WWE legend Jerry Lawler battling to regain his speech as he gives health update after suffering stroke | The Sun
WWE legend Jerry “The King” Lawler has opened up on his health battle following his recent stroke.
The 73-year-old is one of the most recognisable faces from the Attitude Era as he provided commentary on the likes of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson alongside Jim Ross.
He is also a wrestling icon in the States after first stepping into the ring in the 1970s.
Back in 2012, after competing in a match on WWE’s Monday Night Raw, Lawler suffered a cardiac arrest live on air.
He made a full recovery from that terrifying ordeal and has even wrestled numerous times since.
However, he was hospitalised again after suffering a stroke back in February.
Fans were then fearing for his health after he was forced to pull out of an appearance due to “health issues” in June.
But Lawler appeared on a recent edition of the WrestleBinge podcast to provide his legion of supporters with an update on his condition.
The WWE Hall of Famer said: “I’ve had a bunch of different things and I’m still in rehab three times a week, and probably the main thing that’s drawing me back now, that you can probably tell as you hear me talk, my voice is not the same as it was beforehand.
“It’s slowly coming back, but it needed to come back a little more before I could make sense with my speech and vocabulary.
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“I really don’t do a lot, just staying around the house and do three rehab sessions a week where I go into the hospital, and then I do some more at home here in Memphis, and that’s pretty much it.”
Lawler continued: “One [rehab session] is speech – that’s my main one. That’s three times a week.
“When I just started this, right after I had the stroke, I could barely talk. Now I go in and I sit down with this rehab lady and we just talk about different things.
“She has me read stuff, and all of this stuff has just helped me day in and day out getting my vocabulary better.”
However, it is not only his speech that the major setback affected.
Lawler added: “My right arm and my right leg and everything on my right side of the body, it’s not hurt me where I can’t walk around.
“I can still walk around, but I don’t have really good control of writing my autograph.
“I can write my autograph pretty good, but I’ve been so proud of my autograph and artistic ability to it, but that’s all sort of taken a while to come back.”
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