Jim Cornette may have his own takes on certain elements of modern wrestling but he has shared a classic clip of what he calls “one of the best examples of pro wrestling you’ll ever see.”
For those of a certain vintage or those that have seen any Memphis wrestling, the skills both in the ring and eliciting emotion from fans of Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler are perhaps second to none. The King reigned supreme in Memphis for decades feuding with a who’s who of wrestling greats including The Fabulous Freebirds, Eddie Gilbert, and Dutch Mantell. Lawler also shared the ring with television star and standup comedian Andy Kaufman in a ground-breaking feud that is still marveled at to this day.
The clip Jim Cornette showed however was Lawler in the ring with another of his greatest rivals, Bill Dundee. The match in question occurred on the 14th of July 1986 inside the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis. The two greats of the business were meeting in a Loser Leaves Town match – a popular stipulation in the days of wrestling territories and journeyman stars.
Cornette shared the clip on social media accompanied with the caption:
“In a little over 2 minutes, this is one of the best examples of pro wrestling body language, selling, timing and execution you’ll ever see. Listen to the crowd go batsh*t at :25 for a wrestler just pulling his shoulder strap off, not diving into a flaming pit of barbed wire.”
In a little over 2 minutes, this is one of the best examples of pro wrestling body language, selling, timing and execution you'll ever see. Listen to the crowd go batshit at :25 for a wrestler just pulling his shoulder strap off, not diving into a flaming pit of barbed wire. https://t.co/3OqPyxkJkZ
— Jim Cornette (@TheJimCornette) July 14, 2021
The match between Lawler and Dundee was also for the AWA International Heavyweight Title that Dundee held going into the bout. Lawler was able to defeat Bill Dundee sending him on his way out of Memphis as well as capturing the title for himself.
Dundee did indeed leave Memphis and the Continental Wrestling Association after losing the match. The Scottish-born star headed to Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling for almost a year before making his return to the CWA in May 1987 to team with WWE Hall Of Famer Rocky Johnson.