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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Slap Heard Around the World!

On Wednesday, July 28, 1982, thirty years ago this month, Jerry Lawler and Andy Kaufman continued

their burgeoning celebrity wrestling feud with
The Slap Heard Around the World on Late Night with

David Letterman

Meeting up on the
Letterman show, the two, who had been feuding in and out of the ring in Memphis,

Tennessee for months, were reportedly going to make up and settle their now legal differences on

Letterman’s late night talk show. However, as things grew heated during the course of the interview,

Jerry Lawler stood, turned, and slapped Andy Kaufman, who was wearing a neck brace worn due to

the illegal pile-drivers that Lawler had applied to Kaufman (twice) in a match in Memphis’ Mid-South

Coliseum, sending Kaufman to the hospital and causing Kaufman to threaten to sue Jerry Lawler.

Kaufman and Lawler’s appearance and the attention and heat it drew gave birth to the introduction

of celebrities into the wrestling world. The video itself has become one of the most viewed videos in

YouTube history and one of the most surprising and talked about moments in television history.

The Lawler-Kaufman feud is chronicled in the recently released, award-winning documentary film

Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’

Please join us in the remembrance of one of the all-time great comics on this thirty year anniversary of

The Slap Heard Around the World
and, please, remember not to mess with anyone from Hollywood!

Memphis Heat
is available on iTunes at

and on dvd at

For Referee Jerry Calhoun’s take on the Lawler-Kaufman feud, visit this outtake from
Memphis Heat:

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