Former WWE wrestler Brian Christopher, the son of WWE Hall of Famer and Memphis wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler, has died.
Christopher was 46 years old.
Christopher was hospitalized on July 29, 2018, after an alleged suicide attempt during incarceration for a DUI arrest earlier this month in Tennessee.
Although most famous for the WWE tag team Too Cool with Scotty 2 Hotty during the WWE’s Attitude Era, Christopher got his start in the Memphis USWA promotion, winning the USWA Heavyweight Championship 26 times during his run in the promotion from 1988 to 1997. Christopher earned success in the promotion despite never being acknowledged as Lawler family until his debut in the WWE in 1997.
Christopher was brought in as one of the pillars of the light heavyweight division and moved to a tag team with Scott “Too Hot” Taylor as Too Much. This tag team would continue throughout his run in the promotion, renamed Too Cool in 1999 and being joined later on by Rikishi. Christopher and Taylor, then known as Grandmaster Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty respectively, captured the WWF Tag Team Championships in May 2000, the only title Christopher would in the company. Christopher departed in 2001. Lawler would go on to TNA and various promotions for the rest of his career, with momentary WWE returns in 2004, 2011, and 2014 in WWE and NXT.
Besides his arrest early this month for DUI and for evading police, Lawler faced legal trouble post-WWE, with three arrests and jail time in 2009, one for failing to attend an in-patient treatment center as part of his plea agreement.