Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler Signs New Contract With WWE
Rumors have been swirling for months that Jerry Lawler is winding down his career with WWE, considering his reduced on-air role and his legal trouble last summer. However, it appears this isn’t the case, as Jerry “The King” Lawler has signed a new contract with WWE.
In an interview with Cerrito Live, Lawler opened up about his status with the company, revealing that he has agreed to a new one-year contract. Lawler is apparently happy with this deal, noting that he will be calling the Royal Rumble on Sunday, a fact that was actually revealed last week. For his part, Lawler stated that the contract is “open-ended”, which would seem to imply that he might be able to opt out at any time, or perhaps even work indies, if he chooses to do so.
However, WWE appears to have just started an angle between Lawler and Dolph Ziggler, as Ziggler superkicked Lawler in the chest during the return of the King’s Court interview segment on last week’s Smackdown Live. So I doubt he’s going anywhere any time soon. But I’m also not sure what this Ziggler angle could lead to, since it’s hard to imagine WWE would clear Lawler for a match, considering the last time he had a match with Ziggler, he ended up going into cardiac arrest as a result. And how seriously are fans going to take the angle, anyway? I mean, the most notable part of the segment last week was JBL tripping over himself when trying to make the run-in.
Ultimately, I’m not sure it’s worth it to risk Lawler’s health for a feud with a longtime veteran like Ziggler. I even thought the superkick to the chest last week was too much. But then, if WWE doctors would even let him take that spot, he might not be in as dire health as expected. Still, they should probably just have Lawler elect someone to fight Ziggler on his behalf, to be safe. It’d have the added effect of potentially helping to get another superstar over, rather than just Ziggler. But I guess we’ll see where this is all headed in the weeks to come.
As for Sunday, here’s hoping classic Lawler shows up for his commentary job at the Rumble. If nothing else, I’ll enjoy having him around more than Byron Saxton or David Otunga.
What do you think about Jerry Lawler signing a new WWE contract? Will he ever wrestle in WWE again? Sound off in the comments!