Dave Meltzer just put up a show on Lance - if you're a subscriber it's great stuff. His affection for Lance is touching, it's so cool that the guy we loved on TV was just as great in real life, that's pretty rare.
RIP Lance Russell
Posted 03 October 2017 - 03:45 PM
I'm happy he lived to a ripe old age and that he got to hear from a younger generation how much they appreciated his work. He was always such a gentlemen when he'd appear on a podcast and completely down to earth. He may have been a performer on Memphis television but he had no gimmick other than being himself. He had a wonderful voice and thankfully his work will always be there for people to enjoy.
Posted 03 October 2017 - 06:51 PM
Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:09 PM
Is there anything better in wrestling than Lance's exasperated reaction to Memphis heels? He managed to sound like both a disappointed dad and a substitute teacher that's completely lost control of their class.
Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:49 PM
Lance Russell never spoke at us, or even to us, he spoke with us. He commentated like he was sat next to us on the settee, like watching with a friend. The best of all time.
Posted 23 October 2017 - 06:52 PM
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.
"You're acting like a hoodlum!"
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