The WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2023 has a new member. And it’s a member that’s long overdue.
Per Variety, WWE will induct legendary comedian Andy Kaufman, who passed away in 1984. WWE confirmed the news shortly thereafter.
Kaufman’s feud with Lawler in Lawler’s Memphis-based Continental Wrestling Association in 1982 — only revealed to be a storyline years after Kaufman’s death — holds a celebrated place in wrestling history for the way it blurred the line between fiction and reality.
One of the most iconic moments in the feud between Kaufman and Lawler had occurred on the set of “Late Night with David Letterman,” during which Lawler slapped Kaufman clear off his feet.
Another incident in addition to the slap was when Lawler “broke” Kaufman’s neck with a piledriver.
Kaufman was also known for his role on the classic sitcom Taxi as well as his run on the early episodes of Saturday Night Live. Kaufman died in 1984 when he was just 35 due to lung cancer,