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Wrestling By The Numbers: Larry Nelson



Larry ‘Nelson’ Shipley who is best remembered for his 7-year run as an announcer with the American Wrestling Association has passed away. The Cauliflower Alley Club announced he passed on June 23rd after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Shipley had a lengthy broadcasting career starting in the radio industry in 1973. In the early 1980’s he was hosting a show in Minneapolis Minnesota and started doing a weekly segment where he would interview a star from the AWA. The relationship lead to Verne Gagne hiring Larry Nelson in the middle of 1983 and he started as an interviewer and commentator for shows held in Canada. Eventually when Ken Resnick left the organization, Shipley’s announcing duties expanded and he also worked occasionally as a ring announcer.

Larry Shipley remained with the AWA until the middle of 1990 when he was replaced by Eric Bischoff, he then returned to the radio industry moving to Key West Florida. Shipley claimed this was a planned move while Bischoff has claimed that he replaced Shipley after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and no-showed an AWA event. Shipley released a controversial autobiography entitled ‘Stranglehold’ in the year 2000 which openly discussed his time in the business and the demise of the AWA. He had mostly recently been working for radio station KKNX in Eugene Oregon.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Larry ‘Nelson’ Shipley by the numbers…

American Wrestling Association:

* 1 Event As An Interviewer ( Most All-Time ) on AWA Pay-Per-View. (Event: 1988 Superclash)

Larry ‘Nelson’ Shipley who is best remembered for his 7-year run as an announcer with the American Wrestling Association has passed away. The Cauliflower Alley Club announced he passed on June 23rd after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Shipley had a lengthy broadcasting career starting in the radio industry in 1973. In the early 1980’s he was hosting a show in Minneapolis Minnesota and started doing a weekly segment where he would interview a star from the AWA. The relationship lead to Verne Gagne hiring Larry Nelson in the middle of 1983 and he started as an interviewer and commentator for shows held in Canada. Eventually when Ken Resnick left the organization, Shipley’s announcing duties expanded and he also worked occasionally as a ring announcer.

Larry Shipley remained with the AWA until the middle of 1990 when he was replaced by Eric Bischoff, he then returned to the radio industry moving to Key West Florida. Shipley claimed this was a planned move while Bischoff has claimed that he replaced Shipley after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and no-showed an AWA event. Shipley released a controversial autobiography entitled ‘Stranglehold’ in the year 2000 which openly discussed his time in the business and the demise of the AWA. He had mostly recently been working for radio station KKNX in Eugene Oregon.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Larry ‘Nelson’ Shipley by the numbers…

American Wrestling Association:

* 1 Event As An Interviewer ( Most All-Time ) on AWA Pay-Per-View. (Event: 1988 Superclash)

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