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The King was in Nashville TN on 4/10/03 at a Wal-Mart in my neighborhood to sign autographs. I had planned for over a week to take my younger sons to meet him. Well my oldest son had to have the car for a while and was late getting home, when I finally did get my little ones to the store, I noticed a limo driving to the front door of the store. I knew we were too late as we hurried into the store. A policeman there told me Mr. Lawler had already left. As I went on to do some shopping I saw Bert Prentice ( I hope I spelled his name correctly ) I didn't know who he was at first but he had several of the King's book in his arms, so I told him that I was sorry that my little boys missed Jerry. A few minutes later he walked up to me and said "telephone". It was King Lawler on Bert's cell. He was nice enough to call the King with my story. Jerry informed me he would be back in 2 weeks to wrestle and for me to bring my little! ones to see him and to come backstage and meet him!!! I thought that this was a very sweet thing for him to do. As well as Mr. Prentice having listened to me and cared enough about my children missing out on seeing the King. Please share this on the fan page. Thanks so much. -Donna
Spent this past Wrestlemania weekend reading the King's
book. The one
Well where do I start? I grew
up following Memphis wrestling and Jerry Lawler was a definite inspiration. I
just finished reading his book and now my respect for Jerry has grown. I
remember everything about Memphis wrestling and wanted to tell The King
...Thanks for everything !!!!!
Jerry, I had sent you an Email @ your personal Email , but just in case. Here is WHAT I GOT TO TELL YOU ! In 1992 I was being trained by Jeff Jarrett when an arm-drag take over was was takeing , I went the wrong way, and hence dislocated my left shoulder , and broke my clavicle. So I thought my wrestling days were over.,It hurt cause I was so close to being in the ring , and living a childhood dream. A couple of months later I seen you at the nashville Fairgrounds , when you beat the Snowman for the Undisputed World Championship. I spent my $5.00 and got a polaroid with you , and told you of my injury. You asked what did I do for a living, and I said a Paramedic/ Fire fighter with Wilson County, in Lebanon. And it was then you said "we need Paramedics more than Wrestlers." It ment alot to me , hearing those words. But being as hardheaded as my wife says I am. I pursued my wrestling Career , until I finally got with NWA Worldwide. Granted it was not the USWA, But I was wrestling in the Fairgrounds. And then the night I marked out !!! There I was in the Heel dressing room , with my pants,and Underwear going down to my knees , when you , Brian and Stacy walked in . I idolized You , and not thinking I sttod up to shake your hand, and there goes my pants and all ! Anyway. I have since gave up wrestling , I loved it , I miss it. But I have three kids , and Beautiful wife and a great career as a Paramedic Fire fighter. Your words were so true 11 years ago. Thank you Jerry. You are still my Wrestling Idol. I still have the pictures , two of your books (Crowning of a King and It's good to be a King.. Some times). And T shirts. From when I was a Kid. Thank you Jerry for being a kids Idol , and an adults advisor.
Warmest regards, Clarence J. Santini Sr. Paramedic Fire fighter
I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much I enjoyed your book.
I have been a wrestling fan all my life but never had the privelage of seeing
you wrestle live due to the fact that I am from Rhode Island. However I used to
go to a place called the 7 and 7 club in providence with my father and saw many
of the greats ... Andre the Giant, Sgt. Slaughter, Pedro Morales, Ivan Putzki. I
used to also go every year to the Rocky Hill State Fair and saw people like The
Moon Dogs, Jimmy Super Fly Snuka, Bob Backlund, Jessee Ventura the list goes on
and on. When I was a kid we actually walked up the street with Andre The Giant
could have met him but I was crying too much. Hey I was nine. I also read a lot
about you in the wrestling magazines I got and alwyas knew who you were just
never saw you. I am so happy that you are back on Raw you and JR make the show.
You make me laugh so much and your genuine love for the sport truly comes
I got your book for Christmas!!! (It was my favorite gift.) I'm about 3/4 the way through with it - it's great!!! I'm from Corinth,MS and was wondering if you were going to be anywhere in this area for a book signing?? By the way, I work for the Kimberly-Clark Mill here in Corinth.... (I've been with them for over 20 years - transferred all over the Southeast U.S.) I know people that worked at Memphis and know your brother, Larry... I've never had the chance to visit there when it was in operation... Also, when I was a kid growing up in Georgia (had to the 70's), I remember you coming through the area and wrestling... I specifically remembering you being on channel 3 in Columbus, GA at 4:00 for live wrestling. People just loved to hate you!!! Take care and good luck to you in all your endeavors!!! I'm really enjoying your book!!
I just finished your book and I am half way through Hogan`s, and your book is a hundred times the Hogan book is. You just need to put it out on DVD and blow Hogan off the charts. Thanks KING.
DAVID UNION CITY, TENNESSEE
Hey Jerry, I really loved your book. My expectations were pretty high and you exceeded them. Is there any way I can get my copy signed? I live in Michigan, are you coming near here? Maybe I can mail it to you and you can send it back, the return postage on me of course. I hope to hear back from you. Once again, great book!
Dale Foksa - Ferndale, Michigan
Greetings Oh Great King!
King, I just recently read your book and it was amazing . I have read books by Mick Foley, The Rock, Hulk Hogan, etc. and yours was by far the best. The stories about the old days of wrestling were my favorite . My wife was actually jealous of your book because once I started reading , I didn't want to put it down . I just wanted to write and thank you for writing the book . Have a wonderful New Year. Your Fan,
King I would like to thank you for an interesting read. I
I wanted to write you to thank you for putting out such a great book. I have read The Rock's book and one of Mick Foley's books, and with all due respect to their authors and subjects, yours was by far the superior read. I loved the other books, don't get me wrong, but I never laughed or cried while sitting by myself to a book before. Come to think of it, I never laughed or cried sitting by myself period.
I was a fan of wrestling as a young boy in the seventies and early eighties. But living in St. Louis, I saw Wrestling at the Chase, and WW(F) programming. The Chase show had alot of Dick the Bruiser and Harley Race, but I never remember ever seeing you wrestle as a child. In fact, other than hearing of The King Jerry Lawler, I can't say that I even knew who you were until I started watching wrestling again as an adult about five years ago, and other than a handful of matches here and there, I know you solely as an announcer.
I knew as soon as I saw WW(F) RAW for the first time, (sometime in 1998) that I was seeing something special. You and J.R. were as much of the story to me as the matches themselves. I have been to a couple of shows live at The Savvis Center in the past few years, and while I have enjoyed myself thoroughly, I found out after my first live event, that it's not the same when you can't hear you two. So, from then on, I have recorded the show when I have gone, and watched it AS SOON as I got home.
Back to the book. I received it as a Christmas present from my mother-in-law, which was a shock. (I can only think that my wife told her that it's what I really wanted, because my in-laws think that the WWE is evil) My wife knows how big a fan I am, and asked me if I wanted Hogan's new book when she saw it, but I told her that what I really wanted was yours because all though I was always a big Hulkamaniac, I just feel more in sync with your thoughts every time I watch RAW.
Your book was great. You have the total package. Humor, tragedy, triumph, and heartbreak. From one fan to the ultimate fan, you are the King. I wish I could have known the glory of your kingdom sooner, but the book helped me catch up. Thank you for such an entertaining read, not to mention such entertaining Monday nights.
I don't know if you respond to your emails, or if you even actually read all of them, but I must say that a response from the King would be the absolute coolest thing in the world.
have a question for you, I have never been to a live show other than a house
show in my home town; Toledo,Ohio. So I was wondering since you and J.R.
really make "Raw", "Smackdown!", and the PPV's worth watching ; I was
wondering that if I was to go to one of these events would I be able to hear
the commentary in the audience?
Mr. Charles A. Van Dyne I
Dear Jerry "The King" (Not the Ring, Dammit!)
The book is great, I've read the Rocks book, Mankind and yours is keeping me
peeled to it I think I could finish it in a day, but I really enjoy relaxing
and reading it at night. I grew up with wrestling here in Memphis so alot
of the stories I can really relate to.
King, Just finished the book. Growing up in Cookeville it was neat to read things and think " I remember that". Lance & Dave on Saturday morning was "can't miss TV." Feel lucky, for you have lived a charmed life. All I can say is " When will the movie be out?" Good luck on wherever the Royal Road leads you next. You had me fooled, too. I didn't know for sure the Kaufman thing was a work until I saw Man on the Moon.
Ken Sarr - Cookeville, Tn
GREETINGS KING; I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF YOUR EVERY SINCE YOU STARTED WRESTLING WAY BACK IN 1970. I WAS IN THE SIXTH GRADE WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED WRESTLING. I AM NOW 43 YEARS OLD, BUT, I WILL NEVER FORGET THE GOOD OLD GLORY DAYS OF WRESTLING. WHEN I WAS A KID GROWING UP, WE COULDN'T WAIT UNTIL SATURDAY MORNING TO SEE YOU AND SAM BASS WHIP SOMEBODY'S ASS ON CHANNEL 13 W.H.B.Q. DOWN ON HIGHLAND. WHEN YOU PLAYED THE PART OF A 'HEEL', YOU WERE A CLASSIC 'HEEL.' YOU WERE MEAN AND NASTY, AND WE LOVED IT. BEING AN AFRICAN AMERICAN, I WAS ALWAYS GLAD TO SEE AFRICAN AMERICAN WRESTLERS PERFORM IN THE RING. I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WRESTLED BEAR CAT BROWN. YOU AND BEARCAT HAD SOME CLASSIC MATCHES, AND I REMEMBER WHEN YOU DROPPED THE BELT TO ROCKY JOHNSON, BACK IN 1976. WHEN YOU AND SAM BASS WERE TOGETHER; YOU AND SAM MADE A CLASSIC TEAM. I REMEMBER WAY BACK WHEN JIM WHITE WAS YOUR PARTNER; YOU AND JIM BEAT EVERYBODY'S ASS IN THE TERRITORY. AND I REMEMBER WHEN YOU TEAMED UP WITH PLOWBOY FRAZIER. NOW THAT WAS A CLASSIC TEAM. YOU AND PLOWBOY MADE US LAUGH EVERY SATURDAY MORNING AND EVERY MONDAY NIGHT AT THE COLISEUM. IT WAS FUNNY WHEN YOU AND SAM TURNED ON PLOWBOY IN MAY OF 1976. YOU ALL HAD AN ANGLE, WHEREBY, OLE JERRY JARRETT WAS TELLING PLOWBOY THAT YOU WERE JUST USING HIM, AND YOU WERE STEALING HIS MONEY. HE TOLD PLOWBOY THAT THE RINGS YOU BOUGHT WHEN WERE FAKE AND THEY COST ONLY 5 DOLLARS A PIECE. I LAUGHED SO HARD I CRIED. THEN YOU TOLD PLOWBOY HE WAS A BIG DUMB RED NECK IF HE BELIEVED WHAT JERRY JARRETT HAD TOLD HIM, THEN YOU AND SAM JUMPED PLOWBOY AND BEAT HIS ASS WITH A AX HANDLE. I MEAN PLOWBOY ACTUALLY HAD REAL SCARS ON HIS BACK FROM THE BEATING YOU AND SAM PUT ON HIS FAT ASS. YOU AND SAM BEAT PLOWBOY LIKE A GOVERNMENT MULE. REMEMBER BACK WHEN YOU AND SAM USE TO GO TO THE RING THE LITTLE OLD LADIES IN THE FRONT ROW USE TO SWING AT YOU AND SAM WITH PURSES, WALKING STICKS AND ANYTHING ELSE THEY COULD GET THEIR HANDS ON. I REMEMBER ONE NIGHT YOU AND SAM WERE GETTING OUT OF THE RING AND A LITTLE OLD LADY HIT YOU OVER THE HEAD WITH AN UMBRELLA. I REMEMBER THE SAD NIGHT THAT SAM BASS AND THE DOMINOS (FRANK HESTER & PEPE LOPEZ) DIED IN THAT FATAL CAR CRASH EARLY IN THE MORNING BACK IN AUGUST OF 1976. YOU HAD WRESTLED HARLEY RACE THE NIGHT BEFORE IN MEMPHIS. YOU WERE CONTENDING FOR THE WORLD HEAVY CHAMPIONSHIP BELT. AT THAT TIME ALL THE TOP CONTENDERS WERE COMING TO MEMPHIS, AND YOU WERE BEATING THEM EVERY WEEK AND MOVING UP THE LADDER TO THE NUMBER ONE SPOT TO GET A SHOT AT TERRY FUNK'S NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE. IT WAS IN THE SUMMER, AND I WAS ABOUT TO ENTER THE TWELFTH GRADE AT MITCHELL HIGH SCHOOL IN SOUTHWEST MEMPHIS. WHEN WE HEARD THE NEWS ON THE RADIO, I WAS IN SHOCK. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. I SIT DOWN AND I COULD NOT DO ANYTHING BUT THINK ABOUT GOOD OLE SAM BASS, AND HOW WRESTLING IN MEMPHIS WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN WITHOUT SAM BASS. SAM (FRED W.) BASS WAS A CLASSIC WRESTLER. HE WAS A HIGHLY SKILLED AND PROFESSIONAL PERFORMER. HE HAD CHARISMA ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT HE DID. SAM WAS PROFESSIONAL TO THE LETTER. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER SAM BASS IN THE WRESTLING PROFESSION. AND, I'M SURE EVERY MONDAY NIGHT; SAM IS LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND WATCH YOU DO YOUR THING ON WWE RAW. I BOUGHT YOUR NEW BOOK; IT IS EXCELLENT. YOU DID A GOOD JOB. I'M SORRY THAT YOUR WIFE 'THE KAT' WALKED OUT ON YOU. I KNOW THAT HURT YOU. MANY YEARS AGO; I LOVED A WOMAN AND IT DIDN'T WORK OUT; AND IT HURT ME SO BAD, BUT, I HAD TO GO ON WITH MY LIFE. AND, YOU HAVE TO GO ON WITH YOUR LIFE. I KNOW FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE, WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE; YOU CAN'T JUST STOP LOVING THEM BECAUSE THE LEFT YOU; THE LOVE FOR THEM IS STILL IN YOUR HEART; BUT, I MUST TELL YOU KING; KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS; I KNOW THAT THE MAN YOU ARE; THERE WILL BE ANOTHER WOMAN WHO CAN FILL YOUR LIFE WITH JOY AND HAPPINESS, AND I AM HOPING AND PRAYING THAT YOU GET YOU ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL WIFE TO SHARE YOUR LIFE WITH. SHE'S OUT THERE, JUST WAITING FOR THE KING. TAKE CARE KING, AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU.
PROF. J. L. MOORE
Great book KING!
I read about this site in your book and thought I would give it a shot see if I hear anything back. Anyways I really enjoyed your book I could not put it down I got it for Christmas and am already done with it. I stayed up till four am to finish it. The part about you and Stacy made me cry I am so sorry. I always enjoy your commentating on raw and never miss an episode. I am looking forward to seeing you soon in Chicago on January 27th I never miss a live event. Thank you for the book and I know it will be a number one seller in no time!
Love, Christy Billing
Greetings from San Antonio, Texas. My name is Carlos, but I wrestle under the name of El Latino. I bought your book and I must say it was good read. It only took me two days to read, I couldn't put it down. Any chance of you coming down to San Antonio for a book signing? Just know King that your book was very positive. Don't call it luck like you said towards the end of your book. You made it in this business because your just that talented. You give Indy guys like myself hope to make it one day. I hope to meet you one day. Take care and God Bless.
PS: Happy New Year!
Carlos - http://www.latindeathdrop.com
I just got done reading your book. It was very good. I have been a fan since I was six years old. I used to watch you, Tojo, Bearcat Brown, Len Rossi ,and my favorite at the time Jackie Fargo, with my father at the old memorial auditorium in Chattanooga, Tn. I hope you continue to do very well in the WWE and all your other pursuits. Thanks for the memories - gregpenland @charter.net
I just read your book and wanted to tell you that not only was it a great look into the world of wrestling, but I had to applaud you and how gutsy I thought you were to add the chapters about you and Stacy and your breakup. Not a lot of people would be willing to let anyone inside on details like that. Anyway thanks for the great book and I cant wait to see you when RAW comes to Mohegan Sun on January 13th- I'll definitely be there!
A very loyal fan, Matt Boiselle
I enjoyed your book King. I thought the white cover was an
Hello King! I just wanted to let you know that my one and only Christmas present this year was your book. It was a very tight Christmas as far as money was concerned, but your book made the holiday very worth-while. I have always been a huge wrestling fan and in my 33 years, I've seen alot! I appreciate you bringing back some old memories for me (I completely forgot you used to throw fire). Thanks a bunch! It was a great read. My wife and baby girl are hoping to have a better Christmas next year, but if things are still the same, I hope you have another literary item out by then that can serve as next year's present! Thanks for being the King! Peace!
John Galindo - Houston, Texas
Hi I just wanted
to THANK THE KING for signing my tickets when WWE was in Boston, MA on Nov. 4th
2002. My seats were along the side of the entrance ramp, and he was nice enough
to sign them for us. I have enclosed a picture that he posed for also... THANKS
KING!!!! Hopefully if I can still get tickets I will see you all at The ROYAL
I just got done reading a copy of "It's good to be the King...Sometimes". I want to say that the book was just awesome.
The book brought you threw all emotions, it will make you mad, laugh, cry and you can feel the emotion of the whole book. It has just the right amount of past, and present. I just want to say that i usually am not a book reader, if i can not get into the first chapter, I will just put the book down, With this book it was opposite, I could not put it down because he just was such a easy read, and once you started you could not put it down. King, hat's off you did a great job, and thanks for writing such a great book.
I remember Thanksgiving, 1988, Jackson, TN. My first meeting
My Favorite Memory of Jerry The
I was in a USA Championship
Wrestling event in the Nashville Fairgrounds in 2001. It was my brothers
birthday. Jerry was still with The Kat at the time. He was facing a guy whose
name is not important. Jerry seemed to be playing with him. I knew Jerry would
win and of course he did. He took the time to say some words on the mic in the
middle of the match to talk trash and say hi. Jerry is one of a kind. I was at
ringside. And then in the end Kat stripped down to her Bra and Panties right
in the middle of the ring. I wont ever forget that night. It was the fight
event I ever say The King fight in a wrestling match when I was actually there.
Long Live The King!
~Chase Johnson~ AKA Chase Hammer
I was a golden ringside ticket holder at the "September 2
I was in a USA Championship Wrestling event in the Nashville Fairgrounds in 2001. It was my brothers birthday. Jerry was still with The Kat at the time. He was facing a guy whose name is not important. Jerry seemed to be playing with him. I knew Jerry would win and of course he did. He took the time to say some words on the mic in the middle of the match to talk trash and say hi. Jerry is one of a kind. I was at ringside. And then in the end Kat stripped down to her Bra and Panties right in the middle of the ring. I wont ever forget that night. It was the fight event I ever say The King fight in a wrestling match when I was actually there. Long Live The King!
~Chase Johnson~ AKA Chase Hammer
I was a golden ringside ticket holder at the "September 2