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On this date in rasslin’ history: The Nature Boy extinguishes Jerry ‘the King’ Lawler’s flare for the gold

September 30th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments
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Flair flops in Memphis: The Champ took this dive for Lawler but not the three-count. Notice how the King is just barely able to grab Flair, who called his typical spot.

On September 30, 1985, Jerry Lawler and Ric Flair drew a record gate ($95,000-plus) at the Mid-South Coliseum, with nearly 9,500 fans paying the highest tickets prices in the history of Memphis wrestling ($8, $15 and $25) for a loaded Great American Bash card promoted by Jerry Jarrett and Jim Crockett.

The stage had been set in fall 1984, with Lawler vowing on the air to win a World title the following the year or retire. At the time, Jarrett had reached a talent-trade agreement with Ole Anderson and Crockett to help combat Vince McMahon, who had taken majority stock control of World Championship Wrestling on WTBS after buying out Jack Brisco and Jerry Brisco.

For more on this bout and the build-up, click here.

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