Lawler is joined on this week’s show by his co-host Glenn Moore.
Lawler informs that it’s 99.9% certain that he and Jim Ross will be reunited at the commentary booth for the 25th Anniversary edition of Monday Night RAW on January 22nd. He points out that part of the show will broadcast from the original home of RAW, The Manhattan Centre, so he assumes that he and Ross will be calling that part of the show.
He points out that he has so many great memories of working in The Manhattan Centre, including his interactions with Stu and Helen Hart as well as the initial ECW invasion. He’s very excited about the thought of reuniting with Ross, and he hints that he might wear his old King outfit, the jacket and crown that he wore during the initial years of RAW.
Moore mentions that he was at Monday Night RAW this past week where he was able to see one of his all-time favourite performers, Kane. Lawler points out that Kane is in the middle of a push right now, working a main event angle on RAW, and this will probably be his last big run before moving into his career in politics full time.
Lawler thinks Kane will make a great Mayor in Knoxville, and he recalls the time when he ran for Mayor in Memphis. He says that not winning that mayoral race was the best thing that never happened to him, because he’s sure that would have impacted his career greatly, and he loves the career that he went on to have after losing that race.
He mentions that he was completely caught up in the race while it was ongoing, but during the last week before the vote he started to question his decision to run. He had very good results at the polls but came up just short, and he returned to the wrestling business where he’s remained ever since.
Moore mentions that Kane has been involved in a few risqué storylines over the years, particularly the Katie Vick angle. As Moore describes the angle, Lawler has a hard time believing that this even aired on WWE programming because it was incredibly inappropriate. Obviously WWE programming is all scripted, but implying that a wrestler groped or had sex with a corpse is just taking things too far.
Lawler informs that most professional wrestlers are rarely as friendly with each other as fans think they are. They all work together and they’d never take liberties in the ring because the entire business is built upon trust, but that also doesn’t mean that these guys and girls are all best friends who spend all of their free time together when they’re not working.
Lawler mentions that his relationship with Bill Dundee was a prime example of this. They worked together a lot over the years but they weren’t best friends by any means. In spite of this, they were all professional with each other and did great business together. He mentions that in today’s social media age we see lots of heels and babyfaces taking pictures together, but he and Dundee certainly would have never been caught in a picture together back in the day.
Lawler goes on to say that the business today is lacking personal drama. He feels that personal issues will always draw money, and he thinks the business needs to fall back on developing characters and storylines rather than just relying on Titles and in-ring action to sell tickets.
He mentions that his program with Michael Cole was a success because there was a personal issue there once Cole started talking about Lawler’s mother’s passing. Everyone can relate to those types of angles and that’s why they’ll always draw money, even when the people involved in those angles aren’t the greatest in-ring technicians.
He adds that “Stone Cold” Steve Austin had a personal issue with Vince McMahon, and that’s why that program drew millions. McMahon wasn’t even a wrestler and they still drew a fortune because McMahon was so good at making his storylines personal.
That sums up this week’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!