I thought I would try a new regular feature for fans of old school wrestling. I will highlight one of my favorite wrestling tag teams, even if they absolutely sucked, every Tuesday. I hope some of you will appreciate this refreshing look at some old, sweaty dudes.
For the inaugural Tuesday, I decided to go with one of my favorite Down South tag teams, The Ferocious Moondogs!
The Moondogs were (they may still exist in some form, but they are not MY Moondogs and can go to hell) a hardcore wrestling team that wrestled in the WWF, the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), and the United States Wrestling Association (USWA).
The Moondog look consisted of unkempt, washed out, blonde hair and beard, bare chests, and faded, ripped blue jean shorts. Oh, and the bone, I must not neglect the bone. It was common for the Moondogs to carry huge leg bones to the ring where they would often use them in the ring as weapons.
The Moondog wrestling style was pure rough and tumble, take what you can get, brawling. What these guys lacked in technique they definitely made up for in ring presence and psychology.
|Moondog Rex, Capt. Lou, and Moondog King|
Mayne was never officially part of the Moondog stable, but he was very popular in the various territories. Vince McMahon Sr. wanted to create a group of Valiant Brothers.
Instead, Randy Colley, suggested to Vince that people were mistaking him for Lonnie Mayne and thought he was Moondog. For a while he capitalized on the look and called himself Moondog Hawkins. After a while, Vince Sr. put Colley and a wrestler named Sailor White (Ed White) together as a pair of Moondogs. Colley became Rex and White was King. Captain Lou Albano was teamed with them as their mouthpiece and the legacy began.
Ed White, originally from Canada, went home and then had trouble coming back into the states.
King was replaced with perhaps the most iconic of the Moondog stable... Moondog Spot.
Spot was an odd character. He was both fluffy and dangerous at the same time. His wispy hair and scraggly beard made him something like a crazed uncle Santa.... but then you looked at his crazy eyes. The fact that Moondog Spot choose to never speak in public only added to his mystique.
Rex and Spot were a better fit than Rex and King and the new Moondogs were even more hardcore than before. The group went t hrough several members ov er the years, but Spot would always remain the heart of the Moondogs.
He wrestled in Memphis at the Mid-South Coliseum for over 25 years. O n 2003 Spot gave his all for the fans. He died during a huge con cession brawl at J err y Lawler 's 54th Birthday Bash. Spot was only 51 years old.
I loved the Moondogs and The Road Warriors, but I was never frightened of the Road Warriors. They were big guys with a cool movie gimmick. The Moondogs, on the other hand, were big burly guys that loved nothing more than to make their opponents bleed.
I would have loved to meet the Moondogs back in the day but it was one of those moments where I probably would have wet myself and cried a little bit.
This happened to me once when I met Spider-Man at the Kay-Bee toy store.