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WWE Classics: Kaufman and “The King”: 30 years later

Here is my latest for WWE Classics. I still can’t believe I got to talk with Jerry “The King” Lawler for over an hour about the legendary Andy Kaufman on the 30th anniversary of their infamous confrontation on Letterman’s talk show.

“King” told me some great stories, some of which made it into the final piece, like how Vince McMahon told Jerry how jealous he was that he never got to work with Andy. And some did not, like the time he was supposed to piledrive Kaufman’s lounge singer character Tony Clifton at a show in New Orleans, or the time Jerry Seinfeld invited Lawler to his standup show in Memphis just to talk about Andy, or how Andy told Jerry that he was dying of lung cancer.

This piece was a labor of love, I’m very proud of how it turned out. Hopefully we’ll see Andy in the WWE Hall of Fame one day. Enjoy, share, and please let me know what you think.

A great moment in wrestling history, and in comedy. 

  1. deathbypancake said: Read your piece this morning. Really good stuff. That whole Lawler/Kaufman feud was a thing of beauty.
  2. patbaer reblogged this from zachlinder and added:
    A great moment in wrestling history, and in comedy.
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