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Old 04-10-2012, 10:17 PM
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Every so often I like to create an old school thread on a random wrestler that doesnít get much recognition on this forum. At the risk or irritating KB, todayís topic is the Junkyard Dog. As I was watching Smackdown tonight I thought JYD would have been a great fit in the blast from the past show if he were still alive. Since heís never discussed here I thought Iíd give him his own thread.

As Vince McMahon was building his empire on the back of Hulk Hogan in the mid 80s he plucked other talent from many regional promotions to create a strong supporting cast. One of the biggest names he signed was none other than Junkyard Dog. I canít say I know much about his time in Mid South Wrestling but I know he was a huge draw there and was extremely over with the fans. I donít think many are going to argue that JYD was a master ring technician but that was never his appeal. JYD made a living on charisma and he was definitely one of the most charismatic stars in the game as wrestling exploded on the national scene. His trademark chain and unique mic skills made him a popular attraction. The kids loved it when he invited them into the ring to boogey after one of his victories. For a while he was easily the second most popular guy in the WWF right behind Hogan. He was my first favorite when I started watching at a very young age.

As a kid I thought JYD would have made a good Intercontinental champion. Looking back I realize that the IC title was the workhorse title and was better suited for more skilled guys like Tito Santana, Greg Valentine, and Randy Savage. Besides JYD was so over he didnít need titles. The fans loved him no matter what and fully supported him in feuds with Terry Funk, Adrian Adonis, and Harley Race among others. They loved watching him torment Jimmy Hart. As 1987 turned to 1988 JYD fell down the ranks in the WWF. He became a lower mid card guy and was out of the company by the end of 1988.

What are your thoughts on the JYD? For about a three year period during one of wrestlingís hottest eras he was as popular as anybody. Why doesnít his name ever come up here? Is it lack of titles? Is it simply because most people here are too young to remember him? Even if your only memories of JYD are thanks to video tape Iíd like to hear your thoughts.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:00 PM
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JYD was fun to watch from what I remember... I was pretty young when I saw him and don't remember much, but I do remember liking him. I have rewatched some stuff on DVD and youtube and can tell the guy has a ton of charisma. Actually, one of the matches that got me hooked on wrestling i.e. a lifelong fan was his and macho man's match at the Wrestling Classic. I just randomly found that video at the videostore and when I saw it, I was hooked. Wasn't he king of the ring for a while after that wrestling classic tourney? i don't remember, either way, JYD was a great wrestler with a cool gimmick, it was nothing too over the top, but it was enough that it got him noticed in both wrestling and outside of wrestling. Hell, on an episode of psych they mentioned him! JYD was definitely a staple of the 80s.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:06 PM
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I got really excited because I thought you may be backing him in the WZ Tournament.

JYD is one of my all time favorites. His smile and antics were infectious. He was just a big kid playing a role for the kids with his chain, barking and knee shaking dancing. I always expected during his time that they were going to put a title on him but it never happened and in the end he just seemed to be guy Vince would use to get heels over. I never gave a crap or even noticed his ability or inability in the ring He just made me smile. He was always my #2 behind Hogan and in some ways during that time I wanted him to have his opportunity as champion even if it meant Hogan would have to take a back seat for a little while.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:13 PM
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I'm a big JYD fan. Obviously I wasn't born during his WWE run but as a kid when I would rent the old school vhs tapes from Blockbuster, he was always one of my favorites. He is also a guy that I consistently back in the WZ tournament every year though usually with little support from anyone else. People just look at his technical prowess in the ring and say he's shit but it couldn't be any further from the truth. He was the second most over face in the WWE during his run there and had some great success early on winning the Wrestling Classic tournament at the WWE's first ever ppv. He was an extremely entertaining performer who didn't need any titles to get over.
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I was a young kid during JYD's time, and unfortunately he got lost in the Hogan shuffle for me. I was a Hulkamaniac to say the least, and while I knew JYD was there to I dont remember much about him other that he was very popular. I wish WWE would do a DVD on him so i could see some of his matches again. What are some of his most notable feuds? I do know he didn't win any titles and maybe that is the reason he doesn't come up much. Like I said anyone who has any facts on him would be greatly appreciated.
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What's not to like about this guy. He is simply hilarious! Each time I watch, I crack at this match. Mind you, wrestling those days were in a much slower pace. Even the classics had lot of headlocks, walking around the ring etc etc. So what made watching wresting fun was the characters. That's why JYD was a great guy for his era. Thanks to the Brain to open these threads, so we just remember those classic wrestlers who don't see much spotlight today
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I got really excited because I thought you may be backing him in the WZ Tournament.

JYD is one of my all time favorites. His smile and antics were infectious. He was just a big kid playing a role for the kids with his chain, barking and knee shaking dancing.
Not to mention making women pay to have sex with him. Now that made me say 'let's boogey like the dog!'

I have seen a few matches of his but mostly its been through other wrestlers talking about him. Back in the day when wrestlers represented a community and fans would basically fight for them, JYD was a black hero. Same can be said about Ernie Ladd to a degree. Ernie Ladd was the most famous black entertainer before Ali came knocking. The territory days are a fun read, listen, watch. And the most appealing factor is how the fans REALLY connected with these wrestlers. Same thing can be said about the High Chief Peter Maivia and the Samoan clan. The Patterson stories should be a separate LOW show.

Back to JYD. Here was a man that was connected to his community and then transcended it when he came to the WWF's platform. Great entertainer.
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JYD WAS the #1 babyface of Mid-South for quite a few years, and this was in the areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, East Texas, and Oklahoma, where it still wasn't exactly popular to be cheering for a Black wrestler; even in the early 80s. He also made a stop in Georgia Championship Wrestling, and had a major feud with the Fabulous Freebirds. In this day and age, if he were active, he would have been a multiple time champion by now (maybe not World Champion, but several IC & US belts in his resume).
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Whenever I here Queens"Another one bites the dust" I think JYD since he was one of the few wrestlers who had theme music back then and that to me was a thing that got him over. JYD in certain cities would get bigger pops than Hogan that's how over he was and he didn't need a title.

The beauty of JYD was his character wasn't a stereotype unlike the huckster Slick,that was him in real life. It was good to see a black man not made to act and talk like a pimp. JYD! JYD! JYD! It was nice to see people old and young from all races chant those 3 letters goes to show how over he was and he wasn't a champ.

*sidenote* the reason Greg Valentine was so hated in his rivalry with JYD is because of a drunken racist promo he did at the Boston Garden. The look on Gene Okerlunds face is priceless. Youtube it. When that promo circulated The Hammer was public enemy no.1 without Jimmy Hart.
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JYD was a great gimmick wrestler in that era. He was a face, he was tough, and the kids loved him. He didn't have great mic skills but he made up for it in the ring. He was the first character that I remember getting on an ice cream bar! Very entertaining man and with so many, gone way too soon!
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