The wrestling performances of Andy Kaufman really opened my eyes to the impact Jerry "the King" Lawler had on wrestling. Even though the two personalities didn't seem to fit together, wrestling brought out the best in both of them. Being able to watch Lawler in his prime gave me an appreciation for his abilities as a performer and wrestler.
Before this class, I thought of Lawler as a weasel who made annoying comments during matches. I never kneew why he was regarded as one of the greats. I do remember watching him, past his prime, win a King of the Ring and feud with Bret Hart for a while. Other than that I didn't really see Lawler caught up in too much action.
The matches and feuds with Andy kaufman gave me a chance to see how great of a performer Lawler was. He really had me convinced that they really hated each other and that it was not preplanned. I also thought he gave really convincing and entertaining interviews. He was also fun to watch. You can still see the heel in Lawler when he sneakily pulls out the brass knuckles. Despite this heel-like character, Memphis loved him and he was the hometown hero.
Now I believe that Lalwer does deserve the nickname "the King". After all, he was the second biggest name in Memphis, next to the original king. I was happy to hear that he was going to be inducted ino the WWE hall of fame for 2007 and that his place in wrestling history would be secured.