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[Abdullah The Butcher Gallery]
Wrestler: Abdulah The Butcher
Real Name: Lawrence Shreve
Birthday: November 2, 1936
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
Moved to Atlanta, GA
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 6' - 360 lbs
Trained by:
Debut: 1958
Previous Gimmicks: Pussycat Pikens
Zeras Amala
Kuroi Jujutsushi (Black Wizard) (Japan)
Wildman from the Sudan
Madman from the Sudan
Blade Bourdeaux
Abby
Finishing Move: Running Elbow Drop
Favorite Moves: Karate-thrust to the throat
Dropkick (believe it or not!)
Notable Feuds:
Chris Tolos
Rick Renaldo
John Tolos
Johnny Kostas
Bruce Kirk
Dave Ruhl
Carlos Belafonte
Gino Caruso
Jerry Christy
Don Leo Jonathan
Dan Kroffat
Harley Race
Terry Funk
Dory Funk
Dino Bravo
Steve Strong
Notable Feuds:
The Sheik
Buddy Rogers
Bobo Brazil
Jack Brisco
Pampera Firpo
Carlos Colon
Bruiser Brody
"Maniac" Mark Lewin
Dusty Rhodes
"Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer
The Iron Sheik
Kamala
Sting
Cactus Jack
Sabu

  • World Tag Team titles (Vancouver) w/Jerry Graham (1967);
  • Canadian Tag Team titles (Vancouver) w/Jerry Graham (1967);
  • Montreal International title (1969-71 & 1987 - four reigns);
  • Stampede North American Heavyweight title (1970-73 - five reigns);
  • NWF World Heavyweight title (1972);
  • Commonwealth (New Zealand) Heavyweight title (1974);
  • NWA (Detroit) World Tag Team titles, w/Killer Brooks (1974);
  • NWA (Detroit) United States Heavyweight title (1975);
  • NWA Georgia Heavyweight title (1975);
  • Columbus (Georgia) Heavyweight title (1975);
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican title defeating Carlos Colon (November 18, 1978);
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican title defeating Carlos Colon (December 19, 1979);
  • PWF (All Japan) Heavyweight title (1978-79);
  • NWA (All Japan) International Tag Team titles w/Ray Candy (1979);
  • United National (All Japan) Heavyweight title (1980);
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) North American title defeating Carlos Colon (August 1, 1981);
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican title defeating Carlos Colon (August 10, 1981);
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) Caribbean Heavyweight title defeating Charlie Cook (August 14, 1982);
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) World Heavyweight title billed as champion upon arrival (July 21, 1982);
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) North American title defeating TNT (Savio Vega) (January 30, 1988)
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) Universal title defeating TNT (Savio Vega) (March 24, 1990)
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) Universal title defeating Invader #1 (September 18, 1992)
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) Caribbean Heavyweight title Winning an 18-Man Battle Royal (January 6, 1996)
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) Universal title defeating "King" Mabel(February 10, 1996)
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) Universal Heavyweight title defeating Carlos Colon (January 3, 2003);
  • WWC (Puerto Rico) Universal title defeating Carly Colon (January 6, 2004)


  • Canada:
  • Abdullah was born Lawrence Shreeve in The Great White North -- Windsor, Ontario, Canada..
  • 1958: Abdullah began his career wrestling in various Canadian indy promotions..
  • Abdullah quickly created his evil Arabian gimmick and extremely violet style..
  • Abdullah was never supposed to be able to speak English, so he worked with several managers over the years..
  • ~~~Including Eddie "the Brain" Creatchman, J.J. Dillon, Gary Hart, Bearcat Wright, Rock Hunter, and many others..
  • October 23, 1967: Abdullah won the NWA Canadian Tag Team title with the legendary Dr. Jerry Graham..
  • Abdullah won the IWA International Heavyweight championship three times between 1969-71..
  • Abdullah won the NWA North American Heavyweight (Calgary) title on four separate occassions between 1970-73..
  • July 17, 1972: Abdullah helped set a Montreal record, wrestling against Johnny Rougeau at Jarry Park..
  • ~~~It was the main event of a card that drew over 26,000 fans and a $100,000+ gate..

    Hardcore Legend:
  • Abdullah spent a lot of time in the Giant Baba' All Japan Pro Wrestling promotion..
  • ~~~Abdullah won their biggest annual tournament -- the Grand Champion Carnival -- in 1976 and 1979.
  • Abdullah won the NWF Heavyweight title, twice, by defeating Ernie Ladd and Victor Rivera..
  • Abdullah won the PWF Heavyweight title while competing for All Japan Pro Wrestling..
  • Abdullah defeated Billy Robison for the PWF title in 1978..
  • February 10, 1979: Giant Baba defeated Abdullah to take the PWF title away from him (in Chicago!)..
  • Abdullah's bloodiest battles took place in the blood-soaked Puerto Rico..
  • 1980's: Abdullah won the Puerto Rican Heavyweight title..
  • 1980's: Abdullah won the NWA United National Heavyweight title..
  • 1980's: Abdullah won the the Caribbean Heavyweight title (three times)..
  • 1982: Abdullah won the WWC Universal Heavyweight championship..
  • 1986: Abdullah defeated The Great Kabuki for the Texas Brass Knuckles championship in World Class Championship Wrestling..
  • February 2, 1986--MoscaMania: Jimmy Valiant defeated Abdullah the Butcher in Hamilton, Ontario..
  • 1987: Abdullah won the Canadian International Heavyweight title..
  • 1996: Abdullah teamed with Benkei Daikokuboh to win the TWA Tag Team championship.
  • Abdullah was sure never to stay in one territory for too long, which turned out to be a successful strategy.
  • Abdullah's battles with the equally deranged Sheik were bloodbaths from bell to bell..
  • Abdullah was a prime star for promoters in Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, and his home country of Canada..
  • Abdullah is one of the most brutal, bloody, hardcore wrestlers ever.
  • Abdullah has spend five decades inside the bloody squared circle..

    The Legend Continues:
  • However, Abdullah just can't seem to stay out of the ring, he still wrestles in the "new" NWA..
  • October 27, 2002 - AJPW PPV: Abdullah the Butcher & Terry Funk defeated Tarzan Goto & Tomoaki Honma..
  • December 28, 2002 - 3PW: Abdullah the Butcher defeats Bam Bam Bigelow (who was a substitute for Dusty Rhodes)..
  • January 3, 2003 - WWC: Abdullah the Butcher defeated mega-rival Carly Colon after a Running Elbow Drop to win the Universal title..
  • July 18, 2003 - Impact Championship Wrestling: Abdullah the Butcher beat "Lowlife" Louie Ramos in a Hardcore Match..
  • June 19, 2004--IWA Mid South: Mad Man Pondo vs Abdullah the Butcher in a "No DQ" match ended in a NO CONTEST (bloody)..
  • October 5, 2004--IWA East Coast (debut): Abdullah the Butcher defeated Necro Butcher..
  • November 5, 2004--WWC: Abdullah the Butcher vs Eddie Colon ended in a NO CONTEST..
  • November 6, 2004--WWC: Abdullah the Butcher vs Mr. Hughes ended in a DOUBLE DQ..
  • November 20, 2004--World All-Stars: Abdullah the Butcher vs Andy Ellison ended in a DOUBLE COUNT OUT..
  • January 29, 2005 - WrestleReunion: Dusty&Dustin Rhodes & Mike Graham w/Harley Race b Kevin Sullivan & Abdullah & CM Punk..
  • March 12, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Dusty Rhodes beat Abdullah the Butcher with Mick Foley as referee..
  • June 4, 2005--GCW: Abdullah the Butcher & Erik Watts (sub for Jerry Oates) defeated The Wrestler & Greg Brown in 2:56..
  • July 16 2005--WWC Bruiser Brody Memorial: Bronco #1 & Sabu defeated Abdullah the Butcher & Rico Suave in a Hardcore Match..
  • July 23, 2005--NWA Wisconsin: Abdullah the Butcher defeated Peter B Beautiful in Brussels, Wisconsin..
  • August 6, 2005--Far North Wrestling: Abdullah the Butcher defeated Rockin' Rebel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania..
  • October 2, 2005--WRESTLE-1 GP: Abdullah the Butcher & Giant Kimala defeated Dory Funk Jr. & Katsuhiko Nakajima..
  • November 5 2005--WWC 32nd Anniversary: Abdullah the Butcher defeated TNT..
  • November 6, 2005--WWC 32nd Anniversary: Bronco #1 & Eddie Colon beat Abdullah the Butcher & El Diamante..
  • February 3, 2006--Frank Goodman's UXW: Abdullah the Butcher defeated "Low Life" Louis Ramos..
  • April 6, 2006--Women's Extreme Wrestling: Abdullah The Butcher was spotted sitting in attendance watching the show..
  • April 9, 2006--CAPW: Abdullah the Butcher beat Michael Hellborn including Butcher using a kendo stick with thumb tacks!
  • May 2006: Abdullah the Butcher started his own independent record label called "Abdullah the Butcher Records"..
  • May 12, 2006--Stampede Wrestling: Kid Nichols vs Abdullah the Butcher ended in a bloody No Contest... ... ... ...
  • October 14, 2006--NWA Championship Wrestling: Abdullah & Nemesis beat Tank & Iceberg in a No DQ Trojan Death Match..
  • January 13, 2007--Brew City Wrestling: Abdullah the Butcher vs Dinty Moore ended in a No Contest


    Jay Ambler wrote: Abdullah The Butcher owns Abdullah the Butcher House of Ribs & Chinese Food located in Southwest Atlanta [2387 Fairburn Rd SW. (604) 629-2332]. He is often seen there and is very personable with customers.