Wrestling Announcing Great Lance Russell Dies At 91

Lance Russell, the voice of Memphis wrestling in the 20th century and generally regarded as one of the best announcers in the history of wrestling, died today at the age of 91.

Russell's son broke the news on social media this morning.

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WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler, another Memphis wrestling legend, said on social media that he was saddened by his loss and that his career never would have taken off had it not been for Russell.

Russell suffered a broken hip over the weekend, the same weekend his daughter passed away from cancer.

As the voice of Memphis wrestling, Russell had interactions on television many times with some of the greats in professional wrestling such as Dutch Mantel, Bill Dundee, Curt Hennig and Lawler. Russell spent the majority of his career working for the NWA Mid-America and Continental Wrestling Association promotions.

Russell also spent a few years with WCW in the late 1980s and early 1990s before spending most of the last few years of his career working as an announcer for Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

On behalf of Fightful, our thoughts and prayers go out to Russell's friends and family.

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