WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry “The King” Lawler was recently interviewed by Twin Lakes Sports Network where the pro-wrestling persona opened up on the Greatest Royal Rumble ticket price and also why the Titus “World-Slide” gimmick ended, among other things.
Lawler said that it took him 19 1/2 hours to get to Saudi Arabia, but thankfully the first class luxury that was sponsored by WWE made it bearable. He feels that Saudi Arabia wants to be “westernized,” but many leaders in the Kingdom have strict laws in place to prevent that from happening.
According to Lawler, the Saudi Government fronted the bill of the Greatest Royal Rumble, and paid “millions and millions” of dollars while only charging the spectators $2 a ticket, according to Lawler. It was the first wrestling event that was attended by women and kids in the Kingdom.
Lawler also commented on Titus O’Neil’s slide from the Greatest Royal Rumble.
“I actually talked to Titus the next day, and I said, ‘man, that’s something that you really need to capitalize on,'” said Lawler. “And, actually, I talked him into it. If you remember the following week, he did something similar, and I told him, ‘if you could start doing that every week on your ring entrances, if you get down to the ring and just, all of a sudden, take that belly bump and slide all the way under the ring, and then have your opponent come over and look down and just be laughing, then you come from the other side of the ring, come across, roll him up, get a quick 1-2-3, all of a sudden, it makes you look like the smartest guy in the world.”
Titus “World-Slide” turned out to be a huge hit and WWE even made merchandise for it. However, that gimmick was short-lived.
“[Titus] said, ‘that’s a great idea, and we’ll go with that,’ except for the fact that they realized they use those big LED light boards on the side of the rings now, so you can’t really go up under them like that,” Lawler said.
Lawler further mentioned that WWE also did an angle where O’Neil acted like he fell, which distracted the wrestler in the ring, and his opponent ended up losing the match. “The King” added, “was a cool thing that happened to Titus, because it will always be remembered.”