WWE Star Jerry Lawler Suffers Heart Attack and Collapses During Raw [Updated]

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 10, 2012

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Jerry “The King” Lawler collapsed at the announcers' table and received CPR and medical attention in the back during Monday’s live broadcast of WWE Raw, fellow announcer Michael Cole reported.

Cole also announced that Lawler was being transferred to a local Montreal hospital but was breathing on his own. The WWE did not have any announcements on Raw for the remainder of the evening.


UPDATE: Tuesday, September 11, 7:15 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Jerry Lawler is responsive, according to WWE Diva Stacy Carter. You can check out Carter's Facebook update courtesy of Baltimore Sun reporter Arda Ocal.

Carter mentions a "concern of brain damage" because reviving Lawler took some time. She states that tests diagnosing any amounts of brain damage are being done, and the results will be in tomorrow morning.

Lawler's ventilation has been removed, and he's being taken out of sedation. All of these things are positive steps as we learn more about this scary situation.


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UPDATE: Tuesday, September 11, 1:10 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack during the live broadcast of WWE’s Raw program Monday night, and the WWE has released an official statement early this afternoon on their website about the commentator’s condition:

As of this morning, Jerry "The King" Lawler is in a cardiac care unit and all his vital signs are stable. WWE will provide additional information as it becomes available. We continue to wish Jerry all the best for a full recovery.

While this medical emergency is far from over, the fact that the WWE legend is breathing on his own and his vital signs are stable is great news moving forward.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, September 11, 11:40 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

After collapsing at ringside during the live broadcast of WWE’s Monday Night Raw, color commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler was rushed to a local hospital after suffering what doctors have called a heart attack.

According to Memphis’ WMC-TV, Lawler is expected to undergo heart surgery Tuesday:

Jerry "The King" Lawler will have heart surgery Tuesday after suffering a heart attack during an WWE event Monday night.

The 62-year-old is in stable condition and is breathing on his own at a hospital in Montreal, Canada.

The report also reaffirms the reports that Lawler was breathing on his own, but the report makes it very clear that he is not out of the woods yet.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, September 11, 7:30 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

After one of the scariest incidents in the history of Raw, color commentator Jerry “the King” Lawler passed out at ringside and was taken to a Montreal hospital with what the WWE and medical personnel are calling a heart attack.

WWE’s Joey Styles announced on Twitter the severity of Lawler’s medical emergency:

UPDATE: @jerrylawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night’s broadcast of @wwe #Raw in Montreal wwe.com/shows/raw/2012…

— Joey Styles (@JoeyStyles) September 11, 2012

In addition, WWE released the following official statement:

“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.”

While the severity of the heart attack is unknown, Lawler was reportedly given CPR at the arena before being rushed to the hospital. The company is also reporting that the 62-year-old WWE veteran is responsive in the hospital and was breathing on his own.

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WWE’s official Twitter account reported the incident as well:

BREAKING: @michaelcole on #RAW: @jerrylawler collapsed at announce desk, is receiving CPR, medical attention at Centre Bell.

— WWE (@WWE) September 11, 2012

Update from @michaelcole on #RAW: @jerrylawler taken to local medical facility in Montreal, breathing on his own, receiving oxygen.

— WWE (@WWE) September 11, 2012

Update from @michaelcole on #RAW: @jerrylawler is "more responsive," "reacting to lights," awaiting CAT scan at ER. #PrayForLawler

— WWE (@WWE) September 11, 2012

Update from @michaelcole on WWE #RAW: "His condition has stabilized. He's breathing on his own, and his heart is beating on its own."

— WWE (@WWE) September 11, 2012


Arda Ocal  of the Baltimore Sun and The Score is reporting on Twitter from the scene:

A picture worth a million words. All of us are thinking of Jerry Lawler. twitter.com/arda_ocal/stat…

— Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) September 11, 2012


The 62-year-old Lawler was involved in a match earlier in the night in which he teamed up with Randy Orton to defeat Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk. After the match, the banter between the duo went noticeably silent and much of the focus inside the building was on the announcers' table.

It was clear that something had gone wrong. Cole looked visibly shaken upon delivering the news of Lawler’s incident.

Lawler is a long-time color analyst who has spent almost 20 years with the WWE and has been involved in a feud with WWE champion CM Punk. The champion has been attacking the WWE legend over the last month in order to further his heel turn.

The incident appears to be very serious, and we will keep you updated as more news continues to break.


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