With rumors that WWE might stop airing their Raw and Smackdown pre-shows entirely (this week, the shows were cut down to ten minutes from the original thirty), and an increased interest in bringing in outside “personalities” for the PPV panels, WWE has pared down their on-screen talent. To that end, Hall of Famers Lita and Jerry Lawler have reportedly been removed from their full-time positions and given Legends contracts. In Lawler’s case, this is seen as the final stage of a long period of phasing out the aging commentator, who was first moved off of Raw for Smackdown, then removed from a live commentary position entirely, over the past year. Meanwhile, according to Jim Ross, Lita may have actually cut all ties with the company beyond the Legends deal (which allows WWE to use a wrestler’s likeness in things like merchandising, video games, and the WWE Network).
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) December 7, 2016