As noted, WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler spoke at length about the behind-the-scenes atmosphere building up to and during the RAW 25 special and Royal Rumble pay-per-view last month on his Dinner With The King podcast. Featured below are some additional highlights from the show.
On the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble match at last month's PPV: "The Women's Royal Rumble epitomized what I love about Royal Rumbles. I love seeing people from the past and surprise entrances showing up at Royal Rumbles. The Women's Royal Rumble was historic and the first time ever. There was so much pressure, not just women who performed but the people who put that Royal Rumble together. You only get one chance to make a good first impression and that was what they had and I thought they came through with flying colors. All the ladies that they brought back looked and performed great. The match itself was just so good. It really was. I was excited about it. I was surprised that they put that on last but after seeing the surprise at the end of the Royal Rumble then I wasn't so surprised; it all made sense. The entire Women's Royal Rumble was great."
On Ronda Rousey signing with WWE: "She's somebody that is known almost to everybody. John Cena is a movie star, commercials, good grief, everything that John Cena has done is known like Ronda Rousey; at least, outside the WWE world. I read what Dana White wrote about her; he said that he is so happy for her because he knew that her entire time during her UFC career she was always a Pro Wrestling fan; always loved the WWE. Even he feels she is where she belongs."
On backstage interaction he had with Paige at the show: "The first time walking to the hallway in the back walking to catering, here comes two young ladies walking towards me, and it's Paige and Kelly Kelly; and I hadn't seen Paige in a long time and she gives me a hug and everything; then she proceeds to tell Kelly Kelly about the picture that went out all over the internet of someone taking a picture at ringside, which it just depends on that second. The whole time you are at ringside and you are looking around at no telling what, if they catch that exact second it appears that I am looking at Paige's backside and I don't really remember that as being the case but the picture looked like that. It sailed around the internet everywhere and she and I had a good laugh about it. We recreated the picture back in the locker room with her looking at my backside, so that's the kind of stuff that can happen with pictures like that. Let me reassure everybody, and I swear on my mother's grave, Jim Ross and I were never asleep at anytime during the 25th anniversary of Raw. That never happened."
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