Memphis-Wrestling

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Jerry “The King” Lawler Vs. Andy Kaufman

Memphis Wrestling - April 5th, 1983

“Lawler, with a pile driver. Only the second move by Lawler, and BANG goes Kaufman. It’s gonna be a disqualification.”

In the late 1980’s after contacting Vince McMahon Sr. to attempt to bring his act to the WWF and being denied as “show business” wasn’t McMahon’s Sr.’s thing, Andy Kaufman was contacted by Jerry “The King” Lawler to come wrestle in Memphis. Kaufman had been the self-proclaimed “Inter-Gender Wrestling Champion Of The World”, wrestling women and treating them horridly in his matches. At one point, Kaufman claimed that if he was pinned, he would give the victor $1,000, he would shave his head, and that the would marry them. Of course, he was never foiled.

Lawler took exception to this, challenging Kaufman, who denied him several times for a one-on-one competition. After several matches against Lawler, including a handicap “Piledriver Match” which didn’t bode well for Kaufman. Finally, on April 5th, 1982, Lawler got his match with Kaufman in front of a sold out arena. After allowing Kaufman to apply a headlock, Lawler brought the crowd out of their seats with only a fingerwave, then lifted Kaufman in the air and dropped him on his back. He then delivered his signature maneuver, a piledriver, which hospitalized Kaufman for several months.

In Jerry Lawler’s book, “It’s Good To Be The King… Sometimes”, Lawler admitted to the entire run between himself and Kaufman to be a work. He then went on to say that after Kaufman’s death, his estate was divided and the checks that were sent to Kaufman for his appearances were never cashed. Kaufman truly loved to be part of the sport.

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King Jerry Lawler’s Slamburgers
[1976]

At the height of the King Of Memphis’ wrestling career, Jerry “The King” Lawler’s name was used as a business venture for a burger joint. Opening in the heart of downtown Memphis, King Jerry Lawler’s Slamburgers was a popular destination for show-goers and fans of the King. It was revealed years later that Lawler didn’t actually own the business, but rather sold his likeness in order to help both parties involved. Lawler received a portion of the profits, and promoted the business in exchange for his share. Despite Lawler’s popularity, the business venture didn’t last long, but this amazing menu was created with wrestling references galore!

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Jerry Lawler’s Art Room

Photos taken of the inside of Jerry “The King” Lawler’s home, specifically his art room. In this room, he has collections of Superman, Cleveland Browns, and (a small portion of his massive) Coca-Cola memorabilia. There’s also his on-set chair from the film Man On The Moon, which is the one thing I dig the most.

Jerry “The King” Lawler Vs. Andre The Giant [1975]

It’s a little known fact that in the United States of America, it was Jerry Lawler who issued Andre The Giant his first defeat. Lawler knocked Andre from the apron and Andre was unable to answer the 10-count, leading to the popular phrase “The night a midget defeated Andre The Giant!

Jerry “The King” Lawler, Magnum T.A., and Dusty Rhodes [1985]

A great picture of three of pro wrestling’s biggest and best athletes from the 80’s. Lawler, Manum T.A., and Dusty had just been involved in a bloody battle against Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, and Tully Blanchard, which the team pictured won after Dusty’s patented elbow. This match was the culmination of a huge feud in Memphis and the fans were absolutely elated at the finish. To look at these three, you’d think they were a bar band or something, but to know who they were is to know absolute glory.