Former professional wrestler and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler had a stroke and is now recovering in a hospital in Fort Myers, Florida. Lawler, who is 73 years old, wrote about the health scare on his Twitter account on Wednesday. The tweet says that Lawler can’t talk very well, but that he is expected to get better completely.
“Update on Jerry: On Monday, he had a very bad stroke. He is now getting better in a hospital in Fort Myers, FL “the Tweet said. “His speech is limited, but with therapy, he will be able to talk again. He thanks everyone for their prayers and says that he will be back soon.”
The post was accompanied by a picture of Lawler smiling in his hospital bed while hanging out with fellow WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart. ESPN says that Lawler has been sick in the past. In 2018, he had a stroke, and in 2012, he had a heart attack while on WWE’s Monday Night Raw and passed out in front of the cameras.
Update on Jerry: After suffering a massive Stroke Monday. He is now recovering in a Fort Myers, FL hospital. His speech is limited, but with rehabilitation will regain a full recovery. He thanks everyone for the continued prayers and will be back in the near future. pic.twitter.com/2Ge4XuKVr4
— Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) February 8, 2023
People asked WWE for a comment, but they didn’t answer right away. Lawler started his career in the 1970s, and his feud with comedian Andy Kaufman made him a big name in the business. ESPN said that he first worked for WWE, which was then called WWF, as a commentator in 1992. A year later, he made his first appearance in the ring.
Most people today will remember how entertaining it was to watch Lawler and Jim Ross talk during WWE shows in the 1990s and 2000s. Ross said in a tweet on Tuesday, “I spoke briefly with @JerryLawler tonight.” “I knew he was weak, but I could understand how he talked. Jerry has a good chance of getting better, but he needs our thoughts and prayers.”
Lawler has kept fighting even though he is getting older. He had a match with Scott Steiner for Memphis Wildfire Wrestling in 2021.