1. Jerry O’Neil Lawler (born November 29, 1949) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler and color commentator.
2. He is currently signed to WWE, where he serves as the color commentator on SmackDown and WWE pay-per-view events.
3. Lawler is known throughout the professional wrestling world under the ring name Jerry “The King” Lawler.
4. Prior to joining WWE in 1992 (then known as the World Wrestling Federation), Lawler wrestled in numerous territories, winning 168 championships throughout his career.
5. Lawler is also a former Thirty Two-time world heavyweight champion (one-time AWA World Heavyweight Championship, three-times WCWA World Heavyweight Championship & twenty eight-times USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.
6. Lawler was the first USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion, he as AWA World Heavyweight Champion defeated the reigning WCWA World Heavyweight Champion Kerry Von Erich to unify the AWA & WCWA Championships into the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship and two-time AWA World Tag-Team Champion.
7. Lawler has held more championships than any other current WWE wrestler, though he has never won any WWE championships since joining the company.
8. On July 24, 1974, Lawler was booked to win the belt and the title of “King of Wrestling.” During 1975, Lawler teamed with a variety of partners such as Mr Wrestling II, Don Greene, and Bob Orton, Jr.
9. He won the NWA Macon Tag Team Championship twice during this period.
10. While Lawler began his career as a heel, he became a face after splitting from Bass at the end of 1974.
11. Years later, Lawler appeared as himself in the Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon; the movie revealed that Lawler’s feud with Kaufman had been kayfabe (staged).
12. Lawler later claimed that not only was his entire feud with Kaufman staged, but the two were actually very good friends.
13. Lawler began his WWF career in December 1992 as an announcer on WWF Superstars of Wrestling. From 1993 to 1995, he feuded with Bret Hart and the rest of the Hart family.
14. The feud began at King of the Ring when Lawler interrupted Hart’s victory ceremony and attacked Bret. Lawler claimed that he was the only true king in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and the two were scheduled to wrestle at SummerSlam to settle the dispute.
15. At the event, however, Lawler came to the ring on crutches and claimed that he could not wrestle because of injuries suffered in a car accident. Hart faced Lawler’s “court jester”, Doink the Clown instead, and beat him by submission.
16. Lawler then attacked Hart, revealing that he was not injured. Hart defeated Lawler by submission but refused to release the Sharpshooter.
17. As a result, the referee reversed the decision and awarded the title of “Undisputed King of the World Wrestling Federation” to Lawler.