SOUTHAVEN, MS - (WMC-TV) – He's the "King" of Memphis, and Friday night Jerry Lawler stepped back into the ring. It's the wrestling icon's first trip to a show following his heart attack.
Jerry Lawler is anxious to get back to wrestling. Friday night he got a taste of it at the Mid-South Fair in Southaven.
Emerging from a cloud of smoke amid cheers from the crowd, Jerry "The King" Lawler is back.
"I was originally scheduled to wrestle tonight," he said.
But a heart attack a couple of weeks ago in Canada at a WWE match put the "smackdown" on wrestling for now. But Lawler didn't want to disappoint his fans, so with King hat in hand he showed up, got into the ring and talked about his heart attack and recovery with the crowd at the Mid-South Fair.
It was a build up as fans watched several wrestling matches waiting for The King to come out.
"I think it's pretty good to see him back and healthy and up and at it even after what happened. It's awesome to see him back," fan Jacob Wallace said.
Lawler collapsed just after his match in Canada while he was at the announcing table. He had a stint put in his heart and was back in Memphis soon after.
He does plan to get back into the ring to wrestle. He says Vince McMahon, head of the WWE assured him he can take his time.
"He said, 'King this is up to you. Don't rush it." He said you're welcome to stay off the rest of the year if you want to," Lawler said.
Lawler says he thinks November might be a possible target date for his return to the ring and announcing.
Jerry Lawler says he feels great. He says he did consider returning to wrestling in October but Vince McMahon thought that was too soon.