Professional wrestler and long-time commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler is in stable condition in a Montreal hospital after suffering a heart attack ringside during the filming of Monday Night Raw, and his Raw co-host Michael Cole has reported that Lawler is awake and speaking to friends.
It has also been revealed that paramedics had to use a defibrillator multiple times, needing 15 minutes to revive Lawler. More importantly though, an early CT scan shows no signs of brain damage, and word is now that Lawler is alert.
WMCTV.com reported that friends of family of the wrestling legend have been arriving at the hospital and that they had been waiting with baited breath for the results of his CT scan. Citing Joe Cooper, who is Lawler’s best friend and business partner, WMCTV reports Lawler did not suffer brain damage.
WMCTV also posted this quote from Lawler’s son Brian, also a wrestler, writing on his father’s Facebook page.
“He was shocked a total of seven times at the arena and underwent a balloon stint to open up a clogged artery when he arrived at hospital,” he wrote prior to the CT scan. “Everyone out there needs to say a special prayer for his brain at this point, please.”
The Examiner reports that Lawler’s co-host, Michael Cole, appeared on Fox & Friends on Wednesday to discuss Lawler’s condition.
Cole reports that he’d seen Lawler apparently snoring earlier in the show but thought it may have been a gimmick. When “The King” passed out, however, Cole knew it was real and immediately muted his headset to go alert medical personnel.
Cole also reported that the 62-year old Lawler, who competed in a tag team match a half hour before collapsing at ringside, wrestles in approximately 150 to 200 matches per year at various promotions around the country.
The best news concerning Lawler’s condition though came from Cole’s tweets around 5:30 pm on Wednesday.
“#wweuniverse you will never believe this! I just got off the phone with
#jerrylawler and he is alert and in great spirits!”
Cole also tweeted Thursday morning that “the King” was in good spirits once again. There is no time table on his return to WWE at this time.