Mourners honor life of wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler

Mourners honor life of wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Family, friends, and fans said their goodbyes to beloved Memphis wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler on Friday.

Lawler, the son of Jerry "The King" Lawler, was found dead in a Hardeman County jail cell last weekend while he was being held on DUI charges.

Jerry Lawler told WMC Action News 5 on Monday that he was overwhelmed by the support he's received from the Mid-South as he and his loved ones cope with the loss of Brian Lawler.

Brian's funeral started with his Pittsburgh Steeler-themed casket entering the sanctuary as his wrestling theme music rang out in the background.

Brian's brother, Kevin Lawler, was the first one to speak.

Kevin spoke about growing up with Brian and how they both wanted to be wrestlers. He said the two of them were kicked out of the house often because they turned their beds into a wrestling ring.

"Back before there was even backyard wrestling, people started doing backyard wrestling. We had backyard wrestling. Before we even went to the backyard, we started out wrestling in the house," he said.

Matt Bailey, a childhood friend of Brian and Kevin, was the next to speak.

He joked about the three things the trio wanted to do growing up: "What could we wreck, what could we break, and what could we blow up with fireworks."

Bailey talked about how Brian's wrestling character wasn't an act, it was who Brian was.

"He always wanted to make everyone happy, everyone laugh, he was a showman," Bailey said.

Brian's accountant and childhood friend was next to speak.

He said growing up Brian had an old Lincoln, possibly a Continental or Town Car, that he used to make deliveries in for his job. The car had a Cleveland Browns sticker on it, and Brian kept it on there because he loved sports so much, despite being a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

He then shared a story about his wedding day. He said he was so nervous waiting for his future bride to walk down the isle that he could barely stand up. Then, he looked towards the back and saw Brian in a bright purple suit and it made him laugh, which calmed his wedding-day nerves.

Next up was a man who wrestled with Brian: Tony Williams.

"The hardest part is that Brian was such a part of my every day life...it's going to take a long time to get used to Brian not being here," Williams said.

He went on to say that the one thing Brian would want him to share is the goal Brian was trying to achieve. Williams said Brian was working hard to get back on his feet so he could do something big that would make his son, Blake, proud of him.

Before the end of the funeral, a three minute video montage helped mourners remember the great performances Brian put on while inside the ring.

"For the wrestling community, it's a real loss," Danny Doller, who wrestled with Brian, said.

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