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Jerry Lawler's Reevaluation (2015)

His name is Jerry Lawler and Cageside Seats readers have reported back on what they love and loathe about the current SmackDown color commentator. Here's the full evaluation.

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Okay Cagesiders, you have the floor today.

What you loved:


"Makes Alex Riley seem almost palatable by comparison."

JBL's hat:

"He’s WWE’s least noisy commentator."


"His insistence on saying 'yes, yes' like he just came or something every time Daniel Bryan walks out. You’re not an audience member Jerry. You don’t need to mimic the crowd on air."


"Still has moments as a passable, comedic face announcer. Hard to hate him after surviving a heart attack."

Kevin Dunn:

"This dude just understands women."


"Love: He was one half of WWE’s greatest ever announce team
Loathe: He is one third of WWE’s worst ever announce team"


"Look, Jerry has been behind that commentary booth for as long as I can remember. I’ve been watching WWE since I was a little kid and Jerry was just always there. His dumb jokes, his casual sexism and his doofy shirts. He’s like a racist grandparent. Sure he’s a bit offensive and weird sometimes but you just have to love him, at least a little bit."

Garvin Thwomp:

"The fact that he’s been removed from commentary on RAW."




What you loathed:


"His present day announcing is terrible. 90s and early 2000s Lawler was fun and entertaining. He was the perfect heel announcer to be sitting next to Jim Ross. Now, it’s the opposite. He sounds bored, his personality is boring and he adds absolutely nothing. In fact, he takes away from the product. The WWE announce team for Raw (and this includes the recently added Booker T) is actually so bad it’s distracting at times. When JBL and his one good quip a night is the highlight, you have a very, very serious problem."


"Jerry lasciviously ogling Paige was a particularly slimy low of 2014."


"The Paige incident still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. She was there to be a professional wrestler (her job) and had an old man check out her ass as she stood up and when caught on camera doing it, Jerry decided he’d jokingly say on twitter that he had the best seat in the house rather than apologize for his unprofessional behavior and any offense he caused."

The Notorious Eddie Mac:

"The only reason Jerry Lawler is still employed is because of the valuable Memphis Wrestling library, which to my knowledge is the only significant wrestling catalog WWE doesn’t own. Seriously, how much can that library be worth? WCW’s library fetched about $1.7 million, and at the time it was the biggest in the world. The Memphis library can’t be worth more than $500,000 by my guess. Cut him a check for the library, give him a gold watch, and tell him to go with God.

The fact in 2014 Jerry Lawler is still in the booth despite two health scares in the last three years (one of them ON THE FREAKING AIR for crying out loud) is more evidence as to how clueless Vince McMahon is."

On to the poll! With 419 votes, Jerry Lawler's average score is 2. Last year he received a 2.2.

Thanks, Cagesiders! We'll be back Sunday to recap with updated poll scores and the best comments from the week.

Until then!

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