First Match between Andy Kaufman and Jerry Lawler

by Mark Long

Jerry Lawler - Andy Kaufman - historyofwrestling.comThe first match in the legendary feud between Andy Kaufman and Jerry Lawler takes place at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN. with 8,091 fans in attendance. The match, which saw Lawler use multiple piledrivers to “injure” the comedian’s neck, made national headlines and eventually led to the infamous July 29, 1982 episode of Late Night w/David Letterman, during which Lawler slapped Kaufman out of his chair, causing the World Intergender champion to go on a memorable profanity-laced tirade on live television.