Throwback Thursday: Banana Nose

MSL Lance

If you were a wrestling fan growing up in Memphis, TN – you woke up every Saturday morning to the voice of Lance Russell.  To some, it was Saturday morning cartoons.  In Memphis, it was Saturday morning wrestling – with Lance Russell.

With Lance Russell being behind the desk for nearly 40 years, he certainly encountered some interesting characters.  Some of which, became world famous wrestlers.  Throughout the years, they all picked on Lance about the size of his nose.  Of course, Jerry Lawler coined the term.

This week’s Throwback Thursday dates back to 1983, where WWE Hall of Fame manager Jimmy Hart actually wrote and performed a song about Lance Russell… and his “banana nose.”

As reported earlier it the week, Lance Russell is scheduled to join MemphiSport Live (MSL) for an exclusive interview.  MSL airs live every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT on on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM .  If you have classic Memphis Wrestling moments you’d like to discuss with Lance Russell, feel free to post them here or send them via Twitter@MemphiSport.  If time permits, we will even take phone calls.  Also, be sure to like his Official Facebook Page.

Fun Facts:  Lance Russell was a broadcaster from 1959 to 1997.  He worked for World Championship Wrestling and appeared in the story of Andy Kaufman’s life, Man on the Moon.  

Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.


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