During the Austin Theory vs. Akira Tozawa match on Raw last night (April 13), Jerry Lawler called a Tozawa senton his “ramen noodle moonsault”.
The spot & comment aren’t in the highlights WWE released of the match, but multiple Twitter accounts clipped it from the USA Network broadcast.
"That looked like the Ramen Noodle Moonsault."— GIFSkull - DMCA Trolls Suck. #Evolution2 Supporter (@GIFSkull) April 14, 2020
- Jerry Lawler on Akira Tozawa's Senton#RAW pic.twitter.com/1trXws3gWS
The problem here should be pretty obvious. Lawler’s playing with the same kind of material he’s always trafficked in - most famously during the Attitude Era. A lot of fans, this writer included, believe it’s important to leave those kind of “jokes” in the past. They’re offensive, unwelcoming, and reminiscent of wrestling’s history where every non-American performer was a villain defined by racial stereotypes.
Second generation wrestler and NXT Superstar Rachel Evers subtweet pretty much covers it:
Just a casual reminder that being a racist is not ok. Thanks for listening to my Ted talk. Have a great night.— Rachael Evers (@RachaelEversWWE) April 14, 2020
The defense for Lawler and his latest dated comment is mostly to attack the people criticizing it as “soft”. It’s a familiar back-and-forth, and very few minds are changed in the process.
But if we can stop calling one another racists and SJWs for a second, I have a question. Is there anyone who finds the “ramen noodle moonsault” line funny? Hell, it’s not even accurate. Tozawa did a senton. It’s one of his signature moves, something someone flown in especially to call his matches should know.
Is giving Jerry a live mic worth one potential viewer turning the channel, or a second of internet controversy?
As we’re often reminded, it probably only matters what one person thinks. If Vince McMahon thought it was funny or clever or a non-issue, nothing will change.
Anybody think anything is going to change?