Dinner with the King Recap w/ Rock N’ Roll Express – Origins in Memphis Wrestling, Hall of Fame Thoughts, Injuries in Wrestling, More!
Lawler informs that during the heyday of Memphis Wrestling, their ringside seats sold for $5 and general admission tickets sold for $3. He adds that he spoke with a fan at Wrestlecon this weekend who paid $4500 per ticket for him and his two sons to sit second row for WrestleMania. He says that the times have certainly changed.
Lawler thought that the Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday night really delivered the goods. He still can’t believe that WWE gave Jim Cornette a live mic, given all the negative things he has said about the company over the years. Lawler was present when Cornette did his rehearsals, and WWE had zero influence on Cornette’s speech whatsoever.
For this reason, Lawler was actually somewhat surprised that Cornette chose to put everyone and the company over, rather than burying someone.
He says that Bischoff, Teddy Long and Kurt Angle all delivered amazing speeches. He believes that the hidden message of Kurt Angle’s speech was that a lot of people can go into the ring and do flips and dives, but sometimes you need to take chances with your character in order to build a relationship with fans and create lasting moments. He believes Angle was directing this message to the new generation of wrestlers on WWE’s roster.