Jerry Lawler painting by Rob Schamberger © 2012 Rob. All rights reserved.

Jerry “The King” Lawler

Jerry Lawler by Rob Schamberger

Acrylic, oil and spray on 24″ x 24″ wood

I know it’s a sin, but I’m jealous of Jerry “The King” Lawler’s life. Seriously, listen to this career path: He started out wanting to be an artist and was making decent money as one. He did paintings of the local Memphis wrestlers, and because of that he got to hang out at the shows. A promoter mistook him for a wrestler and booked him at a show, and off he went! Since then he’s become a fixture of the Memphis wrestling scene, had one of the most memorable celebrity feuds ever with Andy Kaufman, setting up an utterly unique deal with WWE where he still ran his own promotion while wrestling for them, and now serving as one of the distinct voices of the WWE.

He still wrestles, and still puts on a great match. Seriously, watch the ladder match he had a little while back against the Miz. It was a clinic on how it’s done. His big secret for his longevity is that he doesn’t drink or do drugs, and his only admitted vice is a taste for the ladies (of which he’s married a plenty). What a life!

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