WWE legend Jerry Lawler has brought his corny jokes and inappropriate glares to Monday Night Raw for a number of years now, but it appears he is officially done with the sports entertainment company's flagship show.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, he will be replaced with Booker T, who joins John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Michael Cole on the sticks.
But what does that mean for the fate of Jerry Lawler? According to IGN, haters should not get used to him being gone. The website reports that Cole, Lawler, and Byron Saxton will handle announcing duties for Syfy's Thursday Night Smackdown starting next Thursday.
Lawler will also rejoin Layfield and Cole on commentary for pay-per-views.
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.
Former UFC star and current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is no stranger to diverticulitis. He struggled with the condition during his MMA run.
"I have a high threshold for pain, higher than most guys, and I couldn't deal with it," he said in his book Death Clutch. "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."
If you're wondering how a guy like Jerry Lawler could handle it, keep in mind, "The King" had a hugely successful wrestling career long before he resigned himself to commentary.
I wouldn't like his chances in a fight with Brock Lesnar, but clearly the profession can turn out some pretty tough guys.
According to WebMD, a bout of diverticulitis means having regular doctor visits to monitor your condition. Lawler can also expect a colonoscopy or barium enema X-ray about six weeks from now, after symptoms are under control. Other problems that often turn up as a result of diverticulitis, and what doctors will be monitoring for, include inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer.
Here's hoping Jerry "The King" Lawler continues to improve, so WWE fans won't have to do without his commentary for long.
What do you feel about the return of "The King," readers? Do you think he should hang it up and let someone else have a shot at it, or is it not the WWE without Jerry Lawler?
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