Tagged: Moondogs

We can thank Vince, Sr. for the Moondog gimmick

Those of you who ever wondered where Rex, King, and Spot — the Moondogs — got their gimmick from can thank Vince McMahon, Sr., the father of the current Vince and prior owner of the WWE and WWF.

In 1972, McMahon brought in Lonnie Mayne, an established star from the West Coast, to wrestle Pedro Morales, who at the time was the WWWF Heavyweight Champion.

“McMahon, Sr., named him Moondog Mayne, because Continue reading

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Looking back at Albano’s legacy of managing tag team champions

When I started watching pro wrestling in February 1981 (I can’t believe it’s been 31 years), Captain Lou Albano was known as the WWF manager of tag teams.

The first tandem I saw him guide was Rex and King, the Moondogs (Spot later joined the team after King was stopped at the Canadian border in real life and not allowed into the United States). Most of Albano’s teams, the Moondogs included, held the WWWF or WWF Tag Team Title.

Albano’s start in tag teams happened well before the ‘80s, as he managed several teams in the 1970s. Here is who I can remember Albano managing (and if I’ve got anything or missed a team, let me know): Continue reading

Strange partners: Hansen, Moondog Rex, and Captain Lou take on Garea, Martel, and Monsoon

I stumbled across an interesting six-man tag team match on YouTube, the result of injury and legalities.

The two-out-of-three falls bout took place in May 1981 in Madison Square Garden. On one side, you had Tony Garea and Rick Martel teaming with Gorilla Monsoon, a WWF official behind the scenes at this point who came out retirement for this match. Monsoon replaced Andre the Giant, who suffered a legitimate ankle injury that in the storyline was attributed to an attack by Killer Khan.

That team was opposed by Stan “The Lariat” Hansen, Moondog Rex, and Captain Lou Albano, the latter of whom substituted for Moondog King. It was likely just weeks or even days before this match that King, who Continue reading

“Superfly” Sivi Afi crashes and burns in 1986

All of this talk about the WWE hiring a “fake” Sin Cara – who has at times replaced the original Sin Cara played by Mexican superstar Mistico – is just the latest in a series of personnel moves by the promotion to rehab characters.

I remember the famous story when Konnan left the WWF after only playing his masked character Relentico for a few appearances in 1992, and Paul Diamond later mentioned in the dressing room that the costume fit him. All of sudden, Diamond was Max Moon in the get-up.

Back in the 1980s, we had Moondog Spot replace Moondog King, although I don’t think that was an attempt to brainwash fans. However, after Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka left the WWF, a new wrestler coincidentally hailing from the Fiji Islands, wearing similar tights, and originally being billed as “Superfly” showed up in 1986: Sivi Afi. Continue reading

Could Husky Harris be the next Moondog for WWE?

Those of us watching WWE Monday Night Raw have seen that Husky Harris (the son of Mike Rotundo and grandson of Blackjack Mulligan) has joined Wade Barrett and crew in Nexus.

Watching Harris try to fit into that group just doesn’t seem natural to me. When Harris was in WWE NXT, he had an unusual charisma that got him noticed beyond his less-than-great-genetics look.

I couldn’t help but think that Harris has the appearance and likely the personality to pull of the next wildman character in the WWE. In fact, Harris reminds me of a gimmick I haven’t thought of seriously in a long time: The Moondogs.

Harris actually resembles Continue reading