During a recent interview, Jerry Lawler was asked which show that he preferred to be a commentator for. He surprisingly mentioned Smackdown, even though Monday Night Raw has long been considered the flagship show. Lawler pointed out that there was a lot of less pressure when you're working the secondary show. He stated that doing a two hour taped show is a whole lot easier than doing a live three hour production.
June 6, 2015
When Vince McMahon hates you, your future in WWE does not seem very bright. Byron Saxton might not be around for much longer, it seems. McMahon was said to be furious backstage when Saxton was sent out to do commentary on Monday Night Raw alone. Many felt that this was his opportunity to grab the brass ring, and Saxton failed. It got so bad that McMahon had to send Jerry Lawler out there to breathe life into the commentating team.
April 5, 2015
To further sell the kayfabe injury suffered by Michael Cole at the hands of Brock Lesnar during Monday Night Raw, WWE has decided to keep the announcer off of the commentating table for the next episode of Smackdown. The on air explanation is that he needs surgery. Tom Phillips is replacing him and will join Jerry Lawler and Byron Saxton at the booth. No confirmation yet, but the belief is that Cole will be back for Monday Night Raw.
April 1, 2015
When the company decided to move him from the Monday Night Raw commentating table to Smackdown's lesser watched crew, it became clear to observant people that Jerry Lawler was being demoted by WWE. His job security, though, remains fairly high. He still has name value and a good amount of fans. Plus, management is afraid that another wresting promotion will sign Lawler and team him up with Jim Ross.
January 28, 2015
While many still believe that the widely perceived demotion was due to the fact that the company has been trying to phase him out of the product completely, WWE has been trying to spin the move of Jerry Lawler from the Monday Night Raw commentating team to Smackdown as something positive. The company has been telling people that the move was done because they wanted to close the gap between the two shows.
January 20, 2015
Yesterday, WWE announced that Jerry Lawler had been removed from the commentating team on Monday Night Raw and moved over to the Smackdown crew. Many immediately believed that the move was done in response to his recent hospital stay for diverticulitis. However, reports are surfacing that management has long been wanting to do this move. They simply could not do it because of the public reaction to his heart attack.
January 9, 2015
In a surprising bit of news, Jerry Lawler has now been permanently removed as the color commentator of Monday Night Raw. Many had been under the impression that his absence was temporary and that he would return once he recovered from his stay at the hospital. However, WWE opted to make the switch to Booker T a permanent one. Lawler will still be working for the company, but as a commentator on Smackdown.
January 8, 2015
After spending almost a week in the hospital, Jerry Lawler has been released. The legendary commentator had been sideline by a case of diverticulitis. He was actually released on the same day as Monday Night Raw, but he was not healthy enough to make it to the show. WWE is giving him some more time away from the commentating booth. Word has it that Lawler is expected to miss at least another episode before returning.
January 8, 2015
On a previous episode of Monday Night Raw, Jerry Lawler informed the WWE Universe that Christian is now retired as an in ring performer. That disappointed quite a few people, who were hoping that he would still be able to entertain us in the ring. However, the former world heavyweight champion has reportedly been telling fans that he is not retired and that Lawler was incorrect. Not sure if he was just working the audience or not, though.
January 6, 2015
As many of you already know by now, Jerry Lawler has been laid up in a hospital for the past week because of diverticulitis, the same condition that caused Brock Lesnar to retire prematurely from UFC. While he is getting better, it is not enough to get him back to work on Monday Night Raw this week, so WWE has decided to replace him with a fan favorite at the commentating table tonight. Booker T will join JBL and Michael Cole instead.
January 5, 2015