WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler has reflected on the “ramen noodle moonsault” comment he made on Raw commentary last year.
Lawler made the remark following a dive from Akira Tozawa during the Performance Center era of Raw in the pandemic, and it wasn’t received well at all by fans.
During a virtual signing with K&S WrestleFest, Lawler reflected on the comment, saying he doesn’t think it was racist, and believes the comment is why he was removed from his commentary role.
Jerry Lawler said:
“So then one day I’m doing Raw and Tozawa is in the match, right? And Byron Saxton – Tozawa does some kind of (move) and then we’re on live, you gotta remember we’re on live and now Byron says, ‘Oh there it is! The spinning dragon’ something and I’m just thinking, ‘Oh, you made that up’, right? And so the next thing, he goes to the top of the rope and he flies off and I looked at Byron and I said, ‘Oh look, there’s a ramen noodle moonsault’. 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, says, ‘It’s nothing racist. I eat ramen noodles every week’. But the next week I wasn’t on Raw anymore.”
Lawler is still a regular pay-per-view pre-show panelist for WWE.
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