Carroll County Times

Chair Shots: Must the show always go on?

Last night's Raw, at least the final hour, was hard to watch. Chances are, if you are reading this, you know by now that commentator and occasional wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack during the show, and was treated by EMTs at the arena before being taken to a local hospital in Montreal.

According to a local television station in Lawler's hometown of Memphis, the legendary grappler was scheduled to have heart surgery today.

I'm not a particularly religious man, but my prayers are will Lawler and his family right now.

At the risk of repeating what a lot of people have already said on Twitter or in their own pro wrestling columns/blogs, I commend Michael Cole's effort -- as well as those of the Superstars asked to go out into the ring and perform -- to maintain professionalism throughout the whole ordeal and keep fans updated on the situation.

Initially, I questioned the decision to go on with the show, but at the same time, recognize they are beholden to advertisers and the USA Network, and the fans who bought a ticket.

It makes me question what might happen in a similar situation.

Had an announcer had a heart attack during one of the NFL games being played at the same time, would the game cease? Would the commentary go silent?

Hell, what if it happened here in the Carroll County Times newsroom? I hope we never have to find out. But if it did, it wouldn't change our obligation to put out a newspaper.

Would it be the end of the world if Raw went off the air an hour early last night? Would it be the end of the world if a football game was delayed? Would it be the end of the world if we didn't put out a newspaper?

Of course not. Would people understand? Probably.

In the grand scheme of things, none of these are so important that they take precedence over human life.

But life, as they say, goes on.

In Jerry Lawler's case, fortunately, it appears his life will go on as well, even if it seemed like, for a few moments at least, it wouldn't.

Does that mean the show should go on as well? I don't know what the right answer is.