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Jerry Jarrett Upset With Jerry Lawler Return Segment, Longtime Magazines Discontinued

– Jerry Jarrett, Jerry Lawler’s former business partner, took offense to WWE using the legendary grappler’s near-fatal heart attack as a “cheap heat” angle on Raw Monday.

Nine weeks following the ordeal, a tearful Lawler offered his gratitude for the amount of support he received. The WWE Hall of Famer was then interrupted by CM Punk, who continued their on-screen rivalry by mocking him. The segment included a crass imitation of a heart attack, courtesy of Paul Heyman.

“I watched WWE last night. Jerry Lawler was returning after surviving a life threatening heart attack. I sat watching the television with a feeling of pride that they were honoring the return of such a great wrestler. I sat thinking, “now this is real class”. Just when I was appreciating the class WWE was showing, it ended suddenly with a juvenile cheap heat angle,” wrote Jarrett on Facebook.

“I turned the television off and starting thinking about Linda McMahon’s hard work and great expense running for the Senate. It is exactly this kind of programming that prevented her from becoming a Senator. Wrestling should have some limits and boundaries. If you offend great portions of the audience, it is a bad angle.”

– According to SLAM! Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Illustrated has discontinued its sister publications, The Wrestler and Inside Wrestling (which had been combined into one large issue in recent years). The publications had been in circulation since 1968.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated will continue to be published. It is now the last remaining non-WWE publication in the United States.

The wrestling magazine industry has struggled mightily since last year, with WWE continuously posting decreasing revenue for its own publications.

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  • dave

    i agree with JJ HOWEVER jerry lawler may have preferred it this way. who knows..

  • At this moment I am going away to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming again to read more news.

  • Devil_Rising

    Hard work? No. Great expense? If you mean spending more money on campaigns than any other political candidate in US history, then yes.

    But that was a bad move by WWE. Punk doesn’t even need more heat like that.

  • hodgie guy

    You guys do realize Jerry Lawler pre-approved this segment before Raw went live. Same as a few years ago when his mother died and they used it to draw heat.

  • poko

    I had zero problem with this angle. This is straight up old-school. Jerry Lawler has been around, he knows that there is no real disrespect; in fact, it’s probably more of an honor than anything that any storyline disrespect toward him can draw so much heat.

    It was just a heel doing what a heel is supposed to do, nothing more, nothing less. It was a tame segment compared to the old days of wrestling.

  • barry horowitz

    you guys are a bunch of over sensitive girls


    DOUBLE J shouldnt speak on this as hes done just as bad segments w/ TNA.

    but I do think it was a horrible segment. it made me turn off my tv and go stand in line for Black Ops 2.

  • Turn Off The Dark

    @Another John. Yeah I remember that. That was bullshit too. I don’t know why King ok’s these sick jokes WWE keeps throwing at him. Some things you just don’t joke about.

  • Another John

    This isn’t the first time WWE’s done something like this with the King. Remember after the Kings mom died they used it as a storyline?

  • Jimbo

    There’s tasteless…then there’s the atrocity that we saw on RAW. More proff that Vince McMahon is batshit insane and shouldn’t be running a major corporation.

  • Andrew

    I’m watching the re-run of Raw on The Score here in Canada and they just aired the segment. Very tasteless imo.

  • sam mccourt

    tbf i read it wrong as well, i thought it said jeff jarret

  • Sammo

    Ha ha, No! I totally thought it was Jeff Jarrett saying this! Dang, read it wrong.

    Cheers for pointing that out, Danny Boy.

  • DaleRay

    The Jarrett that spoke ill of the WWE was Jeff’s father Jerry. Jeff ran the Kurt Angle storyline. Having said that I found the segment a bit tough to watch.

  • Dan

    @Sammo- You do realise this is Jerry Jarrett, not Jeff Jarrett speaking.

  • donkster

    Wwe is boring not even this poor attempt for controversy will get me interested again

  • I thought the segment was awesome. I called it right before jerry even came out. I obviously he’s cool with it.

  • Turn Off The Dark

    Yeah. Jerry ok’d it. But still…For WWE to even mock a real situation like that, with as serious as it was is just disgusting. Just for cheap heat for CM Punk. WWE lost some of my respect with that.

  • nick

    that was a very bad thing to do, but im sure jerry ok’d it.

  • Sammo

    Jarrett turned the fact that he was having a real life affair with Kurt Angle’s wife into a wrestling storyline.

    Destroying families is cool, but mocking Lawler’s condition (who would have course given his blessing) is taboo?

    Don’t think I can agree with Jarrett’s stance on things.

  • Jon

    i agree with double J here. When i saw it I immendtly switch to MNF but turn back like 10 min after. There is a place and time and that wasn’t it.

  • Stevie P

    I find Jerry Jarrett’s use of Mark Calaway (look up Master of Pain) in Memphis even more offensive.