The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies unveiled their City Edition ‘Main Event’ uniforms that are inspired by the city’s ties to professional wrestling.
The Grizzlies posted the following description after the reveal:
MEMPHIANS GET IT.
The sweet spot where sports & entertainment meet. Whether on a mat, in a studio or up & down the hardwood, we go against the grain and celebrate our culturally unique style, flair, and an appreciation for a comeback story.
The Main Event uniform revives a beloved intersection of Memphis sports & entertainment for this year’s City Edition.
From the hallowed halls of the Ellis Auditorium and the Mid-South Coliseum to Saturday mornings on WMC TV to the bright lights of FedExForum, Memphis has hosted our fair share of athletes as entertainers and entertainers as athletes.
Our Main Event uniforms pays homage to the entertainers as athletes of the past – all the heels, faces, and kings alike that have made Memphis a wrestling hub for generations.
This season, for 82 games the Grizzlies will climb into the ring and for six of those matches we will don our Main Event uniforms.
The Grizzlies took several cues from Memphis wrestling, including the following accents on their new uniforms:
Uniform Side Panel Design
Draws inspiration and color from the championship belts used in Memphis wrestling history. The ‘GNG’ panels tie wrestling’s ‘no holds barred’ history with the Grizzlies’ mantra of ‘Grit & Grind’
Design & Steel Grey Uniform Color
The uniform color is inspired “old-school steel chairs and cages of Memphis Wrestling lore” with the inline typeset inspired by Memphis’ famed Beale Street
Beale Street Blue Rope Accents
The three ‘ropes’ on the collar and waistline call back to the cables surrounding wrestling rings, with the MEM serving as a nod to a turnbuckle displayed on the front of the waistband.
Grizzlies Gold Color Accents
The ‘Grizzlies Gold’ color is a reminder of the rich tradition and history of 1970’s Memphis Wrestling
The Memphis Grizzlies will wear the new “Main Event” uniforms six times this season, the full schedule is:
- November 10 vs Philadelphia 76ers
- December 15 vs Houston Rockets
- January 9 vs San Antonio Spurs
- February 9 vs New Orleans Pelicans
- March 20 vs Houston Rockets
- March 23 vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Check out images and video from the reveal below:
The Memphis Grizzlies revealed their new City Edition uniforms. The pro wrestling inspired 'Main Event' uniforms will be worn six times this season with Wrestling Night games on schedule (All images credited to NBA / Memphis Grizzlies) More details – https://t.co/vJdW9zWW36 pic.twitter.com/iqPt1JUTf5
— Bill Pritchard (@bpritchard152) November 8, 2018