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Jim Ross Shares Update After Speaking With Jerry Lawler
On February 6, 2023, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler was hospitalized after suffering a stroke outside his Florida condo. Late at night on February 7, Lawler's former WWE broadcast colleague Jim Ross had news on "The King's" status after talking with him directly.
"I spoke very briefly with ⁦Jerry Lawler⁩ tonight," Ross tweeted, "He's obviously weak, but I could understand his affected speech. Jerry's prognosis is positive, but he needs all our thoughts and prayers. #LoveYaKing." Ross and Lawler were broadcasting partners for WWE during its 90s boom and have long been regarded as one of the most well-known commentary duos in WWE history.
Lawler's first major health scare was during a 2012 episode of "WWE Raw," where he suffered a heart attack while on the air. While that event officially ended any physical work for Lawler in WWE, he continued to wrestle on the independent scene, persisting his streak of wrestling in at least one match per year for 53 straight years.