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Jerry "The King" Lawler

    

Real Name - Jerry Lawler
Birthdate11/12/49
5'10" 214 lbs. - Memphis, TN
Athletic Background - Wrestling (Memphis State)

Teacher(s) - Jackie Fargo, Sam Bass

Professional Background - West Memphis(`70), Memphis(`70), Alabama(`70-`73), Memphis(`73-`89), Florida(`75), AWA(`78-`88), SWCW(`82), Georgia(`82), WCCW(`88-`89), USWA(`89-`97), WWF(`93-`01), Indies(`97-), WWF/WWE(`01-)

AliasesSuperstar, Hawaiian Flash

Groups - Lawler's Army, King's Court

Peak Years - `78-`89


Finisher(s) - 
- Piledriver
- Fistdrop from Second Turnbuckle
- Punch with chain

Favorites - 
- Back Suplex
- Mounted Punches in the corner
- Dropkick
- Bodyslam
- Punch

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes10 



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment10 
 Selling10 
 Bumping10
 Carrying10
 Heat10
 Legacy

Place in History - Easily the most famous of wrestler in Memphis wrestling history, Jerry Lawler's aptitude for that genre of wrestling made it one of the hottest territories in his prime and the one Vince McMahon could never bulldoze. Lawler's loyalty definitely made sure of that and he managed to become the "King of Memphis," though not the mayor. As a teen, he got on TV for drawing the local stars and eventually began working for Jackie Fargo. Despite those connections, he got his start on an indy before getting a chance in the big-time. He progressed fast and turned into an excellent bumping heel that booker Jerry Jarrett pushed hard. Lawler's ability to always be "on" and carry anyone and everyone eventually made him the babyface counterpart to classic heel carriers like Flair and Race. When Lawler finally stepped into the WWF, it was on his own terms and he continued to be a regional powerhouse with the USWA and its successors. The WWF had an excellent color commentator who was witty and at times insightful, but he knew his role - add color! Lawler, the master of the Memphis-style, was able to adapt with the WWF, which played more off that style than any other (aside from Vince Sr.'s WWWF style, of course). He continues to be one of the better-drawing "legends" on the indy level and at the same time is decent announcer and performer when he has to be.
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