Andy Kaufman is more influential as a professional wrestler than as a comedian. It does not matter what profession he wants to do as long as he is happy. I do know that he had a lot of followers as a professional wrestler and a lot of people looked up to him.
No, Andy Kaufman was not more influential as a professional wrestler than he was as a comedian. As a professional wrestler, Kaufman was laughable, which was the entire point. His professional wrestling stint was a comedic stunt and fit in with his avant-garde, anything goes style of comedy that he pioneered.
People don't talk about wrestling that much at all, especially recently, but people today talk about the comedy very much, and talk about the faking (or not) of his death even more. He was a great showman, for sure, and he is remembered so fondly today people try and convince themselves he's still alive.
I think Andy Kaufman is more influential as a comedian than a professional wrestler, because he is more famous for his comedy. Kaufman's comedy is funny. He really stands out at what he does. There are so many wrestlers, and there is not one that is any different than the next. Kaufman's place is telling jokes.
No, I don't think that Andy Kaufman was more influential as a professional wrestler. Most people who remember Andy would do so from his appearances on Taxi, or guest shots on shows like Saturday Night Live and the old David Letterman. The wrestling stuff was still sort of fringe material during his time.