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Sylvester Ritter (1952–1998)

The man who would eventually become known as the Junk Yard Dog was born on December 13, 1953, in Wadesboro, North Carolina. He played football & wrestled in high school and was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1975 after graduating from Fayetville State University, but was cut after blowing out his knee. He tried out of the Packers and held a few ... See full bio »

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Starrcade Junkyard Dog
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WrestleMania III Junkyard Dog
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WrestleMania IV Junkyard Dog


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 1992 WCW Wrestle War (TV Movie)
Junkyard Dog
 1991 WCW Wrestle War (TV Movie)
Junkyard Dog
 1990 Halloween Havoc (TV Movie)
Junkyard Dog
 1988 Starrcade (TV Movie)
Junkyard Dog
 1988 Summerslam (TV Movie)
Junkyard Dog
 1988 WCW Main Event (TV Series)
Junkyard Dog
 1988 WrestleMania IV (TV Movie)
Junkyard Dog
 1987 WrestleMania III (TV Movie)
Junkyard Dog
 1986 WrestleMania 2 (TV Movie)
Junkyard Dog
 1986 Best of the WWF Volume 8 (Video)
The Junkyard Dog
 1986 Best of the WWF Volume 9 (Video)
Junkyard Dog
 1986 The WWF's Grand Slams (Video)
Junkyard Dog
 1986 WWF Grudge Matches (Video)
Junkyard Dog
 1985 Biggest, Smallest, Strangest, Strongest! (Video)
Junkyard Dog
 1985 The WWF's Amazing Managers (Video)
Junkyard Dog
 1985 The WWF's Most Unusual Matches (Video)
The Junkyard Dog
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Performed his own theme music, "Grab Them Cakes"

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6' 3" (1.91 m)

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I'm sure enough in living color!


In 1977, Ritter debuted in the wrestling business for promoter Jerry Jarrett. See more »


Carried a long chain around his neck See more »


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