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#1 soup23

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:05 AM

RIP to the best wrestling announcer there ever was. 



#2 El-P

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:06 AM

Indeed. After Heenan, that's yet another "THE greatest" that is going with Lance Russel. He was at least half the reason why watching old Memphis TV stuff was so fun.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:14 AM

I only just recently got into classic Memphis, but Lance was great. My favorite moment of his will always be him arguing with Funk during the Empty Arena Match.



#4 Childs

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:17 AM

I really think he and Lawler were the co-MVPs of the territory, and I can't think of another announcer who was that essential.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:18 AM

Great announcer, great host and, by all accounts, was a super nice guy. RIP.



#6 Sean Liska

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:43 AM

For me, tied with JR as greatest announcer of all-time. And maybe gets an edge because he also was so great at conducting interviews and holding the show together.

 

One of my all-time favorite wrestling memories is driving from Chicago to Memphis for the sole purpose of shaking Lance's hand. Here's the pic - https://twitter.com/...937649431388160.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:54 AM

My favourite announcer ever. One of my favourite segments they ever ran in Memphis was when Curt Hennig had - I think - just lost the AWA belt to Lawler and came down to the studio demanding Lawler come out and face him. The longer it went without Lawler showing up the more aggressive Hennig got, and it reached the point where he even put his hands on Lance. The way Lance played his part in it was the perfect straight man performance and when he loses his own composure and calls Hennig a hoodlum I lose it every time. He was the very best. And I agree with Childs that he was as big a part of what made Memphis Memphis as Lawler or Dundee or anybody else.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:00 AM

Rest in Peace to the GOAT announcer and host. I can hear him saying Jerry now.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:18 AM

RIP Lance, all time great.

 

Chad wrote up a great piece on Lance: http://placetobenati...to-banana-nose/



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:28 AM

He epitomised Memphis Wrestling. There will never, ever be another like him. In the sleazy world of Pro Wrestling, he shone like a beacon of truth, believability and trust. RIP Banana Nose.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:43 AM

The best ever, and by all accounts a wonderful man. RIP



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 09:40 AM

I'm glad I had a chance to meet him at Cauliflower Alley last year.  His memory was still sharp as a tack.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 09:53 AM

RIP to the GOAT. Wonderful man.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 09:53 AM

When Heenan passed, I was thinking of all the old timers we still have and I thought of Lance. I can't believe he was in his 90's. As mentioned, he was still sharp. And if you had the pleasure of meeting him, he was one of the nicest guys you'll ever talk to.

I'm paraphrasing here, but the 605 Podcast mentioned how the Memphis TV show wasn't just a wrestling show, It was Lance's show. This normal guy was dropped into an insane world and part of the appeal was how he reacted to the weekly chaos. And his reactions were priceless.

We will miss you Lance!

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 10:14 AM

I only just recently got into classic Memphis, but Lance was great. My favorite moment of his will always be him arguing with Funk during the Empty Arena Match.

He's so wonderfully condescending through all that

#16 Sean Liska

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 10:27 AM

When Heenan passed, I was thinking of all the old timers we still have and I thought of Lance. I can't believe he was in his 90's. As mentioned, he was still sharp. And if you had the pleasure of meeting him, he was one of the nicest guys you'll ever talk to.

I'm paraphrasing here, but the 605 Podcast mentioned how the Memphis TV show wasn't just a wrestling show, It was Lance's show. This normal guy was dropped into an insane world and part of the appeal was how he reacted to the weekly chaos. And his reactions were priceless.

We will miss you Lance!


I believe one of our fellow posters here (or maybe at DVDVR) compared him to Kermit trying to maintain order during an episode of the Muppets. I've spent hundreds of hours watching Memphis TV and never did it feel like a waste of time if Lance and Dave were announcing, even 1980 stuff which was a weird year creatively. They were the most warming and welcoming figures, poor guys always just wanted a nice clean morning of pure wrestling matches, and it never seemed to work out that way. Memphis is my favorite TV show ever and so much of it was Lance and Dave, there's never been an announce team that was as important.

#17 Jmare007

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 10:45 AM

He was great at everything he did in wrestling. I'm happy he was able to live into his 90's with a sharp mind. RIP Lance.



#18 peachchaos

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:09 AM

I'm devastated to hear of another legend lost.

Goodbye Lance Russell, the Greatest Wrestling Announcer of All Time, hands down. A broadcaster and TV station head for nearly 30 years. Called the action in Memphis, Louisville, and Lexington. An absolute fixture of Tennessee rasslin' and someone who brought a new level of dignity to everything he touched. Some of my favorite wrestling lines are Lance Russell lines. He was the cornerstone of every great TV angle, every Tupelo Consession Stand Brawl, every Jerry Lawler strap-down comeback. He was basically the best Grandfather a Wrestling Kid could have.

RIP BANANA NOSE



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:22 AM

I'll echo the other comments here. Memphis is some of my favourite wrestling to watch, and Lance Russell was a huge part of that. Undoubtedly one of the absolute best ever. RIP.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 12:23 PM

One of the ways I try to think of announcers in a comparative light is to imagine one calling matches in other areas outside of their home or most familar territories. Lance Russell is one of the few that would I think enhance a match in any area he was in and making the call. 

 

RIP to him and codolences to his family.






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