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Abdullah the Butcher

    

Real Name - Lawrence "Larry" Robert Shreve
Birthdate11/2/36
6' 360 lbs. - Windsor, ONT

Athletic Background - Karate (7th Degree Black Belt), Judo

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - Canadian Indies(`59-), Stampede(`69-`73), Montreal(`69-`71), JWA(`70-`72), NWF(`72), All Japan(`72-`81), Detroit(`75), Georgia(`75), Nashville(`75-`77), WWC(`78-), Nashville(`80), New Japan(`81-`85), UWA(`82), Georgia(`83), SWCW(`83-`84), AWA(`84), WCCW(`86), IWA(Montreal)(`87) All Japan(`87-`96), WCW(`89-`91), ECW(`93), Tokyo Pro(`96), WAR(`97-`98), Big Japan(`99), All Japan(`00), XPW(`00), ROH(`02), MLW(`03), HUSTLE(`07,`09)

AliasesPussycat Pikens, Zeras Amala, Larry Sheeve

Groups - Death Squad, Paul Jones' Army, Sullivan's House of Animals

Peak Years - `72-`80


Finisher(s) - 
Sudanese Meat Cleaver / Butcher's Axe (Jumping Elbowdrop)

Favorites -
- Throat Thrust
- Biting
- Headbutt
- Cross Chop
- Chokehold


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes

Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - One of the most memorable figures in wrestling history, anybody who saw Abdullah the Butcher (especially live), never forgot him. Perhaps he is the overriding example of how a great gimmick can make a less-than-exceptional talent a megastar. After nearly a decade of being an uninteresting chunky prelim wrestler, the "Madman for the Sudan" was a ticket to greatness. Heavy touring kept the character fresh and allowed him to get the monster push before moving on. Fans only remembered this mute killer who provided unprecedented bloodbaths. His originality worked virtually everywhere. In Canada (his actual homeland), he was a tremendous draw on top. In Japan, he earned more weekly than just about anyone as All Japan's top gaijin heel throughout the 70s. In Puerto Rico, he was a partial owner of Capital Sports (WWC) and was the top heel in the company for the better part of two decades. He wrestled just about everywhere at one time or another with the exception of a few. Increasing weight and high blood pressure caused Abdullah's reserved style to drop off even more. Still active into his seventies, it seems as if the Butcher will be around until he cannot "go" any longer.
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