Yesterday wasn't the first time I'd seen the antics of Andy Kaufman, but it still amazes me how good of a worker he was when it came to wrestling. I like what Sam said yesterday when it seemed like only wrestling fans understood Andy, because the way he really played with and riled up the crowds watching him was amazing. It's a shame he wasn't of better build because he would've been absolutely brilliant as a heel pro wrestler full time.
When I saw the clips of Jerry Lawler and Andy Kaufman for the first time, I think it was last year in a class studying humor, the video we watched made it so that no one could tell whether or not it was fixed. Only after we watched it did our instructor tell us that based on the movie Man on the Moon about Kaufman was the whole thing worked. I was really impressed with how easily Andy Kaufman worked everyone to get him to hate him, and I think it's unfortunate that he was so successful at what he did in the wrestling ring that it cost him so much outside of the ring.
I actually agree with what Jerry Lawler said in his part on Man on the Moon, when he said that the storyline with Andy was a shining moment for wrestling. I obviously am too young to remember, but I would've loved to have seen the publicity their stint on the David Letterman show brought to pro wrestling as a whole. While sometimes the things WWE does makes you wonder if there is a such thing as bad publicity, this moment on the Letterman show just seemed like a stroke of genius at the time. As a matter of fact, if it wasn't for the Mike Tyson/Steve Austin altercation in the late 90s, I'd say that that was the best involvement of a non-wrestler in the wrestling world that I'd personally ever seen, which brings me to another point.
When does it get too much for an "outsider" to get involved with wrestling? Could you ever say that it's enough? Andy Kaufman was certainly involved with it for a while, seeing how in the video he was talking about the promise he had made to send Lawler to the hospital a year prior. Maybe it's because I wasn't watching at the time, but I don't think that I would've grown tired of his shtick. But flash forward to late last year and earlier this year, when Kevin Federline kept coming up, and after a while, I did grow tired of seeing him. I do admit it did great publicity, but it got old after a while and he just drew his heat more for his personal life than by trying to work the crowd, like Andy with his intergender match antics. Is there a difference or is it really just the same thing in a different time?