This world of wrestling we watch sure is a weird form of entertainment sometimes.
On Monday Night Raw, Jerry “The King” Lawler was taken out on a stretcher during the live broadcast after suffering a real-life heart attack.
Lawler’s woes are serious health concerns, and Michael Cole’s updates were somber.
But wrestling’s foolishness at times is brought upon by itself, so it’s no wonder that given Lawler’s very real circumstances, I am still thinking about the fake heart attack gimmicks I remember:
- In 1988, after Jake “The Snake” Robert threw Damien onto Andre the Giant, Andre clutched his chest and collapsed. I seem to remember manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan even trying to revive Andre by pounding on his chest. The announcer never said “heart attack,” but it was clearly implied.
- In 1987, promoter Fritz Von Erich staged his own heart attack as an angle for the struggling World Class Championship Wrestling. Ring announcer Mark Lowrance went as far as to announce the hospital Fritz was allegedly in. The Von Erichs lived in a kayfabe bubble thanks the Fritz, so this angle was no surprise.
Let’s hope Lawler is OK. Unlike with Andre and Fritz, we can’t tune in to see where this real-life plotline takes us.