WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross recently discussed the relationship between Jerry Lawler and Paul Heyman on his "Grilling JR" podcast, below are the highlights:
"It was controlled animosity. I don’t think either guy liked the other very much. I think they both respected each other’s abilities as professionals, because they both knew how good the other was at doing their job. You’d have to be a recluse and have your head up your ass not to see the both of them were highly skilled. But just, they just didn’t get along culturally, personally. You know, we did one of those shows on WWE Network [the Legends of Wrestling “Heatseekers” episode] where we talked about things that happened in the ring. And I asked Lawler, he broke Paul Heyman’s jaw. And I asked him point blank, was it an accident or did you do it on purpose? ‘I did it on purpose,’ says Lawler."
"So there’s always some heat there, and it’s generally one of the two C’s. I don’t know which one it is, but I can promise you, if Heyman and Lawler didn’t exist well in that era, it was because of one of the two C’s. Cash or creative. But they also had a lot in common, in the fact that they could make you love ’em or hate ’em just by what they said and how they said it.
So they were highly-skilled in all the right areas, but they just — and maybe it’s the fact that Heyman’s from Scarsdale, Westchester County, New York, father’s very successful and affluent attorney. And Lawler was raised in more of a blue collar atmosphere, growing up in Memphis, become the local hero there. They had different backgrounds, different routes to get where they’re going. So there was just no commonality there, other than some wrestling stuff. And some of the wrestling stuff was tainted because cash and creative."
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