Looking at my recent posts, if I were ever to have to create an online dating profile it would say, "she loves trips to the dump and long walks through the Jalopy Jungle junkyard pulling parts" 🤣 Andy really scored a great catch when he married me! 😉#junkyarddog
Happy Birthday (Dec 13), JUNKYARD DOG!
Sylvester Ritter was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina, December 13,1952. He started out as a football player at college level, where he was a two time All-American at Fayetteville State. He began wrestling in Tennessee, working for Jerry Jarrett. He moved to Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling as Big Daddy Ritter, where he captured the North American Heavyweight Championship twice.
In the early 1980s Ritter moved to Mid-South Wrestling, where "Cowboy" Bill Watts gave him the name and gimmick Junkyard Dog (JYD). He originally came to the ring pushing a cart filled with junk called the "junk wagon" and lost most of his early matches before becoming the top face in the company.
JYD feuded with DiBiase in 1982. This was particularly notable as DiBiase, once JYD's friend and tag-team partner, turned heel and subsequently won a loser-leaves-town match against JYD. A few weeks layer a masked man of JYD's build would appear known as Stagger Lee. Other talent suspected it was JYD but were unable to unmask him to prove it. Stagger Lee disappeared once JYD's 'leave town' clause was over and reclaim his North American Heavyweight Championship.
JYD debuted for WWF August 10, 1984. While in the WWF, JYD would interact with the growing number of young people in attendance, often bringing them into the ring after matches and dancing with them. Ritter won The Wrestling Classic tournament by defeating Randy Savage by countout in the finals, as well as The Iron Sheik in an earlier round to get to the final. The tournament is seen as the first-ever WWF pay-per-view.
JYD also wrestled for NWA from 1988. He feuded with Mean Mark Callous (The Undertaker) once beating him in 39 secs and Ric Flair; challenging him for the World Heavyweight Championship. JYD won the WCW six-man tag team title with Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich.
Fitter sadly passed away in 1998 in a car accident coming from his daughter's graduation. JYD was still actively wrestling by the time of his death. He was inducted into the 2004 WWE Hall of Fame.