The Countdown to The King’s world title match

Memphis legend Jerry “The King” Lawler will once again capture the city’s imagination when he wrestles for the WWE championship this Sunday night on pay-per-view.

What are the odds that the 61-year-old Treadwell High School alum will actually defeat The Miz and become world champion?

The King’s former broadcast partner and Hall of Fame wrestling announcer Jim Ross weighed in on his blog:

“Any one who thinks that it’s simply not possible for Jerry Lawler, at age 61 and on a week where he buried his 90 year old mother, to win the WWE title against the Miz this Sunday at the Elimination Chamber needs to rethink their position. It is possible and it damn well could happen. I agree that the King is the underdog going in but what a story for the ages it would make if the WWE HOF’er did win the title. I’m not saying bet the farm on it but IF Jerry Lawler were to somehow, by hook or crook, defeat the Miz Sunday it would be one of the hottest topics around the WWE water cooler in years.”

If The King does win, it will be his first title victory of any kind in WWE and his second world title reign ever.

The King won the AWA World Championship defeating Curt Henning in front of a sold out crowd at the Mid-South Coliseum on May 9, 1988 (a day that Mayor Dick Hackett officially declared “Jerry Lawler Day” in Memphis):

Lawler’s unexpected comeback started back in November 2010 on his 61st birthday when he was booked in an impromptu world title match against The Miz on Monday Night Raw:

Following his memorable loss to the world champion, Lawler gave his exclusive first interview to Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter on Memphisport Live: Click here to listen to the interview.

A few months later on January 31, 2011, The King was a special entrant in a Raw Rumble match and ended up pulling the upset to become the Number 1 contender for the WWE championship:

Memphisport remains the only media outlet in the Mid-South covering Jerry Lawler’s comeback at age 61. Follow us on twitter @memphisport for live tweets during this Sunday’s historic WWE championship match between The King and The Miz.

For more on Lawler’s upcoming world title match and what it means to the people of Memphis, listen to the special Memphisport Live Royal Roundtable discussion.

Click here to take a look back at The King’s “5 Greatest Feuds of All Time”

Click here to read the “Jerry Lawler issue” of Memphisport from 2008 featuring an in depth one-on-one interview with The King.

Memphisport Live: 2.15.11

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter are joined by a special Royal Round Table featuring Jerry Lawler experts Travis Scott Bowden of Kentucky Fried Rasslin and Mark James of Memphis Wrestling History. The panel talks about Lawler’s greatest matches of all time, their predictions for The King’s upcoming title match against The Miz, and what it all means for the people of Memphis.

Also, Kevin and Marcus discuss the national reaction from their Taylor Corley interview. Plus, J-Will’s return, O.J. Mayo’s return, and Spoon’s return are all topics of conversation during this week’s Starting 5.

Click here to listen to the 2.15.11 edition of MSL

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host Memphisport Live every Tuesday at 6:00 PM on Sports 56 WHBQ. Memphisport Live was voted 3rd Best Sports Show in the 2010 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

MSL’s Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler Royal Round Table

photo courtesy of MemphisWrestlingHistory.com

In preparation for Jerry “The King” Lawler’s first ever WWE title shot on PPV, MSL hosts Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter are joined by a special Royal Round Table featuring Jerry Lawler experts Travis Scott Bowden of Kentucky Fried Rasslin and Mark James of Memphis Wrestling History.

The panel talks about Lawler’s greatest matches of all time, their predictions for The King’s upcoming title match against The Miz, and what it all means for the people of Memphis.

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Click here to download MSL’s Royal Round Table from 2.15.11

Click here for more MSL interviews.

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host Memphisport Live (MSL) every Tuesday at 6:00 PM on Sports 56 WHBQ. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Show in the 2010 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. Listen to full episode podcasts here.

Scott Bowden is a former manager of Jerry Lawler and a national wrestling columnist for Kentucky Fried Rasslin. You can follow Scott on Twitter here.

Mark James is the founder of Memphis Wrestling History, author of Memphis Wrestling History Presents 1982, and a regular contributor for Memphisport. You can join his Memphis Wrestling History Facebook group here.

 

Story photo courtesy of MemphisWrestlingHistory.com

 


Jerry Lawler visits MSL for his first interview since his WWE title match

Jerry “The King” Lawler stopped by in studio on this week’s MSL with Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter for his first interview since his birthday match against The Miz for the WWE championship.

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Click here to download the full Jerry Lawler MSL interview from the December 1, 2010 MSL

Click here to read the 2008 Jerry Lawler issue of MemphiSport.

Click here for more MSL interviews.

Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host Memphisport Live every Tuesday at 6:00 PM on Sports 56 WHBQ. Memphisport Live was voted 3rd Best Sports Show in the 2010 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.