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Interview Highlight: Jerry “The King” Lawler Speaks on Being Removed from WWE Pre-Shows


WWE Hall of Famer and long-time broadcaster Jerry “The King” Lawler appeared on Cerrito Live recently.  On the show, he touched on the issue of his removal from the Raw and Smackdown pre-shows.  He noted that he would fly in on Monday, do the Raw pre-show, then stick around for Tuesday and the Smackdown pre-show, then fly home.

Lawler said that it was Kevin Dunn who called him initially, explaining that once the pre-shows had to absorb Lawler’s salary, the shows became expensive to produce.  After Dunn contacted him, he said Vince also contacted him and assured him that his run with the company is not over.  He told Lawler that the role of WWE Hall of Fame host is his forever.  Lawler noted that his contract expires in the middle of January and he expects to negotiate a new deal, which he said he doesn’t expect to make quite as much money going forward.  Lawler did concede in the interview that he was making a lot of money for what amounted to one day’s worth of work.

There are other topics covered in the interview, which you can listen to at the link provided.

Bill Says:  I’d be shocked if they don’t come to some sort of agreement with Lawler next month.  He seems open to whatever the company has in mind for him going forward.


About Bill Wentz (1543 Articles)'s Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at

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