Jerry “The King” Lawler hosted the Bellator 162 open workout at his restaurant, “King Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar and Grille,” this past Wednesday and appeared on The MMA Hour to talk about hosting the open workout. Here are the highlights.
On comparisons between Bellator MMA President Scott Coker and Vince McMahon.
“Scott Coker, the President of Bellator MMA reminds me so much of Vince McMahon, especially with the new signings,” Lawler said. “We had the brand split, and are calling it a new era, bringing in young guys and new women from NXT, the new training facility. All these guys are making that jump. It’s the same thing with Bellator MMA. A ton of new guys have been signed by Scott Coker. It reminds me so much of the same type of building things up and the enthusiasm we have in WWE.”
On WWE not allowing him to wrestle for them after suffering a heart attack on RAW almost four years ago:
“I have not had one problem since that time, and I’ve wrestled 200 times, but WWE won’t give me clearance to wrestle there. It’s a P.R. thing. Even though I’ve wrestled so many times, my cardiologist gave me clearance, they feel there will be backlash that WWE is putting a guy who had a heart attack in the ring. I wish I could have a number of matches and a big sendoff, but I’m not going to lose any sleep if they don’t.”
You can read the entire interview here.