After a few weeks hiatus, Jerry “The King” Lawler returned to Monday Night Raw commentary last night alongside Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton.
The decision to bring Lawler back was met with criticism considering Lawler is in a high-risk group regarding Coronavirus because he is over 70 years old and has previously had a heart attack.
On his podcast, Lawler implied that he felt comfortable returning to work as he didn’t feel older people, like himself, were at any higher risk of contracting Coronavirus because people of all ages have tested positive for the disease.
However, that is not the only thing to come out of Lawler’s mouth in recent days that has left fans and critics scratching their heads.
Lawler implied on his podcast that because people of all ages have tested positive for COVID-19, he doesn’t believe older people are as at risk as initially thought (which is why he was going back to work).
This blew my mind.
Very risky on his part. https://t.co/dvCEV3hZAL
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) April 14, 2020
During a match last night on Raw between Austin Theory and Akira Tozawa, Tozawa hit the former NXT star with a cannonball moonsault to the outside of the ring.
As can be seen in the clip below, Lawler then shockingly referred to the move as a “ramen noodle moonsault”. This is obviously a racially insensitive reference to Akira Tozawa being Japanese.
— Get The Tables (@GetDaTables) April 14, 2020
Unsurprisingly, the comment did not go down well on social media with those watching the show. Several people have called Jerry out for a comment them deem to be ‘racist’.
— Gannicus (@AdrianSmithee) April 14, 2020
Lawler keeps saying racist shit like “ramen noodle moonsault” nobody’s gonna be sad if something happens to him.
— Henry T. Casey (@henrytcasey) April 14, 2020
So last week Jerry Lawler says the Street Profits (who are black) have Kool-Aid in their red Solo cups.
This week he calls a Japanese wrestlers move the "Ramen noodle Moonsault."
We're not okay with this right, @WWE?omit_script=1
Dude has got to go. #WWERAW
— Branden Hamilton (@HEELBuddy) April 14, 2020
There is no word on if Lawler’s comment has landed him in hot water backstage within WWE. For the latest on that, make sure you stay tuned to WrestleTalk.com.