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Abdullah the Butcher

Abdullah the Butcher

Professional Wrestler
Born Jan 11, 1941

Lawrence Robert "Larry" Shreve best known as Abdullah the Butcher, and also at times The Madman from the Sudan, is a semi-retired Canadian professional wrestler known as one of the most brutal or "hardcore" professional wrestlers of all-time. The scars on his forehead are the result of frequent blading. According to Mick Foley, Shreve used to put gambling chips into the deep divots in his head to entertain (or scare) people at casinos.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Abdullah the Butcher.


1941 Birth Born on January 11, 1941.


1958 17 Years Old Standing 6 feet tall and weighing a robust 360 pounds, Shreve caught the attention of Montreal promoter Jack Britton, and he soon made his professional wrestling debut at age 17 in 1958. … Read More


1967 26 Years Old …  He won his first major championship on October 23, 1967 when he teamed with Dr. Jerry Graham to defeat John & Carlos Tolos for the NWA Canadian Tag Team Titles in Vancouver.
1969 28 Years Old A few years later, he ventured to the Montreal region, where he had three reigns as the IWA International Heavyweight Champion between 1969 and 1972, feuding against Ivan Koloff and Johnny Rougeau. … Read More


1972 31 Years Old On June 24, 1972, he defeated Ernie Ladd in Akron, Ohio to capture his first of two NWF World Heavyweight Titles. … Read More
1973 32 Years Old …  Abdullah would also establish himself as one of the premier attractions in Japan, where he competed as part of the round-robin tournament that ultimately crowned Giant Baba as All-Japan’s inaugural PWF Heavyweight Champion in February 1973.
1975 34 Years Old He teamed with “Killer” Tim Brooks to win the region’s version of the NWA World Tag Team Titles before defeating Bobo Brazil on February 8, 1975 for the NWA United States Championship.
1978 37 Years Old On October 18, 1978, Abdullah won that same prestigious PWF belt when he defeated European legend and former AWA champion Billy Robinson; and then on October 13, 1980, he also beat Jumbo Tsuruta to capture the NWA United National Heavyweight Title. … Read More


1982 41 Years Old However, perhaps Abby’s most memorable encounters occurred in Puerto Rico, where he was declared the very first WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion in July 1982 following three reigns as the Puerto Rican Champion between 1978-81. … Read More
1986 45 Years Old He arrived in World Class Championship Wrestling in 1986, where he defeated The Great Kabuki for the Texas Brass Knuckles Title and waged war against the equally wild Bruiser Brody.


1991 50 Years Old The feud culminated in a "Chamber of Horrors" match at Halloween Havoc 1991, in which Cactus accidentally electrocuted Abdullah in an electric chair, leading to a brief feud between the former allies.
1993 52 Years Old In 1993, Abdullah arrived in ECW, where he participated in a storyline with Kevin Sullivan, Terry Funk and Stan Hansen, and wrestled at Ultra Clash and Bloodfest.


2002 61 Years Old In late 2002, Abdullah made a one-night appearance in Ring of Honor as Homicide's partner, facing the Carnage Crew in a bloody Bunkhouse Brawl at ROH's Night of the Butcher.
2007 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, the WWE and Jakks Pacific released an Abdullah The Butcher "WWE Classic Superstars" figure complete with the famous blade marks on top of his head. … Read More
…  In 2009, Abdullah made an appearance at the Decatur Book Festival, facing off against author Michael Muhammad Knight, marking the first pro wrestling match ever held at a book festival. … Read More
2011 70 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 2, 2011 Abdullah The Butcher was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in Atlanta. … Read More
2012 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2012, Abdullah The Butcher appeared on 'Wrestling Marks of Excellence radio show' and said that he had gave away his Hall of Fame ring to his brother. … Read More
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