Lance Russell Passes Away
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
It is with deep regret that Memphis Wrestling legend Lance Russell has passed away, according to his son who posted the news on his facebook.
Lance was 91 and had been recovering from a broken hip he sustained in a fall over the weekend. On the same day, he learned that his daughter passed away after a battle with Cancer.
Lance is most famously known as the play by play announcer for the Memphis wrestling territory, first under Nick Gulas and then under Jerry Jarrett when Jarrett had a split and started his own territory in 1977. Lance started back in the 1950's in a time where often the voices behind the mic for the weekly wrestling shows were also employees of the TV stations carrying them. Lance had been the programming manager from the local channel 13 in Memphis, but when Jarrett and Jerry Lawler broke away, Lance put in his notice and soon joined the new show on channel 5, along with longtime sidekick Dave Brown, who has served as channel 13's weatherman.
Lance's most famous calls of the action include the feud between Jerry "The King" Lawler and Andy Kaufman in 1982, the famous Tupelo concession stand brawls in the late 70s and early 80s, and the night that Jerry won the AWA World Title from Curt Hennig in 1988.
Lance also had a short run in WCW starting in 1989 but was only there for a couple of years. He also did play by play for Jim Cornette's Smokey Moutain Wrestling for a short time before the company closed. Even after retiring from full-time announcing, he would still pop up from time to time on Memphis wrestling through the various companies that Jerry Lawler promoted after the territory (known by then as the USWA) had closed.
Lance Russell was 91 and all of us at Allwrestling.com mourn his loss.