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- NWA Mid America tag team titles w/ Gypsy Joe won a Tournament (December 25, 1977);
- Stampede North American heavyweight title defeating Alo Leilani (December 1, 1978);
- Stampede North American heavyweight title defeating Jake Roberts (August 1979);
- Mid South Mississippi heavyweight title defeating Bull Ramos (1980);
- Mid South Louisiana heavyweight title defeating Terry Gordy (1980);
- Mid South Louisiana heavyweight title defeating Ernie Ladd (March 14, 1980);
- Mid South tag team titles w/ Buck Robley defeating Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy (April 6, 1980);
- Mid South tag team titles w/ Terry Orndorff defeating Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy (September 19, 1980);
- Mid South tag team titles w/ Killer Karl Kox defeating Leroy Brown and Ernie Ladd (January 29, 1981);
- Mid South tag team titles w/ Dick Murdoch defeating Super Destroyer and The Grappler (April 27, 1981);
- Mid South tag team titles w/ Dick Murdoch defeating Afa and Sika (July 1981);
- Mid South Louisiana heavyweight title defeating Great Kabuki (October 1981);
- Mid South tag team titles w/ Mike George defeating Afa and Sika (October 15, 1981);
- Mid South tag team titles w/ Mr. Olympia defeating Afa and Sika (May 5, 1982);
- Mid South North American heavyweight title defeating Bob Roop (June 21, 1982);
- Mid South North American heavyweight title defeating Ted DiBiase (November 25, 1982);
- Mid South North American heavyweight title defeating Mr. Olympia in a tournament (April 16, 1983);
- Mid South North American heavyweight title defeating Butch Reed (October 26, 1983);
- WWF (World Wrestling Federation) Wrestling Classic Tournament Winner (November 7, 1985);
- WCW world six man tag team titles w/ Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich beat Buddy Landel and Mr. X and Dutch Mantell (February 17, 1991);
- USWA unified world heavyweight title defeating Eddie Gilbert (September 21, 1992);
In The Beginning:
- Sylvester Ritter was a 2-time honorable mention All-American on the gridiron at North Carolina’s Fayetteville State University.
- 1975: Sylvester Ritter graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in geography.
- Sylvester Ritter was selected as a small-college All-American and later spent time in the Green Bay Packers organization.
- Sylvester Ritter eventually had surgery on his knee and back, which put an end to his professional football career.
- Sylvester Ritter then found a new profession.. Professional Wrestling!
Tennessee – Leroy Rochester:
- 1977: Sylvester Ritter debuted in the wrestling business for promoter Jerry Jarrett in Tennessee.
- 1977: Sylvester Ritter honed his skills in Tennessee and eventually began wrestling as “Leroy Rochester” for promoter Nick Gulas.
- 1978: Sylvester Ritter left the Tennessee area and briefly toured Germany.
Stampede Wrestling – Big Daddy Ritter:
- 1978: Sylvester Ritter then joined Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling in Calgary and became known as “Big Daddy” Ritter.
- Big Daddy Ritter won the Stampede North American title twice; once defeating Alo Leilani and once defeating Jake Roberts.
Mid-South Wrestling – The Junkyard Dog:
- Oklahoma-based promoter Cowboy Bill Watts gave Sylvester Ritter the name (and gimmick) – the Junkyard Dog.
- ~~~JYD’s name came from a line in a Jim Croece song from the early ’70s entitled “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.
- JYD enjoyed big-money feuds in Mid-South with such stars as Jim Duggan, Butch Reed, Tully Blanchard and One Man Gang.
- 1980: While feuding with The Fabulous Freebirds, Junkyard Dog was “blinded” by the Freebird hair removal cream.
- 1984: David von Erich Memorial “Parade of Champions”: Junkyard Dog defeated The Missing Link by DQ at Texas Stadium.
World Wrestling Federation – The Junkyard Dog:
- Mid-80s: Junkyard Dog signed with the Vince McMahon Jr. and the expanding World Wrestling Federation.
- Junkyard Dog became one of many Monster babyface’s who never made it to the Main Event because of Hulk Hogan.
- Junkyard Dog was one of the first to enter the ring with his own theme music, that being “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen.
- Junkyard Dog even came up with his own cheesy theme song in 1986, called “Grab Them Cakes” with himself on lead vocals.
- March 31, 1985 – WrestleMania I: Junkyard Dog defeated Intercontinental Champion Greg “The Hammer” Valentine by Countout.
- November 7, 1985 – Wrestling Classic: Junkyard Dog beat The Iron Sheik (1st) | Junkyard Dog beat Moondog Spot (2nd).
- ~~~Junkyard Dog defeated Randy “Macho Man” Savage in the Tournament Final to win the first and only Wrestling Classic.
- January 4, 1986 – SNME: Junkyard Dog and Ricky Steamboat defeated Mr. Fuji and “Magnificent” Don Muraco.
- February 15, 1986 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Junkyard Dog defeated “Adorable” Adrian Adonis.
- April 2, 1986 – WrestleMania II: Hoss (Dory Funk Jr.) and Terry Funk defeated Junkyard Dog and Tito Santana.
- May 3, 1986 – SNME: Hulk Hogan and Junkyard Dog defeated The Funk Brothers (Dory Jr. and Terry Funk).
- January 3, 1987 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Junkyard Dog defeated “The King” Harley Race by DQ.
- March 27, 1987 – WrestleMania III: Harley Race (w/ Bobby Heenan and Fabulous Moolah) defeated Junkyard Dog.
- ~~~JYD was ordered to bow to the King, but instead he curtsied and then nailed the King with a chair!
- Junkyard Dog formed a short-lived tag team with George “The Animal” Steele.
- Summerslam 1988: “Ravishing” Rick Rude defeated Junkyard Dog by DQ when Jake Roberts interfered.
- August 1988: Junkyard Dog left the World Wrestling Federation due to some personal problems.
National Wrestling Alliance – The Junkyard Dog:
- Junkyard Dog resurfaced later in the National Wrestling Alliance.
- Junkyard Dog scored several non-title victories over NWA World champion Ric Flair.
- June 13, 1990 – “Coastal Crunch” Clash of Champions: Junkyard Dog defeated “Nature Boy Ric Flair by DQ.
- Junkyard Dog was fired by WCW management for no-showing a major live appearance and later a pay-per-view.
World Championship Wrestling – The Junkyard Dog:
- 1992: Bill Watts took over WCW and brought his old friend (Junkyard Dog) back in for one last run.
- Junkyard Dog was put in a group called “Dudes With Attitudes” along with Sting, Lex Luger and Paul Orndorff.
Retirement – The Junkyard Dog:
- May 1998 – ECW Wrestlepalooza: JYD made an appearance along with Bob Armstrong, Dick Slater and Masked Superstar.
- ~~~Junkyard Dog was honored as a “hardcore legend,” and got the biggest pop of the night, to the thunderous cheers of “JYD!”
- June 2, 1998: Sylvester Ritter was the victim of a fatal one-car accident on Interstate 20 near Forest, Mississippi.
- ~~~Ritter was killed about 11:40 a.m. returning home from his daughter’s high school graduation in Wadesboro, N.C.
- ~~~Ritter was 45-years old at the time of his death.
- Famous Quote: “I’m sure enough in living colour!”
- March 13, 2004 – WWE: Junkyard Dog was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City!
- ~~~Junkyard Dog’s daughter (Latoya Ritter) was on hand to accept the honor in place of her famour father.
- March 14, 2004 – WrestleMania XX: Junkyard Dog was honored with all the other Hall of Fame inductees during the Pay Per View.