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