Jerry Lawler Returns to the Ring at a Surprising Location

Memphis, Tennessee's second most famous King made his return to action over the weekend.

WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler had a brief match during a Memphis Grizzlies NBA game on Friday night. His opponent? Surprisingly, former WWE Intercontinental champion and former TNA Wrestling owner Jeff Jarrett.

A (small) wrestling ring was constructed on what looks to be the second level of the Fedex Forum. The affair lasted about five minutes and was a special attraction promoted by the Grizzlies as being for their Grizzlyweight Championship. Jarrett ended up winning the match. You can view footage below.

Lawler has been retired from active wrestling for several years, though he will occasionally make special appearances. A few years ago, Lawler returned to the ring in the parking lot of the old Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis during a festival to rally support for saving the venue. That effort has been successful so far, as the venue which once housed many historical Memphis wrestling cards (Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman) and famous concerts (such as Memphis' other King, Elvis Presley) still stands.


It's good to see Jarrett enjoying himself again. He has been recovering from addiction issues in recent months. Jarrett recently underwent therapy, which WWE paid for, and is attempting to again get involved in the wrestling business. Lawler, of course, is still employed by WWE and typically announces on the monthly PPV kickoff shows.