WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler suffered a heart attack during Monday night’s nationally televised Monday Night Raw show in Montreal, Canada.
Lawler, 62, collapsed at the announce table and was taken backstage where WWE medical staff administered CPR. He was then transported from the arena to a nearby medical facility. He was listed early Tuesday morning in stable condition.
The popular WWE commentator, who had wrestled in a tag-team match earlier in the evening, suffered “some sort of seizure” while calling a bout with co-announcer Michael Cole.
“This is not part of the show,” a somber Cole announced shortly before 10:30 p.m. EST.
Cole later reported that the Memphis icon was receiving oxygen and breathing on his own.
Lawler also had wrestled at a show in Aruba over the weekend.
“This is a real-life situation,” Cole said. “There is going to be no further commentary on this broadcast.”
“I’m shaken by the news of my friend Jerry Lawler’s medical emergency in Montreal. Hands shaking. Prayers for the King. I feel helpless,” Lawler’s longtime ringside partner Jim Ross tweeted.
Lawler, who made his pro debut in 1970, has held 168 championships throughout his career — more titles than any other current WWE wrestler,
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