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Jerry Lawler

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Jerry Lawler

Jerry "The King" Lawler

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Intro:


Jerry "The King" Lawler was born on November 29, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a former AWA World Heavyweight Champion and has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Despite being a commentator for World Wrestling Entertainment for almost 20 years, he is most famous for his feud with comedian Andy Kaufman. He is the former husband of WWE Diva Stacy "The Kat" Carter, the cousin of The Honky Tonk Man, and the father of former WWE Superstar Brian Christopher who also went by the name of Grandmaster Sexay.

The King of Memphis:


Jerry Lawler's career began due to his job as a disc jockey. In exchange for free publicity for the local wrestling promotion, Jerry received free wrestling lessons. He was trained by Jackie Fargo and made his debut in 1970. He spent the vast majority of his first twenty years in the sport wrestling for the Memphis territory which went by several names while he was there including the CWA and USWA. The main title in that organization was Southern Heavyweight Championship which Jerry Lawler won approximately 70 times by the time 1988 rolled around.

I'm From Hollywood:


In 1982, Jerry Lawler made national news when he feuded with Andy Kaufman. That feud began when Andy Kaufman took his comedy act, where he wrestled women and claimed to be the inter-gender wrestling champion of the world, too seriously. When Andy fought Jerry, Andy was hospitalized after receiving the piledriver. The feud left the wrestling arena and the two got into an infamous confrontation on Late Night With David Letterman. Their segment ended with Kaufman launching into an obscene tirade that ended with NBC threatening to never have Kaufman on their network again and Kaufman suing the network for $200 million.

AWA World Heavyweight Champion:


On May 9, 1988, Jerry Lawler won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship form Curt Hennig. During this time, the Memphis territory, World Class Championship Wrestling, and the American Wrestling Association worked together in an attempt to survive against the two headed monster of World Wrestling Entertainment and Jim Crockett Promotions. This working relationship culminated at SuperClash 3 where Jerry Lawler beat World Class Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Kerry Von Erich and in the process became the unified champion. That unification didn't last long though because Lawler never got paid for this match and he stopped wrestling for the AWA.

United States Wrestling Association:


In the fall-out of the issues Jerry had with the AWA, the Memphis territory wound up buying WCCW and eventually they renamed the company the USWA. Over the next few years, Jerry would win the championship of that territory several dozen times. He continued to wrestle for the company until it closed in 1997.

World Wrestling Entertainment Announcer:


Jerry Lawler joined World Wrestling Entertainment as an announcer in 1993. For the first few years of his career with the company, he was an obnoxious heel commentator that directed his venom at Bret Hart and his family. Other notable feuds during this era saw him battle Roddy Piper and Doink the Clown. In 2001, he briefly left the company following their decision to fire his then-wife, The Kat. He returned a few months later and has been announcing for the company ever since while still wrestling on sporadic occasions. In 2007, he was inducted in to the WWE Hall of Fame.

Heart Attack:


While doing commentary during the September 10, 2012, edition of Monday Night RAW, Jerry Lawler collapsed. He is currently in a hospital in Montreal where he is being treated for a heart attack.

Sources Used Include: It's Good to be the King...Sometimes by Jerry Lawler, wwe.com, Slam Sports, wrestling-titles.com, and Onlineworldofwrestling.com

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