|Birth name||Larry Richard Oliver|
|Born||October 6, 1952|
Homosassa, Florida, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Rip Oliver|
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Billed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
Larry Richard Oliver (born October 6, 1952) is an American former professional wrestler, known as Crippler Rip Oliver, who had success in Pacific Northwest Wrestling (PNW). He was also known for having "The Criplers Carry Out Service" in which he had a stretcher and slogan of “We break’em and Take’em”.
Oliver was born in Florida. His father was Dennis Lee Oliver (December 1922 – August 1980) and his mother was Sadie Lenore Head Oliver. His parents owned Independent Fish Company, located on Seminole Place on the Homosassa River. His parents are buried in Stagestand Cemetery in Homosassa.
Professional wrestling career
In Pacific Northwest Wrestling (PNW), he set a record for holding the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship more than anyone. Oliver also had many titles in tag team competition, holding the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship and the NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship a combined 18 times. In 1985 Chris Adams allowed Gino Hernandez to defend his television title against Billy Jack Haynes, where he lost that title, but Oliver defeated and severely injured Billy to win the W.C.C.W. Television Title soon thereafter.
After wrestling in PNW, Oliver began to wrestle for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and worked mainly as a jobber. During his run, Oliver appeared once on Saturday Night's Main Event, going by the name of Super Ninja, challenging The Ultimate Warrior for the Intercontinental Championship. During his many title reigns Oliver faced many wrestlers such as Rocky Johnson, Brett Sawyer, Billy Jack Haynes, Buddy Rose, Bobby Jaggers, Stan Stasiak, Larry Hennig, Curt Hennig, Brian Adams, Jay Youngblood, Steve Regal, Roddy Piper, Tom Zenk, and Buzz Sawyer. After leaving the WWF Oliver would return to PNW in the early 1990s.
In July 2016, Oliver was part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE which alleged that wrestlers incurred traumatic brain injuries during their tenure and that the company concealed the risks of injury. The suit is litigated by attorney Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against WWE.
Championships and accomplishments
- NWA All-Star Wrestling
- NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (2 times) - with Fidel Cortez (1) and Buddy Rose (1)
- Oregon Wrestling Federation
- OWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pacific Northwest Wrestling
- Ring Around The Northwest Newsletter
- World Class Championship Wrestling
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- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Rodgers, Mike (2004). "Regional Territories: PNW #16 Page #2". KayfabeMemories.com.