Dot Net reader Jeff Wyatt attended the 38th Annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois and sent the following report on his interaction with WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler.
Jerry “The King” Lawler made his annual appearance at the 38th annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois. We got to meet him at his signing booth and he was great as always. He said he loves being on Smackdown and I asked him who he really enjoys watching and he mentioned Kevin Owens as one of his favorites.
The interesting news was what he told my best friend later. He said that they would have two pay-per-view events monthly, one for Raw and one for Smackdown. This would happen except for the big four events (WrestleMania, SummerSlam, the Royal Rumble, and Survivor Series). I can’t imagine how this will work but he told us last year about Smackdown coming to USA, moving to Tuesday, and going live at some point.
Later, Lawler took part in the USA Championship Wrestling free show, which consisted of three matches. The ring was outside and set up in alley and was a pretty cool setting. Jerry wrestled Daniel Eads, who reminds me of a young Batista. He has a great look and Lawler commented that he has “muscles in places that Lawler doesn’t even have places.” Lawler sold a lot for him and made him look great. He was backdropped and slammed several times and Lawler really sold his power. The finish happened when Eads missed a top rope elbow and Lawler quickly pinned him. Classic story of the veteran sneaking out a win over the young upstart.
Powell’s POV: Lawler did indeed tell Jeff that Smackdown would be going live and moving Tuesdays on USA Network at last year’s event. It took some time, but it obviously is happening next month. I think it would be a mistake for WWE to go with so many live specials. The fans who can’t get enough of WWE will love it, but it’s asking a lot of casual or new fans to watch five hours of meaningful programming on Monday and Tuesday nights and then watch two specials in most months.
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