In a major story that is still ongoing, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler has been hospitalized. He has been in the hospital for the last several days. When the story broke, people immediately thought his heart might be a problem once again. Thankfully, Lawler's heart is currently doing just fine, as for his intestines... not so much.
Lawler was admitted to the hospital due to diverticulitis. According to the Mayo Clinic, "diverticula are small, bulging pouches that can form in the lining of your digestive system. They are found most often in the lower part of the large intestine (colon). Diverticula are common, especially after age 40, and seldom cause problems. Sometimes, however, one or more of the pouches become inflamed or infected. That condition is known as diverticulitis."
It is quite the horrible disorder. Brock Lesnar was out for months while in UFC due to diverticulitis. It took him from a fighting weight of 285, to under 250. For a man who was mostly muscle, this was quite a lot lost. To many, this ended up costing him his UFC Heavyweight Title and last fight.
Lawler is a good bit older than Lesnar was when he had the issue. Of course, Lesnar had the same problem when he was younger. Usually in younger people, something hereditary is as play. For someone like Lawler, things just happened the way it did. The condition causes a lot of abdominal pain, nausea, and even a fever.
It is a serious issue that needs treatment right off, especially for someone of Lawler's age.
Lawler was replaced on WWE Main Event this past week by fellow WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. Booker has been an announcer on WWE SmackDown before, but was eventually taken off for other roles in WWE. So he had some experience.
It is currently unknown if Jerry will appear on WWE RAW this Monday, but if he is not, JBL and Michael Cole could probably handle the show at a two-man team. WWE also has the opportunity to use Tom Phillips or Renee Young if there is a major need for a third person.
Lawler is an important part of WWE, and surely WWE will address why he is not present if they feel the problem will continue. The hope is to have him back for WWE RAW, but if he is not, then it is unknown when he'll be back at the table to call the action. Let us all hope for a speedy recovery.
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