The headline says it all. “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert ran over Jerry “The King” Lawler in the parking lot of WMC-TV5 Studios in Memphis, TN. Gilbert had an altercation with match-maker Eddie Marlin moments before Gilbert entered his brother’s car and ran Lawler down.
Let’s rewind to September 1, 1990 USWA Wrestling – live. Many call this one of the most infamous scenes in the history of Memphis Wrestling.
People watching at home were so concerned, they called Memphis Police Department. Police arrived at the scene under the impression a crime had taken place. Lawler was forced to appear on TV sooner than intended to assure viewers he was okay.
Eddie Gilbert has a rich history against The King. Gilbert defeated Lawler five years earlier to capture the Southern Heavyweight Championship. He had stolen Lawler’s crowns and even claimed to be the new King of Memphis.
Something like this could easily be done in WWE with stuntmen and video production. Memphis Wrestling did it live.
Fun Facts: MPD is located across the street from WMC-TV5 Studio. Police arrived at the scene to arrest Eddie Gilbert. Eddie hid under a desk inside. Lawler received minor injuries.
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