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A little over three months later, Lawler and Kaufman appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. A little over three months later, Lawler and Kaufman appeared on Late Night with David Letterman.
From his hospital bed he declared to the press that he was done with wrestling and would stick to comedy. From his hospital bed he declared to the press that he was done with wrestling and would stick to comedy.
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(WMC-TV) - Andy Kaufman, whose brother recently claimed the comedian faked his own death, was supposedly injured this week 32 years ago at the Mid-South Coliseum during a wrestling match with Jerry "The King" Lawler.

After suffering a sprained cervical spine when Lawler lifted him in the air and then slammed his head into the ring floor, Kaufman was sent to St. Francis in East Memphis. Doctors reportedly put him in traction.

"Before the match, I thought wrestling was phony, I guess I learned different ... after something like this, I can't believe it's phony ... or as phony as I used to think it was," said Kaufman April 5, 1982, according to G. Wayne Dowdy's compilation "On this Day in Memphis History."

From his hospital bed he declared to the press that he was done with wrestling and would stick to comedy.

A little over three months later, Lawler and Kaufman appeared on Late Night with David Letterman; the feud remains a TV touchstone. During the interview, Lawler slapped Kaufman out of his chair. The program cut to commercial when Kaufman threw Dave's coffee at Lawler.

But Lawler said last November that he wants a rematch if legendary Kaufman is, in fact, still alive.

"One of the main things he talked about was the best prank or scam he could pull would be to fake his own death," said Lawler. "Somebody asked me, 'What if Andy walked up to you today, what would you say to him?' And I said I'd give him a big hug and say, "Andy you did it. You pulled it off.' "

Kaufman died from lung cancer in 1984.


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