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Paul Heyman Didn’t Want Jerry Lawler On RAW

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (September 29, 1991) – WWF Wrestling Challenge

On this day in 1991, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Civic Complex in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1991’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

– Big Bully Busick vs. Sid Justice

– Sgt. Slaughter Interview

– Nasty Boys vs. Phil Apollo & Bill Pierce

– Ricky The Dragon Steamboat vs. Mike Williams

– Tito Santana Segment

– Ted DiBiase vs. Mark Thomas

– The Barbor Shop with Legion of Doom

– IRS vs. Ray Garcia

– Ric Flair vs. Jim Powers

• Paul Heyman Didn’t Want Jerry Lawler On RAW

According to the Wrestling Observer, it was RAW Executive Director Paul Heyman’s call to bring Vic Joseph and Dio Maddin to the RAW commentary team, but Heyman didn’t want WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler to be a part of this.

As we have noted before, Lawler will be a part of the commentary team for only a short period of time and there are rumors that former WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James might replace him.

During a recent interview with CommercialAppeal, Lawler kind of confirmed that it wasn’t Heyman’s decision to put him on the RAW commentary team.

Below is what Lawler said:

“I got a call about it Tuesday morning from Kevin Dunn. He said, ‘I’ve got a proposition for you. It may be good news, and it may be bad news.’

He knows I don’t like to travel a whole lot anymore, so that was the bad part. I said, ‘What’s the good part?’ He said, ‘We want you back on RAW.’ He told me it’s for however long I want to do it, so that sealed the deal.

It was Paul (Heyman’s) idea to put Vic and Dio on RAW. Apparently, what I was told, Vince (McMahon) said, ‘You can’t throw these two new, young guys on our flagship show. Call King.’ That’s how it happened.”

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