JONESBORO, Ark. – There’s no Delorean involved but this Saturday, Jonesboro is taking a trip to the past.
If you grew up in NEA between the 70s and 90s, there is a good chance you watched Jerry “The King” Lawler, Jeff Jarrett, Dave Brown, Lance Russell and countless other legendary names from the world of professional wrestling each Saturday morning. This Saturday in Jonesboro, a unique opportunity to see childhood heroes, many of which became national stars, will arrive for residents of the area.
The Legends of Wrestling Reunion will be at the Earl Bell Community Center at 7:30 p.m., with a special meet and greet happening at 5:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders. Tickets are available here.
One of the primary reasons the event is happening is because East Arkansas Broadcasters is supporting the event. The group’s operations director, Brandon Baxter, has a history in the squared circle. Years before the radio personality on 107.9 KFIN sat behind a microphone, he laced up his wrestling boots and entered the ring.
“People across Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri used to spend their Saturday mornings watching their favorite wrestlers on Channel 13 and later TV5 out of Memphis,” Baxter told NEA Report. “I talk to people on a daily basis that tell stories of watching with their parents, grandparents, and friends.”
Saturday, he will once again square off on the mat, this time against Derrick “Greater than Great” King.
“I have never been more excited to be a part of a wrestling event than I am about this one,” Baxter said.
It isn’t just the voice of Northeast Arkansas’ Radio Station who is excited for Saturday’s significantly-packed event. He said many of the other legendary wrestlers, from Doug Gilbert to Bill Dundee, are excited, too.
“Saturday night we will be lucky enough to take that walk down memory lane and see those guys together again,” Baxter said. “The Legends of Memphis Wrestling Reunion will be a very special event for wrestling fans but it will be just as special for the talent involved in this event. They are so excited to be back together again. This will be the first time in over 30 years that they will all be in the same building at the same time.”
Just added to the event, legendary Memphis wrestling host and WMC weatherman, Dave Brown. Also just added to the event is Karen Jarrett, female wrestling superstar. Saturday’s event promises to be a historic experience for those who grew up loving Memphis wrestling.
“Saturday night will be a very special night for everyone in the Earl Bell Community Center,” Baxter said.
The card for this Saturday is as follows:
Jerry “The King” Lawler -vs- “Double J” Jeff Jarrett
“Superstar” Bill Dundee -vs- Dustin “5” Starr with Maria
“Dangerous” Doug Gilbert -vs- “The Human Highlight Reel” Austin Lane
“Double B” Brandon Baxter -vs- Derrick “Greater Than Great” King
Plus stars from MACW Wrestling.
Special Appearances by “The Mouth of The South” Jimmy Hart, Karen Jarrett, Randy Hales, Dave Brown, and the Legendary Voice of Memphis Wrestling – Lance Russell