Lanny Neal Kean Jr. (March 19, 1960 – January 13, 2009) was an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation from 1985 to 1986 under the ring name Cousin Junior, as well as for his appearances on the independent circuit as Moondog Cujo, a member of The Moondogs.
Kean as "Big Daddy Cyrus" in Memphis in 1995
|Birth name||Lanny Neal Kean Jr.|
|Born||March 19, 1960|
Jamestown, Kentucky, USA
|Died||January 13, 2009 (aged 48)|
Franklin, Indiana, USA
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Big Daddy Cyrus|
King Harley Hogg
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||354 lb (161 kg)|
|Billed from||Mudlick, Kentucky|
(as Cousin Junior)
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Early career (1983–1984)Edit
Kean made his professional wrestling debut in Kentucky in 1983, where he competed as "Luscious" Lanny Kean.
World Wrestling Federation (1984–1986)Edit
In 1984, Kean began wrestling for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a jobber, performing as Lanny Kean. In 1985, he was given the gimmick of Cousin Junior, a member of Hillbilly Jim's hillbilly family stable. The Hillbilly family were portrayed as simple rural Southerners who performed square dances in the ring. They feuded with wrestlers including Jesse Ventura, Bob Orton, Jr., and Roddy Piper. Kean's character was modeled on the character of Jethro Bodine from the television program The Beverly Hillbillies. Kean left the WWF in 1986.
Independent circuit and hiatus (1986–1992)Edit
In 1986, Kean joined the Continental Wrestling Association under the ring name Hillbilly Junior, where he formed a tag team with Giant Hillbilly. The duo won the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship on August 30, 1986 by defeating the MOD Squad. Kean wrestled sporadically on the independent circuit throughout the mid-1980s, including in the NWA in 1988 under the name Cousin Junior once again.
United States Wrestling AssociationEdit
Later, he was renamed Big Daddy Cyrus and feuded with Jerry Lawler, who held the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship. He formed a tag team with Crusher Bones in 1995, main-eventing the Mid-South Coliseum against the likes of Lawler, Bill Dundee, and Sid Vicious. In 1997, Dutch Mantel gave Kean the ring name "Bloody" Ox Brody, which was a tribute to Ox Baker and Bruiser Brody.
Hiatus and later careerEdit
Kean took several years off of wrestling but decided to return to competition as Moondog Cujo. In one match on April 27, 2007 after his comeback, Moondog Cujo Managed by Sal Corrente defeated The Barbarian in a Hardcore match in Memphis Wrestling. He also resumed his feud with Lawler.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Continental Wrestling Association
- Mid-Continental Wrestling Association
- MWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- United States Wrestling Association
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- "Lanny Kean's profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
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- Reynolds, R. D. (2003). WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling. ECW Press. p. 31. ISBN 1-55022-584-7.
- Oliver, Greg. "Cousin Luke made a lasting impression". SLAM! Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- Oliver, Sean (Director) (2012). Timeline: The History of WWE - 1986 - George Steele (DVD). 6:23 minutes in.
- "NWA (Mid-America)/AWA Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- "Wrestler Results Archive: Jerry "The King" Lawler". SLAM! Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary (2006) [2000.]. "(Memphis, Nashville) Tennessee: Southern Tag Team Title [Roy Welsch & Nick Gulas, Jerry Jarrett from 1977]". Wrestling title histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Waterloo, Ontario: Archeus Communications. pp. 185–189. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "Larry Booker's profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-05.