Source: The Miami Herald
Vince McMahon calling him the most talented guy in the business: "I'm honestly not trying to blow my own horn because I don't; well, I just feel lucky more so than anything... but Vince McMahon once told me in conversation, 'I think you're the most all-around talented guy I've ever met in this industry. You've done everything, and you've done everything well. You started out as a referee. You've wrestled. You've booked. You've owned a wrestling company. You've done payroll. You've done commentary. You still wrestle.'
"It's just one of those things. It feels like the baseball movie 'The Natural.' Wrestling and anything involved with it have always come natural to me. I've never taken it too seriously. One of the things some people do wrong sometimes is they take things they do too seriously. I've always had a great time and always had fun doing it."
Booking in his day vs. today: "For Monday Night Raw, WWE has a creative staff of about 16 or so writers who sit down and collaborate all week long what's going to happen, who's going to appear on the show and what they're going to say. In other words, their job is to write the show, just like writers who write a movie or write a soap opera or sit-com. So they have a big staff of writers who write the entire show. They collaborate and have meetings and discuss things all week long, until we finally get to that final product on Monday night, and then the show goes on the air live.
"Jerry Jarrett and I used to take turns booking our Saturday morning Memphis TV show six months at a time. When it was Jerry's turn to book, he would pour over it and take suggestions and take the entire week to book the Saturday morning show, deciding who was going to wrestle who and what was going to be said and everything that was going to be on that hour and a half morning show.
"When it was my turn to book for my six months, I would wrestle Friday night in Tupelo, Mississippi or Blytheville, Arkansas, and when the show was over, there's an hour and a half drive from that city back home to Memphis. During the drive home, that's when I would book the show.
"It took me an hour and a half to book an hour and a half show, and somehow it always turn out good. I just could think of stuff spontaneously and put into action, and it always turned out pretty darn good."
Much more is contained in the interview, including Lawler talking about his passion for art and how it helped him in the business, the new Memphis Heat DVD and much more. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.