In what was one of the scariest scenes in the history of live television, longtime wrestling announcer and former in-ring performer Jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack on Monday Night Raw. The event continued during the episode that saw paramedics immediately respond to the fallen announcer and administer CPR. Lawler was brought to the locker room and transported to a local Montreal hospital. During the telecast, Lawler's broadcast partner, Michael Cole, updated the WWE Universe on the health status throughout the remainder of the show. At the conclusion of the telecast, Cole announced to the WWE Universe that "Jerry Lawler's condition is stabilized, he is breathing on his own."
A WWE statement sent out in the early morning hours revealed that the 62-year-old Lawler did indeed suffer a heart attack.
"Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night's broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal. We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family."
As Cole stated during his commentary following the incident, Lawler is a fighter and won't be stopped by anything. I would expect that he would stay away from the announcing table for the time being and depending on how severe the heart attack was, he may be forced away forever. As someone who grew up watching him in a "kiss my foot" match with Bret Hart to being a part of the greatest announce team in the history of professional wrestling with Jim Ross, that would be a terrible thought.
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