The first thing I’ll say is that what happened live tonight on RAW was not a part of a WWE storyline…
During a match involving Daniel Bryan and Kane vs. The Prime Time Players, and shortly following his own match against CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler, 62 year-old commentator and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler became short of breath and collapsed at the announce table, falling to the floor. During this time, the cameras did not show what was happening, but viewers at home could see the crowd watching off to the side as a medical team came down to attend to Lawler.
Michael Cole, Lawler’s co-commentator, understandably shaken, continued to call the match on his own while Lawler was placed on a stretcher and taken backstage. Twitter erupted, with everyone wondering what had happened to Lawler. The rest of the night was a surreal experience as Cole came back on intermittently to give the viewers health updates throughout the night. After receiving CPR backstage, Lawler was taken to a local Montreal medical facility where he was placed in an isolated ER and given oxygen through a tube. The final update, before RAW went off the air, was that Lawler was now breathing on his own and responsive to light. He is to undergo a CT scan on his head and chest. The doctors have listed him in "stable" condition.
The final hour of RAW’s three-hour broadcast from Montreal went commentary-free as a tribute to Lawler.
Get well, Jerry.
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