Jerry Lawler has announced the passing away of his dear friend, a Legendary pro wrestling announcer who died at the age of 91.
Lawler announced with these words, “My dear friend and greatest wrestling commentator ever, Lance Russell passed away this morning. I would have never been without him. R.I.P.”
2017 first took the legendary Bobby Heenan from us, and now, it has taken yet another beloved announcer from professional wrestling fans. We have just learned from No DQ, that legendary professional wrestling announcer Lance Russell is no more.
We join the world in mourning his loss, considering how many lives he touched with his unmistakable voice across almost four decades in the wrestling business.
Longtime fans will cherish the many memorable moments that he was part of, across his career. In the clip linked below, watch him interview Sting and The Ultimate Warrior, long before they became household names in wrestling.
Russell was best known for his work in the Memphis region of the US, therefore dubbed ‘the voice of Memphis Wrestling’. He passed away at the age of 91, leaving a legacy unmatched and paving the way for generations of professional wrestling announcers.
Another man who is synonymous with Memphis Wrestling, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler paid tribute to his longtime friend on social media, calling him the ‘greatest wrestling commentator’ ever. He attributed much of his success to Mr. Russell.
In addition to his work in NWA Mid America, Mr. Lance Russell also had a stint with WCW, and a much longer stint as a weatherman on Memphis television, enjoying success in both worlds. His voice struck a chord with many wrestling fans across eras and generations, and he has left a void that cannot be fulfilled.
My dear friend and greatest wrestling commentator ever, Lance Russell passed away this morning. I would have never been without him. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/bD4AlK5dsF
— Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) October 3, 2017
Rest in peace, Mr. Lance Russell. We raise a toast to a career that few others have had.