Jerry “The King” Lawler suffered an apparent heart attack at the WWE Monday Night Raw episode on Sept. 10. Reports from the WWE say paramedics resuscitated him before transporting him to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.
WWE statement: “Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night’s broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal. We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family.”
While Lawler remains in a Canadian hospital fighting for his life, here is a look at the well wishes sent his way from professional wrestlers from around the world.
“Praying for Jerry Lawler tonight. He’s a true fighter and an awesome person.” – Natalia Neidhart
“Am so shocked to hear about Jerry Lawler having a heart attack on Raw. PLEASE everyone pray for him 2 have a speedy recovery.” – Lilian Garcia
“All my prayers & wishes go out my to my dear friend @JerryLawler & his loved ones tonight as he battles through this! Xoxo #PrayForLawler” – Mickie James
“Going to bed I look fwd to tomorrow & hearing about how @JerryLawler pulled the strap down & blew an amazing comeback #PrayForLawler” – Tommy Dreamer
“Best wishes to Jerry Lawler. Hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.” – Wade Barrett
“While I’m sure people are gonna attach Lawler’s age while wrestling to his “possible” heart attack, however we should be thankful it happened at a WWE event with a trained medical staff on hand!!” – Shane Helms
“Please keep Jerry Lawler in your thoughts and prayers #PrayForLawler” – Bret Hart
“Just got off the Raw Live Chat. Please continue 2 pray for Jerry Lawler. All of us are a family under circumstances like this #PrayForJerry” – Howard Finkel
“All positive thoughts and support for Jerry Lawler. Get well, King, you’ve many more matches to call, sir!” – Christopher Daniels
“Hard to beat the King! He’ll recover from what seems like anything! Look at what he’s done and still does all these yrs!” – Tom Pritchard
“I’ve just heard about Jerry Lawler!! Time for prayer everybody!! We’re here for you King, God Bless!!” – Shawn Michaels
“Stay Strong KING @JerryLawler my prayers are with you bro” – Dallas Page
“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.” – Jim Ross
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.