Lance Russell was the voice of Memphis Wrestling for over 30 years. He commentated legendary matches and feuds featuring Jerry “The King” Lawler, “Superstar” Bill Dundee, Ric Flair, Adrian Street, Kamala, Jimmy Valiant and others. He also interviewed dozens of wrestlers throughout his illustrious career.
Recently Russell experienced some health problems.
— Brandon Baxter (@BrandonOnKFIN) October 1, 2017
Jerry Lawler and Lance’s son tweeted out on the morning of October 3rd that Russell had passed away.
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
Hey All, wanted to share the sad news that dad passed away this morning. You all have been a blessing in this difficult time. Thank You!!!
— Lance Russell (@MemphisLance) October 3, 2017
Here are a few tributes:
— Jim Cornette (@TheJimCornette) October 3, 2017
My lifetime friend, Lance Russell died early this morning. I cannot express how sad I am. He was responsible for my tv career success. pic.twitter.com/6jXV8OtEex
— Dave Brown (@davebrown5555) October 3, 2017
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) October 3, 2017
Lance Russell was the greatest announcer in wrestling history & the greatest human being in the business. Period.
Rest in peace, my friend.
— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) October 3, 2017
Rest in peace Lance Russell, forever the voice of Memphis Wrestling.
— Mike Johnson (@MikePWInsider) October 3, 2017
— Valerie (@valonfox) October 3, 2017
The undisputed voice of professional wrestling, there’ll never be another that comes close to Lance Russell.
(Don't start with that smart stuff) pic.twitter.com/InyanBvYc4
— The Tag Rope (@tagropemag) October 3, 2017
Lance Russell was a big part of my childhood. I watched him every Saturday on Championship Wrestling.https://t.co/PStLjTugJs
— Kevin Roberts (@MrKevinRoberts) October 3, 2017
Lance Russell was absolutely great on commentary, and always came across like a class individual. Seemed genuinely happy as well.
— STF from S.A.W. (@S_ATL_Wrestling) October 3, 2017
RIP Lance Russell. Best wrestling announcer ever. I don't think anyone had such a connection with a TV audience, in any genre. pic.twitter.com/iKuN1aXNEW
— Steve (@untilnextyear) October 3, 2017
If you believe in such things then heaven just gained a hell of a commentary team. Lance Russell and Bobby the Brain.
— J (@jamesie_2015) October 3, 2017
Click next to relive Lance Russell’s career and some of his greatest moments as a commentator.