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|WAS ELVIS ABOUT TO HAVE A WRESTLING MATCH IN 77?
December 13, 2017 - The Sportster / Elvis Express Radio
|(Editor: Well, we've heard some strange over the years and some of the most eye-rolling stories made by various people wanting to make any kind of claim to make sure they could
have any associated with Elvis. How about this one for a case of the.......Yeah right????)
Memphis born, American wrestling star, Jerry 'The King' Lawler did some great things to put Memphis on the pro wrestling map, but there was one mega match that sadly evaded
The King and ironically enough it was with the original King of Memphis, the undisputed King of Rock N Roll, Elvis Presley.
In the late 1960s, while working in Memphis, Tennessee as a disc jockey, Lawler's artistic ability attracted the attention of local wrestling promoter Aubrey Griffith. The two made an
agreement in which Lawler would give Griffith free publicity in exchange for free wrestling training. Lawler debuted as a wrestler in 1970 and won his first championship in September
1971 by winning a battle royal
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 'The King' Lawler.
During the 1970s and ’80s, Lawler 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 Lawler become a part of pro wrestling folklore.
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.
Lawler (with a reportedly straight face, claims that he), 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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