No but that Letterman interview seemed pretty staged. Maybe that because I'm extra cynical because of the thousands of internet hoaxes and staged bullshit I've seen in the past 20 years. At the time people were probably a lot less skeptical of things they were seeing on TV.
No, the smart people knew that it was entertainment way back then. Yeah, I know a lot about wrestling. They were the most entertaining shows on Saturday mornings when you had three channels growing up.
The stupid people that bought into it were part of the show, maybe the most entertaining part.
Watch the documentary about the feud and you'll change your mind. Kaufman really was that psycho, and I don't think Lawler would lie about it.
Kaufman tried to punk a professional wrestler and the wrestler kicked his ass for it. Not as bad as he could have, more just bitch-slapping him around.
The only people stupider than the people that believe wrestling is real are the ones declaring authoritatively that it's fake.