What is it like to meet a Legend? No let me ask that again in a different way. What it is like to meet someone you looked up to as kid, but never met until you were an "older" individual. I can now answer that with one word... Amazing. I have followed Jimmy Valiant's career since I moved to Tennessee in 1983. Prior to that I had no contact with Professional wrestling. Jimmy Valiant not only appeared in Memphis, TN. on Channel 5 over the years, but he also showed up on the Superstation TBS.
I was an immediate fan. His persona was so over the top it was constantly entertaining. Whether he was fighting the most loved or the most hated Jimmy always had his fan base. I will tell you this, Jimmy is not the same outside of the ring as he is inside. Jimmy is calm, low key and very respectful. He has a gentle soul, and truly appreciates his fans. The way he interacted with each fan that came in to the meet and greet was a pleasure to watch. He took time to sign autographs, take pictures and sell his merchandise. Let me tell you he can sell you his merchandise... But it was all well worth it to chat and listen to this true Legend. Jimmy Valiant along with his extended family, that appeared with him, made an impression on me and I would like to say Thank you all for the time you spent at Todd's. If you ever get the chance to meet this man, I would highly recommend you take the time and do so.
The following pics are a sample of Jimmy's interactions that day with fans and old friends that stopped in to see The Boogie Woogie Man.
Jimmy Valiant and Gary Valiant
Jerry "Doc D" Horton
Jimmy Valiant and "Big Jim" Business
Jimmy Valiant and Mike Morgan
Gary Valiant and Sarge Riley
Jimmy Valiant and Sarge Riley
Jimmy Valiant with L.A.W. Owner Ricky Hayes and General Mgr. Mike Dial
Jimmy Valiant and Erik Hayes
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