Dundee, Lawler awarded keys to the city by Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton

Dundee and Lawler wrestled regularly in Tupelo in the 1970s and 80s.

Posted: May 4, 2019 11:26 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - In June of 1979, a fight broke out at the concession state in the old Tupelo Sports Arena.

It wasn't any old fight.  It was part of a wrestling match that came to be known as the Tupelo concession stand brawl.

On Saturday, two of the brawl's participants were honored in Tupelo.  Former tag team partners, Jerry 'the king' Lawler and 'superstar' Bill Dundee were presented keys to the city by Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.

"I know what's gonna happen; tomorrow they're gonna change the locks," said Lawler.  "It's a great honor because I have a lot of history here in Tupelo."

"It's very exciting," said Dundee.  "Lawler and I's been coming here since 1975 that I know of, and it makes me feel proud anyway."

Dundee and Lawler were signing autographs and taking pictures with fans before the Championship Wrestling match Saturday night at the Tupelo Furniture Market.

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