Wrestling legend Jerry "The King" Lawler, best known for his feud with Andy Kaufman and long career as a featured announcer with WWE, has been reinstated by the company after being arrested on June 16 and subsequently suspended.
Lawler, 66, and his 27-year-old fiancée Lauryn McBride were both taken into custody on domestic violence charges as each claimed the other committed physical assault. Lawler told Memphis police McBride "scratched his face and kicked him in the groin," while McBride claims Lawler "hit her on the head and pushed her against a stove" following an argument at his home.
According to CBS WRED in Memphis, McBride further says Lawler "got an unloaded pistol, put it on the kitchen counter and told her to kill herself." Lawler countered that statement by saying McBride, who he claims was intoxicated, brought the gun into the kitchen.
WWE acted swiftly to suspend Lawler, as it has other wrestlers in the recent past that have been involved in domestic violence incidents.
"WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest," the company said in a statement.
It brought him back into the fold on July 1 following two weeks away from television.
"Jerry Lawler's legal matter has been resolved and his suspension has been lifted, effective immediately," read a statement on WWE.com.
Lawler began wrestling in 1970 and became a national name in the early 1980s due to his feud with Kaufman, which expanded past the Memphis wrestling scene and into public consciousness due in large part to an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.
He joined WWE as a wrestler-slash-announcer in 1992 but slowly reduced his wrestling over the next six years. Lawler would still appear in the ring occasionally over the next 10 years, often when a storyline called for it WWE returned to Memphis, but ceased WWE in-ring competition after suffering a heart attack live during the Sept. 10, 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw. Lawler returned to the airwaves two months later and has continued to be a regular on-air presence.
With the WWE set for a brand split in mid-July, Lawler's role as an announcer on SmackDown could be up in the air.