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Local smackdown honors Lawler

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As Memphis wrestling legend Jerry Lawler continues to recover from a heart attack, the show went on at an event he was scheduled to host and attend.

Friday's Memphis Wildfire Wrestling event in Raleigh brought in Lawler fans young and old. The WFW event paid tribute to "The King" with a video of his career highlights as some of the area's top wrestlers squared off in a old school Memphis throwdown.

"A guy buy the name of Killer Nickles, he just recently got signed to a developmental contract by World Wrestling Entertainment and part of it was just from his activity being here," says Kevin Lawler, WFW host and son to Jerry Lawler.

Kevin says while his father may not have been in the ring Friday night, he's still proving he's a fighter.

"A miraculous recovery. I mean he's walking and talking. I spoke to him on the phone and he sounds just like himself," says Kevin. "He was 20 minutes without oxygen to his brain. They say there's a four minute window; after that you're pretty much considered brain dead. So the fact that he was able to survive that on top of the heart attack is just amazing."

The 62-year-old wrestling legend suffered a heart attack while working WWE's Monday Night Raw in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Kevin says while his father Jerry was unable to attend the event, he and everyone else is glad the event went on with good news.

"We're really happy that it's a situation that the show is going on with a positive information about him, I mean it would have been really hard to do this if the circumstances would have been different," says Kevin.

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WFW is a monthly wrestling event held Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Raleigh Springs Mall. Kevin says Jerry's fans can come out to show their support for "The King." The wrestling event costs $10. The next one will be Oct. 30.

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