This past week a DVD compilation of Jerry “The King” Lawler’s career was released by WWE. If you ask me, this was a LONG time coming.
Jerry Lawler is one of the true legends of this business. Sure, the argument could be made that he was a big fish in a little pond and couldn’t truly succeed as a wrestler in the “big leagues”, but that would just be a glossing-over of a tremendous career.
Lawler was more “over” in Memphis than you can possibly imagine. Memphis was so hot as a territory that it was considered “THE PLACE” to go if you were going from territory to territory. He faced all of the biggest names in the business: Hogan, Flair, Bockwinkel…the stars that came through the area would have to face Lawler.
And the feuds? The feuds that Lawler had with the likes of “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert, “Superstar” Bill Dundee, actor/comedian Andy Kaufman, and pretty much anybody that Jimmy Hart would bring in filled the old Mid-South Coliseum weekend after weekend.
He flopped back and forth between babyface and heel, but did so in a way that always seemed natural and organic…so the local crowds always seemed to believe it and follow along.
With a short in-ring WWE career highlighted by a tremendous feud with Bret “Hitman” Hart, Lawler then went on to become one of the greatest wrestling commentators of all time.
But don’t kid yourself, Lawler made his mark on the business inside the ring long before he made his mark on the microphone. Generally considered to have one of the best punches in the entire industry, Lawler deserves this DVD and deserves to be recognized for his accomplishments.
If you haven’t seen this yet, sit back and enjoy…
Oh…and because David Letterman retired and had his final show last night, here is the world-famous segment (uncensored, mind you!) of Jerry Lawler and Andy Kaufman visiting the Late Show with David Letterman, a segment mentioned as the #2 most memorable in Letterman history by Time Magazine!
This was “sports entertainment” before the phrase was even invented…