Jerry “The King” Lawler is a WWE Hall Of Famer from a different era of wrestling. This got him a little heat with the Internet Wrestling Community recently when he called Akira Tozawa’s moonsault a “Ramen Noodle Moonsault.”
On his podcast, The King explained his comments. He’s been in the pro wrestling business for 50 years, and he doesn’t know the names of all the moves in the ring because there are so many new maneuvers.
Lawler blamed it on coming up with unique move names. He would sometimes say things with different announce partners and garner different reactions as well. He might not want to risk it anymore.
“I said the word ‘Ramen Noodle’ on Raw and next thing you know, the internet blows up and I’m a big racist. Let me go back and explain what I was doing and why being racist was the furthest thing from my mind.
“It all goes back to 2016 when there was a time when I was doing commentary with Mauro Ranallo… I’ve been in the business for 50 years and I don’t know the names of these crazy moves, right? I’m seeing them for the first time and all of a sudden the guy does a move and Mauro says ‘there’s the orange crush Tiger Bomb bla bla senton’ and I’m thinking in my mind ‘somebody is making up these crazy names up, right?’
“I sat down back in 2016 and I wrote down some names of what I thought would be funny moves to go back at Mauro when he called one of these moves [from Japan] and I would say something like, ‘there’s the Ramen Noodle moonsault’. I was doing it just to play devil’s advocate with Mauro. If I were still doing commentary with Michael Cole or JR, we had the chemistry to where each one of those guys would have known that I was almost making a fool out of myself by claiming like I was acting like I knew what this unbelievable looking move was. Then either Cole or JR would have said ‘oh King, you know better than that’. With Byron and Tom, we don’t have that chemistry yet. We have only been working together for a short time so when I said that, they didn’t even acknowledge it so it kind of went out and they just kept talking and I kept talking. I didn’t think anything about it either.”
“That’s where me, Bobby Heenan, Jesse Ventura and all of the heel commentators do that sort of stuff and the joke is on yourself so that the people out there say ‘look at that idiot, he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about and he thinks he does’.”
WWE edited Jerry Lawler’s comment from the replays of RAW. He did have some people on his side like Jim Cornette, but a vast majority of fans believe The King should have kept this comment to himself.
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Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote