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Jim Ross On How Legenday Commentary Team With Jerry Lawler Happened
Posted By: Thomas Lowson on Dec 01, 2019
Jim Ross has spoken about how his legendary work on commentary with Jerry 'The King' Lawler came about.
Ross, who worked with the King for years as the announcers for Monday Night RAW, revealed his story on the latest Grilling JR podcast.
Here are some highlights:
On if there was discussion of Lawler joining in on commentary for WrestleMania IX: “No, no. At that time, he was strictly coming in as an in-ring talent as I recall, and as I remember best.”
On Lawler ending up on the Raw commentary team: “The only reason that Jerry got on Raw was because Savage walked. And it was one of those old classic deals, we didn’t know they were gone until they were gone-type deal, and you know, subterfuge in wrestling and the mistrust and the paranoia. And all the normal bulls**t. And so when they realized that Savage was not going to be at the taping that night, on site, it was suggested that Lawler do it. You know, it might have been Bruce that suggested it, I don’t know who did it.”
On Lawler’s mindset at the time as a worker: “But anybody that had been around Jerry, that had watched any amount of territorial TV, that had local syndicated television knew how good a talker he was. And that in any environment, he was going to excel. He’s like a lot of guys, he’s got that driving force that he doesn’t want to be the joke of the card. He’s like Stone Cold used to be. If he didn’t go on last, he was pissed off. I’m not saying that about Jerry, but Jerry was a very proud guy that knew he could still work as well as anybody in the company at that time. And I’m not gonna disagree with that at all. But I think that was the deal. Savage walked, Vince got a recommendation, and all of a sudden, Lawler is working with McMahon and it was seamless. From day one, it was good.”
Special thanks to 411mania.com for the transcription.
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