Lawler is joined on today’s show by his co-host, Glenn Moore.
Lawler opens today’s show by informing that he suffered a stroke 3 weeks ago. He was in his bedroom with his girlfriend when he noticed slurring in his speech, and after looking in the direction of his girlfriend she saw that the side of his face was drooping and screamed as she knew he was having a stroke. She immediately drove him to the hospital and they confirmed that he was having a stroke and began performing tests.
He spent the next 3 days in the ICU and he was completely unable to speak. At one point his girlfriend asked him to say her name and he was unable to. Doctors performed more tests but even though the bleeding on his brain had stopped, his speech continued to deteriorate.
Finally after 3 days, he woke up one morning and his voice was completely back to normal and he felt great. Doctors couldn’t believe what they were seeing and were shocked at Lawler’s quick recovery, seemingly out of nowhere. His girlfriend had previously told the doctors about Lawler’s WrestleMania commitments, and they said there’s no way he’d be able to do that. After his miraculous recovery, Lawler was able to make it to New Orleans and fulfilled all of his WrestleMania weekend duties – including shooting a fireball at Joey Ryan’s penis!
While Lawler was out of commission his girlfriend also called Kevin Dunn and told him what had happened. Somehow Dunn and Vince McMahon kept the information under wraps, and no news of Lawler’s stroke snuck out to the media over WrestleMania weekend, which he was very thankful for.
He mentions that he barely spoke to McMahon about it during WrestleMania weekend, but Triple H did approach him at one point and asked for the details. Much like the doctors, Triple H was amazed by the story. Lawler admits that he had stopped taking his blood pressure medication for about a month prior to his stroke, and he assumes that may have played a part in it. He’s back on his medication now, and he doesn’t plan on changing a thing in his life.
After arriving in New Orleans, Lawler had a pretty busy schedule. He did an autograph session until 12PM on Friday, and then headed straight to the arena to begin rehearsing for the Hall of Fame ceremony at 2PM. Once the event started Lawler was standing the entire time, pacing back and forth backstage in between introducing the various performers. He says he stood from 5PM until midnight without once sitting down.
One of the more memorable moments of the night was when Mark Henry laid out an emotional plea to Martha Hart, asking her to allow her deceased husband, Owen to be entered into the Hall of Fame. Lawler says he didn’t think that was the right place or time for Henry to do something like that, even though he knows Henry thought he was doing the right thing at the time. Moore asks Lawler if anyone was upset backstage when Henry did that, and Lawler replied, “I’m not gonna say”.
Moving on to WrestleMania on Sunday, Lawler informs that the building was almost completely full by 4:30 PM. He thought it was fantastic that the building was full by the time the Kickoff matches started, and it was a pleasure working the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal with Jim Ross. He says the whole week was great.
He says the mixed tag team match between Ronda Rousey/Kurt Angle & Stephanie McMahon/Triple H was great. He admits it was 1000 times better than he thought it’d be, and he was really entertained by it. Moore agrees, acknowledging that this match exceeded his expectations as well. Lawler admits that Braun Strowman tagging with a 10-year old child was one of the few things on the show that he didn’t quite understand.
Lawler loved seeing The Undertaker return and he thought it was done well. Moore wanted to see The American Badass return, but he thought Undertaker looked great physically. Lawler agrees with that, and also points out that John Cena was great in his role as well. He thought it was fantastic having Cena sit in the crowd with the other audience members until he was told that Undertaker had arrived.
He thought the Brock Lesnar/Roman Reigns match was crazy, and he was quite surprised by the finish of the match. He informs that he didn’t see anything personally because he wasn’t there, but he has heard that there was some issues backstage after the match, probably due to Vince McMahon being angry about the blood.
That sums up today’s episode of Dinner With the King. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!