This new change raises the question of why bother as in why bother adding Lita to the panel in the first place if she was going to be off the panel in less than a year like she was. Apparently as of this writing it seems like Lita may have been removed due in part to something having to do with her contract with WWE. Not exactly sure what could be limiting her apperances as she does still have a legends contract with the company, but I guess they maybe starting to limit certain people's appearances that are under such contracts.
On the side of Jerry Lawler, the word came out not soon after his departure from the broadcast table that they were pulling him from TV to begin lighting up his schedule because at his age they want people to start cutting back dates. However, at the time it felt King found his second wind after flipping back to a heel once moved to Smackdown with Mauro Rannelo. But it may have also been time to move on to some fresh faces and get fresh sound for WWE programming. Sadly a era may have ended officially, but much like Lita the King's isn't gone from the company. However, his apperance will become a lot more sparse in the future as he will only be around for the big event like the Hall of Fame ceremony.