Welding and wrestling: The life of ‘King Cobra’ Jimmy Kimble

By Updated: May 27, 2020 11:47 AM CT | Published: May 27, 2020 11:35 AM CT

In 1990, Jimmy "King Cobra" Kimble snagged the United States Wrestling Association’s Unified World Heavyweight Championship title away from Jerry “The King” Lawler. He also spent 55 years with Republic Services, missing only one day of work for a broken leg.  

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Drew Hill

Drew Hill

Drew Hill covers Memphis Tigers basketball and is an AP Top 25 voter. He’s worked throughout the South writing about college athletics before landing in Memphis.


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