Sylvester Ritter

Birthday:

12/13/1952

Place of birth:

Wadesboro, NC:

Biography:

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.


Film Credits

WCW SuperBrawl II (1992)
as Junkyard Dog
WCW WrestleWar 1991 (1991)
as Junkyard Dog
NWA Halloween Havoc 1990 (1990)
as Junkyard Dog
NWA The Great American Bash 1990 (1990)
as Junkyard Dog
NWA Starrcade '88 (1988)
as Junkyard Dog
WWE SummerSlam 1988 (1988)
as Junkyard Dog
WWE WrestleMania IV (1988)
as Junkyard Dog
WWE Royal Rumble 1988 (1988)
as Junkyard Dog
WWE WrestleMania III (1987)
as Junkyard Dog
WWE The Big Event (1986)
as Junkyard Dog
WWE WrestleMania II (1986)
as Junkyard Dog
WWE The Wrestling Classic (1985)
as The Junkyard Dog
WWE WrestleMania (1985)
as Junkyard Dog