While he repeatedly attempted to hide his condition from the company, Jerry Lawler was sent to the hospital from Monday Night Raw to be checked on. His son, Brian Christopher, was the one that alerted management, who then forced the commentator to leave.
Michael Cole will not be on commentary for Smackdown this week. Instead, JBL will be joined on television by Josh Mathews. No word yet on why Cole did not work the event, but there does not appear to be any backstage heat from WWE towards their long time commentator.