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Andy Kaufman gets stretchered out of the Mid-South Coliseum after taking two piledrivers from Jerry “the King” Lawler: April 2, 1982

Kaufman’s commitment to selling his injuries is admirable. It was a different era with kayfabe. The CNN story goes into detail:

“From his bed at St. Francis Hospital, Kaufman told TV crews: "I always thought wrestling wasn’t real, but apparently, I guess, at least this one was.” He spoke with a weird chin-strap contraption around his head.

“Kaufman told The Washington Post he wished he’d never stepped into the ring. "I thought I was a champion wrestler, an athlete, a macho guy,” he said.“

Photo via the Memphis Commercial Appeal.