Back on April 13, Lawler was calling a match between Akira Tozawa and Austin Theory with Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton. During the bout, he referred to a Tozawa senton as a “Ramen Noodle Moonsault,” which drew the ire of fans and wrestlers alike. While the comment was edited out of the Hulu version of the show, those watching live heard it firsthand.
Lawler took a moment on his podcast to address the comment. He explained that in 2016, he used to call matches with Mauro Ranallo, who has a history with Japanese wrestling. At one point, Ranallo labeled a move something that Lawler had never heard before, prompting him to make up his own names for new moves he saw during matches.
I would say something like, “There’s the Ramen Noodle moonsault,” and he would say, “Oh, King! You know there’s no such thing!” And we would just go on. I was doing it just to play devil’s advocate with Mauro. If I were still doing commentary with Michael Cole or JR, we had the chemistry to where each one of those guys would have known that I was almost making a fool out of myself by claiming like I was acting like I knew what this unbelievable looking move was.
Then either Cole or JR would have said “Oh, King! You know better than that!” With Byron and Tom, we don’t have that chemistry yet. We have only been working together for a short time so when I said that, they didn’t even acknowledge it so it kind of went out and they just kept talking and I kept talking. I didn’t think anything about it either.
Lawler then reiterated that he was also joking and that the name of the move he came up with was supposed to be a symbol of him being behind the times.
That’s where me, Bobby Heenan, Jesse Ventura…all of the heel commentators do that sort of stuff and the joke is on yourself that the people out there say, “Look at that idiot. He doesn’t even know what he’s talking about and he thinks he does.” That’s where the joke was.
Lawler is still commentating for Raw at this time.
WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler spoke about his recent match commentary, which was seen by many as racist.