During the tag team match between Kane & Daniel Bryan and The Prime Time Players tonight on Raw, viewers may have noticed members of the audience and WWE production team staring toward the commentary booth, as well as the absence of Jerry “The King” Lawler’s voice. WWE.com has learned that the WWE Hall of Famer collapsed at the announcers’ table and was tended to in the locker room area by WWE medical staff. Lawler was then taken from the arena to a medical facility in Montreal.
We will have updates on Lawler’s condition as this story progresses.
We’re told Lawler collapsed and fell out of his chair to the floor following a tag-team match he was involved in on RAW. Paramedics immediately rushed out and took him to the back. He appeared unconscious as they carried him to the back. Several people in attendance saw him hunched over and convulsing in his seat before he collapsed. Once they got him backstage, they performed CPR. Lawler had what appeared like a seizure. The crew was cleaning the floor as he may have vomited after falling out of his chair.
According to sources, backstage during the commercial break, people were “running all over the place seemingly not knowing what to do.” There were numerous people crying as well. There was also discussion of scrapping the show but they wound up finishing things up without a commentary team.
Michael Cole returned to commentary and said that Jerry Lawler passed out at ringside and collapsed. Cole said that Lawler has been taken to a local hospital and is receiving oxygen and is breathing on his own. Cole said that their prayers are with him and that out of respect, there will be no further commentary for the show.
“This is not part of the show,” Lawler’s broadcast partner Michael Cole stated at approximately 10:20 p.m. EST.
Lawler was transported to an area hospital where he was receiving oxygen and breathing on his own, according to reports from Cole later on in the telecast. He stated at 10:55 p.m. EST that he appeared more responsive and was reacting to the lights in his eyes. He’s in an isolated ER awaiting a CAT scan.
As the broadcast concluded at 11:14 p.m. EST, Cole stated that Lawler’s condition had stabilized. “He is breathing on his own. His heart is beating on its own,” said Cole.
He is now being prepared for a CAT scan of his chest and head.
There is a post-RAW meeting ongoing right now where they are informing talents that he’s now been stabilized.