Jerry Lawler Collapses on Raw; Should WWE Have Continued the Show?

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterSeptember 11, 2012

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During a tag team match on Raw, Jerry Lawler collapsed at the announce desk after suffering a heart attack.

While the WWE Hall of Famer received medical attention and while he was attended to at a Montreal hospital, the wrestling continued.

The cliché is that the show must go on. 

Is continuing to wrestle when a man's life is in danger honoring a fallen star, or is it disrespectful?

Of course, WWE can't stop every live show where someone suffers an injury, but in a medical emergency like Lawler's, the thought has to be considered.

Suddenly whether our favorite wrestlers win or lose, get the right push or get enough airtime doesn't seem to be all that important. In the face of life and death issues, nothing else matters.

As good as the rest of Raw was, it was hard to enjoy it.

The fun had been drained out. The wrestlers were clearly distracted and concerned, working through the rest of the program with heavy hearts.

With Lawler suffering from a heart attack, fans wondered if we were reliving Owen Hart all over again.

Owen fell to his death due to an equipment malfunction at WWE's Over the Edge pay-per-view. WWE would later be viewed as heartless for continuing the event.

There is an argument to be made that if a wrestler or other WWE personnel's life is in danger, then the show should be cancelled. It does feel somewhat tacky to have men gyrating and showboating in the ring in the midst of a real-life medical emergency.

Ending the show for Lawler or anyone is a decision though that involves a ton of money, from the network, from ad revenue, from fans who purchased tickets.

But the real reason for not stopping the show may be more philosophical.

WWE chose to continue with Lawler in danger and for many, perhaps the theory is that continuing business as usual would be what he wanted them to do.

Stopping Raw prematurely wouldn't have helped Lawler recover. It wouldn't have reversed his fate. 

Some will view Michael Cole's performance at the end of the show as well as John Cena and CM Punk fighting through their emotions to be able to perform at such a high level in the most difficult of situations as showing respect to Lawler. 

In the end, WWE is a wrestling company and when one of their family members falls, they, not surprisingly, look to wrestling to serve as a tribute.