MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler and his fiance, Lauryn McBride, are facing domestic assault charges, and it appears to be a big case of he said, she said.
Police responded to a 911 hangup call to the couples East Memphis home Thursday night.
According to the affidavit, the two were involved in a violent confrontation at Lawler’s home on St. Nick Dr. in East Memphis.
McBride claimed Lawler struck her in the head and pushed her against a stove.
She also alleged that he got an unloaded pistol, put it on the kitchen counter and told her to kill herself.
However, Lawler told police he confronted McBride for lying about where she had been and was drunk.
He went on to say McBride scratched him in the face, threw a candle at him and kicked him in the groin.
Lawler claimed McBride is the one who brought the pistol into the kitchen.
The 66-year-old Lawler and the 27-year-old McBride were both booked into the Shelby County Jail around 1 a.m. Friday.
According to the WWE, Lawler has been suspended.
“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest.”
Lawler has been a public figure in the Memphis area for more than 40 years.
His wrestling career has spanned decades and he even ran for Memphis mayor a few times.
He currently owns a restaurant on Beale St.
Lawler posted a bond and left jail around 11:30 a.m.
Lawler was previously arrested in 1999 for throwing a ticket at a Memphis police officer and running over his foot.
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