Jerry ‘The King” Lawler and his fiancee Lauryn McBride were arrested on Thursday after police arrived the scene due to reports of a domestic dispute.
Reportedly, Lawler struck McBride on the head and pushed her against the stove.
McBride stated that the WWE Superstar looked for his handgun and ordered his fiancee to “go ahead and kill herself.”
A minor domestic dispute
Lawler’s story is different, as he states that it was McBride who brought the gun from the garage to the kitchen, threatened to kill herself, and kicked him in the groin. Both were taken into custody and were charged with domestic assault. The arrest occurred around 1 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday at their home in Memphis. The couple has been living in the same home for five years.
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Lawler asserts that 27-year-old McBride was the one who started the fight when she arrived home drunk after watching a basketball game with her friends. Through a phone call, Lawler commented that McBride intended to drive away, to which she became violent as he forbid her of driving under the influence of alcohol.
“Sometimes when she over drinks, we get into a little bit of a shouting match,” he told WMC-TV.
The King’s prolific career
66-year-old Jerry ‘The King” Lawler was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hall of Fame in 2007. He joined the company in 1992 and managed to win 168 titles, including the World Class Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion title, and the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship. He has held more titles than any other professional wrestler in the WWE.
Lawler got into a feud with comedian Andy Kaufman. Kaufman frequently wrestled women on his shows and eventually fought Lawler. Lawler knocked down Kaufman twice with a piledriver and reportedly sent him to the hospital. Lawler made an appearance of Kaufman’s movie Man on the Moon, starring Jim Carrey, where it was revealed that their feud was staged. Lawler commented that they were, in fact, good friends.
According to his autobiography titled “It’s Good To Be The King…,” Lawler formed a relationship with Carrey. Reportedly, Lawler got into character and somewhere between scenes held Carrey in a sleeper hold, sending him to the hospital. He also ran twice for the position of Mayor of Memphis. He first gathered 11.7 percent of the votes and then 4 percent on his second try.
As a Raw show developed where he defeated CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler by joining Randy Orton, Lawler suffered a heart attack on air, and he collapsed at the announcers table. Co-commentator Michael Cole continued to narrate the following matches, and then he reported Lawler’s condition. Lawler had received CPR and responded to emergency procedures.
He had to undergo angioplasty to restore regular blood flow to his heart. Two days later, Lawler was able to nod and squeeze his fingers. There was no subsequent brain damage, and he was dismissed to his home in Memphis. He continued his wrestling career and his ongoing rivalry with CM Punk. He then began to work as a commentator for the wrestling company.
“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest,” WWE stated that Lawler has been suspended due to the incident.