Jerry Lawler Reveals Plans For Proposed Match With Elvis Presley

Jerry Lawler holding up his crown.

WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry Lawler has sensationally spoken about some of the details for a match which was planned and very nearly took place between himself and Elvis Presley.

Whilst there have certainly been plenty of stars from other industries who taken the plunge and spent a time as part of the world of professional wrestling, the idea of ‘The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ stepping in to the squared circle is probably on the wilder end of the spectrum of those stories.

But it turns out that Presley was extremely keen on the idea of getting involved in wrestling, and discussions for a match with ‘The King’ of the wrestling world made it to an advanced stage.

Appearing on Stories with Briscoe and Bradshaw, Jerry Lawler recalled the road trip where an Elvis Presley song came on, and he made comment on how great it would be to have a match with him at which point the conversation spiralled.

We’re driving to Louisville and an Elvis Presley song came on. And I said ‘You know what would be cool?’ Because the news was out then that Elvis was doing this martial arts stuff, with Kang Rhee who was a famous karate instructor down in Memphis. So I said to Mickie [Lawler’s driver] ‘It would be cool if we could somehow get hold of Elvis Presley, and do a wrestler vs. karate match.’ They’d already done Muhammed Ali and Inoki match.

Just crazily out of the blue he said ‘Well I’ll tell my brother to ask him if he wants do that.’ He said ‘Yeah my brother is the president of the International Elvis Fan Club and has been for seven years. He hangs out at Graceland.

Whilst still not necessarily believing this to be true, Lawler then missed a couple of calls from Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father. When he finally answered the call, it turned out that Elvis was keen on having the match and was prepared to do so after he was back from his next tour. However, Presley passed away on 16th August 1977 before he could go on tour.

Phone rings, I pick it up, ‘Jerry this is Elvis’ father Vernon Presley… They got to us with the idea of you and Elvis doing something at the Mid-South Coliseum, and he loves the idea. Elvis loves it. But I’ll be honest with you Jerry, Elvis is not in too good shape right now but he’s fixing to start working out and he’s got this tour coming up next month. He’s going to work out for that and as soon as we get back from the tour, we’ll get in touch with you and put this thing together.’

Then of course he died before he even did the tour. That would have been before Andy Kaufman. If I’d have had that I don’t know if I’d have got to do the Andy Kaufman match later on.

Jerry Lawler then famously feuded with comedian Andy Kaufman in 1982, which included ‘The King’ punching Kaufman on Late Night With David Letterman.

‘The King’ also recently spoke about the line which found him pulled from WWE commentary.

With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.