It’s a good future. Wrestlers are a weird breed as it’s hard to say that a lot of them actually retire. Several of them will stop wrestling regularly, but they still might make an occasional appearance or even have a match in a surprise moment. Jerry Lawler made it famous in a commentary career that started in the early 90s and still takes place on special occasions to this day. Now though, we might know his replacement.
Lawler is an interesting case as he is a legendary wrestler, but he might be better known for his time on commentary, at least to modern audiences. That’s not a bad thing, but it makes the moments where he comes back for matches feel special. If you can get a Lawler match in Memphis, you’re likely in for a treat. At seventy years old though, Lawler needs a replacement in the role and WWE has just the right person.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Samoa Joe will be the permanent Monday Night Raw commentator, though he will wrestle matches when the situation arises, just like Lawler did. Samoa Joe is currently sidelined with a concussion and will not be wrestling until he is cleared. His most recent match took place on the February 10 edition of Monday Night Raw.
He can still go in the ring. Check out some of Samoa Joe’s more recent work:
Opinion: I like this move as Samoa Joe is racking up one injury after another and he can only keep recovering for so long. Putting him behind the microphone where he sounds great is a smart idea and if you need a match later on, so be it. I know Samoa Joe can still go in the ring, but maybe having him go a few times a year rather than full time is the better solution.
What do you think of the move? Who is your favorite commentator? Let us know in the comments below.
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