Raw Talk, you’re no Talking Smack. But you do have Renee Young, so you’re alright.
The Fastlane post-show last night didn’t provide us with anything like the great Miz, John Cena and Dean Ambrose promos we’ve seen on Tuesday nights, but in advancing the Sasha Banks & Bayley story, it did provide us with a must see moment.
Renee was discussing how she liked seeing the current and former Raw Women’s champions support each other when her co-host, Jerry “The King” Lawler, interjected. Lawler was playing devil’s advocate, as these shows and conventional wrestling commentary rules dictate, and went to spout the line of thinking which drove the “crazy, catty chicks” storylines for women on WWE television for years.
And Young Shut. Him. Down.
Lawler: Listen, I said this many times when I was doing commentary during Raw and SmackDown, and I really half-heartedly believed it, I said it really just to try and be colorful - but I used to say that all women secretly despise each other.
Young: DON’T. Don’t do it. It’s not right. It’s not even accurate. I think that that is an old school mind of thought... I can’t even spit the thing out... thought process. But I don’t think that’s the case. I think that women like to support each other and I think that women seek out those relationships to wholeheartedly support each other, so I think it’s cool to see that. I appreciate it.
The King went on to say nobody gets into pro wrestling to not compete and be the best, a point Renee conceded. They then somewhat awkwardly moved on, but the point stood.
It’s very cool to see Lawler, a voice synonymous with WWE going back to the Attitude Era, deliver the old company line and being called on it by someone who’s quickly establishing themselves as a voice of the company going forward.
We’ve got a long way to go, but just the fact Renee is comfortable enough in her position to take this stand is a sign of progress.