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.
When the camera pans out to the commentary table, and those commentators eyes glaze through the camera in a shocked and shaken state, you know something is wrong.
In 1999, Owen Hart fell to his death at a WWF show, with Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler left at the commentary table to break the devastating news. The slow tone in their voice was something not seen before, and their explanation that it all wasn't a part of the show was the final blow that something wasn't right.
Fast forward 13 years and Michael Cole was left by himself to release breaking news. Jerry Lawler was not at the commentary table this time. Instead, he was the person that was the news was about.
When the camera went to Michael Cole, there was a sinking feeling that Jerry Lawler didn't just faint from competing earlier in the night. When that dreaded camera fixated on the commentary table, everyone knew that there was new no one wanted to hear.
Thankfully, the news wasn't has dreadful as the one 13 years ago, but I use the word 'thankfully' rather loosely. Last night, Jerry “The King” Lawler received a heart attack, and is being treated as I write this.
I can't help but feel a little bit shitty after all the things I've said about Jerry over the past year or so. It wasn't anything malicious, but when news first broke out that Jerry collapsed at ringside I still felt bad.
I still don't take anything back however. These things just happen. I find Jack Swagger overrated, John Cena annoying and Randy Orton incredibly boring, but I wouldn't for one second wish something upon them like what happened to Jerry Lawler.
Maybe I'm just trying to make myself feel better, but that's just my view on it. Although I feel bad, I'm not going to remain neutral on certain people in the off chance that something horrible happens to them.
The rest of the show felt very stranger, especially after Michael Cole stopped speaking. Although there was still noise from the wrestlers and the fans, it still felt like an eerie silence when Cole's broadcast stopped abruptly.
I felt the show should have stopped myself, but as ever the show must go on, and it has to be said that everyone who stepped foot in that ring after what happened to Jerry Lawler deserve a lot of credit. Particularly CM Punk, John Cena and Bret Hart. For Bret Hart, a person who's experience a hear attack before, to come out and keep is composure is something to be admired. Punk and Cena also did a fantastic job, and they delivered a pitch perfect promo despite the events surrounding them.
And lastly, a huge credit to Michael Cole who fought back tears and kept calm to deliver any update that was being sent to him. It mustn’t have been easy for him at all to stay seated at that commentary table while Lawler was being treated backstage, but hats off to him for sticking to his job. A true professional.
I, as well as everyone reading this I'm sure, am hoping that “The King” fights through this. The news coming out looks pretty promising, so here's to hoping that it stays that way.