WWE Legend The Honky Tonk Man, who is Jerry Lawler's first cousin, and has a well-established up and down relationship with Lawler, claimed on Facebook that Lawler was not on a wrestler contract with WWE, but rather an office deal. The following is an excerpt from HTM's blog:
Jerry and I have not seen eye to eye on the pro side of the business sometimes, but we buried the hacthet a few yrs. ago. I am what I am and he is what he is. He is my first cousin with our mothers who are sisters who are both passed on now. Jerry and I had a 100 matches against each other. We had a respect not as family but as professionals. He was a master at talking and in ring work. I myself copied his work. I can only hope he can be the King again.
Jerry has a huge contract with WWE and charges indy promoters big dough. They book him and he takes the booking because he loves what he does. I think WWE will now take a long look at booking guys on their shows without having a complete physical exam. Why was Jerry booked to wrestle in WWE? Because he was not on a wrestler contract. He was on an office contract with all the benefits. He did not have to be tested as a wrestler.