Friday, August 15, 2014

Local Wrestling: Then and Now... By Brett G. Hawkes

I entered this world in February of 1980. When they cleared me to leave the hospital a few days later, my first trip wasn’t to my home, or the pediatrician’s office. It wasn’t even a visit to my grandparent’s house. It was instead, a trip to a place that would have a distinct impact on my life. It was a trip to a local wrestling event. My father, Greg Hawkes, was to perform.

 I remember as a child that when my dad’s theme song, “Cant touch this” by MC Hammer, would come blaring across the speakers, the crowd would become wild and the adrenaline never failed to flow through my body as if I just hit the winning homer of the World Series.

 Through the years, I’ve witnessed many brutal main events featuring the “Mississippi Blondes” Greg Hawkes and Charlie (Boo) Williams against “Bad Boy Burns” Wayne Blaylock and Sammy Hall.

I have also seen the epic battles between the “Mississippi Blondes” against the “Gravedigger” Floyd Blaylock and the late, great, Dale Williams.

And could we ever forget the man who was considered the giant of local wrestling, Aaron Holt?

Those memories are a thing of beauty to me. Where has time gone?

Several of these local wrestling “Legends” mentioned above had every bit as much the talent as the famous ones the world came to know through television.

 Today, in 2014, local wrestling is every bit as popular as it was in days gone by. The new talent is very intriguing and is popping up everywhere. Tomorrow’s local “legends” are starting to pull ahead of the pack and the generation following them is probably sitting in the stands drinking coke and dreaming big dreams of that ring each Friday and Saturday night. 

 With “Bad Attitude” Tony Dabbs, “Real Deal” Neal Taylor, “The Future” Chris Styles, Barry Wolf, Shawn Reed, “Xtreme” Brett Michaels, Memphis Monroe, Josh Matthews, Chris Adams, Curly Mo and “DC” Daniel Cross, there’s definitely no shortage of talent.

Oh and we can’t forget about the legendary manager “Hollywood” Jimmy Blaylock. I think he could infuriate the Pope in the middle of a mass.


On August 23rd, OWO has put together the show of a lifetime. It’s a dream come true for local wrestling fans. This show will feature two big-time main events and several other matches that would normally be feature events.
North Mississippi, mark your calendars and let’s make it a point to attend this huge event on August 23rd to show our support, not only for the current local stars, but also to see two wrestling legends in Jerry “The King” Lawler and Bill “Superstar” Dundee, along with former WWE star, “Grandmaster Sexay” Brian Christopher.
It’s guaranteed to be a show for the ages! The bell rings at 7:30. Be there!

Credit Brett G. Hawkes

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