Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th at Planet Krypton
Jerry "The King" Lawler is simultaneously one of the most loved and hated men in pro wrestling. He is loved in Memphis, TN, where he has been a hometown hero and devoted resident all his life. But he is despised in the WWF, where his arrogant, egotistical attitude got him into feuds with former WWF champ Bret Hart and federation head Vince McMahon.
Turned pro in 1970 and first won the Southern Title in 1974. He held the Southern title for 6 of the next 8 years. Feuded with Bill Dundee, Rocky Johnson, Paul Orndorff, and Tommy Rich. Has victories over Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Dory Funk, Jr., Terry Funk, Jack Brisco, and Harley Race. Missed all of 1980 when he was out of action with a broken leg, but made an incredible comeback in which he was undefeated for 6 months.
Is perhaps best known for his feud with comedian Andy Kaufman. Lawler felt he was belittling the sport by challenging females to wrestling matches. Lawler ended up in a match with Kaufman in Memphis in which he gave Kaufman two pile-drivers that sent him to the hospital for 3 days. He continued to wear the neck brace for months after. The most famous incident was on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, when Lawler slapped Kaufman out of his chair. Kaufman then went into a frenzy, cursing at lawler and trying to throw coffee on him.
Lawler also is no stranger to the air-waves. He has hosted his own radio show. He hosted his own TV show for years (The Jerry Lawler Show which aired every Sunday morning). He is also a successful commercial artist. He has his artwork displayed on commercial sites throughout the city of Memphis.
Lawler achieved his greatest title success on May 9, 1988, when he defeated Curt Henning for the AWA World title. He unified the world heavyweight title by beating World Class Champion Kerry Von Erich afterwards.
His career took a stunning new turn in August of 1992 when Brett Hart announced that he would defend the WWF World Title against Jeff Jerrett. That opened the door for Lawler's entrance to the WWF. He appeared in the WWF Royal Rumble and enraged WWF fans with his rulebreaker attitude. Brett Hart won the King of the Ring. Lawler then declared that he was the only true King of wrestling. He attacked Hart after his match and piledrove him on a set of steps prior to Hart's coronation. He then feuded with Brett and Owen Hart at both USWA and WWF venues. That was just the beginning. Since that time, the King has made life miserable for many WWF superstars. Currently Lawler is still announcing on Monday Night's WarZone on USA, and wrestling in Memphis' new wrestling organization called Memphis Championship Wrestling.
Photo and bio courtesy of Jerry Lawler.
Meet our Official Celebration Superman, Josh Boultinghouse!
Meet Superman At the Superman Statue
Friday, June 7th, 10 AM - 10:30 AM and 6 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday, June 8th, 11 AM - 11:30 AM
Josh Boultinghouse was chosen as the winner in the 2008 search for the official Superman of the Metropolis Celebration.
Josh was born and raised in Richardson, Texas. Ever since he was five years old, he dreamed of becoming an actor. As a teenager, Josh was very involved in his church youth group and participated in mission trips and other activities with them. In high school, Josh excelled at football, making the varsity team as a freshman and started his sophomore year as a
defensive/offensive lineman. Josh was named all-city newcomer of the year and was named to the All-City and All-District teams his last three years of high school.
Upon graduation, Josh attended the University of Central Arkansas on a theatre and football scholarship. Unfortunately, Josh injured his ankle and then transferred to Texas Tech University for a year, during which he was heavily involved in theatre.
In his spare time, Josh enjoys church activities, working out, reading, and watching movies (his favorite, of course, is Superman). At 6'2"and 235 poundswith black hair and brown eyes, his dream was to one day be Superman on the big screen.
Josh currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and has two older siblings. His brother, Trey, is a mortgage broker. His sister, Christa, is a chiropractor and mother of Josh's 11 year old niece Victoria and year old nephew Bryson. Both of Josh's older siblings were very involved and played crucial roles in his upbringing. His mother's name is Yvonne. His father is Steve Boultinghouse, who is married to his step-mother Deborah Boultinghouse.
photographs courtesy and © Lin Workman
Bio courtesy and © Josh Boultinghouse
CELEBRITY CAKE DESIGNER BUILDS MASTERFUL CREATIONS!
Eric Woller is best known as an extreme cake master on Food Network and TLC. Eric has appeared on Food Network’s Challenge and carries the title as three-time champion on TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off. Eric is the master mind behind the incredible cake structures packed full of special effects such as moving parts, lighting, fog and even scent machines.
As an extreme cake artist, Eric has incorporated his lifelong passion of art and special effects into edible creations that stand in excess of six feet tall. Eric has been honored to serve up his masterful creations to celebrity clients to include Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Kruger in Nightmare on Elm Street, Bruce Campbell from the cast of Evil Dead, Jeremy Bulloch who played "Boba Fett" in Star Wars, and David Feloni, the director of The Clone Wars animated Star Wars series.
Behind every good man is a great woman. While Eric concentrates his talents on structure and design of these elaborate creations, his wife Patty, also a cake challenge veteran, is the flavor extraordinaire behind the decadent cake flavors such as Chocolate Stout with Bacon and Peach Cobbler Cupcake ensuring that every amazing cake delights the taste buds as well. It’s a marriage made in a sugar-filled heaven.
Eric and Patty bring a new dimension in cake design by making their masterful creations available for weddings, birthdays and special events. The home bakery of the Woller’s is MeMe’s Treat Boutique located on Main Street in Homer, IL. The cake studio offers custom designed cakes for all occasions as well as gourmet cupcakes for those of us who can’t wait until the next special event to taste their delightful creations.
Tim Brown returns for a seventh year at Superman Celebration after successfully hosting Fan Films and producing live events at the festival from 2007-2010 . Tim, owner and Executive Producer of TCB Video Productions, is a film editor and videographer who has done work for Coca-Cola, The American Heart Association, Komen for the Cure, Maw Productions, Pencil Neck Studios, and for Superman Celebration with tribute videos to both Christopher Reeve and George Reeves. As far as comics, Tim has helped bring several books to life in music videos, including Jetta- Tales of the Toshigawa and Bushi-Tales.
Outside of the editing bay, Tim does videography and live event audiovisual productions, does costume design and construction, does a bit of bartending, and is an avid Star Wars geek. He is also a classically-trained singer and owns what may possibly be the largest private back-yard movie screen in the world. Tim also serves as webmaster for Superman Celebration, and is highly embarrassed that he actually wrote this drivel about himself.
Logo and bio courtesy and © TCB Video Productions