Today in Pro Wrestling History: (April 27) – The Night Lawler Lost His Hair

Today in Pro Wrestling History: In Memphis, on April 27th 1987, a momentous night at the Mid South Coliseum saw Austin Idol triumph over Jerry “The King” Lawler in a hair versus hair steel cage match, claiming the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship.

Today in Pro Wrestling History: (April 27) – The Night Lawler Lost His Hair

In a twist that left fans reeling, Wildfire Tommy Rich emerged from under the ring to aid Idol in defeating Lawler, leading to The King’s head being shaved in the ring. This surprise appearance by Rich, after hiding beneath the ring all day, added to the shock value of the match’s outcome.

The Memphis crowd, known for its passionate investment in the local wrestling scene, reacted with intense fervor. Some attendees were so incensed by the betrayal and Lawler’s loss that they physically shook the steel cage in outrage. This match remains etched in the annals of Memphis wrestling as one of the most heated and memorable incidents.

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