Memphis, Tennessee, a city steeped in the rich traditions of professional wrestling, served as the backdrop for an unforgettable clash at tonight's "AEW Collision" event, where the ring bore witness to a high-stakes Memphis Street Fight.
The illustrious battle saw Eddie Kingston, the reigning ROH World Champion, lock horns with the legendary former multiple-time World Heavyweight Champion, Jeff Jarrett. A victory for Jarrett held the promise of propelling his ally, Jay Lethal, into title contention.
Remarkably, this event marked the inaugural occasion on which these two seasoned warriors crossed paths in the ring—a noteworthy detail, especially given Jarrett's illustrious career spanning over three decades.
Jeff Jarrett Triumphant Homecoming
For Jarrett, a Tennessee native, this night was akin to a triumphant return to his roots.
He stood alongside Jerry "The King" Lawler as a pivotal figure in the USWA, helping to shape the Memphis-based promotion during the early 1990s. Adding to the nostalgia of the evening, the legendary Memphis announcer, Dave Brown, graced the event with his presence, just as he did for Jarrett’s debut match.
Jarrett wasted no time, approaching the broadcast table to insist that Brown call the action down the middle. The battle erupted with ferocity as Jarrett launched an attack on Kingston right on the ramp, setting the tone for the brawl that ensued.
The action quickly spilled over to a table nearby, where the adversaries wielded food as makeshift weapons—an homage to the infamous 1979 Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl, as Brown and Tony Schiavone remarked. Jay Lethal, a constant presence at ringside, played a pivotal role, executing a devastating Diamond Cutter on Kingston that sent both men crashing through a table.
In the midst of the chaos, Jarrett armed himself with a garbage can, unleashing a brutal assault on an already bloodied Kingston. The onslaught continued as Jarrett targeted Kingston’s leg and knee with a lead pipe and a chair, aiming to weaken his foe for the Figure Four Leglock—a move that ultimately proved unsuccessful.
Despite Kingston’s resilience and the failure of a subsequent Stroke attempt, the tide turned with another Stroke, followed by Lethal's signature move, the Lethal Injection. The interference from Karen Jarrett, Satnam Singh, and Sonjay Dutt sealed Kingston’s fate, ensuring Jarrett’s victory and cementing Lethal’s path to a future title opportunity.