Jerry Lawler
American professional wrestler
Jerry Lawler
Jerry O'Neil Lawler is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, wrestling commentator, musician, businessman, commercial artist and film actor, known throughout the wrestling world as Jerry "The King" Lawler. He is currently signed to WWE, working on its Raw brand as the color commentator and occasional wrestler. He also wrestles and occasionally commentates for the Memphis Wrestling promotion. Lawler has held 164 championships throughout his career.
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Wrestler Jerry Lawler, girlfriend arrested in Memphis
Yahoo News - 9 months
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler and his girlfriend have been arrested on charges of domestic violence.
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Royal Rumble Rankings: 11-7
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
There have been 26 Royal Rumble matches in WWE history. Let's rank each one, shall we? Up next: Numbers 11-7. Professional wrestling is all about gimmicks and no gimmick has been as successful, at least as a match type, as the annual Royal Rumble. It takes place in January of every year and features 30 (one time 40) wrestlers competing in an over-the-top-rope battle royal. Initially, it was just a fun match WWE would put on that featured the best of the best. Eventually, it became a showcase match that would see the winner rewarded with a shot at the WWE championship at that year'sWrestleMania event. In anticipation of the 27th Royal Rumble match taking place this Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we're going to rank each of the first 26 from worst to first. Today we tackle numbers 11-7. _________________________________ 11. Royal Rumble 1997 Why it was good: This one benefits greatly from hindsight. Stone Cold St ...
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Andy Kaufman alive? Jerry Lawler hopes so
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Yes, it's probably a great prank being played by his brother, but the Internet was in turmoil Thursday over reports comedian Andy Kaufman, who died in 1984, is actually alive and well.     
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WWE Night of Champions match card preview: Fatal Fourway for the Divas Championship
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Divas Championship AJ Lee (c) vs. Brie Bella vs. Naomi vs. Natalya Throughout 2012, AJ Lee cemented herself as the obvious face of the Divas division. She held a major spotlight in top storylines and main events involving superstars such as CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and John Cena. Vince McMahon even appointed her as the general manager of Raw during an extremely hyped wedding segment on the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw. AJ Lee was indisputably the untouchable diva. This year, AJ finally put the cherry on top of her great run of success when she won the Divas Championship on June 16th at Payback. All you have to do is look at the tattoo on the back of her neck to see for yourself how much this moment personally meant to her. But ever since then, AJ has slowly taken a back seat to a new phenomenon: Total Divas. The Road to Night of Champions E! Network's hit reality show provided a showcase for several other divas on the WWE roster, including The Bella Twins, Na ...
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WWE NXT results and reactions from July 31: We're only dancing
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Bada-Boom...realest guys in the room! Enzo Amore, who shaved off his tickler for this appearance, and Big Cas stroll down the ramp to kick us off this week. Without too much lead in, Colin Cassady gets the microphone to do his version of the NY/NJ schtick. He does okay, but isn't as smooth or natural as the Certified G. Things get awkward when Cas sings while Enzo sort of dances. That's when Tons of Funk show up, and I check to make sure I'm watching the right HuluPlus WWE show. Amore and Colin try to bail, but William Regal and Tony Dawson insist that Sweet T and Brodus Clay are here for a dance party. The heels' feud-mate Mason Ryan shows up and shepherds them back to the ring, where Big Cas gets a tandem Call My Momma splash and his partner runs into an unimpressive-looking suplex facebuster thing from the Welshman. Ryan dances (poorly) with the Funkasaurus and his teammate. In what counts as a long time without a match for a NXT open, our next segment takes ...
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Carlos Cabrera: Jokesters, Villains and Belts: Wrestling's Mass Appeal
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
My dad started working for the World Wrestling Federation (better known today as WWE) when I was about six years old. He was, and still is, the Spanish commentator for all of their events, which means that I got to spend a little time backstage in the 90s when wrestling really blew up. I was able meet a lot of the WWF's biggest stars -- which was cool and all -- but I had nothing to say at the time. Not only was I not that into wrestling, I was a "Holy Grail"-reciting comedy nerd who couldn't be bothered with a pageant of men in spandex beating the Christ out of each other. I'd tell the other kids at school about my dad and give away T-shirts and toys as proof (ironically, to keep from getting my ass kicked on occasion). Wrestling didn't strike a chord with me... Until I met Jerry Lawler. Jerry "The King" Lawler, a wrestling mega-star and crown enthusiast, was a good friend of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman. Back in the day, Lawler was nice enough to play the good guy to K ...
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WWE 'Money in the Bank' Preview: AJ vs. Kaitlyn
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Divas Championship AJ Lee (c) vs. Kaitlyn A Payback rematch for the butterfly belt. Whose schemes will reign supreme when the former friends face off again for the greatest prize a female pro wrestler can attain? The Road to Money in the Bank A feud that has always been personal, with roots in a busted friendship, has become even more dramatically puerile in the weeks since the last scheduled match between current champ AJ and former titleholder Kaitlyn. The top Diva has looked to build on her psychological tactics (such as posing as a secret admirer who sent text messages to Kaitlyn, only to humiliate her on national television when she revealed her ruse) by wearing a padded body suit to impersonate the Hybrid Diva and calling her "man arms". Kaitlyn proved that she could do a pretty good impersonation of the pint-sized powder keg, even costing AJ a match against Natalya when she used her signature "skipping around the ring" distraction against her. The forme ...
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WWE Raw results and reactions from last night (June 10): Payback go home show
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE returned to the USA network for Monday Night Raw last night (June 10, 2013) from the Richmond, Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia, featuring the go home show to the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) set for this Sunday night at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. And it was a goodie. Click here for full results and the live blog from the show if you missed it. Let's get right to reactions. Remember, these were written as the show moved along with real time reactions to everything that occurred hour-by-hour. HOUR ONE They're actually going ahead with this match? That seems odd. Yep, they're really going along with it. Wait, here comes Vince McMahon, strutting and all. Oh, this is phenomenal. Vince tells him to ring the bell and Justin Roberts tell us it's a disqualification in favor of Curtis Axel. Triple H is pissed and this is awesome. Axel and Paul Heyman are literally pointing and laughing at Triple H. He's still undefeated. Oh god, it's gotten better. Trips tries a ...
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WWE Raw results and reactions from last night (Feb. 4): I'm a wronged man!
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
WWE returned to the USA network for Monday Night Raw last night (Feb. 4, 2013) from Atlanta, Georgia, featuring Brock Lesnar making another appearance to tear shit up, CM Punk raging against the machine, and a couple big returns. The Hall of Pain is back open for business, folks. Click here for full results and the live blog from the show if you missed it. Let's get right to reactions: Brock Lesnar is a rabid beast with a seemingly neverending trail of blood dripping from his exposed teeth as he fights as hard as he can to get to his prey while Paul Heyman tries desparately to maintain his already light grasp on the leash holding him back. In back-to-back weeks, Lesnar has broke free of that leash just long enough to completely devour the meal in front of him -- Vince McMahon first, The Miz second -- while Heyman was left profusely apologizing before once again attempting to tame the beast under his care. Eventually, Brock is going to have to run into a bigger beast th ...
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Cageside Seats Weekly Commenter Awards (RECs): Week ending Sept. 28
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
We're back with another serving of amazing work by you, the Cageside commenters. Some of you have truly stepped-up your game and produced amazing work. So it's high time to recognize the excellent FanPosts, FanShots, and comments that were the cream of the crop this past week. Oh, and thanks to Cagesider Ecstasy with Extra Cheese we now have a clever name for our new Weekly Cageside Commenters Awards which perfectly sums up what this series tries to do. After all, without all of you, Cageside Seats would not be the greatest pro wrestling website on the Internet. So, without furthur ado; we present to you... The Cageside REC Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Contributing. FOR EXCELLENCE IN AUTHORING OF FANPOSTS: Cagesider Kanenite ‘saw' IRodC's review of Chyna's sex tape, and ‘raised him' an amazing four part series. (You must read parts one, two, three, and four, if you haven't already done so). Cagesider Anthony Steven Lewis shared the video library of an Indy ...
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Saturday Slapstick: Falls count anywhere
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
Welcome back to "Slapstick Saturdays," Cagesiders, where your old pal Hollywood Holland pokes fun at every botch, blooper and bomb the word of professional wrestling has ever given us. And if pro wrestling fails were currency, then former World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Scott Steiner would be the richest man in town. Back in 2003, "Big Poppa Pump" was embroiled in some half-baked program from WWE that involved an on-again, off-again relationship with tag-team partner Andrew "Test" Martin. Stacy Keibler had the thankless role of manager, which for all intents and purposes, made her Catherine to their Jules et Jim. Hooray for love triangles! Anyway, Martin was all up in Keibler's face when she tried to accompany Steiner down the ramp prior to their match at the Bad Blood pay-per-view. Things got a little heated and "Freakzilla," who was already in the ring, came forth and leapt to her defense. Literally. Unfort ...
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WWE Smackdown results and live blog for Sept. 14: The Night of Champions go home show
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
WWE Smackdown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Fri., Sept. 14, 2012) from Ottawa, featuring a taped show on SyFy that represents the final television show before the Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) this Sunday night in Boston, MA. This is an interesting Smackdown because it was taped on Tuesday, just one day after Jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack on Raw the night before. While good news slowly but surely has been rolling in, when they taped this show not much was known on what the future would hold for the beloved color commentator. That led to a fairly tame show, by all reports. That's not to spoil anything but don't expect everyone to be at their absolute best with such a dark and heavy cloud hanging over their heads. If you don't want to wait until tonight, you can click here to read full spoilers. Remember, the show starts 8 p.m. ET on SyFy so be sure to get here nice and early to join in with all your favorite Cageside commenters. Smackd ...
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DVF Releases Fashion Week Video Shot With Google Glass
Yahoo News - over 4 years
[More from Mashable: After Jerry Lawler’s Heart Attack, WWE Updates Fans on Social Media]
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Jerry 'The King' Lawler suffers hear attack during live WWE 'Raw'
Fox News - over 4 years
Professional wrestling commentator Jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack at the announcers' table and collapsed during a World Wrestling Entertainment event on Monday night.
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WWE's list of the top 50 finishing moves of all time from upcoming DVD release
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
What is the greatest finishing move in pro wrestling history? WWE is answering that question in an upcoming DVD release counting down the top 50 finishers of all time. The video will hit shelves on Aug. 21, 2012. But you know how we're such blithering marks for lists like this, Cagesiders. We couldn't wait to take a gander at the goods and let you fine folks dissect it and tear it to shreds. And after seeing it, believe me, that's exactly what you're going to want to do. Here's your teaser before you take the jump and see the full list for yourself -- I agree with number one and then I absolutely despise the entire rest of the list. Sufficiently excited to see it? Good. Check it out: 50. JBL - Clothesline from Hell 49. Vader - Vader Bomb 48. Dusty Rhodes - Bionic Elbow 47. Ted DiBiase - Million Dollar Dream 46. Kerry Von Erich - Iron Claw 45. Rick Rude - Rude Awakening 44. Lex Luger - Torture Rack 43. Dudley Boyz - 3-D 42. Bam Bam Bigelow - Moonsault 41. Diamon ...
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WWE Raw 1000: List of names reportedly confirmed to appear on the show
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
WWE color commentator Jerry Lawler told us there is a list of almost 30 names confirmed to return at tonight's (July 23, 2012) 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw. We know a short version of the list thanks to advertisements from the company itself. D-Generation X is confirmed to return, though the ads make it seem as though the group will only consist of Triple H and Shawn Michaels. However, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and X-Pac are all reportedly going to be there tonight, so we could get a much bigger reunion. Sorry, no Chyna. Unless Sergio decides to break out his drag uniform and hop a flight to St. Louis. The Rock announced he would make his big return and reiterated his claim that he would be going after the WWE championship. Who knows how that will play out with John Cena challenging CM Punk for the title in the main event. "The Great One" is expected to get his own segment. Brock Lesnar is also coming back to answer Triple H's Summerslam challenge. He'll be featur ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jerry Lawler
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 66
    On July 1, 2016, WWE.com reported that his suspension had been lifted and all charges were dropped against both him and his girlfriend.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Vermilion, Ohio. From the ages of 7 to 15 his family resided in the city of Amherst, Ohio, a suburb near Cleveland. 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 (at SummerSlam 1996 he teased Browns fans by wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey, because the original Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens, and during baseball season, he will throw out the first pitch at an Indians game.
    In 2016 Lawler opened his wrestling-themed establishment King Jerry Lawler's Hall of Fame Bar & Grille in Beale Street, Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.
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    On July 7, 2016, Lawler returned to SmackDown resuming his commentary role.
    More Details Hide Details However, shortly afterwards, Lawler was taken off TV and placed on the pre-show of both Raw and Smackdown as an analyst. In 2007 it was announced that Lawler would be participating in a 'dream match' with Hulk Hogan which had been set to take place in the Memphis Wrestling promotion on April 27. The match had been heavily-hyped by promoter Corey Maclin as Hogan had competed in the Memphis territory early in his career. On April 12, however, Lawler pulled out of the event citing his contractual obligations to WWE rendering him unable to appear on a show that was due to be filmed by VH1 for the television show Hogan Knows Best. On January 11, 2008, Maclin revealed that he filed a lawsuit against WWE, claiming that pressure on Lawler (and others) to withdraw from the event violated section two of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
    On June 17, 2016, Lawler was suspended following his arrest for domestic assault, 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.
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    In early 2016, Lawler became a tweener once again (for the first time since 2006) when he began agreeing with heel tactics as well as degrading the faces, though not a full fledged heel.
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  • 2015
    Age 65
    On October 24, 2015, Lawler defeated Terry Funk by disqualification at USA Championship Wrestling in Jackson, Tennessee at the Oman Arena in what was Funk's latest retirement match.
    More Details Hide Details Lawler has created some musical recordings. Among these are two late-1970s singles: "Cadillac Man/Memphis", and "Bad News". During his feud with manager Jimmy Hart (Lawler is a factor for "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart entering professional wrestling; Lawler wanted to record a wrestling album with him singing, and since they had gone to school together, he called Hart and asked him to be a part of it) in the mid-1980s, Hart became known as "The Wimp", a nickname given to him by Lawler and chanted by fans. Hart was the subject of the song "Wimpbusters", which was sung by Lawler to the tune of the popular hit "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.. A music video was also made, featuring Lawler, legendary announcer Lance Russell, and wrestlers such as Randy Savage, Jimmy Valiant, Dutch Mantel, Tommy Rich, and Rufus R. Jones, along with footage of "The King" beating Hart and his "First Family." A very young Brian Christopher also made an appearance as a young child being bullied, and another child is seen wearing a replica of Tully Blanchard's West Texas State jersey. He also recorded a CD titled Memphis' Other King.
    On January 8, 2015, it was announced on WWE.com that Lawler will be a part of the SmackDown broadcast team as a color commentator along with Michael Cole and Byron Saxton starting January 15, ending his 19-year run as a color commentator of Raw as he was replaced by Booker T.
    More Details Hide Details On the March 30 episode of Raw, Lawler made a one night return to commentary for Raw with Saxton to fill in for Michael Cole, Booker T and JBL after they were assaulted by Brock Lesnar after Lesnar was refused his rematch against Seth Rollins.
  • 2014
    Age 64
    On the March 17, 2014 episode of Raw, Lawler was blamed by Kane for allowing fans to enter the ring the previous week in Memphis as part of Daniel Bryan's Occupy RAW Movement.
    More Details Hide Details He was forced in the ring by The Shield but The Shield instead attacked Kane.
  • 2012
    Age 62
    It was announced on October 29, 2012 that Lawler would return to WWE on the November 12 episode of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details He continued his rivalry with CM Punk after his emotional return was interrupted by CM Punk and Paul Heyman, who re-enacted his heart attack. Lawler continued to favor Punk's opponents, hoping that Punk would lose the WWE Championship, which he eventually did to The Rock at the Royal Rumble much to Lawler's delight.
    On September 12, 2012, Lawler was reported to be slowly being eased off sedation, his ventilator removed.
    More Details Hide Details He was able to blink, nod, and squeeze with his hands, and that same day, the results of several CT scans showed no signs of brain damage. By September 17, Lawler had returned to his home in Memphis. During Lawler's hospital stay, it was determined that his heart attack was not caused by a blocked artery, but was instead an unexplained cardiac arrest. Lawler was soon medically cleared to continue wrestling; to this day, he regularly works indy shows on weekends when it does not conflict with his WWE schedule (the company only requires him to work on Smackdown and pay-per-view events).
    On September 11, 2012, he underwent an angioplasty to improve blood flow to his heart.
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    On the April 30, 2012 episode of Raw, Lawler competed in a Beat the Clock challenge to determine the number one contender for the WWE Championship match at Over the Limit, but was defeated by Daniel Bryan, who went on to challenge for the title.
    More Details Hide Details On the July 9 episode of Raw, Lawler went against Michael Cole in a WrestleMania XXVII rematch, which he quickly won, but the anonymous Raw General Manager, who returned that night as the guest general manager, reversed the decision and Lawler lost to Cole by disqualification following interference by Booker T. Santino Marella came out to reveal that Hornswoggle was the Anonymous Raw General Manager, who was hiding underneath the ring. On the July 23 episode of WWE Raw 1000, after CM Punk attacked The Rock, Lawler would mention on commentary that "CM Punk has turned his back on the WWE Universe". The following week on Raw, Punk would confront Lawler about what he said before being interrupted by Big Show. On the August 20 episode of Raw, after John Cena wouldn't tell Punk he was the "Best in the World", Punk would ask for Lawler to get in the ring and say it for the WWE Universe. After Lawler refused to say Punk was the "Best in the World" too, Punk would attack Lawler from behind. The next week on Raw, after Lawler demanded an apology from Punk, Punk would challenge Lawler to a match, which Lawler would accept later that night, where Punk would defeat Lawler in a Steel Cage match. Before the September 3 episode of Raw, Punk and Lawler brawled backstage, with Punk getting the upper hand before officials stopped them, Lawler was kicked in the throat, which caused Lawler to miss commentary that night, with The Miz filling in for him.
    Lawler competed in the 2012 Royal Rumble match as the number 12 entrant, but was eliminated by Cody Rhodes after 43 seconds.
    More Details Hide Details He, along with Booker T, eliminated Michael Cole afterwards.
  • 2011
    Age 61
    Lawler teamed with Orton again on the January 10, 2011 Raw, facing on Miz and Riley, which Lawler won by pinning Riley.
    More Details Hide Details Lawler won a 7-man Raw Rumble match on the January 31 Raw to earn a WWE Championship match against The Miz at WWE Elimination Chamber, where he was unsuccessful in winning the title, ending the feud. The following night on Raw, Lawler, after having enough of Cole's attitude, which included the mocking of Lawler's mother's recent death, challenged him to a match at WrestleMania XXVII, which Cole accepted on the February 28 Raw and announced that he would be trained in the coming weeks by Jack Swagger for the upcoming match. Stone Cold Steve Austin was announced as the guest referee for the match the following week. On the March 14 Raw, Lawler was confronted by his son, Brian Lawler, who was invited to Raw by Michael Cole to "expose" his father's character. Brian ranted about various problems he had with his father before slapping him and leaving. Cole continued to harass Lawler after Brian left, but was interrupted by a returning Jim Ross. Before JR could attack Cole, Swagger attacked Lawler from behind, and then proceeded to attack and lock in the ankle lock on JR, while Cole harassed him. Lawler tried to stop the attack, but fell victim to the ankle lock as well.
  • 2010
    Age 60
    On the November 29, 2010 King of the Ring Raw special, Lawler, (who was celebrating his 61st birthday) challenged The Miz to a WWE Championship match.
    More Details Hide Details It was granted by the Anonymous Raw General Manager, who made it a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, and it was Lawler's first shot at the title. Miz retained the championship after interference by Alex Riley and Michael Cole. Cole's interference caused tension between the two, but when Lawler threatened to attack Cole, the Anonymous Raw General Manager issued a "cease and desist" order, which barred any physicality between them. Lawler continued to challenge with The Miz, where on the December 20 Raw, Lawler teamed with Randy Orton and John Morrison to take on Miz, Riley and Sheamus in a 6-man tag match which Lawler won by pinning Miz. This led to a rematch between Miz and Lawler the following week, with Lawler once again getting the victory, this time by count-out after Morrison got involved.
    On the July 26, 2010 episode of Raw, Lawler teamed with Mark Henry, Goldust, Yoshi Tatsu, Evan Bourne and The Hart Dynasty in a tag team elimination match versus the Nexus.
    More Details Hide Details Lawler was eliminated by Heath Slater.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    On July 8, 2009, Lawler again ran for the position of Mayor of Memphis in a special mayoral election on October 15, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He was in 5th with 4% of the vote. Lawler is also an accomplished commercial artist, designing graphics for various companies, including WWE. In 2007, he painted the cover of the wrestling comic book Headlocked. In 2012 he played the role of Sheriff Jackson Cole in the horror comedy film Girls Gone Dead. Lawler has provided his voice for numerous WWE video games in which he has appeared as a commentator. He is also a playable character in a number of WWE games, most recently WWE All Stars as a wrestler, WWE '12 as both a wrestler and a commentator and WWE '13, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15, and WWE 2K16 simply as a commentator.
    On the March 23, 2009 edition of Raw, Lawler challenged Chris Jericho to a match because of his disrespect and erratic behavior to WWE Hall of Famers, which Jericho accepted.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, Lawler lost to Jericho after submitting to the Walls of Jericho. After the match, Jericho outlined how he would remain supreme against WWE Hall of Famers at WrestleMania XXV. 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 edition 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.
  • 2008
    Age 58
    On the July 7, 2008 edition of Raw, Lawler was attacked by Kane after saving Michael Cole from a similar attack, in which Kane repeatedly asked "Is he alive or is he dead?" Later that summer, he teamed with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan to face Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes for the World Tag Team Championship but lost.
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  • 2007
    Age 57
    On March 31, 2007, Lawler was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by William Shatner, whom Lawler had a memorable altercation with on a January 1995 episode of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details Fellow Memphis native Justin Timberlake was originally going to induct Lawler, but he turned it down. In August, King Booker claimed to be the only one entitled to be known as "King". After being beaten by Booker in the ring, Lawler was supposed to be forced to crown his opponent at an August 13 show in Madison Square Garden. During the ceremony, however, Lawler announced another king as a new opponent for Booker, "The King of Kings" Triple H. This led to a worked brawl between Lawler and Booker.
  • 2006
    Age 56
    In June 2006, Extreme Championship Wrestling was re-launched and began a small invasion within WWE again.
    More Details Hide Details ECW and WWE went head to head for several weeks on Raw, which spanned to include the SmackDown! superstars. This created tension between the Raw and SmackDown! announce teams, as Tazz, an ECW alumnus, insulted and criticized Jim Ross until Lawler came to Ross' defense, reigniting their feud from 2000. The feud concluded when Tazz and Lawler faced each other in a match at One Night Stand, which Tazz won in only 30 seconds by making Lawler pass out to the Tazzmission after a distraction from Joey Styles, who Lawler had slapped just prior to the match. In July 2006, Randy Orton began a feud with Hulk Hogan. Lawler attacked Orton in defense of Hogan, which set up a match between them on Raw. Orton defeated Lawler after a low blow and an RKO.
  • 2003
    Age 53
    Their divorce was finalized on October 15, 2003.
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    In 2003, Raw's announce team of Lawler and Jim Ross feuded with Sunday Night Heats team of Jonathan Coachman and Al Snow.
    More Details Hide Details At Unforgiven, Lawler and Ross lost a match against Coachman and Snow, thus losing their right to do commentary on Raw. In a rematch, however, Ross defeated Coachman, winning Lawler and Ross their position back.
  • 2001
    Age 51
    On November 19, 2001, Lawler returned to the WWF.
    More Details Hide Details He was reintroduced by Vince McMahon on Raw as the replacement for color commentator (and Alliance member) Paul Heyman, who had been (kayfabe) fired in the aftermath of the Alliance's loss at the previous night's Survivor Series. As he had been before his departure, Lawler once again became color commentator on Raw and pay-per-view events alongside Jim Ross and SmackDown! with Michael Cole, until the brands were separated and Lawler became exclusive to Raw. Lawler stated that his well-worked chemistry with Jim Ross has been a result of their different styles; according to Lawler, Jim Ross is a fine storyteller and keeps fans well-versed with current storylines, whereas he provides reaction and emotion to liven the commentary.
    In February 2001, Lawler's then-wife Stacy "The Kat" Carter was released by the WWF, and Lawler quit the company in protest.
    More Details Hide Details In his account, there was no clear notice as to why she was fired; when Jim Ross broke the news to him, he stated that the Creative Team simply said that Stacy had "an attitude problem." Vince McMahon told Lawler that he did not know exactly what the attitude problem was, and failed to straighten the issue to the Lawlers. Considering that McMahon was Head of the Talent Creative Team, Lawler found it highly suspicious that McMahon then allowed him simply to quit, as if McMahon knew it would happen. 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.
    With the creation of the XFL in 2001, Lawler was given the job as an announcer for the new football league.
    More Details Hide Details Lawler claims that he never wanted to announce for the XFL, but that he agreed to it after McMahon and Kevin Dunn asked him.
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 49
    Lawler was arrested on March 16, 1999 after throwing a ticket at a police officer and running over the officer's foot.In 2016, Lawler and his girlfriend, Lauryn McBride, were both arrested on charges of domestic abuse, with each party claiming the other assaulted them.
    More Details Hide Details Lawler was suspended indefinitely for the incident.
    In 1999, Lawler ran for mayor of Memphis, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details His platform focused on making the streets safer for residents, beautifying the city, and improving the quality of education. In addition, he vowed to attract businesses to Memphis, improve the flow of traffic, create more parks, and decrease property taxes. Lawler ended up with 11.7% of ballots, beating twelve of the fifteen candidates. Ultimately, however, Mayor Willie Herenton was easily reelected. In 2000, Lawler made a very brief cameo appearance in the music video of I Can't Lie To Me By Clay Davidson. In 2002, he released an autobiography titled It's Good To Be The King... Sometimes.
  • 1998
    Age 48
    By 1998, Lawler rarely wrestled in the WWF and focused on commentary.
    More Details Hide Details Despite their feud in the USWA in 1993, by 1998, Vince McMahon had turned heel in the WWF for the first time and left the announce position, to which Lawler began praising McMahon's name on commentary as part of his own heel persona, much to the chagrin of Jim Ross. It was McMahon's departure from the commentary team which led to the strong on-screen chemistry between Lawler and Ross in subsequent years. This played a key role in a change of Lawler's character; although he still supported the heels, he showed a sense of right and wrong, and would condemn actions of heels when they went too far. He would become a full-time face by 2007. This began when Lawler surprisingly attacked Tazz when he started bullying Ross. At SummerSlam, The King wrestled Tazz in defense of Ross.
  • 1997
    Age 47
    In mid-1997, Lawler entered the King of the Ring tournament for the first time and advanced to the semi-final round where he was defeated by Mankind.
    More Details Hide Details By the fall, the WWF introduced a new "light-heavyweight division" to compete with World Championship Wrestling's cruiserweight division. Lawler's son, Brian Christopher, was one of the major superstars in the division, although the WWF played up an angle where both Lawler and Christopher would deny their family relationship, even though the two would aide each other in matches and so on.
    His frequent insults toward ECW eventually led to the promotion "invading" Monday Night Raw in February 1997 and ultimately to a match with ECW wrestler Tommy Dreamer at ECW's Hardcore Heaven pay-per-view in August, which Dreamer won.
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    In 1997, Lawler became heavily involved in the working relationship between the WWF and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).
    More Details Hide Details In interviews and commentary, he referred to the promotion as "Extremely Crappy Wrestling".
  • 1996
    Age 46
    The two met in a match at SummerSlam 1996, which Lawler won.
    More Details Hide Details After the match, Lawler poured Jim Beam whiskey down Roberts' throat.
    By 1996, Lawler wrestled occasionally on WWF Superstars where he would take on jobbers while holding a microphone in the ring to, essentially, "do the commentary on (his) very own matches" while occasionally serving as the official cornerman for Isaac Yankem D.D.S. After a brief feud with The Ultimate Warrior, Lawler began feuding with Jake Roberts after making fun of Roberts' drug and alcohol problems.
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  • 1995
    Age 45
    He defeated Tony Anthony for the promotion's top title in January 1995.
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  • 1994
    Age 44
    In late 1994 and early 1995, Lawler wrestled briefly in Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) while still continuing to commentate sporadically for the WWF.
    More Details Hide Details During his absences, Shawn Michaels filled in for him as color commentator on Monday Night Raw.
    This led to an elimination match at Survivor Series 1994, which Lawler's team won.
    More Details Hide Details After the match, however, Lawler's team turned on him, joining with Doink's team to attack Lawler.
    In the fall of 1994, Lawler initiated a feud with Doink the Clown.
    More Details Hide Details Lawler popped the balloons carried by Doink's midget sidekick, Dink. After Doink and Dink retaliated, Lawler introduced a midget sidekick of his own, who he named Queasy. In the following weeks, Doink added two more sidekicks, Wink and Pink, while Lawler introduced Sleazy and Cheesy.
    This ultimately led to a match between the two at King of the Ring 1994 which Lawler lost.
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  • 1993
    Age 43
    In 1993, Lawler was indicted on charges of allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl, which caused him to miss Survivor Series 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The charges were later dropped, after the girl admitted she fabricated some of the story.
    Following the end of his legal troubles which kept him out of Survivor Series 1993, Lawler eventually returned to the WWF at WrestleMania X, which was also his first appearance as a commentator on a WWF pay-per-view.
    More Details Hide Details During the main event of the night, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper served as special guest referee for the second WWF World Heavyweight Championship match. During this Lawler began making disparaging remarks about him. Lawler would continue to berate Piper on later episodes of Monday Night Raw, including bringing a skinny kid into the ring dressed as Piper and forcing him to kiss his feet.
    From 1993 to 1995, he feuded with Bret Hart and the rest of the Hart family.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Simultaneously, in a form of cross-promotion, Lawler engaged in a bitter feud with Vince McMahon (who at the time was never acknowledged as the actual owner of the World Wrestling Federation) back in the USWA. There Lawler played the babyface to his hometown Memphis audience, whereas McMahon (who had always played face in the WWF) was being portrayed as a smug heel intent on dethroning Lawler as the king of professional wrestling. As part of the cross-promotion, McMahon, Bret and Owen Hart, Giant González, Tatanka, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage would begin appearing on USWA television to further the feud. While the program continued in the USWA, the feud between Lawler and McMahon would not be acknowledged on WWF television.
  • 1992
    Age 42
    Lawler began his WWF career in December 1992 as an announcer on WWF Superstars of Wrestling.
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    Prior to joining WWE in 1992 (then known as the World Wrestling Federation), Lawler wrestled in numerous territories, winning 168 championships throughout his career.
    More Details Hide Details Lawler is a one-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and a three-time WCWA World Heavyweight Champion. 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. Lawler has held more championships than any other current WWE wrestler, though he has never won any championships in WWE since joining the company. In 2007, Lawler was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. While working in Memphis, Tennessee as a disc jockey, Lawler's artistic ability 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.
  • 1991
    Age 41
    In 1991 and 1992, while working in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), Lawler teamed with Jeff Jarrett in a match against The Moondogs over the USWA World Tag Team Championship.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 38
    He defeated Von Erich on December 15, 1988 at Superclash III to unify the two titles.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after, Lawler's issues with Verne Gagne led to his departure from the AWA.
    Lawler won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship from Curt Hennig on May 9, 1988.
    More Details Hide Details During his reign, Lawler feuded with World Class Championship Wrestling's Champion Kerry Von Erich.
  • 1987
    Age 37
    Lawler feuded with Tommy Rich, Austin Idol, and Paul E. Dangerously throughout early 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The animosity began after controversy over an AWA World Championship title shot involving Nick Bockwinkel. During the feud, the trio defeated Lawler in a steel cage match and cut his hair, which caused a riot in the Mid-South Coliseum.
  • 1986
    Age 36
    He later returned to the United States, where he defeated Bill Dundee on July 29, 1986 to begin a new reign as the AWA International Champion.
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  • 1985
    Age 35
    In 1985, Lawler traveled to Japan, where he won the Polynesian Pacific title on January 25, 1986.
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  • 1984
    Age 34
    Lawler became the NWA Mid America Champion on April 12, 1984 when he was booked to defeat Randy Savage for the title.
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  • 1983
    Age 33
    On March 7, 1983, Lawler won the AWA International Championship by defeating Austin Idol.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated Ken Patera on July 25 to begin his second reign as the International Champion.
  • 1982
    Age 32
    After divorcing Kay, Lawler was later married to Paula from February 14, 1982 to October 2, 1991. He met his third wife, Stacy "The Kat" Carter, at a charity softball game in Memphis, Tennessee on July 23, 1989. They married in September 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In mid-February 2001, Carter (who was a valet and has also made in-ring appearances) was released by the World Wrestling Federation. Lawler then left the company in protest. Carter and Lawler later separated shortly before Lawler rejoined the WWF in November 2001.
    In 1982, Lawler began a notorious feud with comedian Andy Kaufman.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Kaufman wrestled women as part of his skits and had declared himself the Intergender Heavyweight Champion. On April 5, Lawler, who had taken exception to the skits, wrestled Kaufman in Memphis. During the course of the match, Lawler delivered two piledrivers to his opponent, sending him to the hospital. On July 29, Lawler slapped Kaufman in the face on an episode of Late Night with David Letterman. Kaufman responded by throwing his coffee on Lawler. Years later, Lawler appeared as himself in the Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon; the movie revealed that Lawler's feud with Kaufman had been kayfabe (staged). Lawler later claimed that not only was his entire feud with Kaufman staged, but the two were actually very good friends.
  • 1980
    Age 30
    In 1980, his career was put on hold due to a broken leg, but he returned to the ring after several months.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    On November 12, 1979, while working in the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), Lawler defeated Superstar Billy Graham to become the CWA World Champion.
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  • 1974
    Age 24
    While Lawler began his career as a heel, he became a face after splitting from Bass at the end of 1974.
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    On July 24, 1974, Lawler was booked to win the belt and the title of "King of Wrestling."
    More Details Hide Details During 1975, Lawler teamed with a variety of partners such as Mr Wrestling II, Don Greene, and Bob Orton, Jr. He won the NWA Macon Tag Team Championship twice during this period.
    In 1974, Lawler began feuding with Jackie Fargo, who had been his trainer and mentor.
    More Details Hide Details This led to a match for the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship.
  • 1970
    Age 20
    Lawler debuted as a wrestler in 1970 and won his first championship in September 1971 by winning a battle royal.
    More Details Hide Details He soon won the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship under the managerial service of Sam Bass with partner Jim White.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on November 29, 1949.
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