Legendary WWE announcer and Hall of Famer Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler has only been seen on company programming sporadically through the past year. WWE has been going with younger and fresher voices, with Michael Cole, Booker T and Corey Graves working as the Raw announce team.
Lawler and long-time announcer companion Jim Ross appeared at the Raw 25th Anniversary show this past Monday. Though some fans may believe that was a one-off, Lawler actually announced on his Dinner With the King podcast that he has signed a one-year contract with the WWE.
The King will also be broadcasting at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view this Sunday, with Stephanie McMahon also confirming herself as a special guest announcer for the event. It’s worth adding that Jim Ross confirmed last year that he signed a two-year contract with WWE, suggesting we could see more broadcasts involving him and Lawler in the future.
In 2016, Lawler and girlfriend Lauryn McBride were arrested after both accused the other of committing domestic abuse. All charges were dropped, and Lawler was moved to be a pre-show analyst for SmackDown Live and Monday Night Raw. In Dec. 2016, he and Lita were taken off of pre-shows, and the former has mainly been used for special event broadcasts.
In the ’90s, Ross and Lawler became the iconic voices of the WWF. Vince McMahon used to be the lead play-by-play announcer, but began performing the villainous on-screen “Mr. McMahon character.” That allowed Ross and JR to work together during the successful Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Eras.
JR left the WWE in 2013, and was allegedly fired for being intoxicated during a company event. It was later reported that Ross left the WWE on his own circumstances. He returned at WrestleMania 33, and it seems like he and Lawler still have plenty of more matches to work together. Hard for fans to complain about that.
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