Lawler is joined on today’s show by his co-host Glenn Moore.
Moore opens today’s show by mentioning that HBO is preparing to release an Andre the Giant documentary. Lawler knew that already because HBO actually came to his house and his bar in Memphis and he filmed a bunch of material that might be used on that documentary. Just from talking to the filmmakers, Lawler is sure that this is going to be a very good film and he’s really looking forward to watching it.
Moore mentions that Lawler was never a big partier, and he’d often drive home alone late at night after his matches were completed. Lawler confirms that, and says he’d always listen to the Cleveland Indians game on the radio on his drives home and he actually credits that with keeping him alive over the years. Some of those late night trips were over 200 miles, and he mentions that he probably would have fallen asleep on multiple occasions if it weren’t for the company of the Indians game.
Lawler says he was shocked to hear that Jim Johnston was released by WWE this past week. He says that Johnston has been invaluable to WWE over the years and has composed the themes of Superstars such as The Undertaker, Kane, Mankind and plenty more. Lawler thinks WWE is going to miss Johnston and agrees with Moore that Johnson deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He adds that if WWE inducts Johnston into the Hall of Fame they should think about inducting Jimmy Hart as well because when WWE started using music, Hart actually came up with most of the original themes including Shawn Michaels’ theme.
Lawler mentions that a wrestler’s theme music is vitally important to that character’s presentation. His WWE theme is actually a very old marching theme that’s been around for years, but in 2011 WWE composed a new theme for him. He walked out to the ring to his new theme just one time and he hated it. He asked for his old music back right away and WWE obliged.
A listener writes into the show and asks Lawler if he can recall any storylines in or outside of WWE that fans would have really loved if the plans weren’t scrapped in the end. Lawler says that probably happens all the time in WWE.
On one occasion not long ago WWE called him prior to a television taping in Memphis, suggesting that they film a scene in Lawler’s bar where Sheamus & Cesaro would get physical with Rollins & Ambrose. That ultimately didn’t happen and Lawler appeared on Smackdown for a King’s Court segment with Dolph Ziggler instead.
Lawler informs that back in the day he actually talked to Elvis Presley’s father on multiple occasions, suggesting that he and Elvis have a martial arts versus wrestling match in the Mid South Coliseum. Elvis’ father mentioned that Elvis wasn’t in the best of shape at the time but he was about to start training again for his upcoming tour, and when that tour finished they’d be able to have their match.
Unfortunately, Elvis never lived long enough for any of these plans come to fruition. He knows that Elvis versus Lawler would have been a huge draw in Memphis, but he adds that Elvis became infinitely more popular after his death. Lawler isn’t sure that this match would have been as big as we all think it would have been now in hindsight, and he thinks his feud with Andy Kaufman garnered more mainstream publicity than a match with Elvis would have.
He often thinks about how they would have booked that match if it would have taken place, and Lawler realizes that he would have done whatever it took to make Elvis happy.
Lawler informs that he never really spent a lot of time with Andre the Giant when they were working together back in the day, but he thinks a lot of the road stories that we hear about Andre are somewhat blown out of proportion. He says that Andre was a wonderful guy who loved to play cards in his spare time, and he never had an issue with him.
He mentions that when he worked with Andre, the entire layout of the match was up to Andre because he was a legitimate giant and if he didn’t like you, it’d be a challenging night to say the least. Luckily, Lawler felt that Andre liked him and this resulted in him being very easy to work with in the ring. Andre sold heavily for him on many occasions, even leaving his feet during their matches which was a rarity for Andre.
That sums up today’s episode of Dinner With the King. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!