Jerry "The King" Lawler collapsed last night (Sept. 10) while on commentary during WWE Monday Night Raw. It was a scary situation for all involved, from the fans in the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to those watching at home.
However, our fears must have paled in comparison to the men and women working backstage. To witness someone you travel with and see almost every day fall unconscious and rushed to the hospital must be one of the most horrifying experiences anyone could ever go through.
Professional wrestlers, for all their faults and backstage drama, are still a close-knit family. When you're putting your life and limbs on the line every time you step inside the ring, it's impossible not to care for those around you who are doing the same. Situations like this are undoubtedly extremely difficult to endure.
Of course there were those who actually were backstage when it occurred, and they all offered their thoughts and prayers for "The King."
Please keep Jerry Lawler in your thoughts and prayers #PrayForLawler— Bret Hart (@BretHart) September 11, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with Jerry Lawler.#PrayForLawler— David Otunga (@DavidOtunga) September 11, 2012
Pretty crazy atmosphere right now. Let's all keep king in their thoughts and prayers.— Kofi Kingston (@TrueKofi) September 11, 2012
What is even more moving, however, is how many people who were not in the arena, and some who are no longer even with WWE, who were quick to offer their condolences.
I'm shaken by the news of my friend Jerry Lawler's medical emergency in Montreal. Hands shaking. Prayers for the King. I feel helpless.— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) September 11, 2012
As I go to bed and try to get some sleep, I pray to Our Dear Lord to keep His healing hands around Jerry Lawler. Take care my friends.— Paul Bearer (@wweURNiverse) September 11, 2012
Just heard the news about Jerry Lawler's health scare, he's in my thoughts & my fingers are crossed for him.— Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 11, 2012
God bless the Jerry Lawler I love him forever— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) September 11, 2012
I've just heard about Jerry Lawler!! Time for prayer everybody!! We're here for you King, God Bless!!— Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) September 11, 2012
Jerry Lawler was one of the nicest people I worked with @wwe.A great guy and good friend. I hope he pulls through ok.My prayers are with him— Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) September 11, 2012
No matter your choice of wrestling, we're all in this together! So please everyone let's do are part and pray for THE KING! A true legend!!— babyhebner (@babyhebner) September 11, 2012
It is a touching thing to see so many people rush to Lawler's side during this trying time. We here at Cageside Seats continue to offer our ongoing support and concern for Jerry Lawler and his family, and wish him a speedy recovery.