Junkyard Dog

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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 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);

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 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:

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.