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Jerry Lawler is the Greatest Wrestler of all time


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Bit of proof here. In 1990 Memphis was stretched massively as Lawler and Jarrett were also running Dallas, and Lance Russell was busy being the best commentator in WCW, so most of the show on live Mempho telly for 2 hours would be him and Dave Brown filling time. Lawler being a heel.

 

What a way to fill it.

 

 

 

He's so good at it, the crowd have their hands up saying "DO ME NEXT!". Highlight is one of the prom girls (who was late for prom) saying "I want you bad".

 

Also, when he had to be a real heel, was anyone better? (Extra points for Jerry Lawler's Lay Z Boy he got from LOCAL SPONSORS ROYAL FURNITURE, after he smashed the commentary area over Chris Champion a few weeks previous but kept Dave Brown's shit stool for him to sit on)

 

 

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I think he just might be. No-one has ever been a better heel AND babyface. And done it without looking a bit like a wrestler. All done with manipulation of people with his supreme mic work, expressions and master psychology. 

Shame about the paedo aspect otherwise he's the ultimate example.

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The Lawler vs Dundee LLT match from 1983 might be my favourite match of all time. And the Memphis TV show that week where the whole show is a build up to the match is amazing too, and really ahead of its time in that they had stuff like acknowledging there would be a main event spot on the roster vacant after monday's match and interviewing guys who were interested in coming into the territory (Tommy Rich, Jimmy Valiant and someone else I forget) and Dundee jumped in and said that they were all babyfaces (he said "fan favourites") so it was obvious the office knew Lawler would lose as they were clearly looking for someone to replace him. 

I remember getting the "Lords of the Ring: Superstars and Superbouts" VHS tape back in the day and just the brief clips of that match blowing me away and standing out more than anything else on the tape (which also included stuff like the Flair vs Von Erich title change, and the Piper vs Valentine dog collar match). 

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What’s great about that first clip is that it’s obviously all ad-libbed. There are plenty of examples during his early years in the WWF too. 

Can you imagine many today being able to carry that off? Most either haven’t been taught in the first place or the knack has been lost due to laziness and the dependency on over scripting.

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I was saying this just Saturday night, if I had to make a list of who I thought the best American wrestlers of all time were, sticking to my own definition - consistently entertaining, convincing offence, everything they do in the ring counting with no wasted movement, charismatic, adaptable, able to work great matches with diverse opponents, able to work good matches with poor opponents, and career longevity - my top three would always, in no particular order, be Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk and Jerry Lawler, with a top five maybe being troubled by Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage. 

One of the greatest examples of Lawler's talent, to me, is him working face in Memphis in the early '90s while working heel in the WWF, and continuing the same feuds across both. He manages to be consistently the same character as a local hero in Memphis battling the Harts, and tying it into his feud with Bret in the WWF just perfectly. I don't think many people could convincingly do that, and he was able to effectively repeat it with his ECW run, where he was working face in Memphis, heel in ECW, and the pseudo-heel announcer in the WWF.

 

I'd also use him as the wrestling equivalent of "degrees of Kevin Bacon". This is a guy who's wrestled both Lou Thesz and Joey Ryan.
When discussing him on Saturday, we thought maybe the only gap in his resume for that would be not having worked Japan - but it turns out he did a stint with AJPW in '85, and NJPW in '89, that I was unaware of.

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Legendary babyface wrestler, there’s only a few I’d put above him. Guy does so much with so little. Not much into heel Lawler though. Roasting the fans is great but the spike down the trunks shtick is lame as fuck. I’m terms of nailing the heel/face dynamic Terry Funk has him beaten.

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13 minutes ago, Mr Butternut Squash said:

Legendary babyface wrestler, there’s only a few I’d put above him. Guy does so much with so little. Not much into heel Lawler though. Roasting the fans is great but the spike down the trunks shtick is lame as fuck. I’m terms of nailing the heel/face dynamic Terry Funk has him beaten.

It's still Jerry Lawler.

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