Jerry Lawler hasn’t been featured on WWE Monday Night Raw broadcast team in over a year and a half.
The WWE Hall of Famer noted during a virtual signing with K & S WrestleFest that he believes it’s due to his comment about Akira Tozawa’s cannonball move in April 2020 on an episode of Raw when WWE was airing its shows out of the Performance Center.
The comment happened while he was calling a match between Tozawa and Austin Theory. Tozawa did a cannonball off the apron. The pro wrestling legend referred to the move as a ‘ramen noodle moonsault.’ Obviously, he got some backlash as a result.
The story was told in the signing after Lawler was handed a photo of Mr. Fuji and he said the name of the legendary manager with a Japanese accent.
“I gotta be careful though. This is so crazy. Just saying Mr. Fuji, if you’re trying to use a Japanese [accent], that’ll get you in trouble today. I mean that actually happened to me. That’s probably why I’m not on Raw right now.”
Lawler stated that he was doing the voiceovers with Mauro Ranalo for the WWE 2K Battlegrounds video game and Ranallo knew all the names of these wild moves that he hadn’t seen before. At one point, Ranallo stated, ‘Oh, look at this spinning dragon, wizard flying.’ Lawler thought he was making up crazy names for these moves. Ranallo told him he wasn’t making it up, but Lawler thought it was still funny.
Fast forward to the day he’s calling the match on Raw and Bryon Saxton stated, ‘Oh, there it is, the spinning dragon’ something.’ He thought Saxton made that up so when Tozawa went for the move Lawler stated, ‘Oh, look, there’s a ramen noodle moonsault.’
Lawler said, “What is racist about that? I thought it was funny, that’s a ridiculous name, right? And all of a sudden, the internet blows up. ‘Oh, King’s a racist,’ and even Tozawa, the next week, comes back [to tell him], ‘It’s nothing racist, I eat ramen noodles every week.’ The next week I wasn’t on Raw anymore. I don’t know if that’s what happened but anyway, you gotta be very careful. So I should probably not say Mr. Fuji [with an accent].”
You can watch the entire signing by clicking on the player below (the part where Lawler tells the story is at the 13-minute mark):
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