Following the draft on Tuesday evening, WWE announced new announcing teams for both RAW and SmackDown. Notable by his absence on the list was Jerry "The King" Lawler.
Lawler had recently been working as a color commentator on WWE SmackDown, but the newly announced trio of Mauro Ranallo, JBL, and David Otunga was confirmed this week. RAW's crew was announced as Michael Cole, Corey Graves (called up from NXT), and Byron Saxton - also leaving Lawler without a show.
On Wednesday evening, however, an article on WWE.com announced that the Memphis legend will indeed continue working as an on-air character for WWE. Lawler will now be appearing alongside Booker T on the WWE Network pre and post shows moving forward.
While he technically is still appearing on WWE television, the fact that he's not part of the USA Network broadcasts is clearly a demotion for Lawler, a man who has been an on-air character for WWE for over 20 years.
We don't know who made this call as of right now. Perhaps this was Lawler's choice and he is looking at winding down his career. On the other hand, WWE might feel Lawler's time is done (especially following his recent domestic dispute) and are now moving in another direction.