The WWE news is good for fans of Jerry Lawler, who is expected to make a full recovery from his bout with a painful digestive ailment, but the legendary wrestler and commentator may take a bit longer to return to WWE RAW.
Lawler was replaced on this week's RAW by fellow WWE legend Booker T, and while the timeline for Lawler's return isn't entirely clear, indications are that it could still be several more weeks before he's back.
Lawler was taken to the hospital last week with a bout of diverticulitis, a very painful condition in which the lining of the digestive system becomes inflamed. Those afflicted suffer nausea and fever, and often require hospitalization for treatment.
Jerry Lawler is expected to be out of the hospital soon, but there is still no update on how long it will take him to make a full recovery.
"It's believed right now that Lawler will be released from the hospital within the next few days," EWrestlingNews reported in a health update on Jerry Lawler last week.
While immediate recovery from diverticulitis can take two to three days, the effects can linger for much longer. WWE star Brock Lesnar was struck with the ailment during his time in the UFC, and ended up losing close to 30 pounds and having part of his colon removed.
Lesnar said the ordeal was incredibly painful.
"I have a high threshold for pain, higher than most guys, and I couldn't deal with it.Lesnar wrote the above quote in his book, Death Clutch (via the Canadian Press).
"It felt like I had taken a shotgun blast to the stomach, and then someone poured in some salt and Tabasco and stirred it all up with a nasty pitchfork."
As WebMD explained, the long-term care for diverticulitis focuses on stopping another attack and can take much longer.
"Having regular doctor visits to monitor your condition. If you have diverticulitis, the doctor may see you about 2 days after treatment begins to make sure you are improving. A colonoscopy or barium enema X-ray probably will be done about 6 weeks later, after symptoms are under control, to look for any other problems, such as inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer."During this time, it may be difficult for Lawler to return to commentary duties, but it's still up in the air. The WWE has still not given an official update on Jerry Lawler or offered at time table for his return.