Junkyard Dog

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Real Name - Sylvester Ritter
Lifespan - 12/13/54 - 6/2/98
6'2" 235 lbs. - Baton Rouge, LA

Aliases - Leroy Rochester, Sylvester Ritter, Big Daddy Ritter, Stagger Lee

Athletic background - Football (NFL)

Teachers - Sonny King

Professional background - Stampede(`78-`79), Mid-South(`79-`83), WWF(`83-`88), WCW(`90)

Groups - n/a

Peak Years - `80-`84

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Thump (Powerslam)

Favorites -
- Side Russian Legweep
- Football Tackle
- Crawling Headbutt
- Headbutt
- Punch

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 3
science - 1
aerial - 0
power - 8
strikes - 6

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 10
selling - 4
bumping - 4
carrying - 3
heat - 10
legacy - 7

Serious Injuries - Knee?

Place in History - In the early 80s, there were few regional stars as popular as the Junkyard Dog. In Bill Watts wanted to push a blue-collar black superstar to open up the fan base in the company he was building. Mid-South came alive with JYD's push and it's no surprise. A charismatic brawler with a good entrance, gimmick and innate ability to connect with the fans. The Dog was placed in some of the best angles of the day and turned Mid-South into one of the best territories in the country. However, the success didn't come without a price. A ballooning drug addict was getting trickier to keep on top, but Watts was doing it well. In `83 though, the Junkyard Dog left the company with no notice and became the #2 babyface in the WWF. The run was reasonably successful, but Dog didn't have genius booking pushing him hard and his game was dropping off further. While he remained a popular undercarder the WWF pushed people by him and let him go due to his drug abuse. Bar a short, forgettable stint in WCW, the JYD became a ghost in the wrestling world before his untimely death. Possibly the last huge regional star, the Junkyard Dog had what it took to make it as a bigger star on the national scene and even though he didn't many still remember him as a the great black hope that turned Mid-South around in the early 80s.

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