On the latest episode of Dinner With The King, Jerry Lawler talked about how WWE wrestlers can appear at shows outside of the company, where he’s going to be buried, and more:
How WWE wrestlers can appear at other events and why it doesn’t happen often:
“When you sign a contract with WWE, it’s pretty much exclusive. However, WWE wrestlers are, technically tax-wise, considered independent contractors. In that sense, you are really truly, supposedly, work wherever you want to.
But it’s just an understanding, and it’s in the contract, that WWE will basically keep you booked where you’re not available to do anything else.
I think they call them “third-party appearances.” That’s been a long-standing thing that if somebody else wants to book, say for instance A.J. Styles, I’m sure what they did was call the office and made an offer. Then the office will look and see if it’s a viable thing; if A.J. isn’t working that night.
So say you have an independent show, and you call WWE, and you say you want John Cena. If he’s available, and they tell you what his fee would be; if you are still conscious, if you haven’t fainted, and you say you can pay that, they call John and tell him they have an offer for him and if he would accept it.
And why you don’t see WWE superstars at these shows, the reasons are money, it’s prohibitive for a promoter to be able to pay these guys what WWE is asking. And usually when these shows happen are on the weekend, when WWE are running their shows. Or a day off; days off are few and far between. They relish a day off; they wouldn’t want to do a third-party appearance on their day off.”
Not having a will (1:21:03 mark of show):
“You know what, I’ll be perfectly honest with ya, I’m telling the world this right now. No, I did not [have burial plans]. And I don’t even have a will. I really got to do that.
I’ve just always been under the assumption that when you make out a will, you’re betting against yourself.”
The King’s burial plot (1:23:05 mark of show):
“They wound up selling me a plot. They also sold me a, not a monument or a marker, but a thing that covers your grave. And I’m going to be buried next to Isaac Hayes; they literally have a celebrity row at Memphis Memorial Park.
Yes, I’ve gone out there a couple times and just looked at the ground, the plot. Lauryn [Jerry’s fiancé] and I have gone out there a couple times, and I’ll say, “This is the spot.”
For the full episode, check out Dinner With The King.