Haystacks Calhoun


Real Name - William Dee Calhoun
Lifespan - 8/3/34-12/7/89
6'4" 600 lbs. - McKinney, TX

Aliases - William Calhoun, Haystack Calhoun

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - Texas(`5?), New York(`61), JWA(`63), Florida(`64), Vancouver(`66), Tri-State(`66), Vancouver(`68), Australia(`72), WWWF(`73-`75), Florida(`74-`79)

Peak Years - `61-`66

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Big Splash
- Horseshoe Shot

Favorites -
- Bodyslam
- Corner Avalanches
- Rope-Assisted Buttsit
- Overhead Chest Forearm
- Butt Bump

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 4
science - 1
aerial - 1
power - 6
strikes - 5

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 4
selling - 5
bumping - 5
carrying - 4
heat - 6
legacy - 3

Place in History - Haystacks Calhoun rose to fame in the latter days of wrestling's golden age on television. He was a carnival act in the modern world. A man of his proportions could have become a regional star for a few places on his size alone. Calhoun was a passable athlete with good speed, strength and a firm understanding of his role. He cut his teeth in Texas, but when he came to the East Coast in the early 60s, William Calhoun became something more. Off went the boots, out came a bushy beard and on went the overalls and Haystacks Calhoun was born. In the 60s, there weren't many men near 400 pounds and Calhoun was even larger than that. He toured around, making most of his money in New York and overseas, where wrestling was big business. Calhoun took his act to many other areas and was a hit. He teamed with Don Leo Jonathan in Canada, feuded with Pak Song in Florida and maintained his status into 40s when he was well past his prime. Haystacks Calhoun was replaced by larger giants, who were more athletic and more charismatic. His legacy has dwindled as huge men, most obviously Andre the Giant, captured the imagination of the masses and became the "big thing" of the day.