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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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 1988 Summerslam (TV Movie)
Junkyard Dog
 1988 Best of the WWF Volume 16 (Video)
The Junkyard Dog
 1988 Hulkamania 3 (Video)
The Junkyard Dog
 1988 Saturday Night's Main Event: The Greatest Hits (Video)
The Junkyard Dog
 1988 WCW Main Event (TV Series)
Junkyard Dog
 1987 Best of the WWF Volume 10 (Video)
Junkyard Dog
 1987 Best of the WWF Volume 11 (Video)
Junkyard Dog
 1987 Best of the WWF Volume 14 (Video)
The Junkyard Dog
 1987 George the Animal Steele (Video)
The Junkyard Dog
 1987 Jake the Snake Roberts (Video)
The Junkyard Dog
 1987 The Hart Foundation (Video)
The Junkyard Dog
 1987 Wrestling's Most Embarrassing Moments (Video)
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 Highlights of Wrestlemania (Video short)
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!


Oklahoma-based promoter Cowboy Bill Watts gave Ritter the name (and gimmick), The Junk Yard Dog. See more »


Wrestling finishing move "The Thump" See more »


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