Wrestling announcer Jerry “The King” Lawler is said to be in stable condition in a Montreal hospital, following a heart attack (note: not a Hart Attack) that he suffered during a live show.
Lawler, 62, collapsed at ringside during a live broadcast of WWE Raw from the Bell Centre in Montreal on Monday night. CPR was administered in the arena and Lawler was then rushed to a nearby hospital.
An eyewitness said that he saw Lawler hunch over in his commentary chair and begin to shake. Then, suddenly, he collapsed. EMTs immediately rushed to Lawler.
The WWE released a statement yesterday saying that Lawler’s vital signs have stabilized and that he remains in a cardiac care unit.
Raw co-host Michael Cole told the television audience that Lawler’s condition was not part of the show. “This is an extremely serious situation. This is not part of tonight’s entertainment,” Cole said.
Cole then said that the rest of the broadcast would continue without commentary, out of respect for Lawler.
In the past, the WWE (then the WWF) has been criticized for continuing with live broadcasts following a major accident or injury. Famously, a WWE pay-per-view event continued as planned after wrestler Owen Hart fell from the rafters during a botched entrance stunt and died in the ring.