Andy Kaufman to be Enlisted into WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2023

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Andy Kaufman to be Enlisted into WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2023
Andy Kaufman to be Enlisted into WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2023 (Provided by Wrestling World)

Variety has announced that the late Andy Kaufman will be inducted into the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame class. This prestigious award will go to Kaufman and fellow honorees The Great Muta and Rey Mysterio. Peacock, streaming from the Crypto, is scheduled to broadcast the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony on March 31 at 10:30 p.m.

ET. Los Angeles' Com Arena. After that week's episode of "SmackDown," the event takes place one day before the much-anticipated first night of WrestleMania 39. Even though Andy Kaufman is most famous for his stage and screen vocation, his extraordinary commitment to the universe of expert wrestling is undoubtedly critical.

He rose to acclaim for his depiction of Latka Gravas in the hit sitcom "Taxi," which broadcasted from 1978 to 1983. However, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for his actions in the ring. Kaufman made his mark on professional wrestling by declaring himself the Inter-Gender Wrestling Champion of the World and offering monetary rewards to any woman who could pin him as part of his performance.

In the Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tennessee, this unusual gimmick resulted in a feud with fellow WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler that was widely reported.

Kaufman and Lawler's Fierce On-Screen Rivalry Deception

In reality, Kaufman and Lawler were close friends, but they made audiences believe they were bitter rivals.

Kaufman guaranteed that Lawler broke his neck after executing a piledriver on him and, in this manner, showed up in neck support. Lawler slapped Kaufman, knocking him off his chair, in a memorable appearance they made together on "Late Night with David Letterman" in 1982.

This was the culmination of their rivalry on screen. Kaufman toured comedy clubs and colleges, appeared in the first season of "Saturday Night Live," and wrestled alongside his work on "Taxi." Additionally, he recorded the 1979 ABC special titled "Andy's Funhouse." Kaufman staged a fight during his first appearance on the ABC comedy variety show "Fridays," making him famous.

Tragically, Kaufman died in 1984 from lung cancer despite having never smoked. Jim Carrey played Kaufman in the 1999 film "Man on the Moon," which celebrated Kaufman's life and work. Additionally, David Letterman and Jerry Lawler appeared in the movie as themselves.

Whoever will induct Kaufman into the Hall of Fame is still up for debate. Jerry Lawler, who regularly attends the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, would be an appropriate candidate. However, Lawler may be unable to participate in the event because of his health after a stroke in February.

Wrestling enthusiasts and fans eagerly anticipate the decision and the upcoming WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony in 2023.