The Sultan. The Blu Brothers. Tenryu and Kitano. Jerry Lawler. Akebono. Lawrence Taylor. Butterbean. Bull Buchanen. Floyd Mayweather. Skinner.
All these names have something in common, except for one. One doesn’t fit with the rest. And sadly, that name is Jerry “The King” Lawler.
But you may be asking exactly what do they all have in common, except for Jerry Lawler. And that is that they have all at matches at the Showcase of The Immortals, Wrestlemania. Three of those names were just special attraction matches to get WWE more wide spread attention (Akebano, Taylor, Mayweather). Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor and Floyd Mayweather vs. Big Show got Wrestlemania on Sportscenter.
Recently Jerry Lawler was named as one of the WWE Top 50 Superstars of all time. As a matter of fact he comes in on the list at number twenty, even a head of Hulk Hogan. And yet in everything that Jerry Lawler has done through his career, he has never had a match at Wrestlemania. He was involved in one of the most mainstream wrestling angles ever (Andy Kaufman anyone?) and held more titles then anyone in the history of wrestling. In fact he has had 163 different title reigns. Everyone always talks about Ric Flair and his 19 World Title wins. Jerry Lawler has had more than 50 reigns as American Wrestling Association Southern Heavyweight Champion.
Jerry Lawler is in the Hall of Fame. Maybe I missed the Sultan’s induction? I think the only thing missing from Jerry Lawler’s career is a match on the grandest stage of them all. If you saw any of his matches against The Miz on Raw (November 29 in a TLC Match), (December 20th in a 6 Man tag match), or (December 27th) you know that while he isn’t quite the wrestler he once was, he can still wrestle at a great level.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not necessarily a huge fan of non full time wrestlers getting a spot at Wrestlemania, but I think there is a time and a place for everything. I’m not saying that Lawler has to face the Miz at Wrestlemania, but I think it would be the feather in his cap if he could wrestle someone with some merit at Wrestlemania. I don’t want to see a match just thrown together just so he can wrestle. I want the match to have reason. I think the world of wrestling owes Jerry Lawler that.