Comedian And Wrestler Andy Kaufman Is Being Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame

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Andy Kaufman was an absolute legend in the entertainment world. Known as an incredible comedian, often times provoking his audience with super confrontational comedic routines. During the 1970’s and 80’s, Kaufman took his routine to the wrestling ring. Kaufman was pretty much a household name at this point, but when he entered the ring…he made some serious waves around the globe!

Kaufman, who sadly passed away in 1984 at age 35 after a brief battle with lung cancer—is set to be inducted into the promotion’s 2023 class of wrestling notables on March 31, the night before WrestleMania 39.

Though he never actually wrestled for WWE (as it was the WWF he wrestled in), Kaufman became a memorable figure in the business. Making a ton of appearances in and around the Memphis wrestling circuit, the actor claimed to be able to outwrestle any woman who challenged him. In interviews, Kaufman would boast of his credentials (“I’m from Hollywood!”) and offered chauvinistic jokes that would incite wrestling crowds against him. (Women, he said, “belonged in the kitchen.”)

Eventually, he entered into a rivalry with Memphis-based wrestler Jerry Lawler. When the two met in the ring, Lawler demolished Kaufman, who feigned being seriously injured. It was convincing enough that The New York Times reported in earnest on his convalescence, writing that “hospital officials listed him in good condition.”

In their most memorable spot, Lawler slapped Kaufman during an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman in 1982. Kaufman insisted he would sue NBC for $200 million and turn it into an all-wrestling network.