In the world of professional wrestling, few duos are as iconic as Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler. The pair was the primary commentary team for WWE from the mid-'90s through the 2000s, lending their distinct voices to the sport during its much-vaunted Attitude Era.
This period was headlined by the likes of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H, and Mick Foley, but it was JR and The King whose impassioned commentaries made the events truly unforgettable. For many fans, their voices are synonymous with a golden age of wrestling.
However, Jerry Lawler has faced considerable health challenges this year, including a stroke last February that has significantly impacted his voice and physical capabilities. In a recent interview with Sportskeeda, Lawler offered a candid health update, shedding light on his ongoing rehabilitation efforts.
"I’ve had a variety of medical procedures, but I'm still committed to rehab three times a week," Lawler said. "My voice, as you can hear, has changed. It's improving gradually, but it needs to get better before I can fully return to commentary.
Right now, the focus is on making my speech more coherent and refining my vocabulary."
Lawler's Speech Rehabilitation
Lawler is engaged in multiple therapies, primarily focusing on speech rehabilitation. "Initially, I could barely talk post-stroke.
Now, my sessions involve conversational exercises and reading drills to improve my speech day by day," he elaborated. Regarding his physical rehabilitation, Lawler added, "The right side of my body, particularly my arm and leg, is still somewhat impaired.
It doesn't affect my mobility to a great extent, but I’m working on gaining better control, even for simple tasks like signing autographs." This heartwarming reunion of JR and Lawler holds special significance given the latter's health issues, reminding fans of the resilience and dedication these legends have shown throughout their careers.
In a sport defined by larger-than-life characters and epic showdowns, the voices that tell these stories are equally important. While Lawler's health remains a concern, his determination and the continued support from friends like Jim Ross offer hope for a stronger comeback.