Lawler defended the line as a way to try to pretend to be an idiot when commenting while working with Mauro Ranallo. However, his chemistry with Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips has not developed sufficiently to a level where they would know how to respond to the joke. Here are some highlights:
Jerry Lawler explains why racism was the farthest thing from the line: “I said the words ramen noodles on Raw, and the next thing you know, the Internet is exploding, and I’m a big racist. So let me go back and explain what I was doing and why being racist is the furthest thing from my mind. It all comes back, I think in 2016, there was a time when I was making comments with Mauro, Mauro Ranallo, right? And it was new to me when they put us together. I’ve never worked with Mauro before, and it’s great fun to work with him. He has such energy and has done boxing and all the fighting and stuff from Japan, and such a brain. This guy had such knowledge of all the wrestling movements that came out of Japan.
“Well, see what would happen to me in 2016. We sit there, and I call a match, and of course Mauro, all of a sudden, out of the blue, this guy is making a move – I’m in the business for 50 years, and I don’t know the names of these crazy movements, right? I see them for the first time. This guy made a crazy gesture, and Mauro said: “There is the orange crush bomb tiger crush dah dah dah!” A sentinel! “And I think in my mind,” Someone makes up these crazy names, right? “Because, like I said, I’ve been there forever and never heard them call themselves that. So I sat down in 2016, and wrote some – I just made up a few names of what I thought were funny names to go back to Mauro when he made a real name – when he called any of these things a real thing supposed to be finished in Japan. Then I would say something like, “Oh! There’s the Ramen Noodle Moonsault! ‘»
Jerry Lawler on how Byron Saxton or Tom Phillips did not respond to the line: “And of course Mauro would be fair [say], “Oh, king! You know, there’s nothing like that ”or“ Bla bla bla bla bla ”. So I was just doing it to play devil’s advocate with Mauro. I said, “Oh my God! There is a Ramen Noodle Moonsault! And of course, if I always commented with Michael Cole or JR, we had the chemistry where each of these guys would have known that I was almost fooling myself by pretending like I was acting like I knew what it was this incredible movement, right? And then they would have just said – that Cole or JR would have said “Oh, King! You know better than that! Or “Don’t even start with something like that,” you know. But we – with Byron and Tom, you know we don’t have that chemistry yet. We have only been working together for a short time. So when I said that, they didn’t even recognize it, so it sort of went out and they kept talking, and then I kept talking. I didn’t think about it either. “
Lawler on how the joke is supposed to be on him: “The joke – like you said, this is the part where I, Bobby Heenan, Jesse Ventura, all the heel commentators, you do this stuff, and the joke is on yourself. And that’s how you – so the people out there go, “Look at this idiot. He doesn’t even know what he’s talking about, and he thinks he knows. “This is where the joke was. “
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