Today we’re going to spend some time getting to better know the late Christine "Teeny" Jarrett — professional wrestling’s grand dame — by way of talking with her grandson and biographer Brennon Martin.
Christine "Teeny" Jarrett—by all accounts—lived a true Nashville rags to riches story.
Over the course of her 50-year career in wrestling, Teeny worked her way from selling tickets in the back of a Nashville, Tennessee shoe store to running a network of towns for Nick Gulas and Roy Welch to owning one of the most successful territories in the business. Regional wrestling, which once reigned supreme—particularly in these parts—fell from grace as Vince McMan Jr. built his empire through the 80s and into the 90s, but while it was huge, Teeny was Professional Wrestling’s grand dame. Listen now
She’s the mother of Memphis Wrestling and the famous Jarrett Family. Brennon Martin tells stories about his grandmother Christine Jarrett in his book about her life: “Teeny: Professional Wrestling’s Grand Dame.” Christine Jarrett is the mother of Jerry Jarrett and the grandmother of Jeff Jarrett. Brennon talks about how his grandmother ran several arenas on the Memphis wrestling circuit, taking tickets, promoting, selling pictures, and managing a crew of wrestlers. He has stories about Jerry Lawler, George Gulas, and the origins of Jim Cornette. Christine Jarrett’s influence is still felt today. Listen now
Glen Braget chats with Brennon Martin, author of “Teeny”: Professional Wrestling’s Grand Dame. Brennon is the grandson of Christine “Teeny” Jarrett, legendary pro wrestling promoter and unsung pioneer in the industry. Glen and Brennon discuss the ups and downs of Christine’s 50 year career in wrestling and some of the interesting characters that made Memphis territory what it was. Listen now
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Brennon Martin, grandson of legendary promoter Christine Jarrett, joins the show to discuss his new book Teeny: Professional Wrestling’s Grand Dame. Brennon talks about why the book is called a biographical novel and the process he went through to put his grandmother’s story together. We hear all about how Teeny got involved in the wrestling business, her relationships with Nick Gulas and Roy Welch, her “grip” and more! We also hear about some George Gulas goofiness and Brennon clears up some of the rumors about Jerry Jarrett’s parentage. Listen now (Interview about "Teeny" begins at about 2:15:30)