Jerry “The King” Lawler was recently removed from WWE’s RAW pre-show panel, along with Lita. Lawler called in to Memphis radio show Cerrito Live over the weekend to address his departure from the WWE Network-exclusive shows, citing budget cuts as the reason for the change. Lawler said while age was a factor in being replaced by Corey Graves on the USA Network, that wasn’t the case in this change.
Lawler says he was paid the same amount when he switched from SmackDown to the WWE Network pre-shows, and his salary made the pre-shows too expensive to produce. The King noted that his contract is still good until mid-January, and that he expects his next WWE contract to be worth less due to his decreased work schedule.
He told listeners of Cerrito Live that he received a call from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon right after the decision was made to pull him from the pre-show panel. McMahon reportedly told Lawler that he will always have a job in WWE, including hosting duties for the Hall of Fame ceremonies.
Lawler noted that he expects to pick up more WWE Network duties and work on more projects about the history of Memphis wrestling.