WWE commentator and former wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler collapsed during tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw. Because of the nature of his business, fans in the stands and viewers at home were understandably unsure about whether what they were seeing was for real or not.
Medical personnel in the arena at the time immediately rushed out and administered CPR on Lawler while preperations were made for him to be transported to a local hospital.
Larry Brown Sports covered this incident from the very beginning. Via that report:
Announcer Michael Cole appeared on the telecast to explain to the viewers what happened.
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“This is not part of our entertainment tonight,” said Cole. “This is a real-life situation. Earlier this evening, my broadcast colleague Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler passed out while working here at ringside. He collapsed on the ground. He was stretchered to the back where he received CPR.
“The latest update that we have now is he has been taken to a local hospital in Montreal. We are being told that he is receiving oxygen. Jerry is breathing on his own, although this is extremely a serious situation.”
An emotional Cole then said the telecast would go on without commentary.
“Jerry, my prayers are with you. Out of respect to Jerry tonight, there’s going to be no further commentary on this broadcast.”
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Cole said he hoped to provide viewers with another update on Lawler’s condition at the end of the show, and he did.
“We’re being told that Jerry is more responsive as we speak. He’s reacting to lights in his eyes. He is in the isolated portion of the emergency room. He is awaiting a CT scan. We are told that in typical Jerry fashion, he is fighting hard.”