News On The Jerry Lawler 35 Year Celebration

Bill Behrens

The Nashville Fairgrounds announced:

“A special event called “Celebrating 35 Years Of Wrestling – Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler Tribute” will be held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds’ Sports Arena in Nashville (formerly known as the TNA Asylum) on November 7th, 2008. Doors open at 6 PM and start time is 8 PM. Ringside tickets cost $15 and general admission is $10.”

The Nashville Fairgrounds is, of course, the former TNA Asylum, and a building I promoted in 1997-99 with Bert Prentice as Music City Wrestling and then NWA Worldwide Wrestling.

This “Celebration” show is being promoted by Bert Prentice. No card has been released yet. The show will be part of the annual Tennessee State Fair.

Nashville NWA Promoter Mike Porter will also be promoting wrestling cards during the State Fair on October 7, 14, 21, & 28 and November 11, 18, 25 (Thanksgiving Show) and 27.

The largest non-TNA gate & house in the Nashville Fairgrounds in the last decade featured Jerry Lawler vs Jackie Fargo in a Steel Cage in the late 1990s for NWA Worldwide. Gate was in excess of $10,000 which was at the time the largest gate in the building in a decade or so. Also wrestlng on that card were Members of The Bad Street Boys, Former WWE Stars Shannon Moore & Joey Matthews (Joey Mercury), WWE star Shane Helms (Hurricane Helms, and Christian York.

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