Guest Author - Vance Rowe
The true king of professional wrestling is not measured by who wins a tournament. It is measured by the man and that man is Jerry Lawler, the true King of professional wrestling. Unfortunately his legacy is going to be having a national feud with the comedian, the late Andy Kaufman. He’s not going to be remembered for the thirty times that he held the American Wrestling Association Southern Heavyweight Championship belt. Unfortunately he is not going to be remembered for any of the 129 titles he has held.
As for this article, well, it is going to be about the illustrious Jerry “The King” Lawler himself.
Jerry “The King” Lawler began his career in professional wrestling by being able to trade radio airtime, as he was a disc jockey at the time, to promote a local wrestling promoter named Aubrey Griffith and in turn, Griffith provided free wrestling training for Lawler. Lawler debuted in the ring in 1970 and about a year later, he won his first of what would become 129 championships. Thirty eight years later, he is still involved in professional wrestling as he is a part time wrestler and full time color analyst for the WWE. He is currently on Raw and is commentating with Michael Cole. He is also currently helping Hacksaw Jim Duggan with a feud against the sons of Dusty Rhodes and Ted DiBiase in Cody and Ted Jr. respectively.
Not too many people outside of Memphis know that Jerry “The King” Lawler is a recording artist or that he even ran for mayor of Memphis and he even did pretty well but in the end, the incumbent won the position again. There were fifteen people in the race for the position and Jerry managed to beat thirteen of them, but just couldn’t beat number fourteen.
However, he can add the title of author to his already impressive resume. His book, “It’s Good to Be the King…Sometimes” is a fascinating read about his life and career. I read it and if you are interested in knowing more about the king of professional wrestling, I highly recommend his book. He goes into great detail about his matches, the hardships he faced, about Andy Kaufman and about he hospitalized Jim Carrey during the filming of the movie, “Man in the Moon” which is about the life of Andy Kaufman and Jerry “The King” Lawler plays himself in the movie. Get the book and see the movie, you will be glad that you did.
I look forward to the oft times witty rhetoric of the King on Monday Night Raw and still enjoy watching him get into the ring when he does. He is truly one of the greats of the business and that was shown when the WWE initiated him into their professional wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007. Mr. Lawler, this Coke’s for you.