It’s good to be the king, at least for one night. Jerry Lawler is one of the most longstanding legends in wrestling history, having been around for the better part of fifty years now. Somehow that has only resulted in one Wrestlemania match but it turns out that it was an incredibly lucrative one.
According to Lawler on his “Dinner with the King” podcast, he received a $130,000 payday for his losing effort against Michael Cole at “Wrestlemania XXVII”. Here’s what he had to say about the match with transcription courtesy of Wrestlinginc.com:
“My lone WrestleMania match led to my biggest payday ever in the wrestling business. Here’s me, an announcer, having a WrestleMania match with another announcer. In a matter of a few minutes [I was out there], I got paid $130,000 for that match.”
“I can relate to both of these guy’s situation. I promise you neither Kurt Angle or Daniel Bryan go into this business and worked their way to the WWE to be general managers on Raw and Smackdown. I can assure they are doing it, but without a doubt, they are doing it because that the WWE wants them to do right now. Because they feel like their wrestling would be a liability in the ring right now. I know that they would both rather be out there performing in front of all the fans in the ring. And it’s gotta be eating them both up inside that the WWE thinks they are not capable of doing that anymore.”
Opinion: Lawler is one of those people who is WAY beyond the point where anything short of a major crime is going to ruin his career so losing to Cole, while annoying at the time, really wasn’t a huge deal. At least Lawler was very well paid for what he did that night and he has the memory of working on a show like that.
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