While longtime Memphis wrestling staple and WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler is mostly retired these days and holding down a spot in the broadcasting booth alongside Michael Cole, he still finds some time to get in the ring now and then despite being 62 years old. Tonight was one of those nights, as Lawler and partner Randy Orton took on WWE Champion CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler. The match went fine, but later in the evening, Jerry Lawler abruptly collapsed at ringside while at the announcer’s table and had to be rushed to the hospital.
“This is not part of tonight’s entertainment. This is a real-life situation,” said broadcaster Michael Cole, who was hosting alongside Lawler. Cole later added, ”Jerry, my friend, my prayers are with you.”
Lawler received CPR in the locker room and was taken from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, to a nearby hospital. Lawler is breathing on his own, but the WWE indicates that the condition is indeed very serious. While Lawler is a relatively healthy 62, he’s still 62 and a 62-year-old wrestler is very prone to heart problems; if I had to speculate, I’d say it would be a heart issue. Given the exertion of wrestling, his age and fitness level, and the timing of his collapse, it seems likely.
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