YMMV / Jerry Lawler

  • Crosses the Line Twice: From using his mother's death as part of a storyline to constantly making jokes about his own near-death, is there anything that Jerry finds offensive? (And these are just two examples of the last 3 years of his four-decade career.)
  • Dork Age: His "puppies!" phase is generally considered the lowest point of his career as WWE's color commentator. Before then, he played a magnificent heel commentator during his days as a foe against Bret Hart and later was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap by turning face.
    • What's funny is that "puppies!" wasn't invented by him. It occurred in a match between Jeff Jarrett and the "Road Dogg" Jesse James. Jarrett was accompanied by his valet Debra, who was... well-enhanced. James said that if he won the match, "since [he was] the Road Dogg, he wanted to see her puppies!" Doesn't officially qualify for Mis-blamed, since King was the one who ran with it.
    • The switch to PG rescued him again, as he actually was allowed to use his normal voice again.
    • His present day face announcer role is this for some fans who grew up with (and secretly enjoyed) Lawler's heel-biased announcing in the 1990's.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In WWE '13 if you are having a match with Eve Torres you'll occasionally hear Jerry Lawler make a comment about needing an EMT at ringside because his "heart skipped a beat." It's fairly cringeworthy when you remember that Lawler had a major heart attack on live TV in September 2012 that nearly killed him. In THQ's defense the audio commentary had been done for a while at that point and Lawler himself has already made these kinds of jokes following his return, and Lawler was simply trying to say that Eve was hot.
    • During a promo segment way back in Memphis Wrestling (against a young Jim Cornette), he came out from backstage clutching his chest saying "this is the big one!"
      • Even worse when you realize he's imitating Red Foxx of Sanford and Son who died when his legit heart attack was mistaken for the fake ones his character did.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The recent #FireLawler tweet wave resulting from his face character's questionable reasoning as a commentator. As of September 10, 2012, The Grim Reaper nearly did.
    • An ironic example occurred in WrestleMania 28. During the "Team Teddy/Team Johnny" match, Lawler mocked the bright suit that John Laurinaitis wore to the ring. He commented that that suit "would give Brother Love a heart attack". While the joke was slightly questionable at the time (Bruce Prichard, who portrayed Brother Love, actually had two heart attacks sometime before the comment), it seems a bit uncomfortable to hear after Lawler's heart attack five months later.
  • Ho Yay: You know how Michael Cole was gay for The Miz? Lawler was that for Triple H, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, Vince McMahon, Heel Rock, and pretty much every big name villain in the WWE while he was a heel.
    • He always practically drooled over Chris Masters' entrance as well, forcing Jim Ross to be quiet while the music started.
    • As a face, he swoons over John Cena like a lovesick teenaged girl. It got to embarrassing heights when, as CM Punk was getting really hot as a babyface, Lawler sulked over the attention he was getting as he felt the fans should be cheering Cena (who was getting major X-Pac Heat at the time).
  • Memetic Molester: Due to his Dirty Old Man character and the false rape accusation.
  • Never Live It Down: Jerry Lawler was arrested for being accused of raping an under aged girl. He was let off without any charges when it was discovered she had been lying but he would be mocked about it at ECW years after the fact. Now you know why ECW has the place it does on his trope list.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: As a color analyst when teamed with Mauro Renallo on Smackdown. The pairing returned him to his heel sympathizing roots and showed he was still capable of snark.