Samoa Joe Replaces Jerry Lawler On Monday Night Raw Commentary Team Permanently - Report

The Samoan Submission Machine and former World Champion has replaced WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler on Monday Night Raw as part of the broadcast team.

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According to a report by Dave Meltzer, Samoa Joe has joined the Monday Night Raw commentary team as a permanent replacement for Jerry "The King" Lawler. Lawler was called out for racially insensitive comments a few months back concerning Akira Tozawa.

Joe replaced Lawler the week after the incident to get the heat off of him, but Lawler returned shortly after. Joe also replaced commentator and NXT performer Dio Maddin after Maddin became injured by Brock Lesnar back in December of last year.

Joe has done short-term and one-off appearances on commentary throughout his in-ring career. As he is not yet medically cleared to wrestle, this could be extremely beneficial for his career--it's a way to keep him on TV while still allowing him to recover and not lose his "spot" so to speak.

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I hope he still plans to wrestle

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He's a GREAT talent. Can do it all. One of the best at promos. and for his size, is an absolute athlete in the ring. (His TNA / ROH days were amazing) He's been plaqued unfortunately by injured since signing with WWE.

While he is the BEST addition to the commentary team (Truly better than ANY commentator in WWE... at least) It's a complete shame to not see him in the ring. I would have loved to see a WWE championship reign... They definitely missed (WWE) an opportunity with him... His matches with Bryan Danielson & AJ Styles in TNA & ROH were always show stealers... What a shame, I'm happy for him though that not ALL of his talents will go to waste, and who knows, maybe we will see him win the big one in WWE one day...

JOE! JOE! JOE! JOE!

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@j3diknightdave: Agreed...he already showed he would be an excellent WWE world champ with his run in NXT. Perhaps if Drew does good, the powers that be might give Joe a shot when he gets cleared.

In the meanwhile, let us enjoy one of the few things enjoyable about RAW currently, the plethora of Joe-isms!

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