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Former Writer Talks About Raw Continuing After Lawler’s Heart Attack

Steven Muehlhausen of Fight Club Chicago spoke with former WWE Creative Writer Court Bauer this week about Jerry Lawler’s medical emergency on Monday’s Raw and whether WWE was right to continue with the show.

“You can always debate that, but on the flip side, if he had died obviously it’s a whole new ballgame. They were in the process of trying to stabilize him and perform CPR. You had roughly about an hour left in the show. I’m sure you can coordinate with USA network to just jump into a re-run of one their programs and just be joined in progress.”

“Their is a lot of pride in promoters like Dana White in that the show must go on and when you can’t do that, it’s like your worst case scenario and its catastrophic. In this case, I felt they did a great job in regrouping by the end. It’s still so peculiar to me seeing a ten minute promo between Cena, Punk and Bret Hart. It just felt so weird and their was such a disconnect from it because real life was unfolding and there was something very real and crazy going on backstage.”

“From a business point of view, yes you are living to your obligation with the USA Network, but I don’t think any of that will capture anyone to buy Night of Champions. It will be a blur to people with what was said between Punk and Cena.”

  • memphish

    This was no reason to stop a show nor do i think it was in any way disrespectful at all. That is an outrageous remark. It’s not about money. It’ not about show biz. It’s simply that your not going to stop a show because of one person’s health issues. First of all you have no idea what had happened at first. All most saw was him pass out and get medical attention until they went backstage. Would you really want Bret Hart and John Cena breaking the word to people? What if everyone’s assumption was false? Cena and Hart would look awful. People cant get the facts right as things are happening especially in the medical field.

  • Dave

    To quote the late, great Noel Coward.
    “The Show Must Go On”

    And you will find this attitude permeates among showbiz performers.
    No matter what happens. Always make sure the audience get their moneys worth.

  • LVW

    Dave- absolutely not.

  • Dave

    Do you think that Jerry would have wanted the show to be stopped?

  • Stevie P

    The problem with that tdchristian, is that the show really must go on. They don’t want you focusing on Lawler at all. It would have taken away from the promo and it would have been about real life, not what their story was.

    It wasn’t disrespectful because Cole was giving updates as they (WWE) received them. I think that’s as much respect as you can give.

  • tdchristian

    Nothing happens on the mic without Vince’s approval (“or else”). With that being said, it was absolutely and undeniably disrespectful for Vince not to let either Hart or Cena say word one about keeping Jerry in our hearts, thoughts prayers, etc. When Hart didn’t say anything I was surprised. When Cena said “First things first….” , and then went on to talk about him SELF; I knew that Vince’s “the show must go on” mentality was in play. No respect Vince; none at all.