As we heard about and watched this terrible situation of Jerry “The King” Lawler play out on Monday Night Raw, do you feel the WWE handeled the rest of the Broadcast correctly? Leave your answer and a comment below.
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Did these guys learn NOTHING from the fallout after the Owen hart tragedy? Pathetic.
They did the best way they could have.
This is Raw, they probably have a contract with USA to keep going regardless. If they had stopped the event completely then they would have left USA Network stranded with nothing to air for over an hour.
I don’t think the “show must go on” mentality has anything to do with their contract to USA, I think that is just WWE and the wrestling’s business mentality in general. They kept a show going when Owen Hart died, and that was a ppv where they were only responsible to themselves. Do you really think if WWE stopped the show due to Lawler having a heart attack, USA would then sue? Think how bad that would look on USA’s part.
I’m sure that is the case. But I’m also sure that if they were even considering stopping the show (which I don’t think they were) then what USA’s reaction would be would have definitely crossed their minds.
I think the arguement of stopping the show completely can really only be justified if Jerry did in fact die on the spot on commentary.
Vince had to factor in the ad time that was already sold as well.
I don’t think ad space had anything to do with it. Straight up, this is show business. Much like when Owen died, they pulled the cameras away from the scene and gave an update of what had happened. I remember watching that PPV that night and when they said that Jerry collapsed I got that same sick feeling that it had happened in a WWE show (or any other wrestling show for that matter) again.
Everyone knows how passionate Jerry Lawler is about the wrestling business, if they could take care of him and carry on the show at the same time, which they did and pulled off, Jerry would’ve wanted them to continue the show.
It’s an unwritten code of wrestling.
Jerry would NEVER want them to stop the show on his account if he WAS getting treatment and help, which he was, so it was fine to continue.
Stopping commentary was a nice sign of respect also as the show progressed. Plus, it would’ve been hard on Michael Cole to make him continue alone with all the worries and fears he was having for his friend and broadcast partner. We all should be respecting the hell out of Cole for how he handled the situation last night.
i agree that jerry would of wanted it to go on. and youre right about cole too. i just think that if this was a proper sport or any other live event then it would of been stopped.
Agree 100% especially with the respect for Cole.
The way Michael Cole handled it was amazing. He earned my respect. Imagine your long broadcast friend just collapsing beside you & you don’t freak out. Really needs a strong will person to do that.
100% agree with this comment. Cole gave the performance of his life and did what he couldn’t do over the last 20 years… earned the fans’ respect.
i think they either should of mentioned something or skip the end segment. it seemed very hard to watch. if this was football, the game would of been abandoned but there seems to be a more emotional mindset with wrestling where they kind of carry on in a sombre mood instead of ending the show.
WWE handled this perfectly… hats off to michael cole who was still calling the match while jerry collapsed… jerry is a legend, hes doing double duty, wrestling and commentating on the same show, same night, its a tough job… but hogan and flair should learn a serious lesson from this because you cant wrestle forever, yes i know you do it for the fans but the fans have spoken….its time to hang up the boots for good and pass on the torch to the future wrestlers like Cody Rhodes, Wade Barret, Austin Aries, Damien Sandow, Del Rio, Aj Styles, CM Punk And Daniel Bryan
I’m fine with what WWE did. I enjoyed RAW with no commentary.
This kind of topic shouldn’t be debated in the first place. Wherever you go, it’s always “the show must go on” unless it’s a one-man show. It was a professional move in WWE’s part. The stars went on and carried the show. Cole kept his poise and kept the fans updated. You can see in his face and body language that he’s worried for his partner. And I see people saying that Punk was quiet regarding the situation. He doesn’t want to get all the blame for incompetent fans and internet trolls.Punk was the pitted against Lawler prior to his collapse. We can’t avoid jackasses badmouthing Punk. You know how insensitive people are.
I can understand why WWE did what they did but if the show as going to continue, there should have been comentary even if it was Josh Matthews and The Miz with Cole just giving us updates on Jerry
I think they could’ve, but how could anybody really want to have to fill that hole at that time. If it wasn’t for Cole having to repeat what he was told to tell us fans, I’m pretty sure he would’ve left for the back area as well.
i could see cole was very upset and he did a very good job
I do not like Michael Cole-but I have to give him his props-he handled the situation with Jerry with compassion and respect. He did a great job.
there is a difference between the character Cole plays and the person in real life, he is the heel in the broadcast team he is meant to be the bad guy, when it was King and JR, King was the bad guy often putting JR down. That night the second King collapsed he stopped being Cole the heel and started being Cole the real life friend if The King
Get well soon Jerry I am glad to see the CT scan came back with no brain damage
I hear he does/had done a great job calling the Syracuse University games. In the WWE, he’s a heel with a mic.
WWE handled the situation as best as they could. Halting commentary throughout the rest of the night out of respect to Jerry Lawler was also the right thing to do.
Thank God for the medical personnel who stormed ringside as fast as they could. Without their quick response Lawler likely wouldn’t be alive today.
I don’t think you should even worry about that, the most important is that Jerry needs to recover! What happens to the broadcast is not a concern if someone is hit by an heart attack… Jerry my prayers are with you mate!
I think the WWE handled the situation just fine. TBH the worst thing they could have done was stop the show altogether leaving the audience in the dark and not giving us any updates on King. That would’ve left everyone with the feeling of anxiety due to the what if crap that the dirt sheets would have pulled without the extra bits of info that WWE released. This is also a situation where not only would USA been in a bad predicament to find a replacement for the last hour of Raw but also the sponsors having paid for a spot during Raw and not getting it. While nothing bad would’ve happened to Raw immediately to avoid in bad press there definitely would’ve been ramifications at some point had they stopped the show.
I’m so glad Jerry’s ok. I think they did the best they could under the circumstances. I was very upset to hear Vince wasn’t at his side the way I had earlier heard.
Proud of the crew and talent, with all the young members of the audience watching they didn’t need to see something like that, I praise the cast and crew for being porfessionals and thank you all for being human beings when we needed you the most. all my prayers go out to you and Lawlers family.
They did a great job keeping everybody’s composure calm and running the rest of the show
they made the best of the situation king wud have wanted it 2carry on with the show
I hope Jerry is back on the Mic real soon. Seems to me,carrying on was the thing to do.
They could not have done anything more like they always say the show must go on get well soon King.
I’m not sure it was handled perfectly, but I like what they did. It’s obvious the best effort was made to do the right thing, and that’s huge.
To be honest, I was waiting on Bret or Cena saying something during their angle at the end. But, at the end of the day it was handled the best way possible considering the circumstances. Michael Cole is irriatating, but that’s what he gets paid to do as a heel commentator. Big big props to Cole for holding it together as it happened. Get well soon King….
It’s not something you prepare for. That being said, they did a great job, especially Cole, keeping the show running while keeping the fans updated on Jerry’s condition.
cole handled it very well and also thank you to hhh and vince for the way they all handled the show
they should have paused the event, M.cole should have stopped commentary and helped onto things to make it faster. after Jerry had been removed from the arena Raw may have started again.
They handled this situation the best they could, But I gotta give a ton of credit to Michael Cole for handling the situation properly,he’s earned all the respect for what he did Monday. I hope that Jerry pulls through this soon. :’)
Was it just me or did Cole sound like JR did the night of Owens death?
Hats off to Cole. Nothin but respect.
The WWE did it the right way. Stopping commentary was a great sign of respect. Also, I knew something was up when I saw the one trainer/doctor from ringside (the bald one, sorry I don’t know his name) try to sneak behind the ring on the off-camera side of the ring. I thought, originally, that a fan at ringside was hurt/sick or a cameraman or other in-arena personel. By not showing the incident (and whoever posted the video online should be ashamed of themself) as it unfolded was the right thing to do. Going “silent” and then stating what happened after the match was very class act.
And, as they say in show business, which the WWE is a part of:
“The show must go on!”
I think Micheal Cole stepped up during a troubling time and they kept the show going for the fans while they also focused on Lawler, i don’t see how they could have done something bad
i think after that match was done they should have said something about what happened
The show must go on. Actually I liked the “no commentary”. It was lke being at a live event. C’mon Jerry!
I expect Cole to get a great ovation when he comes out next Monday to call the show.
Cole is a “chump” and “nothing” in the STORYLINE… his CHARACTER. Since this was REAL situation and not WWE storyline (I guess you missed that explanation), this was the actual outside of character Michael Cole… the real Michael Cole outside of his on TV character… and agree with others that he handled the whole thing extremely well. Hope that breakdown and explanation was understandable for a person obviously as slow as you are.
will cole turn face commentator and someone like foley be heel colorman?
Michael Cole isnt actually a bad guy. I respect him when it comes to buisness aka this, i hate when people boo him during his interviews. hes trying to do his job
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