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Old 05-06-2013, 06:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Classics 4: Jerry Lawler vs Ric Flair

The Southern Heavyweight Champion, Jerry Lawler vs NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair; the year, 1982.

Now, what would account for a classic? A legendary feud that gets built up for months with the intensity shooting over the roof culminating in a match to end it all between the two wrestlers? Yes? No? Well, my answer is not necessary.

This match, had Lawler on the mic going all out on Hart saying Hart wants him back but he has no plans to join the First Family while from the side, Ric Flair gets into the ring to face a young Rick McCord gets pulled into a conversation by Lawler.

Lawler smooth talks him into defending his title in a 10 minute match against Lawler to impress the Memphis Crowd and the pretty ladies which Flair handles in a cool manner going on to do Memphis a favor.

The match starts as a traditional match where they exchange holds with Lawler slowly getting on the nerves of Flair with the fans going and picks up pace to the level where Flair loses his cool and goes all out. In the 9th minute, Lawler is put into a figure four but refuses to tap out and time is up. Flair snaps and goes out to extend the time by 5 minutes which starts out as a brawl as Flair does not want a draw. Things escalate when Lawler starts to punch and peaks when Lawler hits his finisher on Flair who rolls out, stumbles and takes his title and walks out resulting in Lawler's victory by a count out.

It is not over yet though, the pay off is Flair hands a check of 10000 to Hart asking him to finish off Lawler for him and come collect also saying the match was unsanctioned and uncontracted and hence him losing does not count.

One of a few matches where the whole feud starts and ends before and after 5 minutes of the 15 minute match while managing to entertain and work the fans with psychology other than having a decent pay off for the feud. Ric Flair and Lawler doing what they do best:



Question to veteran fans, was this before or after Kaufman incident and did Flair/Lawler rivalry ever build?

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P.S: Correct me if I am wrong for all I have is what I read and ofcourse, what i see on youtube.
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Default Re: Classics 4: Jerry Lawler vs Ric Flair

Never seen this before so firstly thanks for posting

Really enjoyed it, showed the best of Flair and Lawler, always thought Flair was someone who could only appreciate in a 20+ minute match but he was great here

The set up to the match was great as was the aftermath and the match itself told a great story.
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The Southern Heavyweight Champion, Jerry Lawler vs NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair; the year, 1982.

Now, what would account for a classic? A legendary feud that gets built up for months with the intensity shooting over the roof culminating in a match to end it all between the two wrestlers? Yes? No? Well, my answer is not necessary.

This match, had Lawler on the mic going all out on Hart saying Hart wants him back but he has no plans to join the First Family while from the side, Ric Flair gets into the ring to face a young Rick McCord gets pulled into a conversation by Lawler.

Lawler smooth talks him into defending his title in a 10 minute match against Lawler to impress the Memphis Crowd and the pretty ladies which Flair handles in a cool manner going on to do Memphis a favor.

The match starts as a traditional match where they exchange holds with Lawler slowly getting on the nerves of Flair with the fans going and picks up pace to the level where Flair loses his cool and goes all out. In the 9th minute, Lawler is put into a figure four but refuses to tap out and time is up. Flair snaps and goes out to extend the time by 5 minutes which starts out as a brawl as Flair does not want a draw. Things escalate when Lawler starts to punch and peaks when Lawler hits his finisher on Flair who rolls out, stumbles and takes his title and walks out resulting in Lawler's victory by a count out.

It is not over yet though, the pay off is Flair hands a check of 10000 to Hart asking him to finish off Lawler for him and come collect also saying the match was unsanctioned and uncontracted and hence him losing does not count.

One of a few matches where the whole feud starts and ends before and after 5 minutes of the 15 minute match while managing to entertain and work the fans with psychology other than having a decent pay off for the feud. Ric Flair and Lawler doing what they do best:



Question to veteran fans, was this before or after Kaufman incident and did Flair/Lawler rivalry ever build?

Dedicating this to greenlawler

P.S: Correct me if I am wrong for all I have is what I read and ofcourse, what i see on youtube.
Thanks Stranger, this was truly one of the great moments from CWA. But really if you watched that show you were spoiled. Awesome things happened all the time. They could tell a story in that promotion.

I believe unless memory fails me that this was in the middle of the Kaufman feud. I think the Kaufman shtick went on until late 83.Hart was in Lawler's corner (what Lawler was referring too) during a match against one of J.J. Dillon's men, Kimala or Kendo Nagasaki, but I am pretty sure it was Kimala.

The Lawler fued never built as I think the brief on again off again flirting between the NWA and the CWA kept heating and cooling. The NWA was never going to let Lawler have a run with their belt, especially since the CWA had driven their Mid-American promotion out of business, and apparently Dusty and Jarrett had some heat at the time.

Flair returned to Memphis to face Lawler for the belt in 85. They also ran the same card in Louisville two weeks later. Both times Lawler lost by DQ for throwing Flair over the top rope. According to Scott Bowden (a former Lawler manager) Lawler hated working with Flair at the time. Interesting side note about this era....the CWA always ran similar cards in Memphis, Louisville, and Nashville. Nashville for it's main event did not get Flair vs Lawler, it got Lawler vs Martel for the AWA title.

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Thanks Stranger, this was truly one of the great moments from CWA. But really if you watched that show you were spoiled. Awesome things happened all the time. They could tell a story in that promotion.

I believe unless memory fails me that this was in the middle of the Kaufman feud. I think the Kaufman shtick went on until late 83.Hart was in Lawler's corner (what Lawler was referring too) during a match against one of J.J. Dillon's men, Kimala or Kendo Nagasaki, but I am pretty sure it was Kimala.

The Lawler fued never built as I think the brief on again off again flirting between the NWA and the CWA kept heating and cooling. The NWA was never going to let Lawler have a run with their belt, especially since the CWA had driven their Mid-American promotion out of business, and apparently Dusty and Jarrett had some heat at the time.

Flair returned to Memphis to face Lawler for the belt in 85. They also ran the same card in Louisville two weeks later. Both times Lawler lost by DQ for throwing Flair over the top rope. According to Scott Bowden (a former Lawler manager) Lawler hated working with Flair at the time. Interesting side note about this era....the CWA always ran similar cards in Memphis, Louisville, and Nashville. Nashville for it's main event did not get Flair vs Lawler, it got Lawler vs Martel for the AWA title.
I am curious how it played out between Lawler/Hart/Kaufman post this match's events. This happened in August 1982. So was Kaufman feud already on?
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I am curious how it played out between Lawler/Hart/Kaufman post this match's events. This happened in August 1982. So was Kaufman feud already on?
Yes the Kaufman feud began around 1981. Contrary to a lot of the info you see online, Kaufman had been appearing in Memphis for a while, the escalation, the Lawler singles match took place April 5th of 1982. The feud did not end for good until 1983.

If you are really interested Mark James wrote a book on Memphis wrestling in 1982 you should check it out.
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This is another example of why Flair is final GOAT level bazillion. Just a small studio taping with maybe 50 people there and he sells the whole thing like a rockstar. He just oozed natural champness. Lawler was great here too.

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Yes the Kaufman feud began around 1981. Contrary to a lot of the info you see online, Kaufman had been appearing in Memphis for a while, the escalation, the Lawler singles match took place April 5th of 1982. The feud did not end for good until 1983.

If you are really interested Mark James wrote a book on Memphis wrestling in 1982 you should check it out.
You'd be surprised how many times I've had to correct internet people about that feud. A common misunderstanding is that Kaufman never got pinned while a wrestler. Yes, yes he did get pinned by Jerry Lawler. I have the complete Kaufman arc in my personal wrestling video collection.
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