It turns out that WWE Raw commentator Jerry Lawler doesn’t actually enjoy sitting at the announce booth and calling the action.
On his new podcast, the creatively named Jerry Lawler Show, ‘The King’ spoke about Vince McMahon’s influence on the commentary team’s work:
“If you really do screw up, say something wrong, or whatever, there is somebody that’s going to – boom – come right in your ear and say, you know, ‘Woah, don’t say that, say it like this…’ Or, ‘Do something like that.’ So, all I know is that, basically, the first time I heard from Vince [McMahon] all night long was – bang – all of sudden right at the end of the show, I could hear the mic cut in and all of a sudden, there was Vince and he said, ‘You guys had an awesome show tonight. Everyone was awesome. Thank you very much.’”
And then Lawler went on to discuss with his co-host Sean Reedy how he doesn’t actually enjoy commentating:
Lawler: “They have a hard time believing it, but I don’t really – I’m not crazy about being a commentator. It’s not – at least to me – it’s not fun. It’s a lot of pressure. It’s a lot of preparation.”
Reedy: “Is it a different pressure from being a main event wrestler?”
Lawler: “Oh, yes! Absolutely. The difference in that is, I feel so confident when I’m in the ring as a wrestler that I – I don’t know if that comes from doing it for so long – almost 49 years – or what. I just feel self-confident about knowing what to do, when to do it, and I never go into a match thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to screw this up.’”
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription