Lawler is joined on today’s show by his co-host Glenn Moore.
On today’s show Lawler will address tweets from fans, but before that Moore asks Lawler if he’s ever had any concussions, and Lawler doesn’t think he has. He admits that the ‘concussion’ term wasn’t really a thing when he worked, and there certainly could have been performers with undiagnosed concussions during the 70s and 80s.
Lawler loved Ronda Rousey’s debut during the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday. He points out that showcasing Rousey’s Judo background by having her throw Triple H through a table was a great way to introduce her to the WWE Universe. He points out that the rumoured WrestleMania match between Rousey/Angle & Triple H/Stephanie would be “huge”.
Moore asks Lawler if he thinks there are any women backstage angry over the fact that Rousey just walked in though the doors and was immediately placed in a huge spot for WrestleMania. Lawler points out that it’s human nature to feel as if you deserve the main even spots. He’s sure there’s women backstage who feel like they’d draw just as much or more money than Rousey in that spot, but that’s a good thing. You need to have that kind of self-confidence in order to succeed in the wrestling business.
He goes on to say that Rousey is a mainstream star who will bring more casual fans to the product. In turn, those new fans may become fans of other women on the roster, which results in those talents making more money down the line. He thinks Rousey’s signing is a great business move for WWE.
Moore asks Lawler if he thinks he ever had any heat in WWE due to other talent’s jealousy. He points out that when he debuted in WWE in 1993 he was thrown right into the mix with some of WWE’s main event performers including Bret Hart. He doesn’t know for certain, but it wouldn’t surprise him if some people backstage weren’t thrilled about that at the time.
Lawler informs that Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young were two of his favourite performers to work with. He points out that he knew Moolah as far back as the 1970s when he began working in the business. He was just a young kid then, traveling away from home to wrestle for the first time. One of his favourite things to do at that time was to check into his hotel room, look out the window and wait for other wrestlers to arrive, and then dump water down on their heads from above.
One time Moolah brought a couple of young female performers into the territory and Lawler played his trick on one of them. The girl went crying into the office and Moolah demanded that whoever did that be fired. Lawler was let go shortly thereafter, but only for a week. Once that girl left the territory Lawler was rehired.
He points out that Young and Moolah gave him lots of material to work with on commentary during the attitude era, and they were both always so easy to deal with.
Another listener writes into the show and asks Lawler if there is any truth to the rumours that Jerry Jarrett was brought into WWE during Vince McMahon’s trial as a precaution, so he’d be able to takeover control of WWE while McMahon was away if he were to be indicted. Lawler has heard that Jerry Jarrett was indeed brought in by WWE to run the promotion in the event that Vince McMahon was indicted during the steroid trial in the 1990s.
Jarrett was a known commodity who had proven that he knew how to keep a wrestling promotion alive, and McMahon needed a back up plan in the event that he had to do some jail time. Lawler admits that all of WWE’s big creative decisions probably still would have went through McMahon, even if he was in jail.
Lawler speaks briefly about Tojo Yamamoto. Lawler says that Yamamoto was a fierce competitor who did everything he could to protect the business. He actually had a common American name, but he hid that information at all costs. Lawler points out that Yamamoto didn’t trust a lot of people, including banks or doctors.
Yamamoto kept all of his money in the trunk of his car, and one time his car was stolen, resulting in him losing his life savings. Eventually he got sick and was forced to visit the doctor who told him he was terminally ill. He went home that day and shot himself.
Lawler tells a quick story about the first time Trish Stratus rode with him and his ex-wife Stacy during the attitude era. Shortly after they got on the road Stratus asked him to pull over because she was going to be sick. She got back in the car and apologized, admitting that she was just so nervous about being in the car with them.
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!