John Stanley "Stan" Hansen (born October 12, 1949 in Knox City, Texas) is a retired American professional wrestler. Hansen, who spent much of his career wrestling in Japan, currently works for All Japan Pro Wrestling. He is perhaps best known for his "cowboy" gimmick - complete with cowboy hat and chewing tobacco - and his stiffness.
Hansen appeared in the 1989 movie No Holds Barred that starred Hulk Hogan. At the time there had been a rumor that Hansen would join the WWF, but as that would imply having to vacate the PWF and United National titles (and interrupt the Triple Crown unification process) and permanently burning bridges with AJPW promoter Giant Baba, nothing came out of it.
Hansen formed a tag team with Riki Chōshū called "The Lariat Combo" due to them both using a lariat clothesline as a finisher.
Japanese wrestling commentators would often yell "LARIATO!" when Stan Hansen performed his finisher. They often do the same for other wrestlers who perform the Lariat.
His legendary in-ring stiffness met its greatest victim in Big Van Vader in All-Japan Pro Wrestling. Hansen punched Vader in the head, which caused his eye, unsevered, to pop out of his head. Vader pushed his eye back in the socket and continued the match.