Matt and Nick Jackson credit All Elite Wrestling President & CEO Tony Khan with the initial idea of honoring Memphis area wrestling legends on the latest episode of AEW Dynamite, according to an interview with the Commercial Appeal.
Tonight’s (January 8th) episode of Dynamite emanates live from Southaven, Mississippi, which is located in the Memphis area. The Young Bucks said that Khan, a student of the history of pro wrestling, knew of the impact Memphis talent has had on the industry over the years and came up with the idea of a tribute. Matt Jackson added that initially Khan pitched a 10-bell salute, but final plans for the segment are still getting ironed out.
“I think the idea is Tony (Khan) wanted to do a 10-bell salute for all of the fallen brothers.” – Matt JacksonQuote taken from interview by Max Garland of the Memphis Commercial Appeal
AEW plans to honor the following group of Memphis legends: the late Brian Christopher, son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler; “Macho Man” Randy Savage; Angelo Poffo; Lance Russell; “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert and Tommy Gilbert; Austin Idol; Dave Brown; The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express; and “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant.
#AEW will pay Tribute to Legends of Memphis Wrestling THIS WEDNESDAY in Southaven. Legends being honored include:— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) January 4, 2020
Angelo Poffo & Randy Savage
"Hot Stuff" Eddie & Tommy Gilbert
The Rock & Roll Express
"Handsome" Jimmy Valiant pic.twitter.com/67qLqJ3ilq
Meanwhile, Brian Christopher’s brother, Kevin Lawler, will represent him at the segment and Angel Poffo will represent “Macho Man” and his father. Matt Jackson said AEW would have loved to have “The King” on hand to honor Christopher, but his WWE obligations didn’t allow for it.