Jerry “The King” Lawler made a triumphant and touching return to the wrestling ring Monday night, two months after he was stricken with a heart attack as he broadcast a WWE event in Montreal.

“There was a time that I didn’t think I would ever be able to step back in a WWE ring again,” Lawler said during a Raw taping. “So for this night to actually happen is just beyond words for me.”

Jerry “The King” Lawler at an NBA game in April. (Mark Humphrey / AP)

Lawler is a former professional wrestler perhaps best known for his feud with the late comedian Andy Kaufman on “Late Night With David Letterman” in the 1980s. Lawler suffered the heart attack Sept. 10 and fans in the arena and at home watched in shock as CPR was administered. He underwent angioplasty and has been recovering at home in Memphis.

“Every holiday season there’s a classic movie that comes out…called ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ ” Lawler said. “It’s about a guy that didn’t know how much his life meant to everybody that he knew and all his family and friends. It took a near death experience for him to realize that. And I, in the past few weeks, have lived that movie. I had no idea how many of you out there, how many friends and fans that I had that reached out with your love and your prayers and sent them my way. I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate it and I love each and every one of you.”

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