He’s getting better. There are all kinds of health issues that can affect a wrestler and some of them have nothing to do with what takes place in the ring. Some troubles can be rather devastating and have long term consequences for anyone out of nowhere. Unfortunately that was the case for a wrestling legend earlier this year, but now we have an update on his road to recovery.
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Earlier this year, WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry Lawler suffered a stroke and has been recovering since. While Lawler has appeared at a WWE event and a few conventions, he continues to undergo treatment to recover. Lawler spoke to Bill Apter of SportsKeeda WrestleBinge about his recovery, detailing the process that he goes through every week and problems that he is dealing with at the moment. Here are some of his comments, with transcription courtesy of 411mania.com:
On His Recovery Process
“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… I really don’t do a lot, just staying around the house and do three rehab sessions a week where I go into hospital, and then I do some more at home here in Memphis, and that’s pretty much it.”
On Efforts To Improve His Speech
“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 had me read stuff, and all of this stuff has just helped me day in and day out getting my vocabulary better.”
On Troubles With Signing Autographs
“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.”
And On His Message To Fans
“I would like to say thank you for being concerned and worried about my upkeeping and what I’ve had going on. It’s just awesome to know that there are fans out there wondering what am I doing during my time off. It’s nice to talk to them.”
Lawler has had some times in WWE. Check out some of his moments in the company:
Opinion: This is the kind of thing that takes a lot of time to get over and thankfully Lawler seems to be getting better day by day. The fact that he is able to have an interview is already a good sign and he was even able to make some appearances earlier this year. It would be great to see him being around more often and back at full strength, and we seem to be on the way there.
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