WWE icon Jerry 'The King' Lawler suffers further health scare
The King is a WWE icon and a much-loved figure in pro-wrestling.
The WWE world has rallied behind former wrestler, turned iconic commentator, Jerry Lawler after the 73-year-old reportedly suffered a stroke. Lawler, known as 'The King', became synonymous with wrestling during The Attitude Era with his commentary taking the sport to new levels alongside co-host Jim Ross.
However, Lawler was rushed to hospital on Monday after he turned ill at a lunch in Memphis, according to Action 5 News. Reports claim Lawler was recovering in hospital after surgery.
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Lawler most recently appeared on WWE as a pre-show commentator for the Royale Rumble. However, unfortunately, this is the latest scare for the iconic wrestler.
During Raw in 2012, Lawler suffered an on-air heart attack. His friend, Dutch Mantell, posted an update on social media.
"Lawler experienced paralysis on his right side immediately following the stroke," he wrote. "Lates news has reported that he has regained partial use of his arm. His speech is still affected but that takes a bit more time. But he's improving."
Lawler has been involved in pro-wrestling for more than 50 years. His latest match came last year.
The WWE universe was quick to rally behind the iconic character with legends such as Ric Flair, The Iron Sheik and Matt Hardy wishing him a speedy recovery.
I hope my friend is going to okay.
Love you, Jerry. pic.twitter.com/CV5F6YUGIx
— Ricky Morton (@RealRickyMorton) February 7, 2023
We Are Praying For You @JerryLawler! 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/U7U1mPepFi
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) February 7, 2023
Jerry Lawler underwent surgery and is recovering after suffering a stroke, per @WMCActionNews5
Wishing The King a speedy recovery 🙏 pic.twitter.com/5j09VzoQet
— B/R Wrestling (@BRWrestling) February 7, 2023
JERRY LAWLER THE REAL KING OF THE EARTH. I LOVE HIM AND PRAY FOR HIM HE IS MY BROTHER pic.twitter.com/3FEvyx91pu
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 8, 2023
Thinking about you & wishing you all the best, @JerryLawler! pic.twitter.com/juKOba5dF5
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) February 7, 2023
Positive thoughts and energy to @JerryLawler 🙏 pic.twitter.com/NviUG71PmQ
— RYBACK (@Ryback) February 7, 2023
Let’s go @JerryLawler! pic.twitter.com/eO7X2cehb4
— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) February 7, 2023
Prayers for @JerryLawler 🙏🏼
— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) February 7, 2023
Lawler and Ross teamed-up to become the soundtrack to wrestling in the 90s and early 2000s. The pair have been behind some of the most iconic moments in the sport's history.
Joining the WWE in 1992, Lawler has been on-and-off air for the company since 2016.
Hulk Hogan recovering after surgery
Hulk Hogan was also in the news last week over a reported health scare. Representatives of Hogan refuted reports the 69-year-old is "paralysed" and has lost feeling below the waist. Reports began circulating that the WWE star and actor was paralysed after fellow wrestling icon Kurt Angle said on his podcast that the Thunder In Paradise star had lost all feeling below the waist and had to use a walking cane.
Angle said on The Kurt Angle Show: "Hogan had back surgery again. He had the nerves cut from his lower body, he can't feel his lower body. So, he has to use his cane to walk around. I thought he was using the cane because he has pain in his back.
He doesn't have any pain, he has nothing at all. He can't feel anything. So, now he can't feel his legs so he has to walk with a cane which is, you know, that's pretty serious.
"I mean, I really feel for Hogan. He put his heart and soul into the business and it ate him up."
However, a spokesperson for the WWE star and actor – whose real name is Terry Bollea - told Entertainment Tonight that Hogan is "doing well and is not paralysed". The 69-year-old's representative also insisted that the WWE Hall of Famer does not require a walking cane to get around.
“Everything is OK with him,” Hogan's rep told Entertainment Tonight. “Hulk is someone with a lot of humour."
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