Throwback Thursday: National Dog Day

As many of you know, yesterday was National Dog Day.  We couldn’t scroll through a social media channel without seeing images of dogs to celebrate the social holiday.  There were nearly 5 million posts on Instagram alone with the hashtag – #NationalDogDay.

Naturally, being a wrestling fan from Memphis – I had a few other dogs on my mind.

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I not only do I have a classic clip to share – but I have a bonus clip, as well.  The first comes to us from September 21st, 1992 inside Mid-South Coliseum.  The late, great Junkyard Dog was crowned USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion with a victory of “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert.

JYD will always be remember as one of the greatest “dogs” of all time.  But National Dog Day couldn’t go on without mentioning my friend and Memphis Wrestling legend Moondog Spot.  For those of you who think Moondog Spot was only big in Memphis – here’s a bonus clip from February 15th, 1987 where he squared off against King Harley Race on WWF Wrestling Challenge.

I’ll be joining Kevin Cerrito this Saturday to find out who his favorite “dog” of all-time is, as well as recapping the biggest party of the summer – Summer Slam.  Cerrito Live airs every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM .

Delta Fair:  Memphis Wild Fire Wrestling will be live at the Delta Fair on September 5th & 6th with wrestling shows at 1PM & 5PM each day.  Wrestling will take place indoors at Agricenter Memphis and will be a part of the fair admission.

Scheduled to appear:  Jerry “The King” Lawler, “Superstar” Bill Dundee, Derrick King & of course the Power Couple – Dustin Starr & Maria.  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)

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


Throwback Thursday: 4th of July with Memphis Wrestling

10383876_455659057903613_7216748230118920106_oNo one celebrates 4th of July quite like Memphis Wrestling.  For many years, Memphis has been the hotbed of professional wrestling but for more reasons than you might think.  It always heats up around Independence Day, just ask any die-hard wrestling fan.

This week’s Throwback Thursday, we take a look back at a very unique memory for true Memphians.

Without fail, when 4th of July was approaching, we would always catch a glimpse of Jerry “The King” Lawler riding on a rocket.  You didn’t misread that – literally – Jerry Lawler would be seen riding a Fireworks City rocket.  If you haven’t seen this commercial – #YouAintFromMemphis.

Jerry Lawler’s Fireworks City isn’t the only reason things heated up around the 4th.  Many, many times we would hear The King make reference to “lighting it up like a Roman Candle”.  If you didn’t know what that meant, just take a look at this bonus clip from 1988.

Jerry Lawler is notorious for throwing fireballs.  No one does it like The King.  Have you ever seen Hulk Hogan attempt to throw a fireball?.  It isn’t pretty.

Once again, the stage is set for The King to do what he does best.  One week after Independence Day, Jerry Lawler is set to square off against “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner in the main event of Memphis Wildfire Wrestling’s Force of July.  The event takes place at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN on July 10th.  We broke the story just a few days back that WWE will actually have a film crew in Memphis for the event.

Not only is Memphis Wildfire Wrestling reigniting professional wrestling in Memphis, but they’ve given The King an opportunity to “light it up” one more time.

VIDEO:  Jerry Lawler sends a special message to Scott Steiner.

Fun Facts:  Sports entertainment or not – you can not fake fire.  Could you imagine how badly it would hurt to have a fireball thrown in your face?  I can.  Here’s a clip from 2006 when a fireball was thrown in my face, as Kevin White and I were defending the Southern Tag Team Titles.

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


Throwback Thursday: Eddie Gilbert runs over Jerry Lawler

The headline says it all.  “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert ran over Jerry “The King” Lawler in the parking lot of WMC-TV5 Studios in Memphis, TN.  Gilbert had an altercation with match-maker Eddie Marlin moments before Gilbert entered his brother’s car and ran Lawler down.

Let’s rewind to September 1, 1990 USWA Wrestling – live.  Many call this one of the most infamous scenes in the history of Memphis Wrestling.

People watching at home were so concerned, they called Memphis Police Department.  Police arrived at the scene under the impression a crime had taken place.  Lawler was forced to appear on TV sooner than intended to assure viewers he was okay.

Eddie Gilbert has a rich history against The King.  Gilbert defeated Lawler five years earlier to capture the Southern Heavyweight Championship.  He had stolen Lawler’s crowns and even claimed to be the new King of Memphis.

Something like this could easily be done in WWE with stuntmen and video production.  Memphis Wrestling did it live.

Fun Facts:  MPD is located across the street from WMC-TV5 Studio.  Police arrived at the scene to arrest Eddie Gilbert.  Eddie hid under a desk inside.  Lawler received minor injuries.


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