Jim Ross Discusses The Night Jerry Lawler Nearly Lost His Life; Why He Called HIAC At Wrestlemania

The Miami Herald has a new article online featuring quotes from Jim Ross. Below are the highlights:

Relationship with Jerry Lawler & his near fatal heart attack:

“I speak to him, and when we don’t talk, we text about everyday or two,” Ross said. “He is doing great. He’s feeling great. He’s the luckiest man in the world, quite frankly. I don’t know where else he could have been, unless he was actually sitting in a doctor’s office, when that heart attack occurred, that he would be alive today.

“Thank God WWE has two full-time physicians who travel with the team, and Dr. Sampson was right there at ringside, watching the matches in the secured corral area, timekeeper area as I understand it, and as soon as he saw Jerry come out of his chair and fall to the floor… So Michael Cole got their attention.

“Good thing for Michael Cole doing that because I’m sure they didn’t know and thought it could be part of a storyline. They wouldn’t know, yea or nay, but Michael with a sense of urgency got the doctor over, and once the doctor saw Jerry had no pulse, he started CPR immediately.

“The EMTs are in the building, obviously. So I was told Jerry was hit with the [defibrillator] paddle seven times to generate a heartbeat. What I was told by more than one who were there that he was clinically dead for 15 minutes. So it was horrific.

“I was at home in Norman [Okla.] and watching on TV. I don’t know if I’d ever felt a sense of helplessness. I don’t know how many hundreds of hours Jerry and I have broadcast together and coupled that with all the hundreds of hours we traveled together, it’s like having an older brother.

Who made the decision that he call the Hell in a Cell match at Wrestlemania:

“Vince McMahon was the reason I called the Hell in a Cell match [at WrestleMania 28], and for that I’ll always be indebted because, to me, I don’t think we’ll ever see. Now I may be wrong, but it’s my personal opinion; I don’t think we’ll ever see Undertaker, Triple H, Shawn Michaels in a ring in their gear ever again together. So for me to be able to do a little bit of commentary on that match for that reason was extremely gratifying.”

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  • Dave Barton

    Sooooo that means we WILL see them all together again! Leave it to JR to try and pull a Y2J on us!

    (Yeah, I’m just kidding)

  • John

    Vince obviously made the final call, as he does with most things, however there was definitely pressure from Undertaker to have JR call the match. I believe he has requested JR to call his matches at the past 3 Wrestlemania's or something to that effect.

  • Kevin

    I have to agree with JR: Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, and Triple H are the only 3 remaining competitors from a bygone era, and JR himself is from that same era. Having him call that match made perfect sense. It was awesome.