WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry Lawler has admitted that sometimes he finds it hard to watch WWE and says the pace of the business makes commentary “almost brutal.”
Depending on when you became a wrestling fan, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler will be remembered for different things. Lawler is a living legend in Memphis where he competed for decades, becoming a cultural icon in the city.
Lawler then went on to join the World Wrestling Federation in the early nineties where he sought to make Bret Hart’s life a living hell before doling out tongue lashings from the commentary table alongside Vince McMahon and Jim Ross.
Now over two decades later, Lawler is no longer a full-time member of the WWE broadcast team and that may be a good thing. As Jerry Lawler explained on Busted Open Radio, the rate of change in WWE can leave The King scrabbling to keep up:
“Sometimes it’s sort of hard for me to watch. I just got my schedule to be at Survivor Series, and so it’s almost like cramming for an exam back when you were at school. I really have to go back and watch some shows, and make some notes, and find out what is actually going on.”
“I don’t see how the guys in the business — it’s so tough to be doing that on a daily basis. Doing the commentary for Raw and SmackDown now, to me, it’s almost brutal to have to know and remember. The talent changes so fast and everything is so short now.”
Lawler then explained how he feels this isn’t down to a change in wrestling but rather a change in society as a whole:
“It’s not the fault of wrestling, people love to talk about how wrestling has changed. Wrestling has not changed. It’s the fans, it’s the society that’s changed. We’ve got a short attention span now. You have to, in the wrestling business, you have to realize there’s so much more stuff that fans can watch.”
“So, you have to keep this here show so exciting every minute that people are watching or they’re going to switch over and start watching TikTok. It’s changed in that respect, and sometimes for me, it’s hard to follow.”
Jerry Lawler then touched on the reason he believes he is no longer part of the commentary team on Monday Night Raw. While commentating on an Akira Tozawa match, he described a move performed by the Japanese star as a “Ramen Noodle Moonsault:”
“I really believe that may be one of the reasons I’m not doing commentary on Raw right now. I didn’t call a move a triple indie, I called a move a Ramen Noodle Moonsault. All of a sudden, I was the biggest racist ever for saying, ‘Ramen Noodle Moonsault,’ with a Japanese wrestler in the ring.”