Jerry Lawler: Who Should Fill in for the King Following Heart Attack on Raw?

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2012

May 2, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Professional wrestler Jerry Lawler performs during a timeout in the second half of game two of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers at FedEx Forum. Memphis won 105-98. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
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After WWE color commentator Jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack during the live broadcast of Raw this Monday, the announcing for the event went silent in respect for the longtime employee.

Just like Raw, the WWE will continue to put on their shows in spite of having one of the WWE’s best announcers in a hospital receiving treatment. With that said, no one will replace “The King” for Sunday’s pay-per-view. They will just be filling in.

All of the following stars will be considered for the role of color commentator for the Night of Champions PPV, but the unenviable task will fall to only one.

Good luck to whoever it may be. They’ll need it.


Josh Mathews

While this is the least sexy of all the picks, Josh Matthews has worked with play-by-play analyst Michael Cole during the times Lawler couldn’t do Raw for one reason or another.

Matthews and Cole have also worked together on SmackDown as well, so plugging in the young commentator now is a simple solution to a major problem.

Although there are still so many unknowns about this situation, Matthews is already a full-time employee that can slide into the position when needed and slide out again if and when Lawler can return.


William Regal

After spending years wrestling all across the world, William Regal has found himself an excellent role as a color commentator. With experience in FCW and NXT, Regal knows the business as a wrestler and as an announcer.

With a fun temperament and an extremely broad knowledge of the sport, Regal would be one of the few commentators that could ease the pain of not having Lawler on the mic during the Night of Champions PPV.

Regal hasn’t appeared to be in the good graces of WWE over the last few years, but he is a very reliable asset to the company and they know that. If they feel they are looking for a temporary replacement that can take over for at least a few weeks, Regal is the answer.


John Bradshaw Layfield

While pulling this off would be much more difficult, adding a name like John Bradshaw Layfield to the announcing team would be the only way to actually get the fans to put Lawler’s emergency out of their minds during the time we’re watching wrestling.

The WWE is our escape from reality, so thinking about Lawler the whole time will dampen the mood of this event. If the company were to hire JBL back as a temporary fix, it would give fans a chance to enjoy the show again.

JBL was very successful at the announcer’s table before, and the transition back would be easy for the natural mic technician. The problem is that JBL was the heel before, and he would have to return the same way to be effective.

Lucky for the WWE, Michael Cole could do no wrong in the eyes of the WWE Universe after handling the Lawler situation with both class and dignity. Leave him face for the time being and allow heel JBL to steal the show.


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