I know I have not upated my site with a personal message in a very long time. I apologize for this. No real excuse other than I have been extremely busy and I am the world's biggest procrastinator. But now I feel the need to explain some recent "news" concerning the King and more or less let everyone hear what happened straight from the horse's mouth, or in this case, the King's mouth. I have been a professional wrestler for over 30 years now and I thought I had seen it all, but this past week someone pulled a "new one" on me. I think most people know that my primary job is as color commentator on WWE's Monday Night Raw TV show on USA network. On that show I wrestle occasionally, but mostly commentate. Aside from that, I still wrestle on a weekly basis in our Tennessee wrestling company, and on various independent shows from time to time. Well, last week, (Friday, June 15, 2007) we had a show at Sam's Town Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. We do shows there on a monthly basis. I wrestled former WWE star, Mr Hughes on the semi-final match, and the final match of the night was a cage match featuring the Assassins, managed by a guy called the "Big Cheese" against Corey Maclin and Birdman Koko B. Ware. After my match was over, I stood in the back and watched the last match from behind the stage curtains. As their match ended, and the "Big Cheese" was on his way back to the stage through the fans, a minor altercation took place and someone said, "that idiot "Cheese" just hit a fan!" I actually didn't see that but I did then see security and a crowd gathering in that area. So as the "Big Cheese" came up the stairs to the stage I proceeded to run out on the stage to make a little "comeback" on the "Cheese" to divert attention from the fracas he had just caused. As I approached him, he begged off in typical bad guy fashion and then I gave him a little kick and then one punch. He took what we call a "bump" by falling backward and attempting to roll his overweight body in a back somersault. He then jumped up and ran off the side of the stage. That was the end of my involvement in the match. After that, both Maclin and Koko made another "comeback" on the "Big Cheese" and chased him to the dressing room, where "Cheese" apparently grabbed his bag and clothes and ran out to his car screaming...."Jerry Lawler hit me too hard! Jerry Lawler was "shooting" on me! I'm out of here!" That was the last anyone saw of the "Big Cheese." At least we thought. The following Wednesday, as I was dressing to go play softball, my phone rang and a friend of mine from WMC TV5 was on the other end. She said, "Have you heard about the charges filed against you down in Mississippi?" When I said, "no," she went on to explain that Tunica, Ms authorities had called the TV station to tell them that "Cheese" had come in and filed assault charges against me and that there was now a warrant out for my arrest. She had to assure me she wasn't joking, and I finally believed her when another TV reporter beeped in with the same information. I found out that "Cheese" filed a complaint and a sworn affidavit that claimed I punched him three times in his face and that it wasn't part of the "script." As I told the TV reporters, if I got arrested every time I punched a manager or wrestler on a wrestling show over my 30 plus year career, I'd be on death row! Koko B. Ware would be the "Birdman" of Alcatraz! Jails around the country would be filled with guilty grapplers! I guess I should go and have Mr Hughes arrested because he hit me about 50 times during our match that night! This whole situation would be laughable if it were not real. I am just shocked that the Mississippi law enforcement people would actually issue a warrant when one wrestler walked in and said that another wrestler, "hit me "too hard" during a wrestling show." Anyway, I am sure there will be more details to come on this unusual incident. Our next event at Sam's Town Casino is scheduled for July 20, at which time the Mississippi authorities claim they will "serve" me. We'll see..... If anyone out there has ever heard of anything similar to this, please let me know. As I said, I've been in this business for over 30 years and this is a first for me! Stay tuned.....
(Credit: Jerry "The King" Lawler)
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