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Memphis born Jerry Lawler has had storied career. In a career that spans 41 years, Lawler has held 164 championships, 32 of which were world heavyweight titles.Despite never winning a WWE world title, Lawler has won more championships than any other WWE superstar. His feud with the late Andy Kaufman took his stardom to a national level and just four years ago, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Despite all the accomplishments, Lawler, now 61, has never competed at Wrestlemania, which is tagged as the biggest sports entertainment event of the year.

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Gulf Coast Power Pro Wrestling returns to the National Guard Armory in Port Neches on March 19 with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The armory is located at 511 Grigsby, which is near Port Neches-Groves High School. Tickets are available at the door for $10 (adults) and $7 (kids). Seating is based on first-come first-serve. Several matches are scheduled including Max Muscles defending the GCPPW heavyweight title against Zen Zen, four-way with Hector Montoya vs. Avarice vs. Hambone vs. Jen Alise and “Mr. Right Now” Chaz Taylor vs. “Sweet & Sour” Larry Sweeney.

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Many musicians have had songs hit No. 1 on their respected music charts, but there aren’t many that can claim that they’ve had three consecutive No. 1 singles, especially in country music.

Chris Young can.

From Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Young watched “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” “The Man I Want to Be” and “Voices” climb the country charts to the top spot and all were off his sophomore album The Man I Want to Be.

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Jesse Hasek is one of the most creative and intellectual people you will ever meet. Though his name may not ring an instant bell, his voice and work does the job.  The Knoxville, Tennessee native is the vocalist for Universal Republic recording artist 10 Years that have released several singles including “Through the Iris,” “Beautiful,” “So Long, Good-Bye,” “Actions & Motives” and “Wasteland,” which reached atop of the alternative rock chart.

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Mississippi is known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music.” Of course one of the first things that comes to mind is that Tupelo was the birthplace of Elvis and dozens of blues musicians honed their skills in the state including Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Muddy Waters.Faith Hill, Mickey Gill, Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Lee Lewis also call Mississippi their home state.

Rockers Saving Abel have added their name to long list of influential musicians that hail from the southern Gulf Coast state.

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