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Sylvester Ritter

Sylvester Ritter was an American professional wrestler and professional football player, best known for his work in Mid-South Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation as the Junkyard Dog (or JYD for short), a nickname Ritter received while working in a wrecking yard. Entering the ring with his trademark chain attached to a dog collar, to the music of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," JYD regularly headlined cards that sold out the Louisiana Superdome and other major venues, becoming "the first blackwrestler to be made the undisputed top star of his promotion". JYD was one of the most electrifying and charismatic wrestlers in the country, particularly during his peak in the early 1980s. JYD was most known for his head butt and upper-body strength, the latter of which saw him regularly body slam such large wrestlers as the One Man Gang, Kamala, and King Kong Bundy. The word "thump," which referred to JYD's power slam, was prominently displayed on his wrestling trunks.

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Dec 13, 1952 In Wadesboro, NC
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie NWA Boogie Jam 1984-03-17
Latest Project:
Movie Andre the Giant 2018-04-10
Known For
Poster of WWE WrestleMania IV
Poster of WWE WrestleMania III
Poster of WrestleMania II
Poster of WrestleMania
Movie Andre the Giant Self (archive footage) 2018-04-10
Movie WWE: The U.S. Championship: A Legacy of Greatness Junkyard Dog 2016-04-26
Movie Legends of Mid-South Wrestling Junkyard Dog 2013-09-10
Movie WWE - The True Story of WrestleMania 2011-03-13
Movie Hulk Hogan: Unreleased Collectors Series 2010-12-07
Movie WWE: Top 50 Superstars of All Time 2010-12-07
Movie WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event Junkyard Dog 2009-02-10
Movie Mid-South Wrestling Giants, Midgets, Heroes & Villains Junkyard Dog 2007-07-31
Movie WWE: The Ladder Match Big Daddy Ritter 2007-06-05
Movie WWE Hall of Fame 2004 2004-03-12
Movie ECW Wrestlepalooza 1998 Junkyard Dog (Honoree) 1998-05-03
Movie WCW SuperBrawl II Junkyard Dog 1992-02-29
Movie WCW WrestleWar 1991 The Junkyard Dog 1991-02-24
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XI: Coastal Crush The Junkyard Dog 1990-06-13
Movie WCW Great American Bash '90: New Revolution The Junkyard Dog 1990-07-07
Movie WCW Halloween Havoc '90 Junkyard Dog 1990-10-27
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions V: St. Valentine's Massacre The Junkyard Dog 1989-02-15
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions VI: Ragin' Cajun The Junkyard Dog 1989-04-02
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1988 The Junkyard Dog 1988-01-24
Movie WWE WrestleMania IV The Junkyard Dog 1988-03-27
Movie NWA Starrcade '88: True Gritt Junkyard Dog 1988-12-26
Movie WWE SummerSlam 1988 The Junkyard Dog 1988-08-29
Movie WWE WrestleMania III Junkyard Dog 1987-03-29
Movie WrestleMania II The Junkyard Dog 1986-04-07
Movie WWE The Big Event The Junkyard Dog 1986-08-27
Movie WrestleMania The Junkyard Dog 1985-03-31
Movie WWE WrestleVision: The Wrestling Classic The Junkyard Dog 1985-11-07
Movie NWA Boogie Jam The Junkyard Dog 1984-03-17
Movie NWA Lords of The Ring The Junkyard Dog 1984-06-30
Movie WCCW Parade of Champions The Junkyard Dog 1984-05-06