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.