CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 24:  Jerry "The King" Lawler attends the C2E2 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place on April 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
Jerry Lawler Reveals What The Rock And Nick Khan Talked About At Recent Dinner
Jerry “The King” Lawler revealed that the storied Memphis rivalry between himself and Andy Kaufman was the topic of conversation during an October 2022 dinner with The Rock and Nick Khan. The Rock said that the rivalry between Lawler and Kaufman “was the first thing that tied wrestling and entertainment together.”
Lawler shared that Kaufman first went to Vince McMahon Sr. with the idea of wrestling women to get himself over as a villain, but the WWF owner turned him down. McMahon was skeptical about putting the idea in the heads of fans that if an actor was involved, maybe wrestlers were all actors.
The King also discussed Kaufman’s stint in the business, including his love for wrestling, and how easy and fun he was to work with. Lawler recalled, “A lot of people in Hollywood thought it was career suicide, but Andy didn't care." He added, “Andy didn't care about Hollywood. Andy really loved wrestling.”