WWE legend Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack on Monday night during the live broadcast of Raw from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and will undergo heart surgery today, according to WMC-TV in his hometown of Memphis.
The report states Lawler has been breathing on his own at a local Montreal hospital and is currently listed in stable condition. Lauryn McBride, his girlfriend, is making her way north to visit him after the scary situation.
UPDATE: Wednesday, September 12 at 2:55 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Jerry Lawler's recovery from his heart attack is continuing to move in a positive direction.
WMCTV.com reported that a CT scan follow heart surgery on Tuesday revealed an encouraging result. The article states:
Cooper says Lawler does not have brain damage as a result of his heart attack Monday night.
The wrestling icon has been stabilized in a Montreal hospital. Family members tell us he is heavily sedated after having heart surgery Tuesday, but he is responding to them and is even squeezing his girlfriend's hand.
There is a still a long road ahead for Lawler, but all news has been promising thus far.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, September 11 at 7:20 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Baltimore Sun reporter Arda Ocal provided us an update on Lawler's condition, courtesy of WWE Diva Stacy Carter.
Carter states in her Facebook post that there is a "concern of brain damage," because of the time it took to revive Lawler Monday night. He is undergoing tests to determine how much, if any damage, occurred, and the results will be in Wednesday morning according to Carter.
She also states that his ventilation has been removed, and that he is being taken off sedation.
It's baby steps at this point, but these are positive signs in a scary scenario.
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With a pay-per-view scheduled for Sunday, it was an important event for the WWE, but the show took on an eerie tone following the incident. Commentary went silent out of respect for Lawler, with Michael Cole only providing occasional updates on his status.
Cole made it immediately clear, both through words and his emotions, that what happened was not part of a storyline. It caused a massive outpouring of support on Twitter and other social media from superstars and fans alike.
The health scare happened during a tag-team match that featured Titus O'Neil and Darren Young taking on Daniel Bryan and Kane. It came after Lawler was involved in a match of his own, teaming with Randy Orton to defeat CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler.
Lawler has been involved in a storyline with Punk in recent weeks, including a couple matches and a backstage segment, which is why Cole made it clear the situation had nothing to do with the feud.
The WWE released the following statement about the incident:
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.
Based on the stable condition listing, it appears Lawler has made good progress since last night. Hopefully that continues in the coming days and he's able to make a full recovery.
It's one thing the entire WWE Universe can agree on.
WWE released the following statement a little before 12:30 PM Eastern Time:
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.