That’s a long time. Wrestling is a little bit different than most mainstream sports. Wrestlers can stay in the ring a good bit longer than most other athletes, which can make for some very long careers. You can see some wrestlers sticking around for a good while and still performing at a rather high level. That is what we will be seeing this month and it is quite the milestone.
There are very few legends in wrestling on the level of Jerry Lawler. He spent decades wrestling in the Mid-South Coliseum and drawing thousands of fans a week, which is quite impressive for someone who was best known for a right hand and the piledriver. It was a formula that works and there is a reason it worked for so long. Now we get to see just how long it did work.
According to PWInsider.com, Lawler will be celebrating fifty years in wrestling this Saturday in Jackson, Tennessee. Lawler will be wrestling in a six man tag as he teams with the Rock N Roll Express to face Doug Gilbert, Matt Riviera and Tommy Rich in a Thunderdome Cage match. Other legends appearing will include Kane, Bobby Eaton, Bill Dundee, Tony Atlas, Dory Funk Jr., Koko B. Ware, Tom Prichard, Longtime Memphis Referee Jerry Calhoun, Wolfie D, Downtown Bruno, Sgt. Slaughter, Lex Luger, D’Lo Brown, George Gulas, Candi Divine, Ric McCord and Bambi. The event will be at the Ballpark in Jackson, Tennessee with 3,200 fans.
It’s a long time coming. Check out some of Lawler’s time in wrestling:
Opinion: Whether you like Lawler or not, it is hard to imagine someone being in wrestling this long and being at as high of a level as he has reached. Lawler is one of those guys who has been around for what feels like ever and after an awesome career in the ring, he became one of the most famous broadcasters of all time. Not bad for a guy who seemed to pass his prime thirty years ago.
What do you think of Lawler? Who is your favorite broadcaster of all time? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!