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Hall Of Fame Announcer Set to Return to Call Royal Rumble Match

Renee Young announced on yesterday’s (Tuesday, January 17, 2017) episode of Talking Smack that WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler will return to the commentary table to call this year’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) from San Antonio, Texas.

Lawler made his return to WWE TV yesterday to host a King’s Court” segment with Dolph Ziggler that can be seen here:


  • Arnold Jackson

    Cole is just awful. I’m really hoping they don’t let him do the calling on the new U.K. Show when that starts up.

  • R

    Disagree with your view on Cole however agree that bringing back the pair would be decent. I want the old two man team back, not the trios and four man crew on SD.

  • JAckh45

    I’d disagree highly here. JR cannot preform to the levels needed today in commentary for the WWE. His last stint with WWE before he was let go is evident of that.
    The commentators need to be able to shill out so much for the modern day WWE, not just in network advertisement but for sponsors and the like. JR was terrible at this in the past… we all remember his “Skittles Skittles Skittles” ad he used to do for PPV sponsors that left most scratching their head… Its way more than just “calling the action” these days.
    Hate it as much as most do, but Cole is by far the best commentator to call for matches, please sponsors and the investors in promoting other shows. He has easily mastered advertising and PR for them…

    However, that being said… I agree with D2K and don’t see why bringing them back to the commentary table with an added man to help shill couldn’t work… although I know JR has said in the past how he dislikes having that many people on with him.
    He’d make a great replacement for David Otunga on SDLive

  • D2K

    When you have that kind of chemistry you never lose it. Neither guy was as good away from each other as they were together. They brought the best out of one another. Ross and Lawler would be just fine together even now.

  • Khosrow

    I see what you did there 😉

  • M

    Lawler got stale after a while. Once they separated him from JR, he lost touch in my opinion. Even if they paired them back together, JR’s never lost a beat so Lawler would be playing catch up.

  • D2K

    I don’t see why WWE just doesn’t allow Ross and Lawler to come back and commentate on special occasions. Let them commentate the “special attraction’ matches at Wrestlemania while allowing the normal broadcast teams to call the story-driven content.

  • Khosrow

    But I’m real excited.

  • Khosrow

    Oh god that means The King is in the match too. That’ll be a letdown.

  • MindTricked

    From the picture, I 100% knew it’s be Lawler. I think it would have been a bigger headline if it was actually good ol’ J.R.

  • Thomas Murray

    makes 2 of us mate

  • M

    Like that’s real exciting? Was hoping for JR, guess I fell for the picture.