The (Southwest Florida) Fort Myers Miracle minor league baseball team will welcome WWE Hall of Famer Jerry The King Lawler to Hammond Stadium on Saturday, May 4. The game between the Miracle and the St. Lucie Mets, the Single A affiliate of the New York Mets, will start at 6:05 p.m., and gates will open at 5 p.m.
Lawler is one of the most beloved wrestlers in history. A long time co-host of WWE Monday Night Raw, Lawler joined the broadcast team in 2001 and has been a part of many memorable moments in wrestling. Monday Night Raw is the longest running weekly episodic entertainment show in television history.
In 1982, Lawler began a notorious feud with comedian Andy Kaufman. At the time, Kaufman wrestled women as a part of his comedic routine and declared himself the Intergender Heavyweight Champion. Lawler took exception to the skits and on April 5, 1982, The King wrestled Kaufman in Memphis. During the course of the match, Lawler delivered two pile drivers, sending Kaufman to the hospital.
On July 29, 1982, Lawler slapped Kaufman in the face on an episode of Late Night with David Letterman. Kaufman responded by throwing his coffee on Lawler. Years later, Lawler appeared as himself in the Kaufman biopic “Man on the Moon.”
On Sept. 10, 2012, Lawler suffered a heart attack while live on the air with Monday Night Raw. The heart attack caused Lawler to miss two months of the broadcast schedule as he miraculously recovered. On Nov. 12, 2012, Lawler returned to Monday Night Raw to a standing ovation.
Originally a disc jockey in Memphis, Lawler started wrestling professionally in 1970. During his career, Lawler won more than 160 titles including the AWA title. In 2007, Lawler was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by none other than actor William Shatner.
At the Miracle game, Lawler will sign autographs, pose for photos and throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
• WWE returns to Florida in June with four shows throughout the state.
WWE will be at the BB&T Center, formerly Bank Atlantic Center, in (South Florida) Sunrise on Friday, June 7.
Bell time is 7:30 p.m. for this house show (no TV) with John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins) and more.
Talent subject to change.
Tickets, starting at $20, are on sale via TicketMaster online www.ticketmaster.com, outlets or by phone 800-745-3000, or you can go to the box office of the BB&T Center, home to the Florida Panthers hockey team.
WWE invades the Lakeland Center in Central Florida at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan and more. Talent subject to change.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 4 via TicketMaster.
WWE visits the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22.
See John Cena, Kane, Ryback, Mark Henry, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan and more. Talent subject to change.
Tickets, starting at $15, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, May 10 via TicketMaster and at the civic center box office.
There is a TickeMaster Internet presale beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7.
WWE will be busy on Saturday, June 22 with another show at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.
Bell time is 7:30 p.m. featuring Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, Big Show, The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins), Big E Langston, AJ Lee and more. Talent subject to change.
Tickets, starting at $15, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, May 10 via TicketMaster.
There is a TicketMaster Internet presale beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7.
Ticket purchasing note
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