Jerry The King Lawler delivered his patented piledriver on Hollywood Heather to score the victory for his team in an inter-gender tag match during the !Bang! TV tapings on Saturday, May 25 at the !Bang! TV Soundstage in (Central Florida) Ocala.
It marked Lawler’s first official match since his heart attack last year on WWE Monday Night Raw.
Cleared by doctors to compete, Lawler accepted an offer from fellow WWE Hall of Famer Dory Funk Jr. to team with him, Johnny Magnum and Jessica Power-House Hill. They battled Cory Wild Weston, Quinton Drop-Back Hitchcock, Romero Youngblood and Hollywood Heather.
Lawler was declared in excellent physical condition. The final clearance for his much anticipated in-ring return was determined after a blood pressure examination at ringside by Funking Conservatory wrestler Dr. Andrew Kontantinov, a physician from Russia who was assisted by Dory Funk’s personal nurse, Julie Kraynack, and assistant nurse Chika.
Lawler surprised the capacity crowd when he decided to start the match.
After successful forays against his male opposition (Weston, Hitchcock, Youngblood), the 6-foot blonde bombshell Hollywood Heather took the tag to face Lawler. He responded by tagging his lady partner, Hill.
Hollywood Heather was infuriated throughout the match that The King would not face her. After 15 minutes of exciting action, Hollywood Heather confronted Lawler again. When Lawler refused to lay a hand on her, she slapped him in the face. Lawler responded with the same devastating move that put Andy Kauffman in a neck-brace. Lawler applied the piledriver on Hollywood Heather and covered her as referee Claudia the Claw Reiff made the 3-count.
• About those involved in the matchup
Hollywood Heather - strong, beautiful, powerful; professional actor since age 3.
Cory Wild Weston - WWE developmental, cleared WWE Wellness tests, assigned to Orlando on July 1.
Quinton Drop-Back Hitchcock - Exceptional athlete (football, baseball, amateur wrestling); second to former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper in high school stats; hit 460 in high school baseball; amateur wrestling since at age 8.
Romero Youngblood - nephew of former pro wrestler Jay Youngblood; grandson of Amarillo territory star Ricky Romero.
Dr. Andrew Kontantinov - ringside physician and wrestler from Russia; family wanted him to become a doctor so he finished med school and then called the Funking Conservatory to become a pro wrestler.
Johnny Magnum - retired U.S. Military, made two trips to Afghanistan; doctorate in Family Counseling and works for the state of Florida; also, Funking Conservatory Team Spiritual Leader (Pastor).
Jessica Power-House Hill - dedicated athletic performer; powerlifter; accomplished 5k runner.
Dory Funk Jr. - WWE Hall of Famer, legend, former NWA champion; former coach of the WWE Dojo; current coach of the Funking Conservatory.
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