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After Monday Night, Is Jerry Lawler’s WWE Career in Doubt?

Following a Monday Night Raw that did not feature Jerry Lawler, I am concerned for the legend’s health and wellbeing. As a survivor of a heart attack (at 31 years old) I know the pitfalls that happen along the way to recovery and that every little ache and pain may turn the red light on when it comes to his continued good health.

SEScoops reported that “The King” was hospitalized after falling ill ahead of the show in Baltimore. “Breaking news coming out of Baltimore, Maryland – site of tonight’s WWE RAW. WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler has been hospitalized. Lawler was vomiting and experiencing chest pains this afternoon and it quickly became clear he needed urgent medical attention. The news comes from a reliable source who is backstage at RAW right now.”

Kevin Cerrito of MemphiSport (via PW Mania) reported that Lawler is doing better and is feeling “fine.”

But the concern is very real that one of professional wrestling’s greatest to eve put on a wrestling getup is still dealing with health and wellness issues in the WWE. And we all know Lawler’s health is a topic of great concern since his on air heart attack over a year ago.

Is the stress and strain of the road and his commitment to the WWE affecting his health? I for one sure hope not. Lawler is someone I watched as a youngster with his Mid-South Wrestling outfit where we were introduced to the likes of Austin Idol, The Nightmare and Randy Savage. He, Tojo Yamamoto and Jerry Jarrett (Jeff Jarrett’s father) created a buzz in Memphis – one that hit on the affection of a southern culture and made Lawler, “The King,” a realistic god in the area. The artists, author, creative mind, wrestler and father to Brian Christopher, was even pimped to run for political office in the state of Tennessee.

While Robert Fuller and others have been successful in the state, Lawler “IS” wrestling in Memphis and a major player in the past of the WWF.

Lawler, as written on his Wikipedia page, began his WWF career in December 1992 as an announcer on WWF Superstars of Wrestling. From 1993 to 1995, he feuded with Bret Hart and the rest of the Hart family. The feud began at King of the Ring when Lawler interrupted Hart’s victory ceremony and attacked Bret. Lawler claimed that he was the only true king in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and the two were scheduled to wrestle at SummerSlam to settle the dispute. At the event, however, Lawler came to the ring on crutches and claimed that he could not wrestle because of injuries suffered in a car accident.

Hart faced Lawler’s “court jester”, Doink the Clown instead, and beat him by submission. Lawler then attacked Hart, revealing that he was not injured. Hart defeated Lawler by submission but refused to release the Sharpshooter. As a result, the referee reversed the decision and awarded the title of “Undisputed King of the World Wrestling Federation” to Lawler.

Can the WWE afford to keep Lawler in their plans of continued commentary week after week? Will doctors both personal and professional allow the 64-year-old to continue to do what he has done basically all his life?

Lawler has also spent time in the ring in the past three years, feuding with Michael Cole and The Miz as well as Jack Swagger, his current ringside announcing partner. Since his heart attack, Lawler has been doing commentary and in-ring interviews, but has not been part of any spots or programs where his health was in question.

If the WWE has to continue to worry about Lawler and his current health, then changes might be made within the commentary responsibilities of the company. Since his friend and co-commentator Jim Ross has retired from the WWE and the immense popularity of JBL since his return to the broadcast table, it could be possible the WWE returns to a two-man rotation out of necessity.

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