Soon after his tag team match against Dolph Ziggler and WWE Champion CM Punk, Lawler collapsed at ringside when he returned to commentary. Although it wasn’t visible on camera, something was obviously wrong when there was a lack of commentary and fans started paying attention to the commentary booth and not the tag team match between Daniel Bryan and Kane and The Primetime Players.
Michael Cole addressed the television audience and explained what had happened by providing continual updates. Cole had to repeat that it was not part of the “entertainment” that evening, but rather a real life situation.
“Jerry passed out here at ringside. He was stretchered to the back,” said a distraught Cole. “He is receiving medical attention as we speak. They are performing CPR. And again, this is not, not part of tonight's entertainment.”
Out of respect for Lawler, there was no commentary for the rest of the evening. According to many fans and reports from wrestling publications, Cole was in distress and was seriously shook up.
“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,” the WWE stated in an official statement
According to F4Wonline.com
, Lawler wrestled both Friday and Saturday nights in Aruba and then headed back to the United States where he later flew to Montreal for Raw. It was reported that he had no signs of health issues.
It is still unclear as to what triggered the heart attack. There were conflicting reports that it was either a heart surgery or a Cardiac catheterization. Jim Ross, Hall of Fame commentator and friend of Lawler, speculated on Twitter
“It's possible via my own experiences Jerry Lawler may have had blocked arteries associated w/ his heart. That matter can be addressed. TBD.”
WWE employees considered at one point to cancel the entire show following the incident. When Lawler was being attended to, it was noted by sources
that no one was paying attention to the show and crew members were hoping for the best possible outcome. EMTs administered CPR and were accredited for saving his life.
Bret Hart, John Cena and CM Punk were commended for their professionalism during the main event segment, considering what they knew was going on behind the curtain.
Meanwhile, SuperStars and WWE fans have sent their best wishes through social media
More to come...