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Even when he's off, he's on. Even when Jerry "The King" Lawler is hanging out backstage and relaxing, he's still hilarious. Take for example this recent interview. There were no television cameras, just three scrawny "peasants" who "The King" could have easily dismissed. But, fortunately for all of us, he didn't ... You provided the illustrations for the just-released "Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos!" What do you think of the finished product?

King: I was really pleased with it. I think it wound up being like 45 pieces of finished art, and I got tired of looking at it for a little while. But then, once the art was all submitted and it took a little while for the book to be completed, getting it back and seeing it all put together, I was really proud of it. I thought it turned out good. The story, of course, by Mick is great. I think everyone will be pleased with it. Some of the proceeds from the sale of the book are going to charity. Tell us about that.

King: Yeah, it's one of Mick's charities. It involved the little boy who was burned and who was the actual inspiration for the story. I don't know exactly what percentage, but I hope it comes out of Mick's end. Mick is going to be doing some book signings. Can we expect "The King" to do some signings as well?

King: Yeah, I'm sure I will. And you can just imagine what a book signed by both Mick and "The King" would be worth. It would be a collectible. It would be unbelievable. So I would suggest that probably what would be the best thing for the fans to do is to actually buy three copies of the book. Get one signed by Mick. Get one signed by me. And then get the other one signed by both of us. And then you've got the complete set. How are the XFL cheerleader tryouts going?

King: Very, very nice. It's hard work, don't get me wrong. It's very difficult. When you're surrounded by 125 lovely ladies who think that their opportunity to get a very good, high-profile, good-paying job depends solely on you, it's tough. It's a lot of pressure. And literally, they are what they say. They're tryouts -- I try these girls out. Most of them have passed the physical by the way. If you need any help with that ...

King: Oh sure, I'm getting a lot of volunteers for help. But yeah, I conducted a thorough physical on the girls -- separately of course, individually. And then after that, it gets into some of the lesser important stuff like talking to them. Nobody looks at a cheerleader for her brains. When's the last time a guy ever yelled at a girl's brains? Or whistled at a girl's brains for that matter? Speaking of lovely ladies, we understand you're a newlywed. Tell us about the wedding.

King: Well, yeah. Everybody's familiar with Miss Kitty, or The Kat here in the WWF. She and I went out to Las Vegas and tied to knot Sept. 29. It's cool, you know. I guess really all marriages are happy, it's just the living together afterwards that's tough. But it's been fun so far. The only thing I didn't like was everybody kissing the bride; two weeks after the ceremony is a little too much I think. So how is married life treating you? It's been a couple weeks now ...

King: Yeah, about three weeks. I think this past Friday was my three-week anniversary. So far so good. We've been together for a long time, about 11 years, so it's not really that much different. They say you never really know a woman until you meet her in court, so I haven't had to do that yet. I'm looking forward to a long and wonderful relationship with The Kat. Kurt Angle won the World Wrestling Federation Championship at No Mercy after only 11 months in the WWF. You've been in the wrestling business for a long time. Have you ever seen anyone make the impact that Kurt has in such a short period of time?

King: Well, without a doubt, Kurt's a special individual. We should have all known that when he won the Olympic gold medal. The sky's the limit for what this guy can accomplish. Of course, he's at the pinnacle of the WWF right now. I don't know what more he can do. But, if there are other heights he can climb, I would look for him to be able to do it. The election is just a few weeks away. As a man who ran for the mayor of Memphis, what are your thoughts?

King: First of all, I want to say I'm a little bit disappointed in both (Al) Gore and (George W.) Bush for not responding to our "Smackdown Challenge" and at least coming out and taking on the opportunity. It makes me wonder about the intelligence level of these two guys. You can come out at no cost. They spend millions of dollars to buy 30-second ads. When you can come on a television program that reaches 14 million eligible voters for zero dollars -- at no cost to them -- for them to ignore that and turn that down is unthinkable to me.

I was talking to one of the cheerleaders about this, and I told her, I like Bush. As a matter of fact, I love Bush. And of course she said she liked Al Gore. And I said, well, I've been down on Bush a little bit lately myself. Really, when you've got the Republican ticket that has Dick Cheney and George Bush -- how can you go wrong with Bush and Dick on the same card?

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