WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler has been involved in helping promote this weekend’s Bellator 162 event in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, including hosting fight week activities at his restaurant, “King Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar and Grille.”
On Monday, “The King” joined Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” at MMAFighting.com to talk about his involvement with the show. During the interview, Lawler shared his opinion regarding Bellator MMA President Scott Coker being similar to WWE Chairman 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.”
Additionally, “The King” revealed that when he sits cage-side at the Bellator 162 event in Memphis this weekend, it will be the first time he has done so for an MMA event.
“Well, I’m definitely going to be there cage side. I’ve told everyone I’ve been ringside for a million wrestling matches but I’ve never been up close and personal cage side at an MMA show.”
Bellator 162 takes place later this evening from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee and airs live on Spike TV.