End of an Era: Jerry “The King” Lawler Pulled From Commentary

Published On July 21, 2016 | Wrestling News

FoxSports – The WWE is truly moving into a New Era. Tuesday’s WWE Draft divided the roster into separate lineups for Raw and SmackDown, and WWE also announced that the commentary teams for each show will be changing as well.

Corey Graves, who has been working as an NXT commentator for years, has been called up and will join Michael Cole and Byron Saxton on weekly episodes of Monday Night Raw.

John Bradshaw Layfield will be moving over to SmackDown on Tuesday nights alongside Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga.

 Longtime WWE commentator and Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, who previously called the action with Ranallo on SmackDown, has been dropped from weekly commentary duties. Lawler had served as a color commentator since 2001. Lawler had recently missed time due to a suspension in relation to a domestic violence incident, but was cleared of charges and returned to his job earlier this month.
While it’s always tough to see a change like this, I think it’s one that’s been needed for a long time. Jerry “The King” Lawler has never quite had the same chemistry with anyone else that he had with Jim Ross. Some of Lawler’s schtick is a bit tired and beat to death at this point. Recently he’s also taken back a heel persona during broadcasts, which again just feels outdated. It’ll be interesting to see how Corey Graves and David Otunga do full time. I do wish they would’ve done away with JBL. I think his commentary is dreadful. I’m hoping he doesn’t get in the way of the great job Mauro Ranallo has been doing on SmackDown. He’s far and away the best play-by-play guy WWE has and it’d be a shame if this change negatively impacts that.

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