Veteran WWE commentator Jerry Lawer suffered a real life heart attack during last night’s Raw broadcast and was rushed to a Montreal hospital, where he remains stable. The 62 year old had wrestled earlier in the night.
Reports from those in attendance reveal that during the Kane & Daniel Bryan vs. Titus O’Neil & Darren Young match, Lawler passed out at the announce table next to his colleague Michael Cole and rolled on to the floor. It was apparent that something might have gone wrong to those at home because “The King’s” usually over-the-top commentating had gone silent and there was visible concern from fans at ringside; some chanting for Lawler. When Cole resumed he was clearly distracted. However in the soap opera world of wrestling it’s not always clear what’s part of a storyline and what’s real.
Lawler wrestled earlier in the night; teaming with Randy Orton to take on CM Punk & Dolph Ziggler
What fans saw at home:
All was explained later in the broadcast when Michael Cole uttered the chilling words, “this is not part of the entertainment”, and that Lawler had been stretchered backstage for medical treatment, before being taken to hospital. Vince McMahon remained at his side through the whole ordeal.
Fan recorded footage shows some of what happened from a live audience perspective:
Luckily WWE have emergency staff immediately on hand to deal with in-ring injuries and Lawler received life saving treatment right away.
He has since undergone a CAT scan and is being closely monitored in a cardiac ICU unit. His girlfriend, Lauryn McBride noted on Facebook that “he is in stable condition and breathing on his own & heart is stable,” although at some point there was some concern about blood being cut off to Lawler’s brain and potential long-term damage this could cause.
Via their official website WWE stated: “We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future.”
Our thoughts go out to Lawler and his family!
During and after last night’s broadcast stars took to Twitter to pray for The King:
“I’m shaken by the news of my friend Jerry Lawler‘s medical emergency in Montreal. Hands shaking. Prayers for the King. I feel helpless.”
The Iron Sheik:
“God bless the Jerry Lawler I love him forever.”
“Stay Strong KING @JerryLawler my prayers are with you bro.”
“Best wishes and prayers to @JerryLawler one of my favorite people in the WWE. King has been a champion for 40 yrs and he’ll beat this too!”
“Thinking of Lawler. I’m sure he’d appreciate all of your well wishes. Stay strong, King.”
“My best wishes go out to Jerry Lawler and his family.”
“this is so sad, i cannot beleive Jerry Lawler had a heart attack during raw, pray for him…..”
“All my prayers & wishes go out my to my dear friend @JerryLawler & his loved ones tonight as he battles through this! Xoxo #PrayForLawler”
“man just heard about @JerryLawler.Hope your okay King.The wrestling world and beyond love you!”
The Blue Meanie:
“Waitin to hear about Jerry brings back bad memories of when we all waited & prayed for Owen to be ok. 1 of the worst nights for all involved”
“I’ve just heard about Jerry Lawler!! Time for prayer everybody!! We’re here for you King, God Bless!!”
“Going to bed I look fwd to tomorrow & hearing about how @JerryLawler pulled the strap down & blew an amazing comeback #PrayForLawler”
“Praying for Jerry Lawler tonight. He’s a true fighter and an awesome person.”
“Am so shocked to hear about Jerry Lawler having a heart attack on Raw. PLEASE everyone pray for him 2 have a speedy recovery.”
“Just got off the Raw Live Chat. Please continue 2 pray for Jerry Lawler. All of us are a family under circumstances like this #PrayForJerry”
Kofi Kingston (@TrueKofi):
“Pretty crazy atmosphere right now. Let’s all keep king in their thoughts and prayers.”
Ricardo Rodriguez (@RRWWE):
“Such a scary moment seeing it happen in front of my eyes. #PrayForJerry”
“Didn’t even realize what was going on with Jerry! I apologize to him and his fans. My prayers are with The King! #Pray4Lawler”
Justin Roberts (@JustinRoberts):
“Physically at ringside, mentally with The King”
Scott Stanford (@scottstanford1):
“Had a laugh with King today when he pulled in driving a red, hot rod rental mustang! He’ll be ok… the man is unstoppable!”
Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels):
“All positive thoughts and support for Jerry Lawler. Get well, King, you’ve many more matches to call, sir!”
“Thoughts & prayers go out to Jerry Lawlor. Truly hope he is ok… Michael Cole not being on commentary has me very worried. Praying for Jerry Lawler! Michael Cole deserves all the respect in the world for how he is handling this very difficult situation.”
Velvet Sky (@VelVelHoller):
“Just did Pipers Pit with @JerryLawler In Aruba on Fri & he seemed 2 be in great health so I know he will pull thru this. God Bless u King!”
Jack Swagger (@RealJackSwagger):
“Everyone in the @WWEUniverse unite for Jerry Lawler!!!! let’s show him how much he means to us.. #king #king #king”
Kelly Kelly (@RealKellyKelly):
“My thoughts and prayers are with you @jerrylawler you can beat this! #prayforjerry”
“The Jerry situation clearly bothered the crowd, and understandably so.”
“My prayers go out for Jerry Lawler & his family members! … Good news that Jerry Lawler is breathing on his own! Keep him in ur prayers #WWEUniverse. #fb”
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