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:
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.