WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler has opened up about the controversial remark which led to him being pulled from the Monday Night Raw announce desk.
Jerry “The King” Lawler began appearing as a commentator on WWE television in the early 1990’s while still competing in the ring. Over the next few years his matches became more and more infrequent with Lawler taking up residence alongside Jim Ross at the WWE announce desk for the much-loved Attitude Era.
Despite leaving the company in early 2001, Jerry Lawler returned to the commentary booth in November of the same year.
Lawler’s final full-time run on commentary came between 2019 and April 2020. During this period he called the action with Tom Phillips, Vic Joseph and Byron Saxton. However, the Hall of Famer was abruptly removed from commentary after describing a moonsault from Akira Tozawa as a “ramen noodle moonsault.”
Appearing at K & S WrestleFest, Lawler confirmed that it was this remark which led to him no longer commentating.
“And so the next thing, he goes to the top of the rope and he flies off and I looked at Byron and I said ‘oh look, there’s a ramen noodle moonsault.’ What is racist about that? I thought it was funny. That’s a ridiculous name, right? And all of a sudden, the internet blows up. ‘Oh, King’s a racist.’ Even Tozawa, the next week comes back and says ‘it’s nothing racist. I eat ramen noodles every week.’ But the next week I wasn’t on RAW anymore. So I don’t know if that’s what happened but anyway, you got to be very careful,”
Despite no longer being part of the commentary team Jerry Lawler still works for WWE. The Memphis wrestling mainstay still appears as an analyst on kick-off shows for WWE pay-per-views.
Away from WWE Lawler remains active in the ring despite being 71 years-old. “The King” most recently wrestled another veteran, Scott Steiner in Tunica, Mississippi in September.
H/t to Wrestling Post for the transcription.