Fly on the Wall 

Remembering Jackie Fargo

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Memphis wrestler Jackie Fargo, known for his trademark "Fargo Strut," swore to the bitter end that he could still take Sputnik Monroe.

Now that the Fabulous One has been tagged to join Monroe in that big cage match in the sky, maybe the two legends can finally settle the score.

Fargo, easily one of the most popular and influential wrestlers to ever work the Memphis area, died in the hospital, Monday, June 24th, after being found unconscious in his home. The 85-year-old Fargo had been struggling with heart disease.

Fargo was a mouthy, heel brawler who held numerous titles during his lengthy career. He co-owned the Southern Frontier Lounge & Restaurant with country singer/deejay Eddie Bond. Fargo and Bond were instrumental in launching Jerry Lawler's career — as a sign-painter. Lawler started working outlaw-wrestling shows in West Memphis while he was employed as a sign painter and deejay with Fargo and Bond.

"I remember going into Eddie's office when he was on the phone," Lawler told the Flyer in 2007. "He motioned for me to sit down and pick up the other receiver. And it was Jackie on the other end. He didn't like that I was talking about these outlaw shows on the radio. And he was saying, 'The kid doesn't need to be over there wrestling with those punks. Maybe we needed to get a bunch of the real wrestlers together and drive down to West Memphis on Saturday night and break some arms.'"

It was all a bluff. No arms were broken, and a week later, Fargo invited Lawler to fight in Memphis. "I suppose it's true to say I idolized him," Lawler wrote of Fargo.



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