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)

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

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Throwback Thursday: Andy Kaufman & Jimmy Hart are out to get The King

Memphis Wrestling has been the starting point for some of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.  Along with that, we’ve seen some of the greatest wrestling managers of all time, as well.  For Memphis fans, it doesn’t get any bigger than Jimmy Hart and Andy Kaufman.

The two men were notorious for trying to dethrone The King.  At one time, their stable was the strongest in the territory as they brought in new faces to go head-on with Lawler.  We all know the history between Andy Kaufman, Jimmy Hart & Jerry Lawler – it has been well-documented.  But while I was searching for this week’s Throwback Thursday clip, I came across something that was just too gruesome not to share.

This week’s classic clip features WWE Hall of Famer “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart.  Hart is at the desk with Lance Russell to inform the world that his friend Andy Kaufman has found a new monster to face The King.  That monster is none other than Man Mountain Link… and you won’t believe what he does on live TV.

Yes, folks.  Man Mountain Link is eating a raw chicken!  How do I know?  I was fortunate enough to meet Man Mountain Link many years later and I witnessed him do this live!

Many competitors have made their way to the Mid-South Coliseum to face off with The King.  And Lawler, to his credit, has defeated them all.  On May 23rd in the parking lot of the Mid-South Coliseum, The King will do it once again.  Who will The King face at Roundhouse Revival?  For more information on Roundhouse Revival, click here.

Don’t Forget:  Memphis Wildfire Wrestling returns on April 23rd!  Catch all the action at Woodland Hills Country Club in Cordova, TN.  Already scheduled: Brian Christopher vs Derrick King, R&D vs Action Jackson and Dustin “FIVE” Starr with Maria vs “SUPERSTAR” Bill Dundee!  For the latest info, click here.

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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Lance Russell

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Photo courtesy of Lance Russell’s Facebook.

Earlier this week, legendary Memphis Wrestling broadcaster Lance Russell celebrated his 89th Birthday.  From all of us at MemphiSport.com, we would like to wish Lance a very Happy Birthday with many more to come!

To help celebrate Lance’s Birthday, I’d like to take a look back at one of my personal favorite clips of Lancer himself.  This video is not only a Memphis Wrestling Classic, but it is an extremely rare find.

This week’s Throwback Thursday clip features Lance Russell like you’ve never seen him before.  Enjoy!

Lance is always golden – even when the roles are reversed.  Don’t forget to stop by Lance’s official Facebook page to send your Birthday wishes.  Big thanks to our friend Eddie for sharing this footage on Twitter.

ICYMI: Lance Russell joined MSL last year for one full hour to discuss classic Memphis Wrestling, his nickname “Banana Nose”, Mid-South Coliseum and so much more.  To listen in full, please click here.

Don’t Forget:  Memphis Wildfire Wrestling returns on April 23rd!  Catch all the action at Woodland Hills Country Club in Cordova, TN.  For the latest info, 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: 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.

 

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

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Throwback Thursday: Lance Russell appears at RAW

When WWE Monday Night RAW comes to FedExForum, Memphis is always in for a big surprise.  Back in March, Memphis fans witnessed John Cena and Hulk Hogan in the ring together for the very first time.  Along with that, we also saw the beginning of the “Yes Movement” that propelled Daniel Bryan to the World Heavyweight Championship.

WWE never fails to deliver in Memphis, especially last Monday night.

This week’s Throwback Thursday brings a clip that has only been seen by those who purchased tickets and showed up to FedExForum to watch live.  So, this week’s clip was not televised and has only been shared with the wrestling fans of Memphis, TN.

Before RAW went live on the USA Network, Jerry “The King” Lawler is introduced to the live audience, as usual.  Instead of taking his seat at the broadcast table, The King introduces a very special guest to the jam-packed Forum.  Listen to the ovation, as the legendary voice of Memphis Wrestling takes the stage.

As many of you know, Lance Russell was in town for last week’s Memphis Wildfire Wrestling event “Long Live the King”.  Lance was reunited with Dave Brown for the special evening that paid tribute to Jerry Lawler’s career and accomplishments.  Russell was approached about appearing at FedExForum with Lawler and couldn’t refuse.  This was Lance Russell’s very first appearance in the WWE.

Be sure to keep up with Lance Russell on his Official Facebook Page.

Next week, I’ll share with you highlights, matches and results from Memphis Wildfire Wrestling at Minglewood Hall.  In my best Lance Russell voice, “Until next time, so long everybody!”

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

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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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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: Jim Cornette debuts in Memphis

Each week, we discuss all the great wrestling stars who passed through or started their careers in Memphis, TN.  We even discussed the topic with Lance Russell, last week on MSL.  Memphians were fortunate enough to wake up every Saturday morning to the best broadcasters, wrestlers, referees and even wrestling managers that pro wrestling had to offer.

Arguably, none were more outspoken than Jim Cornette.

This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to 1982, where a 21 year-old Jim Cornette made his debut in Memphis Wrestling.  Lance Russell conducts the interview with what appears to a much more bashful Jim Cornette than we are accustomed to.

Jim Cornette debuts in Memphis:

Cornette without his tennis racket?  Fast forward to the late 1990’s where Cornette gives his opinion on the state of the wrestling business.  This is the Cornette we all have grown to love… or hate.

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Many great managers have worked in Memphis – Jim Cornette is certainly high atop the list.

We are proud to announce that Jim Cornette is scheduled to join MemphiSport Live (MSL) for an exclusive interview, this Saturday August 23rd.  MSL airs live 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 Cornette, feel free to post them here or send them via Twitter@MemphiSport.  Also, be sure to follow Jim Cornette on Twitter.

Fun Facts:  Jim Cornette, also known as James E. Cornette, has a rich history within the world of professional wrestling.  He started his career in Memphis and has gone on to work with every major wrestling organization possible.  Cornette even managed WWF World Champion Yokozuna, during his run with the company.  Cornette worked for World Championship Wrestling, TNA Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor, ran Ohio Valley Wrestling and owned Smokey Mountain Wrestling.

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

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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.


MemphiSport Live

 

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.

Click here for more MSL interviews.


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 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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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: Banana Nose

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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.

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