WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler remains one of the most beloved commentators in WWE, but he is also a controversial one. Lawler once called an Akira Tozawa move a “ramen noodle moonsault.” He was then taken off from Monday Night RAW.
Jerry Lawler recently spoke at Wrestle Fest, where he talked about his absence from Monday Night RAW.
“So then one day I’m doing Raw and Tozawa is in the match. Tozawa does some kind of move and then we’re on live, you got to remember we’re on live and now Byron says ‘oh there it is! The spinning dragon’ something and I’m just thinking ‘oh, you made that up.’ And so the next thing, he goes to the top of the rope and he flies off and I looked at Byron and I said ‘oh look, there’s a ramen noodle moonsault.’ What is racist about that? I thought it was funny. That’s a ridiculous name, right?
“And all of a sudden, the internet blows up. ‘Oh, King’s a racist.’ Even Tozawa, the next week comes back and says ‘it’s nothing racist. I eat ramen noodles every week.’ But the next week I wasn’t on Raw anymore. So I don’t know if that’s what happened but anyway, you got to be very careful. So I should probably not say ‘Mr. Fuji’ with an accent.”
h/t to Post Wrestling for the transcription.