Taking Tennessee to the extreme
This weekend, fans in Jackson, Tennessee will get to see two things that are loved in western Tennessee: beautiful ECW Vixens in bikinis and hometown legend Jerry “The King” Lawler.
That’s right, I said Jerry “The King” Lawler. Never thought you’d see that in print? Well, believe it, because on Sunday night “The King” will be in Jackson hosting an Extreme Vixen Best Body Contest between Francine and Kelly Kelly.
Granted, everyone knows that “The King” loves the ladies (especially the WWE Divas, and apparently the ECW Vixens as well), and Jackson is only about 90 miles up Interstate 40 from Lawler’s hometown of Memphis. But even with those two factors accounted for, one would have to wonder why Lawler would grace the fans of what he calls “extremely crappy wrestling” with his presence?
“The most important reason is that I don’t want to see ECW invade and get a foothold in what I consider my home territory,” Lawler explained. “Everyone knows Memphis is my hometown, and for years Jackson was a regular stop on our Memphis circuit. It just rubs me the wrong way to see this ‘Extremely Crappy Wrestling’ come into my home area, and if it’s ever anywhere close by where I can do something about it, I will. I’m going to perform my own little invasion and show people the difference between Extremely Crappy Wrestling and Jerry “The King” Lawler.”
This won’t be the first time Lawler has shown up at an ECW event; many fans will remember that he even wrestled there, taking on Tommy Dreamer at Hardcore Heaven 1997. The ECW fans in Florida showed him no mercy that night, but this time, the proximity to home makes “The King” believe the response will be different.
“I think that the fans there have known me for many years, and I feel that I’ll be the fan favorite there no matter what,” he confidently proclaimed. “I think they’ll know the difference between me and ‘Extremely Crappy Wrestling.’ They’ve sided with me for many years now, and I don’t think that will change just because this is a different brand.”
Lawler remains very critical of ECW, and he knows that the entire locker room wants to make an example of him; still, “The King” isn’t worried about going into enemy territory alone.
“When you look at ECW, there are guys that I’m very familiar with like Big Show or Kurt Angle,” he said. “Those guys I know from RAW. But when it comes to guys like Tommy Dreamer, Sandman, or Balls Mahoney, that’s a different story; that’s who I’m gunning for. I wouldn’t doubt that they’ll all get together and try to get rid of “The King” because none of them can do it by themselves.”
No matter what happens on Sunday, Lawler warns that this may not be the only time he gets extreme.
“Throughout history, Kings have always gone on crusades, and I may just take this on as my own royal crusade,” he affirmed. “To invade them at every opportunity, I may make that my own crusade and see if I can get rid of this ‘Extremely Crappy Wrestling’ for good. It’s been a thorn in my side and a blemish on sports-entertainment for a long time, and something needs to be done about it. I don’t want to tip my hand or anything, but I’m leaving that door wide open.”
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if Lawler has anything more to say about his ECW experience when RAW is live in his hometown of Memphis on Monday night.