Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler has had a long and storied career in professional wrestling and on September 26th, 2020, the wrestling royalty celebrted his 5oth year in the industry with a special celebration show from The Ballpark At Jackson in Jackson, Tennessee.
The event took in stars both old and new, most of who had significence on Lawler’s illustrious and celebrated career.
Results from the show:
Matt Boyce defeated Derrick King
LT Falk Kr., Tom Protchard and Tony Atlas rolled over Dillon McQueen and The Brothers of Seduction (Cam the Prince and Jake Tucker)
James Ellsworth went over Danny Dollar
Perky Will and The Essentials (Honcho Hensley and Jason Genesis) toppled Chris Styles, Gunner Laine and Justin Tindle
The Boogyman cracked Christian James
Luke Cage downed Matt Starr to capture the USACW Southern Heavyweight Championship
Miranda Gordy (USACW Ladies Champion) vs. Thunder Rosa (NWA World Women’s Champion) went to a Double Count Out.
Jake Lawless shocked Nathan Starr to lift the USACW Heavyweight Championship
Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express were victorious over Doug Gilbert, Matt Riciera and Tommy Rich in a Thunderdome Steel Cage Match.
Following the event, Lawler spoke with Commercial Appeal about his time in professional wrestling. Among other subjects, he spoke on taking his moniker of ‘King’ for granted,
On taking his moniker of ‘The King’ for granted, Lawler had this to say:
“To me, it’s just a nickname. Especially in the wrestling business, everybody just says, ‘Hey, King.’ I just take it for granted.”
When the subject turned to how he’s managed to stay active for so long, Jerry responded:
“Your body just gets used to taking that certain specific abuse. I wrestled on such a regular basis for 20 years, probably six or seven nights a week, and every night I would get picked up and body-slammed. And then maybe on your night off you’d go bowling and the next morning wake up and say, ‘Oh my God, I’m so sore.'”
Jerry Lawler’s career is too extensive to cover here. Some know him for his time as the star of multiple territories, for others he was the man who nearly crippled Andy Kaufman, and for a large majority he is the voice of a beloved childhood.
At 70 years old and with 50 glorious years under his crown, it’s safe to say that it’s good to be ‘The King’.
Everyone at Inside the Ropes would like to congratulate Jerry Lawler on a historic milestone.