PWInsider has reported that WWE Hall of Famer is in hospital after suffering what has been described as a “serious medical episode.”
The report from Mike Johnson notes that Lawler suffered the episode on February 6th while at his condo in Florida. It is believed that Lawler had been out for lunch with friends before later falling ill and being rushed to the hospital.
Johnson adds that as there hasn’t been an official statement from the Lawler family or WWE, he will not be reporting the exact nature of the issue.
Jerry Lawler Appeared At The Royal Rumble
Jerry “The King” Lawler, 73 was most recently featured on WWE television as part of the Kick-Off Show for the Royal Rumble on January 28th. Just days earlier he made an appearance on the 30th-anniversary special of Monday Night Raw where he briefly served as a guest commentator. The star was also involved in a signing event over the weekend.
Lawler also recently retained his incredible record of wrestling in at least one match for 53 straight years. The WWE legend made his in-ring debut back in 1970 and has wrestled at least once every year since.
His most recently in-ring outing came on January 21st at the AML Wrestling event, Acts Of War 2. It was noted at the time that Lawler’s record was “unprecedented in wrestling history.”
Before arriving in the WWF in 1992, Jerry Lawler was already considered a legend in Memphis and had wrestled the great and the good of the industry. He also crossed over into the mainstream with his famous rivalry with Andy Kaufman in 1982. The angle went so well that many questioned what was real and what was fiction.
Although Lawler began to wind down his in-ring career with the WWF (WWE), he instead found a new lease of life at the commentary desk alongside the likes of Vince McMahon and later Jim Ross. Serving as WWE’s main announce team through the Attitude Era and into the early 2000s, ‘JR and King’ provided the soundtrack for many of the most famous moments in WWE history.
Since leaving the commentary desk full-time, Lawler has appeared regularly across WWE’s numerous panel shows.
Everyone at Inside The Ropes would like to send their best wishes to Jerry Lawler and his family during this difficult time.