wasn’t enough, The King hinted at an appearance by 16-time World Heavyweight Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

No official word or confirmation has come from the Grizzlies, but I know one person in particular who is fired up – GRIZZ!

What better way to get ready for the big game… and big match then to take a look back at some of my favorite antics from Grizz  himself?

Last season, Grizz paid tribute to several of his favorite professional wrestlers.  He impersonated The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan & even the Ultimate Warrior.  But none were more memorable than this week’s clip!

Memphis Grizzlies vs OKC Thunder tips off at 7:00PM CST inside FedExForum this Saturday night (Jan. 31st).  For more on ticket information, click here.

 

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MSL Interview: Jim Cornette

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Legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette joined Cerrito & Dustin Starr on MSL to talk about Memphis, Yokozuna, manager props and more.

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MemphiSport Live

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. 

MSL Podcast: Last Saturday Before College Football 2014

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies.
(Segment 3) Preston McClellan from the Sporting News talks about NFL stadium improvements for the 2014 season. 

 

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HOUR 2:
(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a pair of tix to Playhouse on the Square and Maria Garay in studio.
(Segment 2) Legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette joins Cerrito & Dustin Starr to talk about Memphis, Yokozuna, manager props and more.(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos

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MemphiSport Live

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. 

MSL Podcast: 8.16.14

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) Memphis Flyer writer Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including the newly released 2014-15 schedule.
(Segment 3) Dustin Starr stops by in studio and announces the upcoming Memphis Wildfire Wrestling shows.


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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1)  “The Voice of Memphis Wrestling” Lance Russell joins Kevin Cerrito and  Dustin Starr to talk about his relationship with Dave Brown, his time in WCW, Jerry Lawler’s heart attack and more.
(Segment 2 & 3) More with Lance Russell as he takes listener’s phone calls and gives his thoughts on the “Banana Nose’ nickname, the future of the Mid-South Coliseum, a wrestling Hall of Fame, and more.

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MemphiSport Live

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: The Soulman Rocky Johnson

Rocky JohnsonYou’ve seen him on WWE television.  If you have WWE Network, you could surf through all of his greatest matches, including his epic WWF World Tag Team Championship victory with Tony Atlas.  But did you know “The Soulman” Rocky Johnson once made Memphis, TN his home?

That’s exactly right.  Not only did The Rock start his professional wrestling career in the Memphis-based USWA, but his father first paved the way by making an impact in Memphis.

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we rewind back to a 1976 News Channel 13 broadcast where Dave Brown conducts the weather but wrestling made the real headline.  The broadcast cuts to footage of the official weigh-ins for the main event at the Mid-South Coliseum that pit then-boxer Rocky Johnson against The King of Memphis Jerry Lawler.  The match was built as a boxer versus wrestler event with special rules in place to make the contest fair.  Take a look, as both Johnson and Lawler answer questions to build their main event match.

Initially, Rocky Johnson trained to be a boxer and even sparred with greats such as Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.  Johnson was always fascinated by professional wrestling, so he decided to make the transition.  He won numerous Championships in his career, including the CWA (Memphis) Tag Team Titles, Southern Heavyweight Championship and the previously mentioned WWF Tag Team Titles.  Johson was also a top contender in the National Wrestling Alliance and had numerous World Title matches with Harley Race & Terry Funk.

“The Soulman” Rocky Johnson returns to the Mid-South on Saturday night March 15th at Resorts Tunica for Revenge at Resorts II Cool.  Johnson will be available for autographs and photos prior to the event, during the VIP Meet & Greet session.  For ticket information, please call 866.706.7070.  You can also visit Memphis Power Wrestling’s Official Facebook Page for more details.

Fun Facts:  Rocky Johnson made history during his professional wrestling career.  Along with his partner Tony Atlas, Johnson was a part of the first African American tag team to win the WWF World Tag Team Titles.  As if that wasn’t enough, Rocky also defeated Jerry “The King” Lawler to win Lawler’s crown!

 

“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: King Cobra becomes first African American World Champion

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On December 30, 1989 history was made at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN. Only a few days prior to ringing in the 1990’s, King Cobra had done the impossible – he defeated Jerry Lawler to become the very first African American Unified World Heavyweight Champion.

With February being recognized nationwide as Black History Month, let’s take the time to review a historic feud that brought our entire community together.

Memphis has such a rich history when it comes to civil rights. It especially shows in our sports. From the Grizzlies Annual MLK Day Game, to the legendary Sputnik Monroe and all that he did to end segregation in arenas across the Mid-South. King Cobra’s feud with The King sent a very special message to its viewers. Anyone can win on any given day, no matter the color of their skin.

Here, The King speaks on losing his title to King Cobra – or as Lawler calls him, “just Cobra.”

After Lawler reclaimed his World Title, King Cobra claims to be the top contender. Lawler, being the villain, strongly disagreed.  King Cobra has to put Lawler in his place.

There are many different viewpoints on King Cobra’s epic title victory. CagesideSeats.com goes as far as to say it was a “fluke”. Yet, the victory & feud will go down in history for its importance during that place in time.

 

“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: Jerry Lawler vs Brian Christopher tonight at Minglewood Hall in Memphis

Tonight is the big night!  WWE Hall of Famer and Memphis’ own Jerry “The King” Lawler will go one on one with his son and former WWE Tag Team Champion “GrandMaster Sexay” Brian Christopher.  It’ll be father vs son in the opening round of Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s Southern Heavyweight Classic.  Only one man can advance to the next round of the tournament, which was inspired by the historic Southern Heavyweight Title.  A Championship that both men have held previously.

Last week’s Throwback Thursday featured a match between these two from 1993.  Since there wasn’t a clear-cut winner from last week & we are a mere six hours away from belltime (7PM) at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, let’s rewind to another classic match between Jerry Lawler & Brian Christopher.

The year was 1998.  Jerry Lawler was having a bit of trouble with management and the owner of Memphis Power Pro Wrestling, Randy Hales.  If King could defeat Brian Christopher in this contest, he would finally get his hands on the dastardly boss.  As usual, there was a slight catch… to ensure the match was called without favoritism, WWE Hall of Famer “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant was appointed the special guest referee.

Take a look at this classic Memphis moment and what could very well be a preview of tonight’s big match.

Two classic matches between Lawler & Christopher in two weeks – still not a clear-cut winner.  The battles between these two men have always been special.  Not only were they always the top performers in the Memphis area, but the father vs son element always intrigues wrestling fans that much more.  Who will win the latest battle between the two?  There’s only one way to find out – be there live!

The Southern Heavyweight Classic will take place at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN tonight (January 30th) at 7PM and has been the talk of the town!  Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee stopped by News Channel 3’s Live at 9 to discuss the event, Kevin Lawler has appeared on ABC 24 Local Memphis Live and Fox 13.

Scheduled for the event is Jerry “The King” Lawler“Grand Master Sexay” Brian Christopher, “Superstar” Bill DundeeWWE Hall of Famer KoKo B. Ware,Derrick KingDustin Starr & many more.  Advanced tickets are on sale at Minglewood Hall’s official website.  Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event for only $10.

Fun Facts:   Tonight will be the 4th Annual Southern Heavyweight Classic tournament.  Brian Christopher won the tournament in 2011 & 2012.  One would have to think, he might actually have the advantage going into his contest with The King.  Can Christopher win his 3rd Classic in 4 years?

 

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

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Throwback Thursday: Jerry Lawler defends his Unified Title against Brian Christopher

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Growing up as a wrestling fan in Memphis, there weren’t many matches bigger than Jerry Lawler versus Brian Christopher.  Both men were fan favorites for the majority of their careers and they always seemed to be holding a Championship title belt.  But this feud was deeper than good versus evil.  It was bigger than any Championship you could put on the line.  This match-up was always special for a different and unique reason…

It was father versus son.

This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back more than 20 years ago inside WMC-TV5 studios in Memphis, TN.  The brash, young Brian Christopher was looking to take the next step in his career.  He was ready for his shot at the USWA Unified Heavyweight Championship.  There was only one problem – Jerry “The King” Lawler held that title.

Listen to the audience as Jerry Lawler makes his way to the ring.  Hear the excitement in the broadcast team’s voices.  This was going to be something very special.  But when you’re the top performers in the hotbed of wrestling, you must have eyes in the back of your head.  Let’s take a look:

With the interference from Harlem Knights, Brain Christopher was disqualified from the contest.  Fortunately for wrestling fans, this wasn’t the first battle between Brian & Jerry.  It certainly will not be the last, either.

Last week, Memphis Wildfire Wrestling made the announcement that Jerry “The King” Lawler would face off against “Grand Master Sexay” Brian Christopher in the 1st Round of the Southern Heavyweight Classic on January 30th.  The Southern Heavyweight Classic is a tournament that crowns a new Southern Heavyweight Classic Champion, much like the Southern Heavyweight Championship of old.  After watching their unfinished match from 1993, who wouldn’t want to see these two face off in 2014?

The Southern Heavyweight Classic will take place at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN on January 30th – one week from today.  Already schedule for the event is Jerry “The King” Lawler“Grand Master Sexay” Brian Christopher, “Superstar” Bill DundeeWWE Hall of Famer KoKo B. Ware,Derrick KingDustin Starr & many more.  Advanced tickets are already on sale at Minglewood Hall’s official website.  Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event for only $10.

Fun Facts:   Shortly after their vicious attack on “The King”, Harlmen Knights debuted in WWE under the alias of Men on a Mission.  Also, Brian Christopher eventually defeated Jerry Lawler for the Southern Heavyweight Championship on June 1st, 1996.

 

“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: Rock ‘n Roll Express battle PG-13

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When you think of Memphis, three things should come to mind:  barbecue, professional wrestling & the birthplace of the King of Rock ‘n Roll.  In 1983, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson were paired together by head booker of the Memphis territory Jerry Lawler.  After coming up with a new gimmick & tying on a few bandannas, the legendary Rock ‘n Roll Express was born.

Two out of three isn’t bad, is it?

Today’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to July 15, 1995 and features two of the most popular tag teams to ever wrestle in Memphis.  The Rock ‘n Roll Express had already been established throughout the country and had arrived back in Memphis.  They were met by a young tag team who had history of their own.  Wolfie D & JC Ice (Jamie Dundee) were known as PG-13.  They had become the hottest, up-start tag team we had seen in a long, long time.  JC Ice, of course, is the son of legendary “Superstar” Bill Dundee.

Now, it’s very rare that you ever see Ricky Morton or Robert Gibson booed.  They were always fan favorites.  But there was something about PG-13 that caught the fan’s attention.  Not only were JC Ice & Wolfie D beloved by the fans, but they could wrestle with the best of them, as well.

Take a look at this week’s clip, as we kick it off with a beat down that would set the stage for the interviews that followed.

The combination of rock ‘n roll and wrestling was not only a brilliant idea, but it was one that was able to travel the world successfully. They won World Tag Team Championships all over the globe and are world-renowned as one of the greatest tag teams of all time – and it all started in Memphis, TN.

As the late great Jackie Fargo used to say, “Often imitated but never duplicated.”  Words couldn’t be truer for future WWE Hall of Fame tag team – Rock ‘n Roll Express.

Fun Facts:   Legend has it that Rock ‘n Roll Express were the first professional wrestlers to gross one million dollars in a single year.  They were just as much rock stars as they were wrestlers.  Another interesting fact, I have wrestled against Rock ‘n Roll Express, as well as each member of PG-13.

 

“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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