On Sept. 10 of this year, Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered an on-air heart attack. A real one, not a work.
Jerry was clinically dead for 10 minutes.
This week, the living legend Jerry Lawler, one of the most genuinely beloved men in wrestling, made his return to the ring:
Some of my favorite moments in wrestling have been the real ones. Roddy Piper's first retirement. The tribute RAWs for Eddie Guerrero and Owen Hart. Hulk Hogan's stunned emotion at the ovation he received in Chicago after his face turn at Wrestlemania X8.
Lawler's return from an actual, legitimate, real-life on-air heart attack was extraordinary. Jim Ross's emotion. Michael Cole's wet eyes. It was warm. It was true. It was a genuine human moment in the caricatured world of professional wrestling.
And WWE ruined it.
Having Lawler interrupted was...okay, I guess. I understand not being able to resist passing up the incredible (cheap) heat. I do.
But having Heyman fake a heart attack?
C'mon, Vince. When people start thinking, "Man, that's tasteless for wrestling," you know it's bad.
I'm not really interested in Survivor Series anymore. I kinda was, but now I just have a bad taste in my mouth. And that's hard, with wrestling. I've seen a lot. But they had a chance to give the longtime fans (especially those of us with a soft spot for The King) one genuine, emotional, true thing, and they had to wreck it with the usual clownish ridiculousness.