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RVD ECW #1 Action Figure RVD ECW #1 Action Figure-$14.99 USD Sylvester Ritter (December 13, 1952 June 2, 1998) was an American professional wrestler best known for his work in Mid-South Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation as The Junkyard Dog (or JYD for short).

Ritter debuted in the Tennessee territory, working for promoter Jerry Jarrett, before moving to Nick Gulas' company and using the ring name Leroy Rochester. From there he moved to Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling as Big Daddy Ritter, where he captured the North American Heavyweight Championship twice.


In the early 1980s Ritter moved to Mid-South Wrestling, where booker "Cowboy" Bill Watts gave him the name and gimmick Junkyard Dog, and would wear a long chain, attached to a dog collar, and white boots. He originally came to ring pushing a cart filled with junk called the "junk wagon" and lost most of his early matches before his character caught on and became one of the top faces in the company. While on top he feuded with some of the top heels in the company, including a now infamous angle with the Fabulous Freebirds where they (kayfabe) blinded him with hair cream. At the peak of the feud Ritter's wife (legit) gave birth to their first child, and since Ritter now couldn't see his new daughter it increased the heat on the Freebirds to the point where they needed police escorts in and out of arenas. The feud ended with (the still blind) Ritter and the Freebird "leader", Michael "P.S." Hayes wrestling in a steel cage match.

Mike Knox ECW #2 Action Figure Mike Knox ECW #2 Action Figure-$12.99 USD Ritter had stayed active in professional wrestling until the time of his death, appearing at Extreme Championship Wrestling's 1998 Wrestlepalooza event, just one month prior. He was the founder of the Dog Pound stable in independent Mid-South promotion, based in southern Louisiana. Among Ritter's last contributions to professional wrestling was the training of former WWF/E wrestlers Rodney Mack and Jazz. 1998 Queens N.Y- Elks Lodge the (LIWF), paid Tribute to Ritter in a Junk Yard Dog Memorial show, to help raise funds for his Widow and Children. On hand were 3000 fans and a full locker room, which took the ring for a Ten-bell salute. Included in this tribute were WWE Hall of Famers Johnny Rodz, Nikolai Volkoff, Johnny Valiant, and George "The Animal" Steele, Ox Baker, Demolition Ax, Cousin Luke, King Kong Bundy, Big Vito LoGrasso, Spanish Angel, Lucifer, Billy Alaimo, Bobby Lombardi Promoter of (LIWF), amongst many others.

In 2004, his Daughter Latoya Ritter represented her father as he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony held on March 13, 2004, the day before WrestleMania XX.

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