#4 Vince McMahon would not let Jerry Lawler wrestle for WWE again
Although Jerry Lawler has worked as a WWE commentator for the last 28 years, he also performed as an in-ring competitor between 1992 and 2012. The WWE Hall of Famer competed in 246 matches for Vince McMahon’s company, with his final match taking place in September 2012.
That match saw Lawler join forces with Randy Orton to defeat CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler on the September 10, 2012 episode of WWE RAW. Following his match, Lawler legitimately suffered a heart attack after returning to the announce desk.
The Memphis legend made his in-ring comeback on the independent scene in May 2013. He has since competed for several promotions around the United States, with his most recent match coming in September 2020.
“Still, to this day, the people in WWE still feel like that’s not the case [Lawler being cleared to wrestle]. They keep me on the no-touch list and all of that kind of thing. We’ve talked about this before on the podcast. The doctors told Lauren [Lawler’s girlfriend], ‘We can’t clear him to go back in the ring because he’s a liability to the company.’”
Lawler also acknowledged that it would be a “PR disaster” for Vince McMahon if he had another heart attack on WWE television.Published 08 Nov 2020, 17:00 IST