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It's Good to be the King...: Sometimes [Hardcover]

Jerry Lawler
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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6 Jan 2003
The full story of one of wrestling's most colourful and outspoken personalities. An often controversial figure, Jerry 'The King' Lawler has been at the top of his profession both as a wrestler and most recently as a commentator for over 30 years. Holder of more than 90 regional or national titles over the course of his career, he is as well known for his feuds, both in and out of the ring, as he is for his achievements and his expertise. No stranger to the airwaves, he has hosted his own show both on radio and on television, and he is also a successful commercial artist whose work can be seen on several sites around his home city of Memphis. Outside the WWE arena perhaps his most famous dispute was with actor and comedian Andy Kaufman, a long-running conflict that at one point put Kaufman in hospital and culminated in a televised brawl on 'Late Night With David Letterman'. Now in a no-holds barred autobiography 'The King' is prepared to tell all both about his sometimes stormy career and about the backstage secrets of the WWE.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (6 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743457676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743457675
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Himself a former wrestler, Jerry Lawler is now a TV, radio and video presenter who is known to millions as a ringside commentator for the WWE. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could have been 20 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having previously read some WWF books, namely the Foley and Rock books, i picked up Lawler's book with mixed thoughts. Although very informative, something seems to be missing from this book which was in the others. This book is very personal, it is entirely anecdotal, btu at times it feels a bit like it is rambling. With someone with the comedic character that Lawler portrays, there is little evidence of comedy in the book, unlike in Foley and Rock's books. The book is emotional, it goes into some depths about Lawler's personal life, including hsi heartbreak at the split with his third wife, former WWF diva Stacey "The Kat" Carter.
Lawler is a contoversial character, who has been around for a very long time, but with some of the better stories, such as how he came to sue Vince McMahon, his storylines with Bret Hart, and how he felt about the death of Owen Hart, which he saw mere feet in front of him, seemd to be skipped through very quickly. Lawler does not speak much about present day WWE wrestling in much depth at all, instead he tells us at great length about his foundations in wrestling, which is fair enough, but i felt it would have been better to speak a little more on the present day as well.
Anyway, overall, although i enjoyed the book, i felt a little let-down by it and thought i deserved a bit more. Well worth picking up, but get your hopes up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly, the king. 25 April 2006
By Alix
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A book for both fans of professional wrestling, and interesting stories alike, this autobiography touched me like no other.

I cried as I felt him pain of being alone, and heartache from failed relationships.

This book was complete suprise, as it feels personal all the way through.

Well reccommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly The King 14 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wrestling autobiographies are usually ten-a-penny. You know the sort, a guy who's been a star for 5 years or so writes a book concentrating on every big match he's had with a few road stories thrown in for good measure. Now, I've read a lot of these books and after a while, they all seem to be rather generic (especially the ones published by the WWE). This one is different because it focuses on a guy (Jerry Lawler) who made his name away from Vince McMahon's global company. For those who only know Lawler from his time in the WWE, you've missed out on a very colourful career. This book helps in painting a portrait of a guy who was, at one time, more `over' (popular) than the likes of Ric Flair and a (pre-1985) Hulk Hogan.

First off the bat, there's a couple of things you need know about Jerry's autobiography: firstly, he doesn't spend too much time talking about his tenure with the WWE. When you think of it, that's understandable considering he spent over 20 years of his in-ring career outside the WWE. All that's covered in detail is how Vince fired Stacey (Lawler's 3rd wife and WWE Diva) which led to Jerry quitting in protest; his relationship with Jim Ross & Vince McMahon; and a brief page about getting heat from some WWE superstars that once worked for him in Memphis.

Quite simply, Jerry Lawler was more than a wrestler. During his career, Lawler found fame also as an accomplished artist, a TV personality, a radio DJ, a recording artist and as a short-time political campaigner amongst other things. In fact, he was so famous, when he wrote that he was more popular in Memphis than Elvis in 1975-77, Lawler wasn't joking (although he does admit Elvis' career had sunk to rock bottom by then).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A King Of Books For "The King" (Part One) 12 Jun 2003
Format:Hardcover
I am a major wrestling fan and I have alread read bboks by The Rock and Mick Foley when I saw on WWE.Com that Jerry "The King" Lawler had a book out I had to get it. I recived the book and in just over a day got half way through it. Jerry Lawler's tale of his wrestling career is very interesting and is told in a entertaining way. Every aspect of his life is told in "Its Good To Be King... Sometimes" The best part of the book so far for me is when he goes in to great details about his legendary "Fued" with Taxi actor Andy Kaufman (also of Saturday Night Live Fame). He explains that the fans all thouhgt it was real and how only until a few years ago, only a select group knew it was a "Work" (a wrestling term in the book). Jerry Lawler is as entertaining in this book as he is on WWE Raw. His stories have kept me glued to it.
When I Finish the book I will tell you again how good it is
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This book is fantastic. As a fan of the WWE and all of its books, Chyna, The Rock & (of course) Mick Foley. I decided that this book is a must buy. I recived the book on a Wednesday and by the Sunday I had finished it. Jerry Lawler explains how he loved to watch wrestling with his father but never thought about becoming a wreslter. For me there wasnt enough WWE (WWF) stories but all his tales from Memphis and his wifes amde up for that. The way Lawler wrote about his heart ache when Stacey Carter (Miss Kitty) left him really made me weep for him. He has left no stone un turned in this magnificent book. I gove it 10 stars let allone five.
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