Jerry Lawler did some great things to put Memphis on the pro wrestling map, but there was one mega match that sadly evaded The King— ironically enough it was with the King of Rock N Roll, Elvis Presley.
When the topic of greatest of all time in professional wrestling crops up among fans, the same old names quite rightly spring to mind. Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin, all of them are widely considered to be the best ever for one reason or another and likely feature on most fans’ ‘Mount Rushmore.’ One man who doesn’t get enough credit though is Jerry Lawler.
During the 1970s and ’80s, The King did an incredible amount to push professional wrestling into the mainstream culture while competing in Memphis, Tennessee. To this day, it is considered one of the great wrestling towns in the United States and that’s almost all down to Lawler. In particular, his rivalry with comedian Andy Kaufman, who was a nationwide household name at the time, helped The King become a part of pro wrestling folklore.
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While his feud with Kaufman is the one that is most fondly remembered by fans from that era, Lawler recently revealed that there was an even bigger one in the pipeline. On the latest edition of his podcast, Dinner with The King, Lawler opened up about a match that he could have held with the real King of Memphis, Elvis Presley. It wasn’t just a thought or a pipe dream either, there were real plans in place for the match to happen.
King had been discussing the idea with Elvis’s father who said that they could do it after a tour that Presley had coming up. Unfortunately, it was the tour that Elvis never made as he passed away before it took place, thus the match never happened either. Presley’s father spoke of his son’s poor health to Lawler while organizing the potential match, but it would have been something that captured the attention of the world nevertheless.
Not only is Jerry Lawler one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time, but as he continues to demonstrate via his podcast he has some incredible stories to tell. Almost wrestling Elvis Presley seems like an unreal possibility but it nearly happened. What a shame that it didn’t as it could have been even bigger than the legendary Kaufman-Lawler feud of the time.
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