“THIS IS NO SHOW!" as grapping great JERRY “THE KING” LAWLER collapsed on the air and was rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack!
Booth partner Michael Cole told stunned viewers Jerry’s situation was “serious,” but Lawler struggled to breathe on his own.
“This is not part of tonight’s entertainment,” Cole said. “This IS a real-life situation.”
During a vicious tag-team “RAW” match in Montreal, Cole and Lawler’s voices suddenly became absent from the telecast.
Fans ringside rose from their seats, excitedly pointing at the broadcasters table as the drama unfolded.
Cole later said Lawler fell backward out of his chair, grasping his chest.
Arena docs quickly rushed to the announcer’s table before a stretcher carried Lawler to the backstage area where he received CPR.
Cole said Lawler was responding well to tests and would be given a full CT scan in the hospital, and “in typical Jerry Lawler fashion, he’s fighting hard.”
Afterward, WWE issued a statement Monday night after “Raw” went off the air: “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.”
Even at age 62, Lawler, who mostly handles announcing chores, occasionally returns to wrestle in the ring.
Earlier in the program Lawler had grappled briefly in a match before returning to the microphone.
Lawler became a wrestling superstar in during the 1970s and 1980s in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. , receiving national notoriety after his series of scripted grudge matches with bizarre comedian Andy Kauffman.
When The ENQUIRER spoke with Jerry at the NY Comic Con in 2008 he was promo-ing a new comic book he had written and drawn. Jerry said he had always wanted to be a cartoonist before he stepped into the ring to attain fame. He was inducted into the WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2007.