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    Posted: 19/February/2009 at 23:18
Quote The UK Sun has posted an interview with Jerry Lawler, which can read here in its entirety. Some highlights from this interview:

Working with Jim Ross again at the Royal Rumble: It was fun – JR and I have a great rapport and a great relationship. A lot of people say ‘I bet you really miss JR now he’s on Smackdown’, but the truth of the matter is we still get to see each other quite often. We also talk on the phone and we text. But by the same token, I tell everyone I really enjoy working with Michael Cole as well. Michael might be a little easier, maybe a little less demanding than JR. JR is so passionate, and such a huge fan which is a great. It’s what makes JR one of the best in the business. But because of that he’ll want us to go to production meetings and run through things. Whereas Michael and I like to show up and go in and get the thing done and head out as quickly as possible. And I know that may sound like we’re slackers, and taking the easy way out, but the truth of the matter is it works better for me in the way that I do my job. I don’t want to go to production meetings and I don’t want to be too prepared. I like to watch the matches like a fan. I like to be surprised by the things I see. I like to not know what’s going to happen next. I feel like my commentary is more honest that way – it’s more sincere in the way that I’m as surprised as the fans are!

Mick Foley's claims that Vince McMahon screams into the headsets of announcers during live shows: Let’s face it, Vince is the man who owns the company and he has definite ideas about how he wants things done. And if you do something that he doesn’t approve of, then he’s going to let you know it. I don’t know if I’m fortunate, or if Vince is just a big fan of my work, but he absolutely in the 15 years of me doing it has never ever yelled at me. Not even once. I was surprised when I heard that from Mick. But Vince has a direct line to every announcer. If we’re doing a broadcast and Vince wants to say something to me, Michael Cole doesn’t hear it, and the same goes with Michael Cole. So occasionally, after a show, Michael will say: “Oh man, Vince yelled at me when I screwed this up.” But if you’re out there doing a good job, and saying what you’re supposed to say, he’s not going to yell at you!

How He's Avoided Drug and Alcohol Abuse: I just didn’t do it! I’ve never had a taste of alcohol, never done any kind of drug and never smoked a cigarette. Some people will think that’s not true, but I’ve honestly never tasted one sip of beer, wine or whiskey. And I think that’s been a long part of my longevity in the business. I’m not saying it's given me a youthful appearance but it’s certainly helped me not look any older. And it’s not something that years ago I thought about, I simply just didn’t do it. There was a choice out there, and I always felt it was the wrong choice. That was the way I was raised. I was told those things were bad for me.

The Recent Chris Jericho "Incident": I have not seen it but I heard them talking about it last week at the show – Vince (McMahon) was kinda chuckling about it. Vince and I were talking and Jericho walked by and he said: “Watch out! Jericho will hit you! He’ll knock you right down!” Then he adds: “Especially if you’re a girl!” Everybody is having a joke about it and to me it’s not a big deal, because that used to be very prevalent in the past. We used to be able to get the fans so riled up that they literally wanted to physically attack you after the matches. That hasn’t happened in a long time, so it’s almost like hats off to Chris Jericho – for doing his job. He’s being the best bad guy that he can be. And it’s working as he’s making the people so mad at him that they want to get physical with him themselves.

* Apart from the booze, i'm like Lawler in never ever trying cigarettes or drugs.
 
* I love how Vince reacted to Jericho's incident the other week LOL
 
* Sounds like Lawler is the special one if he's truely never been yelled at on air.
 
* Lawler sounds like a good role model to me. Well if you don't include marriage advice lol.
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I love Vince´s standpoint and Jerry´s Standpoint on the Chris Jericho Incident... that´s the right way to handle that, you can´t change it afterwards anyways, so poke fun at it. And agreed with Lawler there, Jericho really can get the fans riled up so they want to attack him, and that has been very rare over the years.

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Quote The Tri-State Defender has an interview up with Jerry Lawler, who discusses how hard it is to be taken seriously in the Memphis Mayoral election. You can read that article at http://tri-statedefenderonline.com/

http://tri-statedefenderonline.com/articlelive/articles/4168/1/Mayoral-election---2009-Jerry-Lawler/Page1.html

* I think he's selling himself short in saying that he only works for two hours a week in wrestling.

* With the research, travel etc he does a lot more than he gives himself credit for.

* He's obviously done lots of research into what is necessary to win the mayor race.

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WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler was interviewed recently by Fighting Spirit Magazine. Here are some quotes, courtesy of The Sun:

Jim Ross' future with WWE:
"JR and I had some tremendous chemistry, but I don't think you've seen the last of that. I think JR will be back on the air in some capacity. He's too good not to utilise. A lot of people don't realise what the situation is with him. He had a couple I guess three now real serious bouts of Bell's Palsy, which is very similar in effects to a stroke.

They don't really know, but they think the attacks are brought on by stress. Nobody takes their job more seriously than good old JR. The reason Vince has kept him off TV all this time is because he's concerned with his health. He's worried that if he puts him back out there regularly, he'll have another Bell's Palsy attack."

His feud with The Miz:
"I thought the matches, especially the TLC match with The Miz, were good. I know that after the match was over, when I came back to the Gorilla Position, everybody standing there gave me a standing ovation. Vince came over and hugged me and said: 'Man-oh-man, what a great match!'"

Wrestling at WrestleMania:
"I've been with WWE for 17 years and that's something I've never achieved. I remember in 2007, when Vince came to me and said they were going to induct me into the Hall of Fame, I said that I didn't want to. He said: 'What do you mean, you don't want to?' I replied: 'Most people feel like your career is over when you go into the Hall of Fame, like in baseball or football or something. Also, I've never done that much here, Vince. I've never won a title, I've never even wrestled on a WrestleMania.' He said: 'What? You've never wrestled on a Wrestlemania in all the years you've been here? That's a tragedy. We've got to fix that next year.'

That was his mindset then, but things get put on the backburner. First 2008 came and I didn't get a match, then 2009 came and I didn't get a match, then 2010. But I must say that there's never really been a point in time in those years when I've been involved as much as I have been as of late. So if there ever was a time for it to happen, I think this would be the most advantageous.

And would I love to have a WrestleMania match? Oh boy, yes. Other than getting inducted into the Hall of Fame, that would maybe be the highlight of my career to finally get to perform there."

Jerry has been good in his matches with the miz and even put him over as a good champion! The thing i never know that he never had a match at Wrestlemaina, Its not shocking but it's cool to see him finally getting his moment! I hope Jerry slaps the taste out of cole's mouth!
YES! YES! YES!
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Quote WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler spoke with IGN this week to promote his WrestleMania 27 match with Michael Cole. Here are some highlights:

You're facing off against Michael Cole at WrestleMania. Since this is your first WrestleMania match ever, would you have preferred it be against an actual wrestler?

Would I have preferred for it to be a wrestler? Maybe at first. But now, looking back on the way this has all unfolded and the way it's going to be now, I couldn't have had a better opponent. Especially now that it's so reminiscent of the actual Andy Kaufman feud. I mean here, just like Andy, I'm going in the ring against a guy who's never competed. Not only at WrestleMania, but anywhere. So the curiosity factor of what will be going through Michael Cole's mind, other than my fist, makes this the perfect match up here. The people want to see Michael Cole get completely destroyed. They know without the help of Jack Swagger he's going to be helpless and they know that with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin being in the match as the referee, they know he's not going to put up with interference and foolishness. So it'll just come down to me and Cole once that bell rings. So, to me, that's perfect. Because if I can't put a major league whooping on Michael Cole, after all the years I've been in the business, then something's wrong.

Do you think Cole has a better chance of getting a piledriver or a stunner at WrestleMania?

Well, I would say probably a stunner. Without a doubt. It's in his future somewhere along the line. Maybe once the match is over. But you know what? The WWE has become so health conscious about concussions. It's been in the news, what with football players not allowed to have helmet to helmet contact anymore. So they've actually banned piledrivers. You know, the piledriver move consists of turning your opponent upside head and dropping them on the top of their head. Which is what I used as my career finishing move for so many years. So I'm not going to be able to give Cole a piledriver. But if you remember, it was always illegal. Even back in Tennessee when I gave Andy Kaufman the two piledrivers, it actually cost me the victory. Andy was actually awarded the match and the victory because I used the piledrivers, but I just wanted to prove a point and I felt like I wanted to hurt Andy just to let him know what the business was really like. And even though I do feel the same way, I feel like I have to hurt Michael Cole. I feel like if I let a guy who's never been in a match before go into the biggest match of my career and come out unscathed, it's going to make everything I've ever done look like a joke. So I plan on making Michael Cole's next stop, after he gets to the Georgia Dome, be the hospital.

Many feel nowadays that The Undertaker's streak, and any match where his streak is on the line, is more of a marquee event than title matches at WrestleMania. Do you agree?

You know what? I do. And simply because, with what we talked about a minute ago with me and Michael Cole, I think that becomes personal. Because you know it's a huge personal thing for The Undertaker that he's gone 18 years without losing at WrestleMania. So that streak of his is a tremendous accomplishment and he's got to take it as a major personal threat or affront when someone challenges him. And with Triple H, who's been best friends with Shawn Michael for years and Shawn Michaels having gone out in a blaze of glory last year not being able to break Undertaker's streak� You know it's got to be personal for Triple H. And it means everything to him to try and do something his best friend couldn't do. And maybe he's doing it for his best friend. And maybe it's that little bit of emotion where he's saying "Look at this Shawn. I'm going to do something you couldn't do." But who knows? You know it's a personal thing for Triple H to win this match. Yes, you can sometimes have match that, to the fans, have that little extra bit of significance. More so than just � and I don't want to say just a title match � but we see a lot of title matches. The champion has to defend the title on a regular basis. But you don't always see matches that have personal issues riding on it.

His interviews are never as good when he sticks to kayfabe, unlike his previous one.
 
It would have been nice to know his genuine thoughts of facing a commentator he's known over a decade.
 
Should have been asked about his son appearing other week too.
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Consenual Bump ...

I don't think Rapists' qualify 2 run for Mayor ...

But this is Tennessee we're talkin' about here ...


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Quote During a recent appearance on Jim Ross’ “The Ross Report” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler discussed Hulk Hogan, John Cena and their “manscaping” ways. You can check out some highlights below:

On Hulk Hogan getting him into “manscaping”: “I was never into manscaping, or even worry about grooming your chest hairs, or shaving your back, or anything, or even shaving under your arms, or anything like that until, and it’s so funny, until I got around Hulk Hogan. And one day, Hulk and I are sitting around in the locker room and I look over, and [Ross has] seen one of those long shoehorns that they make out of plastic and you could help put your shoes on while you’re standing up, [has Ross] ever seen them? Well, he had one of those long shoehorns and he had like a twin-blade razor taped to the bottom of it. And I’m thinking, ‘what the hell is that?’ And then, all-of-a-sudden, he goes over to the mirror and he turns around. He’s shaving his back with this razor taped to this long shoehorn! And so, I said, ‘well, I’ll be damned! I think that might work!’ So that’s when I first started to get rid of a little bit of the rug I was wearing on my body.”

On John Cena being proud of his “manscaping” ways: “John Cena prides himself on the fact that there’s not another hair on his entire body other than the hair on his head. Yeah, he told me that many times. Yes! Yeah, he does have eyebrows, [Ross is] right about that one, and eyelashes.”

Well we might have a new definition of the phrase "too much information" DeadLOL
 
Hogan has always been weird but manscaping around other people is rather strange.
 
If Cena is so proud of his snake being bald, he's not going to mind the world now knowing.
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