Abdullah the Butcher
Professional wrestler
Abdullah the Butcher
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.
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On this date in WCW history: Abdullah The Butcher fries in the electric chair
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
On October 27, 1991, WCW unveiled the "Chamber of Horrors,' aptly named for how horrible this insipid melee was despite featuring the team of Sting, El Gigante, Rick and Scott Steiner taking on Big Van Vader, Cactus Jack, Abdullah The Butcher and The Diamond Studd. It was the opening match at Halloween Havoc and damn near killed the heat for the entire show. The biggest issue was that fans just couldn't make heads or tails of what was happening inside the chamber -- even less so when the electric chair was lowered. And speaking of the hot seat, the only way to win the match was to strap your opponent in and flip the switch, death row style. In other words, the usual classy stuff from WCW. Abdullah took one for the team but I have to imagine even a guy who blades as much as he did had to be just a wee bit scared with all that electricity and pyrotechnics shooting off around him. Any Cagesiders out there unlucky enough to witness this clusterfuck as it went down?
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Aiken native to hold meeting on upcoming New Orleans trip
Aiken Standard - over 4 years
By ROB NOVIT Aiken native Dr. Mike Weaver of Atlanta will visit the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center today at 3 p.m. to meet with teenagers, college students and parents who are planning to participate in a trip to New Orleans on July 12-15. An educator and public health consultant, Weaver said 34 teens and 20 adults - including 40 from Aiken - are scheduled for the bus trip, but he would like additional people to attend today's meeting to register as standbys in case any of those already registered are unable to participate. He said he arranged the trip as a response to all of the violence that has occurred in the last several months, including the murders of two Aiken Public Safety officers. "We want to provide an alternative - a productive activity - as a way to give back to the community," Weaver said. "We want to expose these teenagers and their families to the culture of New Orleans." They also will take part in a service-learning project - visiting the Ninth War ...
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If Abdullah the Butcher Has Hepatitis C, How Bad Is the Fallout?
Bleacher Report - about 5 years
It was only last year that <a class="fplink fp-300496" href="/abdullah+the+butcher">Abdullah the Butcher</a> was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  He was able to do it in spite of the fact that he never wrestled for the company. The only people who can do that are those that have not only worked in the business their entire life, but have done so at the highest level.  Addullah did that, wrestling for several decades and doing it while engaging in some of the most brutal matches a man can compete in. Scripted or not the abuse he put his body through is astounding.  The man is known for bleeding profusely in every bout he has ever started. Any wrestler who does that instantly has fans' respect, from older fans, to the hardcore fans, to those that just started watching wrestling.  Nothing can take that respect away from him. Unless he willingly and knowingly endangered other wrestlers he worked with and infected them with a disease that would end their wrestling careers.   <a cla ...
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Ex-WWE wrestler alleges Abdullah the Butcher gave him Hepatitis C - Vancouver Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Professional wrestler Devon Nicholson, aka &#39;Hannibal&#39;, sits on the ground, while others restrain WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Abdullah the Butcher (real name Lawrence Shreve) at a press conference in Ottawa at
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  • 2016
    Age 75
    On July 24, 2016, it was reported that Shreve had quietly closed his restaurant in Atlanta.
    More Details Hide Details Following Shreve's WWE Hall of Fame induction in 2011, Superstar Billy Graham requested his name be removed from the Hall, saying: "It is a shameless organization to induct a bloodthirsty animal such as Abdullah the Butcher into their worthless and embarrassing Hall of Fame and I want the name of Superstar Billy Graham to be no part of it." Graham's outrage was due to longstanding accusations that Shreve had infected other wrestlers with hepatitis C through sharing a blade and/or cutting wrestlers without their knowledge. In Shreve's response to Graham, he mentioned their earlier friendship, questioned his outburst, and claimed that he was not infected with the disease. The same year, Canadian wrestler Devon Nicholson, who said he contracted hepatitis C when Shreve bladed him without consent, pursued legal action. On June 3, 2014, an Ontario court ruled in favor of Nicholson and ordered Shreve to pay $2.3 million in damages. The Fulton County Court of Georgia ruled that the Canadian Judgement would be upheld in the state of Georgia where Shreve resides.
  • 2012
    Age 71
    In early 2012, Abdullah the Butcher appeared on the Wrestling Marks of Excellence radio show and said that he had given away his Hall of Fame ring to his brother, saying that he had been in the business and drew people from all over the world and should have been inducted decades ago.
    More Details Hide Details Shreve previously owned two restaurants (one in Atlanta, Georgia and one in Japan) called Abdullah the Butcher's House of Ribs and Chinese Food. Shreve was often on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. The restaurant and Shreve appear in the music video for the 2003 song "Damn!" by Atlanta hip hop group YoungBloodZ. It was referenced in the 2006 film ATL during a scene where three characters argue over a local barbecue.
  • 2011
    Age 70
    Also in 2011, Abdullah returned to Georgia Championship Wrestling as a mentor and adviser to a local wrestler known as The Congo Warrior.
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    On April 2, 2011, Abdullah the Butcher was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.
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    It was Right After Wrestling in March 2011, hosted by Arda Ocal and Jimmy Korderas, that Abdullah admitted his favorite wrestler to face was actually Lou Thesz.
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  • 2009
    Age 68
    In 2009, Abdullah made an appearance at the Decatur Book Festival, facing off against author Michael Muhammad Knight.
    More Details Hide Details Abdullah pummeled Knight with chairs, forks, and a water cooler, not even stepping into the ring. Knight was taken from the festival in an ambulance and received 46 stitches.
    During July 2009, he wrestled in Dragon Gate and Hustle.
    More Details Hide Details He also wrestled at the New Japan Pro Wrestling supershow Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2010, as well as wrestling for Japanese independent promotion Osaka Pro Wrestling.
  • 2007
    Age 66
    The 2007, WWC's anniversary show was dedicated to Abdullah the Butcher's contributions to WWC.
    More Details Hide Details On December 13, 2008, Shreve wrestled against Balls Mahoney in Bayamon Puerto Rico during the annual event WWC Lockout.
    In 2007, the WWE and Jakks Pacific released an Abdullah the Butcher "WWE Classic Superstars" figure complete with the blade marks on top of his head.
    More Details Hide Details A DVD was also released named The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Wrestling which included a bloody cage match between Abdullah and his famous rival Bruiser Brody.
  • 2002
    Age 61
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 52
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 50
    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.
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  • 1986
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 41
    In Puerto Rico, he was declared the very first WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion in July 1982 following three reigns as the Puerto Rican champion between 1978 and 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He was introduced in World Championship Wrestling in a giant, gift-wrapped box. This giant box was to be Sting's birthday gift from Cactus Jack. Sting unwrapped his gift and Abdullah attacked him, leading to both Abdullah and Cactus feuding with Sting after the incident.
  • 1978
    Age 37
    On October 18, 1978, Abdullah won that same PWF belt when he defeated European former AWA champion Billy Robinson; and then on October 13, 1980, he also beat Jumbo Tsuruta to capture the NWA United National Heavyweight Title.
    More Details Hide Details His also feuded with Terry Funk in Japan, and Funk claims to have had one of his top three all-time greatest matches with Abdullah the Butcher.
  • 1975
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1974
    Age 33
    In addition to his successes in North America, Abdullah the Butcher also performed in the Far East, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, and Africa. On March 12, 1974, he traveled all the way to New Zealand, where he captured the British Empire Commonwealth Title by defeating the nation’s champion John DaSilva.
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  • 1973
    Age 32
    Abdullah also established 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.
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  • 1972
    Age 31
    On June 24, 1972, he defeated Ernie Ladd in Akron, Ohio to capture his first of two NWF Heavyweight Championships.
    More Details Hide Details During the mid-1970s, he frequently performed in Detroit, Michigan’s Big-Time Wrestling territory, where he engaged in a rivalry against The Sheik.
  • 1969
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He later served as one of the premier rule breakers in Calgary’s Stampede territory, capturing the NWA Canadian Championship, as well as having six North American Heavyweight Title reigns during the early 1970s.
  • 1967
    Age 26
    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's Canadian Tag Team Titles in Vancouver.
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  • 1958
    Age 17
    Standing 6 feet tall and weighing 360 pounds, Shreve caught the attention of Montreal promoter Jack Britton, and he soon made his professional wrestling debut at age 17 in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details He initially competed in numerous independent territories in Canada under such various monikers as Pussycat Pickens, Kuroi Jujutsushi (The Black Wizard) and Zelis Amara. However, he ultimately created his gimmick of an evil Arabian sadist; and in a match against Gino Brito (Jack Britton’s real-life son), the Abdullah the Butcher character first distinguished himself as one of the world’s most feared rule breakers when he broke a chair over Brito’s head and then beat him senseless with the leg. Since his gimmick required that he speak no English (though it was in actuality his native tongue), he possessed a number of managers over the course of his long career, including Gary Hart, Paul Jones, Eddie Creatchman, Black Baron, The Grand Wizard, J.J. Dillon, Damien Kane, Larry Sharpe, Chicky Starr, Oliver Humperdink, Buddy Colt, George Cannon, Bearcat Wright, Big Bad John, Gentleman Jim Holiday, and Rock Hunter, who were all portrayed as “handlers” commissioned to control the Sudanese madman, while also doing most of the talking in promos and interviews. He has, however, spoken for himself in promos while in Japan.
  • 1941
    Age 0
    Born on January 11, 1941.
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