Lance Russell, Memphis Legend And Former WCW Commentator, Dies

Ruben Hill
October 3, 2017

The family of legendary sports commentator Lance Russell announced his passing early Tuesday morning on the wrestling icon's Twitter page. He was hospitalized after breaking his hip in a fall on Friday, which was the second time he had fallen last week. Russell died just four days after his daughter lost her battle with cancer. My condolences to his family during this hard time.

Later in his career, Russell commentated for both WCW and Smoky Mountain Wrestling, before entering a well-earned semi-retirement in 1997.

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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. They thanked everyone for their thoughts and prayers and wrote that Russell was surrounded by family when he passed.

As the unflappable host of the Continental Wrestling Association's weekly Saturday morning show held at WMC's TV studios, as well as the Mid-South Coliseum cards each Monday night, Russell provided commentary for all of Memphis' most famous matches.

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