-->''"It takes a king to know a king"''
-->--Jerry "The King" Lawler
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'''Jerry "[[RedBaron The King]]" Lawler''' is an American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, illustrator, almost-politician and color commentator from Memphis, TN.

Starting in 1970, Lawler wrestled for numerous promotions including [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation the AWA]] and various promotions based in the Memphis area. He gained the title "King of Wrestling" after winning the Southern (Memphis) Heavyweight Championship. He worked as both a {{Face}} and {{Heel}}, and had a famous feud with Creator/AndyKaufman. Lawler would eventually join the WWF in 1992, originally as a heel color commentator and part-time wrestler. Lawler was noted for his humorous digs at popular wrestlers and, once the Wrestling/AttitudeEra was in full swing, his... um... appreciation of certain aspects of the female anatomy, which he gleefully called "[[CatchPhrase Puppies!]]" at every opportunity.

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!!! "The King's Tropes":
* AnnoyingLaugh: Lawler has a grating laugh as a heel. As a face, he uses his real, much more bearable laugh.
* ArchEnemy:
** (in Memphis): [[Wrestling/JimmyHart "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart]] and his [[RevolvingDoorBand huge stable]] the First Family (which included, '''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters among others]]''', Wrestling/{{Kamala}}, Creator/AndyKaufman, Wrestling/KevinSullivan [who had [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] on Lawler], Wrestling/TheIronSheik and Wrestling/RickRude) and [[Wrestling/EddieGilbert "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert]]
*** Wrestling/RandySavage, and not just in the ring. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Poffos (Angelo, Lanny and Randy) were running [[http://www.freewebs.com/icwpoffouniverse/ International Championship Wrestling in Lexington, KY]], which was an outlaw (runs in the same territorial areas as an established promotion in opposition) promotion against the Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis, TN run by Jerry Jarrett and Jerry "The King" Lawler. ICW's TV announcers would give away the real names of CWA wrestlers, issue challenges on the air, and Savage even once attacked CWA wrestler "Superstar" Bill Dundee at the CWA's gym. ICW closed in 1984, leading to the Poffos going to Memphis to actually feud with Lawler and co. Many of these dirty tricks would be recycled during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, except for the part about attacking guys at the gym.
**** Another interesting side note: Before Randy Savage left for WCW, he was the color commentator for the WWF. Who replaced him once Vince found out he jumped ship? Jerry Lawler. It was originally supposed to be for one night, but it ultimately turned into a full-on career.
** (in WWE) Wrestling/MichaelCole, and before that [[Wrestling/BretHart the entire Hart family]], minus [[Wrestling/OwenHart Owen]] (who was usually a heel).
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Only in that he has no legal authority. Jerry Lawler earned his red baron "the king" by breaking Elvis Presley's consecutive sellout record of the Memphis Midwest Colosseum. The only star that can be argued to be brighter than his in Memphis is Sputnik Monroe.
* BadassGrandpa: At the ripe old age of 61, Lawler took on Wrestling/TheMiz, thirty years younger than him, for the WWE Championship. How did he earn this title shot? By winning a battle royale that also included the likes of Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/CMPunk and King Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}.
** Made all the more badass by the fact that he would've beaten the Miz if Michael Cole hadn't interfered.
** Three days after he had a heart attack that nearly killed him, Lawler was on Tout thanking the fans and cracking jokes.
-->'''Lawler''': I've got more wires coming out of me than AT&T
* BatmanGambit: Pulls off one on Michael Cole on the May 16th edition of ''Raw''. He tells Cole that he respects Cole's DragonInChief Wrestling/JackSwagger because he's a former champion and that Cole has made Swagger nothing but his sidekick. Cole's own ego results in his saying no one remembers Jack being champion and being his sidekick was the best thing to ever happen to him. Jack responds by telling Jerry [[DoWithHimAsYouWill "he's all yours" and walking out on Cole]]. The look on Jerry's face can only mean this was exactly what he'd planned to happen.
* BerserkButton:
** You think Cole is bad when he gets on a rant these days, don't bring up Wrestling/{{ECW}} to Lawler because he will outdo Cole by a mile.
** Messing with Wrestling/JimRoss, [[EvenEvilHasStandards even back when Lawler was a heel]], was a good way to bring out his malice.
* BigOMG: While it is actually Wrestling/JoeyStyles' CatchPhrase, Lawler used it beautifully during ''Backlash '04'' in the match between Wrestling/MickFoley and Randy Orton when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7OgrDS3-Dg Foley dropped Orton into a pile of thumbtacks.]]
-->'''Lawler:''' *''Foley drops Orton into the tacks''* Oh my God! *''sees the actual tacks in Orton's back''* OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!
* BlatantLies:
** Has been creeping into his commentary as of late. During the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match on the No Way Out 2012 PPV, Jerry said the crowd was chanting let's go Sheamus when they were clearly cheering for Wrestling/DolphZiggler.
** Also happened on ''[=Raw=]'', where he stated that the previous week, he apologised to CM Punk and was then kicked in the back of the head unprovoked. While Punk did kick him, it was only after he had told Jerry to admit that he (Punk) was the best in the world (for which he has a credible case, having held the WWE Championship for 9 months and counting, putting on match after stellar match, and yet receives little respect for it in storyline) and Lawler simply said "I can't say that", and tried to shove past him. Punk's action was dickish, yes, but it was made abundantly clear he would not tolerate such blatant [[BerserkButton disrespect]].
* CarpetOfVirility: He has a very hairy chest torso and at one point figured himself a heartthrob. Well, if reports of his coworkers are to believe he never stopped being hairy or thinking himself a heartthrob.
* TheCastShowOff: Lawler is a decent cartoonist, which was put into an angle with him and the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior in the mid-90's when Warrior's comic series came out. He also did the illustrations for Mick Foley's WWE Christmas-themed children's book.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Maybe just maybe if he and Bill Dundee hadn't [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz20fPVNA8w ruthlessly mocked]] a young Wrestling/JimCornette, Jim wouldn't have snapped and turned into the HotBlooded MotorMouth we all know and love.
* CostumePorn: Even as a heel commentator, Lawler would dress up in gaudy royal looking attire. When he turned face, he started to dress like a normal person.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Most fans today would know Lawler as the laid-back, mammary-obsessed commentator and only-occasional wrestler. What most fans don't realize is that he holds the world record for most championship reigns in a career.[[note]]This is due to the fact that he usually ''owned'' the promotions (The Continental Wrestling Association and the United States Wrestling Association).[[/note]]
* DirtyCoward: As a heel in his wrestling matches. He even hid under the ring during the 1993 ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' while not technically eliminated yet, just to wait it out so he could jump in later.
* DirtyOldMan
** He showed shades of it in the United States Wrestling Association before it immigrated into the WWF/E.
** Jokes about Lawler's apparent preference for women significantly younger than him have persisted for years, though not all of them have been good-natured.
* EraSpecificPersonality: Watch a match with commentating today. Now, watch one from 1999. Then, watch one from 1994. It's like night and day.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Deeply entrenched in the heel role at the time and trolling Jim Ross at every turn, Lawler still didn't think too highly of Wrestling/{{Tazz}} bullying JR and finally socked him out before [=Tazz=] could punch out JR. After that, Jerry would wobble between face and heel for a good long while before settling on face.
** Throughout his run as the pro-heel commentator, he would ruthlessly mock the good guys and sometimes condone the most despicable acts by the heels. He was arguably at the height of this persona in 1998 and 1999, but broke character during two pay-per-view events when two wrestlers he regularly mocked with mean-spirited commentary were involved in horrible accidents: [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] being thrown through an announcers' table from the top of a 16-foot cage and knocked unconscious; and Owen Hart suffering a fatal injury after a ring stunt gone wrong. In the latter instance, Lawler (just minutes after making Owen Hart jokes) somberly announced that it didn't look good for Hart.
** Conversely, when Lawler suffered his legit heart attack during a live broadcast of ''[=Raw=]'', Cole broke away from his heel-leaning, trolling-of-Lawler persona to pray for a speedy recovery.
** Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys powerbombed Terri Runnels through a table. Even Lawler, who was a heel at the time, was disgusted by this. Mind you, this is the same heel commentator who would defend nearly anything other heels did.
** When it comes to any weapon to any match, Lawler DOES DRAW THE LINE when it’s something that can cause amputation of any limb and/or can kill. This was seen during the 1998 Royal Rumble when he was appalled when [[Wrestling/TerryFunk Chainsaw Charlie]] brought, what else… a chainsaw.
** He was also among the wrestlers who was disgusted by the actions of the New Age Outlaws when they threw a dumpster containing Wrestling/MickFoley and Wrestling/TerryFunk over the ramp. Note… this is coming from the same guy who gave Scott Putski, who suffered a dislocated knee, a hard time after Lawler’s son, Brian, fought him. However, pushing a dumpster off the entrance ramp and onto to the concrete floor with people inside, like Foley and Funk, he was upset about it.
** Despite being a Vince [=McMahon=] fan boy, he had a hard time watching Vince's {{misplaced retribution}} reach insane levels, wherein Vince ordered Wrestling/{{Umaga}} to all but murder a {{jobber}} whiles screaming "[[MadnessMantra That's Triple H! That's Triple H!]]"
** In spite of his love of puppies, King was disturbed by the beating Wrestling/{{Lita}} put on Wrestling/TrishStratus at ''New Years Revolution''. Not just for heel Trish's sake but for Lita's own when he thought she might do as much damage to herself. He also didn't like to see Wrestling/BethPhoenix go to town on Candice Michelle.
* ExactWords: Used after he grabs Michael Cole by the tie and uses it to slam him head first into the side of the "Cole Mine" over and over again. When Swagger tries to invoke the protection the "GM" gave Cole from Jerry, Jerry replies that he didn't lay a hand on Cole. He only touched his tie.
* {{Expy}}: Of his trainer, Wrestling/JackieFargo, as Lawler took a lot of mannerisms, particularly his big comeback, from Fargo.
* {{Fanboy}}: Of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon during the Wrestling/AttitudeEra. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Jim Ross on numerous occasions. What makes this interesting is that Jerry Lawler was the first face that Vince ever feuded with as a heel, though it happened in USWA and not WWE, and they were on opposite sides during commentary with Vince being the face and Lawler being the heel.
* FinishingMove: The Piledriver and the Diving Fist Drop, currently he only uses the Fist Drop because the Piledriver is too dangerous.
* FireForgedFriends: With Jim Ross as his broadcast commentary partner.
* {{Flanderization}}: Being more known for screeching ''"Puppies!"'' at every possible moment than he is for his decades in the wrestling business and, in particular, his legendary status in Memphis, TN.
* GondorCallsForAid: For his "Kiss My Feet" Match with Michael Cole, Jerry suspected that Cole would try something, so he called for the help of Wrestling/EveTorres, Jim Ross, and [[EnemyMine even]] Bret "The Hitman" Hart to make sure Cole got payback for all the crap Cole put all of them (except Hart, who was just there because he really hates Cole anyway) through for months in the form of a HumiliationConga.
* [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Gratuitous Hebrew]]: After Wrestling/BarryHorowitz and Hakushi defeated [[Wrestling/ChrisCandido Skip]] and Rad Radford (Louie Spicolli) (w[=/=][[Characters/WWEDivas Sunny]]) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipWVcR99Y5Q on the September 30, 1995]] ''WWF Superstars,'' in re Horowitz's efforts to "Americanize" Hakushi, Lawler said that Horowitz's next move was going to be to get Hakushi to "take that lampshade off his head and put a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kippah yarmulke]]'' on."
* HeelFaceTurn
** A very slow, gradual one. Completed once he was paired with Michael Cole.
** He was a face while commentating alongside Jonathan Coachman too, but went back to being a heel when Jim Ross returned.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: He was a face in USWA at the same time he was the opposite in the WWF.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Bret Hart defeated Lawler in a "Kiss My Foot" match at ''King of the Ring 1995''. After the match, Bret shoved Lawler's smelly foot in Lawler's ''own mouth.'' In the month or so leading up to the match, Lawler was in taped vignettes doing things like walking barefoot through a stable and other activities to "prepare" his foot for the match. Keeping that in mind, the match finale was that much more over the top. This led to [[Wrestling/{{Kane}} Glen "Kane" Jacobs]] getting his first shot in WWE as Lawler's evil dentist, Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS.
* IronicEcho: Of the unintentional kind. An old early-90s promo for the Royal Rumble involved Jerry dying of a heart attack and being involved in a Battle Royal in Heaven with various other "Kings", such as King Arthur and Elvis Presley. [[CueIrony Flash forward to September 2012...]] Thankfully, got better.
* KickTheDog: During his feud with Wrestling/BretHart in 1993, he decided his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Bret at ''King Of The Ring'' wasn't enough, and he interrupted Bret's ''Raw'' match with Wrestling/BamBamBigelow and interviewed Bret's parents, Stu and Helen, in the crowd, ''just'' to be a dick to them. Bret, of course, was [[ItsPersonal not happy.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv2nr1IMAic See it here.]]
* LegacyCharacter: His nemesis, Lord Humongous, has been portrayed by at least eleven different men. The two don't fight anymore but the Humongous gimmick is still being used in the indies.
* LongRunner: He started 2 years before Wrestling/RicFlair and can still wrestle a match.
* MoralDissonance: Has been creeping into his commentary. One particular recent and jarring example involves how WWE World Heavyweight Champion [=Sheamus=] stealing Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio's car and bringing it back soiled all the way to hell is justified as him just "borrowing" it for a "joyride", whereas WWE Champion CM Punk attacking [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] during a run-in after Rock had told him earlier that night that he had a gifted shot at his title months in advance means Punk "still needs to earn respect" and "[[FaceHeelTurn has turned his back on the WWE Universe]]". Becomes even more jarring when you realize that when Del Rio first became #1 contender to Sheamus's championship, Sheamus promptly clubbed him from behind on the stage within a minute -- and Lawler later condemned not the original deed, but Del Rio doing the same to Sheamus as payback. Of course, it's worth noting that Lawler's commentary has always contained DoubleStandard bias; it's just more glaring seeing him do it as a watered-down {{Face}} in the modern-day Be a Star PG era.
* OlderThanHeLooks: He's aged pretty well. He even put on some pretty decent wrestling matches at the very end of his WWE in-ring career. He was still climbing that top rope even in his 60's.
* OnlySaneMan: With Michael Cole as his broadcast commentary partner.
* PlayingWithFire: He threw fireballs on many occasions in Memphis.
* PowerStable: Lawler's Army, in Memphis, which included "Dr. D" David Schultz[[note]]Yes, the same guy who infamously slapped ''[[Series/TwentyTwenty 20/20]]'''s John Stossel[[/note]], the Mongolian Stomper, Porkchop Cash and [[http://www.plowboyfrazier.com Stan Frazier]][[note]]Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Uncle Elmer[[/note]].
* RealSongThemeTune
** (in [=WWE=]): Modest [=Mussorgsky=]'s "The Bogatyr Gates (in the Capital in Kiev)" (from his famous piano suite ''Pictures At An Exhibition''. It's the same music Wrestling/HarleyRace and [[Wrestling/{{Meng}} Haku]] used during their runs as the "King of the WWF.")
** (in Wrestling/{{ECW}} in 1997): Roger [=Miller=]'s "King of the Road" and Marc [=Cohn=]'s "Walking in Memphis"
* RoguesGallery: In Memphis Lawler had a memorable series of arch-enemies including [[AffablyEvil Nick Bockwinkle]], [[LargeHam Andy Kaufman]], [[DeceptiveDisciple Bill Dundee]], [[TheBully Tommy Rich]], [[AxCrazy Randy Savage]], [[DirtyCoward Jimmy Hart]], [[WrestlingFamily the Gilberts]] and [[BloodKnight Terry Funk]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He won more championships than anyone else in the WWF (though most of them are not recognized by WWE) and sold out a long string of shows than anyone else in his city. And he does commentary. He'd like to train some younger wrestlers too.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Jerry quit the WWE in early 2001 after his then wife was fired. He was replaced by Wrestling/PaulHeyman who was even ''more'' irritating as a heel commentator than Lawler was. Jerry soon divorced his wife and [[HesBack replaced Heyman]] after Paul was "fired" after the Invasion concluded.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Jim Ross and him fits this trope to a T.
* SignatureMove
** Jerry is renowned for his punches, not because they're deadly, but because they look really good. Early in Memphis he was fond of fireballs.
** In general, he favors the piledriver and a diving fist drop to end matches. Less of the former once Vince decided to ban all non-Tombstone versions of the piledriver but he has used it since then a few times.
* StealthInsult: When Michael Cole(!) wished Jim Ross would get well soon and that he wants him back on commentary(!!!), Jerry Lawler added, "I ''really'' want you back."
* StealthPun: When Mick Foley entered the 2012 Royal Rumble, Jerry said that it wasn't a CheapPop but a real pop. Figured it out yet?
* TagTeam:
** (in Memphis): The Outlaws, with Jim White and Sam Bass
** (in Florida): The Masked Superstars, with Karl Von Steiger and Don Greene
* TalkShowWithFists: "The Jerry Lawler Show" in Memphis; "The King's Court" in WWE (1993-1995).
* [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Trademark Favorite Drink]]
** Coca-Cola, in RealLife. An episode of ''WWE Confidential'' had him reveal his extensive collection of Coca-Cola merchandise. Also Fried Chicken. He bemoaned in an interview post heart attack that aside from it being unsafe for him to wrestle at present, his biggest complaint about his health was that he could no longer eat fried chicken due to the risk it poses to his heart. Although this didn't stop him from stuffing his face with it on the February 25th, 2013 edition of Raw.
** As it turned out, his heart attack was not due to a blocked artery, but was instead a sudden unexplained arrest. He has been medically cleared to continue wrestling, and still works indie shows that don't conflict with his WWE schedule (he is only under contract to appear on ''Raw'' and PPV events).
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Had a feud with the man who trained him, Jackie Fargo.
* UnrelatedBrothers: With Steve Lawler (real name Steve Kyle).
* VitriolicBestBuds: "Superstar" Bill Dundee, as he and Lawler alternated between being allies and enemies for DECADES in Memphis.
* WrestlingFamily:Lawler is the father of professional wrestler Brian Christopher, cousin to the Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan, and ex-husband of [[Characters/WWEDivas Stacy "The Kat" Carter]].
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