"Jerry passed out here at ringside," said a distraught Michael Cole to the television audience, Lawler's seat vacant beside him. "He was stretchered to the back."
"He is receiving medical attention as we speak. They are performing CPR. And again, this is not, not part of tonight's entertainment," confirmed Cole.
SLAM! Wrestling's Patric Laprade was at Raw at Montreal's Bell Centre, and filed this report:
"Lawler grabbed (Cole's) arm, collapsed and his face was blueish. Something like 7-8 people rushed to over to him, lifted him backstage. The medics were clearly told by the production to go backstage as they didn't want anything to happen in front of the fans.
"Right after, people were running everywhere, not seeming to know what to do exactly. Cole looked like he saw a ghost and seemed very shaken.
"The staff cleaned the floor near the announcers booth, I'm not sure if that's because he threw up or not.
"There was definitely a moment of panic during those few minutes.
"During every commercials, the fans here are chanting 'Jerry.' They didn't tell us anything here and what Cole said on TV about Lawler getting CPR in the back and that not being part of the show didn't air live."