Lawler is joined on today’s show by his co-host Glenn Moore. This will be a shortened show because as soon as he’s done recording this show Lawler will be leaving to board the Jericho Cruise. The cruise recently sold out and he’s really looking forward to it, especially since he’ll see a lot of his old friends from the business and he’ll meet a bunch of new people as well.
Moore notes that he traveled to Memphis this past week and met with Lawler. They took a trip to the graveyard where Lawler has purchased a burial plot for himself. Lawler doesn’t mind discussing this at all, but Moore found it somewhat morbid to be standing on the piece of land where Lawler will be buried someday.
Lawler speaks about Roman Reigns’ speech from RAW this past week. Lawler notes that Reigns gave a pretty emotional speech, and we saw a great outpouring of emotion from the fans and from his peers in the locker room. The things that Reigns said made Lawler extra hopeful that he’s going to pull through this, and Lawler has faith in Reigns that he’ll fight this and come back stronger than ever.
Later on RAW, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins won the Tag Team Titles and then Ambrose turned heel on Rollins, attacking him at the end of the show. Some fans were critical of using WWE Reigns’ announcement to heighten emotions and then using that to turn Ambrose heel on a very emotional evening. People were even crying in the crowd after this heel turn.
Lawler thinks this heel turn was in the works for months, even while Ambrose was out with injury. When Ambrose returned from injury he looked very different, and didn’t look like part of The Shield anymore. Lawler thought this heel turn was executed well.
Moore asks Lawler who he thinks will fill Reigns’ shoes moving forward as the top guy in WWE. Lawler thinks WWE is still scratching their heads right now trying to figure that out. For a long period of time WWE has had a huge babyface star as their top guy, such as Hogan, Austin, The Rock, and Cena, but they don’t really have anyone like that right now.
Lawler points out that Vince McMahon likes to have the lines blurred between babyface and heel now. He likes being able to book his Champion against everyone, babyface or heel. Moore points out that for years there’s been a definitive face of the company, but right now there isn’t one.
Speaking of Hulk Hogan, he spoke out this past week, noting that he’ll be traveling with WWE to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel and apparently WrestleMania plans are in the works for him as well. Lawler points out that for a long time Hogan was the face of WWE, and he’s been friends with Hogan for a awfully long time. He never had an unkind word with or thought about Hogan.
Lawler informs that he hasn’t been called by WWE to make the trip to Saudi Arabia this time, so it doesn’t look like he’ll be a part of Crown Jewel.
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!