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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 & Terry Gordy (April 6, 1980);
- Mid South Tag Team titles w/Terry Orndorff defeating Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy (September 19, 1980);
- Mid South Tag Team titles w/Killer Karl Kox defeating Leroy Brown & Ernie Ladd (January 29, 1981);
- Mid South Tag Team titles w/Dick Murdoch defeating Super Destroyer & The Grappler (April 27, 1981);
- Mid South Tag Team titles w/Dick Murdoch defeating Afa & Sika (July ??, 1981);
- Mid South Louisiana Heavyweight title defeating Great Kabuki (October ??, 1981);
- Mid South Tag Team titles w/Mike George defeating Afa & Sika (October 15, 1981);
- Mid South Tag Team titles w/Mr. Olympia defeating Afa & 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 titles w/Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich beat Buddy Landel & Mr. X & Dutch Mantell (February 17, 1991);
- USWA Unified World Heavyweight title defeating Eddie Gilbert (September 21, 1992);
Junk Yard Dog Career Highlights
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 Junk Yard Dog
- Oklahoma-based promoter Cowboy Bill Watts gave Sylvester Ritter the name (and gimmick) – the Junk Yard 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 & One Man Gang..
- 1980: While feuding with The Fabulous Freebirds, Junk Yard Dog was “blinded” by the Freebird hair removal cream..
- 1984: David von Erich Memorial “Parade of Champions”: Junk Yard Dog defeated The Missing Link by DQ at Texas Stadium..
World Wrestling Federation – The Junk Yard Dog
- Mid-80s: Junk Yard Dog signed with the Vince McMahon Jr. and the expanding World Wrestling Federation..
- Junk Yard Dog became one of many Monster babyface’s who never made it to the Main Event because of Hulk Hogan..
- Junk Yard Dog was one of the first to enter the ring with his own theme music, that being “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen..
- Junk Yard 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: Junk Yard Dog defeated Intercontinental Champion Greg “The Hammer” Valentine by Countout..
- November 7, 1985 – Wrestling Classic: Junk Yard Dog beat The Iron Sheik (1st) | Junk Yard Dog beat Moondog Spot (2nd)..
- ~~~Junk Yard Dog defeated Randy “Macho Man” Savage in the Tournament Final to win the first and only Wrestling Classic..
- January 4, 1986 – SNME: Junk Yard Dog & Ricky Steamboat defeated Mr. Fuji & “Magnificent” Don Muraco..
- February 15, 1986 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Junk Yard Dog defeated “Adorable” Adrian Adonis..
- April 2, 1986 – WrestleMania II: Hoss (Dory Funk Jr.) & Terry Funk defeated Junk Yard Dog & Tito Santana..
- May 3, 1986 – SNME: Hulk Hogan & Junk Yard Dog defeated The Funk Brothers (Dory Jr. & Terry Funk)..
- January 3, 1987 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Junk Yard Dog defeated “The King” Harley Race by DQ..
- March 27, 1987 – WrestleMania III: Harley Race (w/Bobby Heenan & Fabulous Moolah) defeated Junk Yard Dog..
- ~~~JYD was ordered to bow to the King, but instead he curtsied and then nailed the King with a chair!
- Junk Yard Dog formed a short-lived tag team with George “The Animal” Steele..
- Summerslam 1988: “Ravishing” Rick Rude defeated Junk Yard Dog by DQ when Jake Roberts interfered..
- August 1988: Junk Yard Dog left the World Wrestling Federationdue to some personal problems..
National Wrestling Alliance – The Junk Yard Dog
- Junk Yard Dog resurfaced later in the National Wrestling Alliance..
- Junk Yard Dog scored several non-title victories over NWA World champion Ric Flair..
- June 13, 1990 – “Coastal Crunch” Clash of Champions: Junk Yard Dog defeated “Nature Boy Ric Flair by DQ..
- Junk Yard Dog was fired by WCW management for no-showing a major live appearance and later a pay-per-view..
World Championship Wrestling – The Junk Yard Dog
- 1992: Bill Watts took over WCW and brought his old friend (Junk Yard Dog) back in for one last run..
- Junk Yard Dog was put in a group called “Dudes With Attitudes” along with Sting, Lex Luger & Paul Orndorff..
Retirement – The Junk Yard Dog
- May 1998 – ECW Wrestlepalooza: JYD made an appearance along with Bob Armstrong, Dick Slater and Masked Superstar..
- ~~~Junk Yard 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: Junk Yard Dog was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City!
- ~~~Junk Yard Dog’s daughter (Latoya Ritter) was on hand to accept the honor in place of her famour father..
- March 14, 2004 – WrestleMania XX: Junk Yard Dog was honored with all the other Hall of Fame inductees during the Pay Per View..