Thursday, March 22, 2012

National Sputnik Monroe Day March 24, 2012


National Sputnik Monroe Day March 24, 2012



Off the Top Rope Productions proudly proclaims March 24, 2012, National Sputnik Monroe Day, celebrating the life achievements inside and outside of the wrestling ring of an American hero and icon, Sputnik Monroe!



Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen and Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton have both declared March 24 National Sputnik Monroe Day with proclamations listing Monroe’s achievements in wrestling and more importantly in Civil Rights; Sputnik Monroe is known as a Civil Rights pioneer, integrating the wrestling crowds at Memphis’ Ellis Auditorium in the early 1960s.



Off the Top Rope Productions produced the documentary film Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’, which tells the wild and woolly history of Memphis and Mid-South professional wrestling. From the carnival days of cult hero Sputnik Monroe--the heel who integrated the Memphis wrestling audience before the Civil Rights movement--to masked men, midgets, tag teams, female wrestlers, and the rise of bad-guy heel Jerry "the King" Lawler and Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart in the 1970s, Memphis Heat delves into a time-forgotten, pre-cable tv world where almost anything happened inside and outside of the wrestling ring and no holds were barred!



For more about Sputnik Monroe Day, check out

http://sputnik.memphis-heat.com/

http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/the-rant/Content?oid=2697519

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