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Personally speaking: Jerry Lawler heading for WWE WrestleMania showdown with Michael Cole

February 23rd, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments
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Dem's fightin' words: Don't make the King angry. You wouldn't like the King when he's angry.

I know some fans may have found Jerry Lawler’s WWE Monday Night RAW confrontation with Michael Cole distasteful, given the fact that the recently deceased Hazel Lawler was mentioned to serve as the catalyst for the King snapping and issuing his WrestleMania challenge.

Personally, having grown up watching Memphis Wrestling over the years–a promotion built around the mantra that “Personal Issues Draw Money” (actual sign that hung in Jerry Jarrett’s office)–the heated exchange didn’t bother me.

What I found interesting is that, to this day, Lawler says more in a few seconds with his facial expressions than a lot of the current stars do in a cliche, catchphrase-filled 10-minute promo.  And when the King finally reaches his boiling point and explodes, grabbing Cole, the emotion feels all too real.

I’m thinking perhaps Lawler and Cole will be added to the respective corners of John Cena and Miz, with the King getting five minutes with his former announce partner should the champion lose. And if Cena loses, the King hangs up his boots. Or maybe Lawler vs. Alex Riley, with similar stipulations. They have to come up with a scenario that’s somewhat creative to explain why Cole would agree to a match–and his blind faith in the Miz sounds as good as any and adds to the intrigue of the bout as Cena will be wrestling for more than the title, which at this point isn’t that big of a draw.

At some point a decision needs to be made on Cole, who has the potential to be a hot character right now if WWE Creative will just go with it and remove him from the announce booth in favor of a heel role. Trouble is, it may be difficult going back after making such a move. Short term, Cole could be an effective heel manager or GM (which has been done to death), but it could hurt him in the long run in his WWE career.

  1. don
    February 24th, 2011 at 12:05 | #1

    As you brought it up, I do find the angle between Jerry and Cole that has now involved Jerry’s deceased mother a bit hard to accept. But such moves have been a long standing ploy for wrasslin’ and so I might have know better. It is that part of the Memphis business that always made it all too side show carny for me. Will not say it did not sell seats just a bit too ruthless for my tastes,

  2. Craig
    February 24th, 2011 at 14:30 | #2

    I never saw enough of Lawler during his prime to see what all the fuss was about, but he’s got my respect now. As you say, he is convincing, showing us why so many of us longtime fans enjoy the old-school approach. No “winking” to the camera here on the legitimacy of the heat.

  3. Mike
    February 24th, 2011 at 21:49 | #3

    It’s like Lawler took the Hot Tub Time Machine back to 1984. Those of you who never got to see Lawler at his prime, something like that clip happened once a month on a Saturday morning in Memphis when Jerry would come out and face whomever happened to throw down on him.

  4. admin
    February 25th, 2011 at 12:11 | #4

    Don, I understand where you’re coming from. The angle reminded me of an angle on Memphis TV involving Don Greene and Jackie Fargo that’s still talked about today. Greene mentioned on TV that Fargo was probably just like his daddy–a yellow coward. Fargo came out later with tears in his eyes saying that his daddy was dead and that he was gunning for revenge. Greene apparently then came out, seeming to apologize, saying something like, “Well…I didn’t know you’re daddy was dead. I did not know that. But when he was alive, he was a yellow coward!” And of course, the heat was on, Fargo became unglued, and they nearly sold out the Coliseum Monday night. In Lawler’s case, it was a little more personal since his mom recently passed away; however, the King comes from the old school that your personal life often blends with the profession, blurring the lines of fantasy and reality. Problem with that, while effective for some fans, it can turn off other viewers like yourself. It’s not always a pretty business.

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