Late last month, news broke that Brian Christopher- son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler had reportedly taken his own life while in jail. Since Christopher’s death, Lawler has been vocal in saying the facts do not line up in terms of how his son passed away.

During a recent interview Lawler was involved in for ABC 24 in Memphis, the WWE Hall of Famer revealed how hard life has been since the passing of his son and he detailed the various conversations he had with Christopher, noting various inconsistencies.

To begin with, Lawler gave the audience an insight into how his day-to-day life has been as he deals with the ongoing investigation into the death of one of his two sons.

“It seems like a nightmare that we can’t wake up from. It seems like every day something new comes up. We hear something from someone who was either an eyewitness to the incidents that happened the day that Brian died or people who have heard stories about just different things that went on in the jail.

“Even as recently as two days ago someone in the jail is still using Brian’s identity and was caught for identity theft.”

If you would like to hear more information specifically on the identity theft, we covered that here.


Lawler recounted the events of that fateful day. Beginning in the morning, Lawler explains how a simple phone call between he and his son set the tone for the rest of the day. Check out the chilling details below:

“At 10:30 that morning I was in Raleigh North Carlina. I received a phone call from Brian — a collect call that’s monitored and recorded and it’s timed, fifteen minutes is all you can talk at a time. That morning though, he talked perfectly rational, perfectly normal. He just went on a little bit that we had had a meeting a couple of weeks ago with the Sheriff and Brian just went on about how none of the stuff that the Sheriff promised would take place had taken place and he just talked about the bad conditions there in the jail.

“We got cut off mid-sentence after fifteen minutes and we didn’t hear anything until about 2:30 in the afternoon my fiance Lauren got a call from someone — actually I spoke with this Sheriff and he said Brian had been involved in an altercation with another inmate — there was a fight — the Sheriff’s actual words were: ‘Brian was acting a fool and picking a fight with someone he shouldn’t have picked a fight with.’

“[Christopher] got a laceration over his eye and they stitched him up and he was fine. Of course, we heard later on from an eyewitness to that fight that it went nothing like what the Sheriff said. Then a few hours later I get another call in Raleigh from a Deputy Sheriff saying: ‘Mr. Lawler, I’ve got some bad news. Your son Brian has hung himself in the jail. So it was just… from talking to Brian earlier in the day and hearing about the incident in the afternoon and then all the way to the fact that he was gone that evening it just doesn’t add up. So many of the eyewitnesses who have spoken to us and gotten in touch with us… the stories just don’t jive.”

You can watch Lawler’s appearance on ABC 24 below:

Where do you stand on the death of Christopher? Do you believe there is a story to be told? Let us know in the comments below.

With H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.

Steve Carrier

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