WWE Raw commentator and Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler has discussed his use of the phrase “ramen noodle moonsault” While commentating on a Money in the Bank qualification match two weeks ago.
Lawler used the phrase when Akira Tozawa landed a cannonball moonsault on the outside of the ring during a match against Austin Theory.
The clip below shows the arial move, lawler then reffers to the move as a “Ramen Noodle Moonsault”. This is aparticularly Racially insensitive description of the move considering Akira Tozawa is Japanese.
See the clip below:
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Unsurprisingly, the comment did not go down well on social media with those watching the show. Several people have called Jerry out for a comment them deem to be ‘racist’.
JR Approached the subject on his podcast (Transcribed by wrestlingnews.co):
“I said the word ‘Ramen Noodle’ on Raw and next thing you know, the internet blows up and I’m a big racist. Let me go back and explain what I was doing and why being racist was the furthest thing from my mind.
“It all goes back to 2016 when there was a time when I was doing commentary with Mauro Ranallo… I’ve been in the business for 50 years and I don’t know the names of these crazy moves, right? I’m seeing them for the first time and all of a sudden the guy does a move and Mauro says ‘there’s the orange crush Tiger Bomb bla bla senton’ and I’m thinking in my mind ‘somebody is making up these crazy names up, right?’
“I sat down back in 2016 and I wrote down some names of what I thought would be funny moves to go back at Mauro when he called one of these moves [from Japan] and I would say something like, ‘there’s the Ramen Noodle moonsault’. I was doing it just to play devil’s advocate with Mauro. If I were still doing commentary with Michael Cole or JR, we had the chemistry to where each one of those guys would have known that I was almost making a fool out of myself by claiming like I was acting like I knew what this unbelievable looking move was. Then either Cole or JR would have said ‘oh King, you know better than that’. With Byron and Tom, we don’t have that chemistry yet. We have only been working together for a short time so when I said that, they didn’t even acknowledge it so it kind of went out and they just kept talking and I kept talking. I didn’t think anything about it either.
“That’s where me, Bobby Heenan, Jesse Ventura and all of the heel commentators do that sort of stuff and the joke is on yourself so that the people out there say ‘look at that idiot, he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about and he thinks he does’.”
The ‘Ramen noodle’ comment was removed from the HULU version of raw however it has not been mentioned if Lawler got into bother from any of the higher ups in WWE. Seems Lawler was saying it for effect and was banking on his fellow commentators to mention but he got nothing from them.