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The King of New Orleans: How the Junkyard Dog Became Professional Wrestling's First Black Superhero

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
New Orleans was once one of the hottest cities for pro wrestling because of one man — Sylvester Ritter, better known as the Junkyard Dog. JYD became a legend in the Big Easy, drawing huge crowds to the Superdome, a feat no other wrestler ever came close to. In 1980, he managed to break one of the final colour barriers in the sport by becoming the first black wrestler to be ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by ECW Press
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Jun 14, 2012 John rated it liked it
The Junkyard Dog was a dynamic figure on the wrestling scene in the 1980s. His charisma helped win over the city of New Orleans and put the city at the top of the wrestling world. He was also the first black wrestler to break through the still prevalent racial barrier and reign as champion. Outside the ring, Sylvester Ritter struggled with drug abuse and personal turmoil. The demands of the job meant he was on the road more than at home, alienating him from his family. As the Junkyard Dog’s wres ...more
Donald Armfield
I watched a lot of wrestling when I was younger. (8-13) Kinda grew out of it I guess. Nowadays I can't really watch because of all the yapping. I remember Junk Yard Dog can't say he was one of my favorites but was pleased to read the book. My favorites was Legion of Doom, Shawn Michaels, Demolition and many others.

In this book you read about JYD beginning years in wrestling a little of his background as a person. Many different references towards other wrestlers, promoters and owners. A few pic
Al Smith
Oct 04, 2014 Al Smith rated it it was amazing
This book encompasses more than just the life of Sylvester Ritter, aka Junkyard Dog, giving his life context as it explores the history of race in professional wrestling, racial tensions in New Orleans, Mid-South Wrestling and its booker Bill Watts, and the death of the territorial system of professional wrestling as Junkyard Dog moves from Mid-South to the WWE (then WWF) and participates in the first WrestleMania. It follows his fall from grace as best as it can.

With a man like Sylvester Ritter
Michael Nash
Aug 03, 2014 Michael Nash rated it it was amazing
I've said before that Professional Wrestling is a fascinating topic that deserves more study than it gets. Here is an example of using the lens of pro wrestling to discuss race in the deep south in the late 70s. In particular, it chronicles the career of the remarkable Sylvester Ritter, a.k.a The Junkyard Dog. His immense popularity in the very southern Mid-South territory was obviously a result of JYD's charisma, but it provides a an alternate means of viewing racial fault lines in America. Alo ...more
Howard Lubinger
Jan 14, 2016 Howard Lubinger rated it liked it
From a book standpoint, this might as well have been the JYD/Bill Watts story. Far too much is written about why the book was written. However, the story is interesting learning more about JYD and his impact on the community of New Orleans. So, if you are into JYD, might be worth checking out.

I listened to it as an audiobook and I have to say J D Jackson overall gave a good performance. My one criticism is that he mispronounced several of the names in the book.
Mar 22, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
Must read for anyone who grew up with mid south wrestling in the late 70's early 80's. Great nostalgia! Much love for The big Thump! RIP JYD
Guy Gonzalez
Sep 06, 2012 Guy Gonzalez rated it liked it
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A brisk, anecdotal and highly personal overview of the Junkyard Dog's career that recalls the tone and pacing of a "Behind the Music" special and suffers a bit from ADD as the author devotes more time to the [very interesting] history of the Mid-South wrestling league than JYD himself. The New Orleans connection is rather thin, but the overall package achieves his real goal, making a fair argument that, despite his relatively brief reign as a headliner, Sylvester Ritter's impact on professional ...more
Oliver Bateman
Mar 09, 2014 Oliver Bateman rated it really liked it
A good enough account of JYD's rise to fame in New Orleans, but Greg Klein appears to run out of steam after 80 pages or so. If you're pressed for time, skip this, buy the Mid South collection released on Blu-Ray by WWE, and cut to the part where JYD is feuding Butch Reed: that stuff is electric, even thirty years later.
May 27, 2012 Felicia rated it liked it
I won this book on GoodReads First Reads. I was just telling my son about Junkyard Dog when I saw the chance to win this book on First Reads I was so excited when I won it. I went through the book with my son telling him about Junkyard Dog and how great he was.
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