A good friend of Jerry Lawler’s has provided a health update on “The King” following a serious stroke earlier this year.
It was back in February 2023 when WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler suffered a serious stroke. Prior to that, the 73-year-old legendary wrestler/announcer was still regularly appearing on WWE TV as part of Kickoff Shows for Premium Live Events.
Most WWE fans likely remember it was in September 2012 during a live WWE Raw broadcast when Jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack while he was on commentary. Lawler was in a match earlier in the show and due to repeated elbow drops from Dolph Ziggler, it led to a serious heart attack. Miraculously, Lawler was okay after that incident and would wrestle many times at independent wrestling shows in the years that followed.
Dutch Mantel is a former WWE star known as Zeb Colter who has a long history in pro wrestling just like Jerry Lawler does. They worked together for many years in Memphis and all around the world.
While speaking on his “Story Time” podcast, Dutch shared some information about how Jerry Lawler is doing these days about four months after he suffered a stroke.
“I have heard, this is news on Jerry Lawler. You know, his recent stroke that he had in February that put him in the hospital almost killed him, and he’s had some more mini strokes along the way. He is much better, but still not recovering as well as they would hope. He has trouble finishing sentences. I mean, he talks well. His voice has changed somewhat. He talks, but when he gets to the end of the sentence, he starts searching for words to end the sentence and he gets frustrated.”
As Mantel continued, he talked about how Jerry Lawler was having issues with his right hand.
“He’s an artist, but he’s having trouble with his right hand. I think he had it on, strokes are odd, on the left side of the body. It affects the other side, so I think he had it on his left side. He’s right handed. He has trouble now doing his art, which is really frustrating him because he was, and still is probably, a tremendous artist, but he is not where he needs to be.”
“That’s why he wasn’t live at WrestleMania. He wasn’t cleared to travel. I’m going to say that I think we’ve seen him on his last RAW. If there is any, and I hope I’m wrong, but if there’s any indication that he may not be able to do it, if there is like a 5% chance that something might happen, he’s not doing it because if something happened on RAW, can you imagine how badly RAW would get roasted for having him on there after having those strokes?”
“Jerry, we have the same birthday, same year, same day. I say that all the time. I used to call him my cosmic brother, but I hope he gets better and I hope he’s okay.”