A Batman In Memphis

In case you missed it over the weekend, Adam West, who played Batman on the ABC non-animated series back in the 1960’s, passed away at the age of 88.

Mostly known these days as the fictional mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island on the Family Guy cartoon, West once made an unusual appearance on the televised wrestling matches emanating from Memphis about half a decade before comedian Andy Kaufman frequently appeared there. The wrestling shows drew high ratings in the area for the hour and a half the matches are promotional material for bouts in the region, so it seemed a logical place for Mr. West to plug his appearance at a local car show.

Also making an appearance was a rising star named Jerry Lawler, still at this stage of his career quite the villainous heel. Lawler dons a Superman outfit to promoting the eventual arrival of a new character, Dr. Frank, made to look like Frankenstein. Long time wrestling announcer and local weatherman Dave Brown tries to make sense out of it all, and at times has a hard time keeping a straight face through all of this.

Just remember to use your left and right turn indicators.

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