Top 50 good guys in wrestling history

#35 Jerry "The King" Lawler

Known for his acerbic wit as a broadcasting mainstay for nearly 20 years, Jerry Lawler has become one of the most beloved figures in sports-entertainment history. But long before he gained fame as a color commentator, “The King” earned his crown as the top hero in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. (WATCH)

Taking on the era’s greatest villains including “Superstar” Billy Graham, “Dirty” Dutch Mantell and Jesse “The Body” Ventura, the WWE Hall of Famer became as revered in Memphis as another king, Elvis Presley. Lawler rose to national prominence in 1982 when his legendary rivalry with comedian Andy Kaufman resulted in a notorious encounter on “Late Night with David Letterman.” Their pro wrestling saga broke pop culture barriers, and paved the way for other celebrity involvement in sports-entertainment.

When “The King” suffered a heart attack on Raw in 2012, the WWE Universe suffered a scare of what a world without Jerry Lawler might look like. Thankfully we didn't have to find out. — ZACH LINDER