Friday, May 18, 2018

Jerry Jarrett Hosting New Podcast

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 12:18 PM

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Legendary former Memphis wrestling promoter Jerry Jarrett announced on Twitter this week that he plans to launch a podcast.
According to the @BookMemphis bio, Booking Memphis Wrestling with Jerry Jarrett will be a weekly podcast that will "go into depth about topics from Jerry's legendary career!"

While he has been well known in the Memphis territory since the 1970s, Internet access has in fact made Jeff Jarrett's dad an even bigger name in the world of wrestling thanks to constant mentions and impressions of him on the immensely popular podcast Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard.

(Jarrett first found out about his role on Prichard's podcast while live on the radio with me last May. The audio of that conversation can be found here.)

A few minutes after announcing his new show, the elder Double J tweeted this:

Is the 75-year-old getting into podcasting just to respond to his former colleague? Or is this another case of Jarrett knowing that "personal issues draw money" (a phrase that was written on a sign in his office back during the glory days of Memphis wrestling)?

When asked to comment on Jarrett starting his own podcast, Prichard's co-host Conrad Thompson said "We wish him the very best!"

Listen to Kevin Cerrito talk about pro wrestling on the radio every Saturday from 11-noon CT on Sports 56/87.7 FM in Memphis. Subscribe to Cerrito Live on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, tunein, PlayerFM or Sticher. Find out about his upcoming Rasslin' Trivia events at cerritotrivia.com. Follow him on Twitter @cerrito.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Memphis Teachers Dress As Pro Wrestlers

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 9:59 AM

I'm not sure how your city celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week, but in Memphis, our teachers dress up like pro wrestlers and win championship belts.
Last Wednesday on the 30th anniversary of Jerry Lawler defeating Curt Henning to capture his first world heavyweight title, Shelby County teachers were encouraged to come to work in outfits inspired by "the golden days of body slams & spandex at the Mid-South Coliseum."

Not surprisingly, the King was well represented in classrooms all over Memphis:

Jerry The King Lawler SCS style. #901sFinest

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Overton High School even featured a rematch from the 1996 King of the Ring:

Lawler's long-time foe Jimmy Hart was also a part of the action, alongside who we can only assume was Hulk Hogan in a mask:
Since she was well rested from sitting out the Greatest Royal Rumble, Sasha Banks was able to make an appearance as well (Sorry, Crump. There is a new Boss in town):

Mrs. Smith as WWE wrestler Sasha Banks! @scsk12unified #901sfinest

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Vending machines in teachers' lounges were running low on Slim Jims:

This teacher built a ring in her classroom:
But once we got to the main event, there was only one champion:

Listen to Kevin Cerrito talk about pro wrestling on the radio every Saturday from 11-noon CT on Sports 56/87.7 FM in Memphis. Subscribe to Cerrito Live on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, tunein, PlayerFM or Sticher. Find out about his upcoming Rasslin' Trivia events at cerritotrivia.com. Follow him on Twitter @cerrito.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Christmas Creature Wins Republican Nomination for Knox County Mayor

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 10:23 AM

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In what can only be viewed as a victory in the "War on Christmas," the Republicans of Knox County, Tennessee have selected the Christmas Creature as their nominee for mayor. Pro wrestler Glenn Jacobs, who made his Memphis wrestling debut in 1993 as a heel holiday character wrapped in tinsel, won Tuesday night's Republican primary for mayor of Knox County by just 17 votes.


Based on the voting demographics of the county, the wrestler best known as The Undertaker's "brother" Kane is now almost a lock to become the mayor.
This is not fake news. Fake Diesel is probably going to be Knox County's next mayor.


Years after Jerry Lawler's own failed attempts to become mayor of Memphis, his evil dentist is now one step closer to achieving the same goal on the other side of the state.


If you think the current political climate might be a sign of the apocalypse, Knoxville just added to your paranoia by nominating someone for public office who once went by the name Doomsday.


Listen to Kevin Cerrito talk about pro wrestling on the radio every Saturday from 11-noon CT on Sports 56/87.7 FM in Memphis. Subscribe to Cerrito Live on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, tunein, PlayerFM or Sticher.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Meddlesome Brewing releases Jerry ‘The King’ Lager

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 5:04 PM

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Watch out Budweiser, the "King of Wrestling" is coming for your throne as the “King of Beers.” This week, Memphis-based Meddlesome Brewing Company is rolling out its newest offering: Jerry “The King” Lager.

“A while back I was contacted by someone from the brewery who explained to me they make beers with names that are familiar with Memphis,” Jerry Lawler said. “One was 201 Hoplar and they had the idea to do a Jerry ‘The King’ Lager. I thought it sounded fun, so I gave them the go ahead to use my name.”

Lawler, who prides himself on never having a sip of alcohol in his entire life, now has a beer named in his honor to go along with his bar located on the drunkest street in town. When asked if he would end his 68 years of sobriety to taste the beer named in his honor, the King said “I’ve never tasted beer, wine, or whiskey in my life and I’m not going to start just because one’s named after me.”

(I did get a chance to sample Jerry "The King" Lager last Saturday live on the radio. Listen here for my taste test.)

Available for a limited time, Jerry "The King" Lager will make its debut at Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar & Grille during a Monday Night Raw watch party featuring a meet and greet with WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley.

Starting Wednesday, the lager will be on tap at the brewery's taproom, which is conveniently located for wrestling fans wanting to spend a day in Cordova. According to Google Maps, Meddlesome Brewing is just a two-minute drive to the King's other restaurant- Jerry Lawler Memphis BBQ Company. You can't buy Meddlesome beers in stores yet; however the taproom will offer the beer "to go" in 32-ounce cans and 64-ounce growlers.

Meddlesome is not the first Memphis-area brewery to embrace the Bluff City’s relationship with pro wrestling. Memphis Made Brewing's taproom has a Royal Rumble pinball machine and often serves as the host venue for my regular Rasslin’ Trivia Nights. Wiseacre Brewing has made some short-lived wrestling-themed adult beverages (a taproom-only release of Sandy Ravage’s The Cream and an experimental keg of Cocoa B. Ware Brown Ale), and they spotlighted Memphis wrestling as the theme of their annual mural outside their brewery in 2015.


For those local brewmasters looking for a Memphis rasslin’ inspired name for your next beer, I present to you this list (insert Chris Jericho joke here) free of charge:
  • “SuperStout” Dundee
  • Double J Double IPA
  • Dave Brown Ale
  • Mr. Coffee Stout
  • USWAle
  • Banana Nose Wheat Ale
  • “Stout of the South” Jimmy Malt
  • Plowboy Porter
  • Jackie FarGolden Ale
  • Mid-South ColiSasion
Listen to Kevin Cerrito talk about pro wrestling on the radio every Saturday from 11-noon CT on Sports 56/87.7 FM in Memphis. Subscribe to Cerrito Live on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, tunein, PlayerFM or Sticher. Follow him on Twitter @cerrito.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Jerry Lawler Throws Fire at Crotch of Wrestler Dressed as Andy Kaufman

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 4:29 PM

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Even though Jerry "The King" Lawler emceed WWE's annual Hall of Fame ceremony that featured the inductions of Jeff Jarrett and Sputnik Monroe, as well as an appearance by Jimmy Hart, the most Memphis thing to happen in New Orleans over WrestleMania 34 weekend occurred the night before. With WrestleMania weekend coinciding with the 35th anniversary of Lawler's legendary match against Andy Kaufman, the King celebrated with some fireworks. At WrestleCon's Supershow (one of many non-WWE affiliated events held in New Orleans during wrestling's "Super Bowl" weekend), independent wrestler Joey Ryan was in the ring dressed as Kaufman when he fell victim to one of Lawler's signature moves: As David Letterman might say: I think you can get away with hitting someone below the belt. But one thing you can't do is throw fire (or coffee) down there. I've said it over and over again!

Something to think about: Would Shinsuke Nakamura have gotten more heat (pun intended) if he used the King's version of the low blow when he turned heel on AJ Styles at WrestleMania?

More to come: This post starts our regular pro wrestling coverage here at memphisflyer.com. (How cool is it that our first post happens to be on Rusev Day?!) Appropriately, the name of this blog also pays homage to Kaufman and this classic promo:
Listen to Kevin Cerrito talk about pro wrestling on the radio every Saturday from 11-noon CT on Sports 56/87.7 FM in Memphis. Subscribe to Cerrito Live on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, tunein, PlayerFM or Sticher.
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