Here’s a short clip from Adam West’s appearance as Batman on Memphis, Tennessee’s WMC-TV Saturday morning Wrestling program in 1976.
Batman, in a velour tracksuit, showed up to confront Jerry “The King” Lawler, a local celebrity who would go on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE. Back then, however, Lawler was a small-time Memphis wrestler who dressed up like SuperKing to argue with Batman for this bit.
The performance isn’t great (many believe West may have been a little tipsy), but it’s certainly entertaining to watch. “I didn’t want anyone to recognize me,” West begins, referring to his snazzy tracksuit. He goes on to talk about Mr. Freeze and the Penguin rolling through Memphis because of unseasonably cold weather, before ragging on Lawler for dressing up like his good friend “Supe,” who he later explains is Superman, duh.
He adds, “I think that Spiderman — Spidey-Baby — would object, too” to Lawler’s get-up.
West ends his confrontation with Lawler, whom he calls a “naughty and mean person,” by urging him to be more “polite and courteous,” which includes using his “left and right turn indicator” in his car.
The segment ends with Lawler trolling the crowd by calling them rednecks and West objecting, noting instead that they look like “splendid people.” ———You may not know, but Jerry “The King” Lawler currently lives in Memphis, TN (not far from yours truly) and has a replica 1966 Batmobile and Batman costume. He is also a comic enthusiast who is quite skilled in illustration!—— #adamwest #batman #jerrylawler #wrestling #memphiswrestling #memphis #tennessee #batmobile #penguin #mrfreeze #wmctv #66batman #batman66 #tothebatcave #WWE #WWF #superman #jerrythekinglawler