It's been quite a roller coaster ride for WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler. After a domestic violence dispute (for which charges were later dropped) caused Lawler to be temporarily suspended from his job as commentator on WWE Smackdown in 2016, the legendary wrestler found his stock falling with the pro wrestling company. Lawler was relegated to pre-shows spots, and then dropped from those too in December.
Last week, however, Lawler appeared on Smackdown Live in an in-ring segment with a newly-turned-heel Dolph Ziggler. Capitalizing on a 2012 heart attack that occured live on the air while Lawler was commentating for WWE Raw, Ziggler and Lawler put on a compelling performance, with Ziggler claiming responsibility for the heart attack (he had dropped elbows on Lawler's chest in a tag team match earlier that night), and threatening to finish the job. Ziggler then superkicked Lawler right in the chest.
Following that segment, Lawler appears to be back in WWE's good graces. As revealed last week, Lawler will reportedly call the Royal Rumble match (not the whole show) on Sunday along with Michael Cole and Corey Graves and will appear on the pre-show as well. But this week, Lawler revealed that he has also signed a new, one-year deal with WWE.
It just goes to show that anything can happen in the WWE, as long as you're willing to exploit your heart attack for an angle (and what wrestler worth his salt wouldn't?!).