Check out Junkyard Dog’s WWE Alumni profile
here! Title History
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
Mid-South Wrestling – The Junkyard Dog:
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.