Jerry Lawler talks new gig.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, WWE revealed that Jerry Lawler would be back behind the commentary table for WWE Raw beginning Sept. 30. Lawler will be joined by Vic Joseph, who previously did commentary on 205 Live, and Dio Maddin, a wrestler turned announcer who worked behind the 205 Live desk a handful of times.
Speaking to Commercial Appeal, Lawler detailed how he ended up back on Raw as a color commentator.
"I got a call about it Tuesday morning from Kevin Dunn (WWE's executive vice president of television production)," Lawler said. "He said, 'I've got a proposition for you. It may be good news, and it may be bad news.' He knows I don't like to travel a whole lot anymore, so that was the bad part. I said, 'What's the good part?' He said, 'We want you back on Raw.' He told me it's for however long I want to do it, so that sealed the deal. It was (Raw's executive director) Paul (Heyman's) idea to put Vic and Dio on Raw. Apparently, what I was told, Vince (McMahon) said, 'You can't throw these two new, young guys on our flagship show. Call King.' That's how it happened."
It was reported by Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet that Lawler "will likely only be used for a short period of time," though no timeframe was given. Lawler's comments would indicate that he's not going anywhere until he makes the call.
Lawler served as the Raw color commentator throughout the mid-90s and 2000s. He last appeared on Raw on Aug. 19 when he was attacked by 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt.