Lance Russell and Jerry Lawler introduce tape of the Nick Bockwinkel vs. Jerry Lawler title match at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis. The tape shows Bockwinkel pinning Lawler several times while the referee is knocked out. Then, while Bockwinkel is helping the referee recover, Lawler delivers a running double axe handle from behind and quickly pins Bockwinkel. At that moment, the ref suddenly recovers and makes a fast count–one, two, three–and Lawler wins.
Hey, it happens, right? But, the thing is, Nick had both feet dangling over the ropes so it wasn’t actually a legal pin. Nick vehemently protests the loss but the only outlet for his frustration is Lance, who is clearly in Lawler’s camp and won’t admit anything except that a pinfall occurred. So Lawler wins the AWA title…
Not so fast, brother. Because of the contronversial ending, the belt was returned to Bockwinkel and a rematch was scheduled. In the rematch, Andy Kaufman shows up in Bockwinkel’s corner disguised as a bandaged Jimmy Hart. But at the end of the match, the real Jimmy Hart makes an appearance and, in the confusion, Bockwinkel manages to pin Lawler for the win.
Date: December 27, 1982
Location: Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis
Play-by-play commentary: Lance Russell
Referee: Jerry Calhoun.
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