But Monday night, Lawler endured his most frightening episode when he collapsed on camera after suffering a heart attack.
Lawler, 62, was serving as the ringside announcer for WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” at Montreal’s Bell Centre when he was stricken.
He was tended to by medical personnel and taken backstage before being transported to a Montreal hospital.
In a statement, the WWE said:
“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.”
There was no official word on Lawler’s condition.
Lawler is a former heavyweight champion but is perhaps best known for his “feud” with the late comedian Andy Kaufman, highlighted by a confrontation between the two on David Letterman’s show and an actual match in which Kaufman suffered a neck injury.
While Kaufman’s injury was real, it was revealed after Kaufman’s death that the feud was staged and the two were actually friends.
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