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The Moondogs
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Promotions WWF
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The Moondogs were a professional wrestling stable in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and in two Memphis promotions: the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) and the United States Wrestling Association (USWA). Known for wrestling in blue jeans, sporting shaggy blond hair and beards and carrying animal bones around with them (which they chewed on and used as weapons), The Moondogs became notorious in the CWA and the USWA for their wild, brawl-filled bloodfests where weapons often came into play (essentially the hardcore style).

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History

United States Wrestling Association

The Moondogs' success mostly came in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), with numerous members winning the USWA tag team titles on several occasions during the late 1980s and early 1990s as well as Moondog Spot, Moondog Spike and Moondog Cujo's long running feud with Jeff Jarrett and Jerry Lawler and The Bruise Brothers during their stint in the USWA. Their feud with Jarrett and Lawler was later voted the 1993 PWI Feud of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

World Wrestling Federation

Moondog King and Moondog Rex then joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1981, where they defeated Rick Martel and Tony Garea for the WWF Tag Team Championship.[1] After winning the title, Moondog King was replaced by Moondog Spot after King—a Canadian—was denied entry into the United States.[1][2] Rex and Spot's gimmick consisted of them carrying chewed up bones to the ring and wearing cut-off blue jeans.[1] While in the WWF, the Moondogs feuded with The British Bulldogs and the Wild Samoans.[1]

In 1984, on an episode of Maple Leaf Wrestling, Moondog Rex earned a WWF Championship title shot against Hulk Hogan.[1] Rex and Spot teamed together until 1990 in various promotions.[1]

Independent circuit

In the latter part of 2003, the Moondogs (Spot and Puppy Love) began working in Memphis Wrestling, with April Pennington acting as their manager.[2] On November 29, 2003, Moondog Spot died in the ring during a tag team match in Memphis.[1]

Moondog Cujo appeared at the Clash of the Legends show in Memphis (headlined by Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Wight) on April 29, 2007, where he defeated The Barbarian.[3]

Members

Core

Others

  • Black Moondog (aka The Big Black Dog)[4]
  • Moondog Fido[4]
  • Moondog Fifi (Dianne Von Hoffman)[4]
  • Moondog Rover (Paul J. Mcknight)[4]
  • Moondog Mange (Jimmy Stone)
  • Moondog Lonnie Mayne
  • Moondog Ed Moretti
  • Moondog Puppylove (Mike Flowers)
  • Moondog Spot/Spike 1987-1988 (Tony Nardo)
  • Moondog Nathan (Nathan Brian Randolph)[4]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ward, Marshall (December 7, 2009). "Moondog Rex still howling at the moon". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/12/06/12060731.html. Retrieved 2009-12-08.  
  2. ^ a b c d Oliver, Greg (November 30, 2003). "Moondog Spot dies during match". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2003/11/30/273197.html. Retrieved 2009-12-08.  
  3. ^ "Lanny Kean's profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/big-daddy-cyrus.html. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  
  4. ^ a b c d e "Moondogs profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/m/moondogs.html. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  
  5. ^ Ellison, Lillian. First Goddess of the Squared Circle, p.166–167.
  6. ^ "Bruno Lauer's profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/h/harvey-wippleman.html. Retrieved 2009-08-03.  
  7. ^ "A.W.A. Southern Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/cwa/awa-s-t.html. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  
  8. ^ "I.C.W./I.W.C.C.W. Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/newengland/icw/icw-t.html. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  
  9. ^ "U.S.W.A. World Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/uswa/uswa-t.html. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  
  10. ^ "W.W.C. Caribbean Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pr/wwc/carib-t.html. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  
  11. ^ "W.W.C. North American Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pr/wwc/wwc-na-t.html. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  
  12. ^ "W.W.C. World Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pr/wwc/wwc-t.html. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  
  13. ^ "W.W.E. World Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwf/wwf-t.html. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  

Further reading

  • Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). "Territorial Era (1960s – 1980s): The Moondogs". The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-5502-2683-6.  







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