Jerry lawler

Jerry lawler

Jerry lawler

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Prior to joining WWE in 1992 (then known as the World Wrestling Federation), he wrestled in numerous territories, winning many championships, including multiple World Heavyweight Championships, throughout his career. Lawler is a one-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and a three-time WCWA World Heavyweight Champion, making him a four-time world champion in AWA and WCWA. He unified the titles by defeating Kerry Von Erich at Superclash III, forming the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship, a championship which he held 28 times. He is also known for his feud with comedian Andy Kaufman and he portrayed himself in the 1999 film Man on the Moon. Lawler has held more recognized championships than any professional wrestler in history, though he has never won any championships in WWE having wrestled sporadically whilst primarily providing color commentary, since joining the company. In 2007, Lawler was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Lawler has stated several theories as to why he was allowed to leave. His first involves the ascent of Carter's career alongside the downfall of Chyna's. In his contention, Chyna was jealous of his wife's push inside the company, in part due to the Right to Censor storyline, and in part because of his wife's offer to pose for Playboy magazine. Until that time, Chyna had been the second major wrestling star from the World Wrestling Federation to have done a piece in Playboy (after Sable); during Chyna's debut on the adult magazine, she had suddenly broken her friendship with Carter. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

On the July 20 episode of Raw, Lawler announced himself as the opponent against The Brian Kendrick. He went on to defeat Kendrick. On the November 16 episode of Raw, after recent acquisition Sheamus attacked the timekeeper in frustration for not receiving an opponent, Lawler left the announce table to confront Sheamus and check on the victim, only to receive a kick to the head for his troubles. On June 7, 2010, during a Viewer's Choice edition of Raw, Lawler lost his crown to IRS because he had apparently not paid his taxes, but it was regained by Quinton Jackson later on. At the end of the night, Lawler was one of the many employees at ringside that were brutally attacked by the season 1 NXT rookies. Lawler, however, was the only person at ringside that fought back, as he used punches and chops to attack the NXT rookies assaulting him until it was a 3-on-1 assault. The following week on Raw, Lawler and the Raw roster fought off the now-called "The Nexus" when they attempted to ambush John Cena a second time. On June 28, Lawler, Ricky Steamboat, Michael Hayes, Arn Anderson, Mike Rotunda and Dean Malenko were severely attacked by the Nexus, just as they were celebrating Steamboat's career. Josh Mathews replaced Lawler on color commentator for the remainder of the show. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

At 70, Lawler put his career on the line on January 18, 2020 against Arkansas Heavyweight Champion Matt Riviera in a "Title vs Career" match at Championship Wrestling Of Arkansas' "No Surrender" event in North Little Rock where he won the match and the title. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

On September 26, 2020 USA Championship Wrestling celebrated his 50th anniversary of his career where he teamed with The Rock 'n' Roll Express to defeat Matt Riviera, Tommy Rich, and Doug Gilbert at the Ballpark in Jackson, Tennessee. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

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Lawler has won more than 140 championships throughout his career, including one reign as AWA World Heavyweight Champion and more than 50 reigns as AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion. Lawler held the latter championship another 17 times when the National Wrestling Alliance controlled it. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. (Source: prowrestling.fandom.com)

As a young adult, Lawler was a disc jockey, and attracted the attention of local wrestling promoter Aubrey Griffith. The two made an agreement in which Lawler would give Griffith free publicity in exchange for free wrestling training. Lawler debuted as a wrestler in 1970 and won his first championship in September 1971 by winning a battle royal. He soon won the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship under the managerial service of Sam Bass with partner Jim White. In 1974, Lawler began feuding with Jackie Fargo, who had been his trainer and mentor. This led to a match for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. On July 24, 1974, Lawler was booked to win the belt and the title of "King of Wrestling." While Lawler began his career as a heel, he became a face after splitting from Bass at the end of 1976. On November 12, 1979, while working in the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), Lawler defeated Billy Graham to become the CWA World Champion. In 1980, his career was put on hold due to a broken leg, but he returned to the ring after several months. (Source: prowrestling.fandom.com)

Lawler began his WWF career in December 1992 as an announcer on WWF Superstars of Wrestling. From 1993 to 1995, he feuded with Bret Hart and the rest of the Hart family. The feud began at King of the Ring when Lawler interrupted Hart's victory ceremony and attacked Bret. Lawler claimed that he was the only true king in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and the two were scheduled to wrestle at SummerSlam to settle the dispute. At the event, however, Lawler came to the ring on crutches and claimed that he could not wrestle because of injuries suffered in a car accident. Hart faced Lawler's "court jester", Doink the Clown instead, and beat him by submission. Lawler then attacked Hart, revealing that he was not injured. Hart defeated Lawler by submission but refused to release the Sharpshooter. As a result, the referee reversed the decision and awarded the title of "Undisputed King of the World Wrestling Federation" to Lawler. (Source: prowrestling.fandom.com)


better known as Jerry "The King" Lawler, is an American color commentator and professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the commentary team.

2.13 Jerry Lawler's Memphis Wrestling (2010) (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

In 1977, promoter Jerry Jarrett broke away from Nick Gulas' NWA Mid-America promotion and formed his own promotion, the Continental Wrestling Association. Lawler - Gulas' biggest star - opted to join Jarrett. The CWA quickly outperformed NWA Mid-America, which ultimately folded in 1981. Lawler was both a co-owner of the CWA and its top star. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

On May 30, 1983, Bill Dundee defeated Jerry Lawler for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. The feud quickly escalated and on June 6, 1983, the two met in a Loser Leaves Town Match for the title, in which Lawler won. Lawler defeated Ken Patera on July 25 to begin his second reign as the International Champion. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

On the March 30 episode of Raw, however, Lawler made a one night return to commentary with Saxton to fill in for Cole, Booker T and JBL after they were assaulted by Brock Lesnar after Lesnar was refused his rematch against Seth Rollins. On June 17, 2016, Lawler was suspended following his arrest for domestic violence, with WWE stating they have "zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler was suspended indefinitely following his arrest", until July 1, when the charges were dropped and WWE lifted Lawler's suspension. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

In 2003, Lawler made his debut for Memphis Wrestling. He defeated his rival Kamala by disqualification on May 17. He would occasionally teamed up with Bill Dundee and Brian Christopher. He had a short feud with King Mabel. On February 14, 2004, he lost to Brian Christopher in a Memphis Wrestling Television Title Vs. Jerry Lawler's Hummer match. On July 14, Brian and him won a tag team battle royal. Also Lawler won a battle royal on Boxing Day 2004. He defeated Cassidy Reilly for the USACW United States Title on April 14, 2005. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

In May 2010, Lawler announced a new TV wrestling show called, Jerry Lawler's Memphis Wrestling. The show was set to debut on Ion Network channel 50 in Memphis on June 5 at the classic 11 am timespot. Three episodes were taped May 20, 2010 at the Vine in Memphis. On September 11, 2010, Lawler announced that there would no longer be any new shows, but that the talent was still available for fundraisers. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

According to Lawler's autobiography, It's Good To Be The King... Sometimes, an incident involving Jim Carrey forgetting a line led to animosity between the two actors during filming. Between scenes Jim Carrey often remained in character as Andy Kaufman and at one point spit on Jerry, just as Kaufman had done in 1982. A 'stunned' Lawler reacted by grabbing Carrey by the hair and locked him in a sleeper hold and jerking his neck— sending Carrey to the hospital. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

The next year Lawler opened King Jerry Lawler's Memphis BBQ Co. in Cordova, Tennessee. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Reigning over sports-entertainment since the 1970s, Jerry “The King” Lawler has thrilled in the ring as the pride of Memphis, Tenn. and entertained from the announce table as Raw’s most irrepressible broadcaster. Effective as both a hero and villain, The King enraged WWE fans when he offended Bret Hart’s parents during a personal rivalry with The Hit Man, and then inspired them when he stepped in the ring to challenge The Miz for the WWE Title at 61 years of age. This aptitude for every aspect of sports-entertainment has earned Lawler countless titles, legions of fans and entry into the WWE Hall of Fame. (Source: www.wwe.com)

There have been countless, fantastic feuds over the course of professional wrestling history, so naturally there are some that don't always get their due credit. One such rivalry is the one between Jerry "The King" Lawler and actor Andy Kaufman, which was unequivocally one of the greatest wrestling angles ever. (Source: bleacherreport.com)

At a virtual signing for K & S WrestleFest on October 9, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler was asked about comments he made on commentary on an April 2020 episode of RAW on wrestler Akira Tozawa. As transcribed by POST Wrestling, Lawler first explained how the idea to make the comment came about, which was from him working with Mauro Ranallo on commentary for a WWE video game. (Source: www.wrestlinginc.com)

WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler has opened up about his sacking as WWE RAW commentator after his comments about Akira Tozawa. (Source: www.sportskeeda.com)

"And so the next thing, he goes to the top of the rope and he flies off and I looked at Byron and I said ‘oh look, there’s a ramen noodle moonsault.’ What is racist about that? I thought it was funny. That’s a ridiculous name, right? And all of a sudden, the internet blows up. ‘Oh, King’s a racist.’ Even Tozawa, the next week comes back and says ‘it’s nothing racist. I eat ramen noodles every week.’ But the next week I wasn’t on RAW anymore. So I don’t know if that’s what happened but anyway, you got to be very careful," said Jerry Lawler. (H/T Post Wrestling) (Source: www.sportskeeda.com)

The 71-year-old continues to wrestle as well, which is something that WWE has prohibited him from doing. He recently fought another wrestling legend and former WWE star Scott Steiner, at Jerry Lawler's Wrestling Reunion show. (Source: www.sportskeeda.com)

Jerry O'Neil Lawler (November 29, 1949) is an American professional wrestler and wrestling commentator, known throughout the wrestling world as Jerry "The King" Lawler. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) working as a color commentator. (Source: prowrestling.fandom.com)

At the 2009 Royal Rumble, while announcing the Rumble Match, Lawler said "Randy Orton needs to be the winner of this Royal Rumble, but Orton's almost out at the hands of Triple H", as Randy Orton was the winner of the Royal Rumble many people are led to believe that Jerry Lawler made a mistake by saying this. However, in previous weeks Randy Orton had abused Vince McMahon and his family thus he was in danger of being fired, so he had to win the Royal Rumble to keep his job. It wasn't edited out of the DVD and can also be seen on YouTube. (Source: prowrestling.fandom.com)

At WrestleMania, Lawler won the match by submission, using the ankle lock submission hold Cole and Swagger attacked Lawler with the last couple of weeks. While celebrating his victory with Stone Cold, the anonymous Raw General Manager would reverse the decision, due to Stone Cold physically getting involved in the match by pushing Cole, thus, making Cole the winner by disqualification. On the April 11 episode of Raw, after defeating Swagger, Lawler announced that at Extreme Rules, he and Jim Ross will challenge Cole and Swagger in a tag team match. On May 1 at Extreme Rules Lawler alongside Jim Ross lost to Jack Swagger & Michael Cole in a Country Whipping Match. On the May 9 episode of RAW, Jerry Lawler attacked Cole inside the Cole Mine with his tie, forcing Jack Swagger to take Cole backstage. Since Jerry didn't physically touch Cole, Jerry was not in violation of the RAW General Manager's orders from last November. Then, Swagger, on behalf of Cole, set up a match for Over The Limit Pay-Per-View on May 22 between Cole and Lawler, where if Cole wins, he will get Lawler's Hall Of Fame ring, and Lawler must induct Michael Cole into the WWE Hall Of Fame. The following week, while Lawler and Cole were signing contracts for the event, Cole added a stipulation in which the loser must kiss the winner's foot. At Over the Limit Lawler defeated Cole and, per the pre-match stipulation, made Cole kiss Lawler's foot. Their feud ended after Michael Cole returned to normal commentating. (Source: prowrestling.fandom.com)

In 1998, Lawler appeared in the movie Man on the Moon, starring Jim Carrey. According to Lawler's autobiography, It's Good To Be The King... Sometimes, an incident involving Jim Carrey forgetting a line led to animosity between the two actors during filming. Between scenes Jim Carrey often remained in character as Andy Kaufman and at one point spit on Jerry, just as Kaufman had done in 1982. A 'stunned' Lawler reacted by grabbing Carrey by the hair and locked him in a sleeper hold and jerking his neck—supposedly sending Carrey to the hospital. (Source: prowrestling.fandom.com)

Though he has spent most of his life in Memphis, Lawler did spend a part of his childhood in Ohio after his father was transferred to a job in the state. Though this stay was brief, it would have an influence on Lawler throughout his life thereafter. He often cites Cleveland as his second-favorite city behind only Memphis and is a die-hard fan of both the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns. When WWE comes to Cleveland, Lawler will usually wear a Browns jersey or an Indians jersey, and during baseball season, he will throw out the first pitch at an Indians game. Jerry Lawler is also a collector of Coca-Cola merchandise. It was announced on the February 14, 2011 edition of Raw that Jerry's mother Hazel passed away. Jerry missed that edition of Raw where he was in Memphis dealing with the passing. (Source: prowrestling.fandom.com)

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