Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart promotes new movie about wrestling - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart promotes new movie about Memphis wrestling

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - For years, Mid-South viewers were glued to their TV sets to watch Memphis wrestling on WMC-TV 5. 

And now, a wrestling legend is back in town to promote a new movie showcasing the rise of Memphis wrestling. 

With his dark glasses and distinctive cane, the wrestler Jimmy Hart, better known as "The Mouth of the South",  paid a special visit to Action News 5 Thursday morning.

"Memphis wrestling... hard to kill a memory isn't it," Hart said.

Hart is promoting a new movie called Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin'.

For years, Hart, along with others like Jerry "The King" Lawler, Lance Russell, and our own Dave Brown, brought the popular sport to houses all over the Mid-South.

In fact, Hart is one of many wrestlers who got their start at WMC. 

"Every Saturday morning at 11 till 12:30, it seemed like Memphis stood still. Everybody watched it," he added.

Hart, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, calls himself the Dick Clark of wrestling.

He said WMC's long-running Saturday morning wrestling program gave people a chance to forget about their problems and have a little fun.

"If you had bill problems, marital problems, girlfriend problems, whatever...for that hour and a half, you forgot about everything," Hart continued.

Hart said this new movie helps him look back and reflect on his over thirty year career.

"I got to see Sputnik Monroe, Billy Wicks, Jerry Jarrett, and Jerry the King Lawler, the guy who got me into professional wrestling," he said.

Memphis Heat: The story of Memphis Wrasslin' premiers Thursday night at the Malco Paradiso. 

Then the film will have a run at Studio on the Square beginning March 25th. 

To find out more about the new movie, click here to visit their Facebook page.

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