5 Pro Wrestlers Who Left Major Promotions A Reigning Champion

Sometimes the torch-passing just doesn't happen...

4. Jerry Lawler (AWA, 1989)

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Can you tell that the AWA was having a rough go of it in the late-eighties? As part of a union between Memphis' Continental territory (where Lawler was a staple) and the AWA, "The King" won the AWA World title in May of 1988, and reigned through the year's end.

When the joint SuperClash III pay-per-view in December 1988 proved to be a debacle for numerous reasons, Continental split from the AWA, and subsequently, the departed Lawler was stripped of the title. Soon after, Larry Zbyszko won the vacant strap in a battle royal.

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