Dinner with the King Recap – The Andy Kaufman Feud: Part 1, Letterman Show, Beginning of Sports Entertainment, More!
Jerry Lawler is joined on today’s show by his co-host Glenn Moore.
Lawler informs that his infamous feud with Andy Kaufman is still getting media coverage to this day. Kaufman was a major Hollywood star who had a huge following, and his transition into a wrestling feud was something that caught a lot of people off guard. This feud featured a lot of firsts for the wrestling business, including their appearance on Letterman.
He points out that there are a lot of fans who only know about the one match in memphis where he delivered multiple piledrivers to Kaufman and sent him to the hospital. However, Kaufman came to memphis several times and they had multiple matches including boxing matches and tag team matches. At one point, Kaufman even put out a bounty on Lawler’s head where he brought in other wrestlers to try to defeat Lawler.
In Lawler’s opinion, Kaufman absolutely deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, at least in the celebrity wing. He admits that the only drawback is the fact that Kaufman never stepped foot in a WWE ring, but he feels the impact that Kaufman had on the business during his run in Memphis supersedes any one promotion. It was very important in the development of the wrestling business as a whole and many people have called it the beginning of ‘sports entertainment’.