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Randy Colley (born May 2, 1950) is a retired professional wrestler better known as Moondog Rex.[1]

Moondog Rex
Birth nameRandy Colley
Born (1950-05-02) May 2, 1950 (age 69)
Alexander City, Alabama
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Moondog Hawkins [1]
Moondog Rex[1]
Smash[1]
Shadow #1
The Nightmare[2]
Detroit Demolition[1]
Deadeye Dick[1]
Randy the Mountaineer[1]
Assassin #2[1]
Billed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Billed weight290 lb (130 kg)[1]
Debut1971
Retired1996

Professional wrestling careerEdit

World Wrestling Federation (1981 – 1987)Edit

Colley competed in the World Wrestling Federation, where in 1981 he won the WWF Tag Team Championship with Moondog King (later replaced by Moondog Spot) as the Moondogs. In 1984, Colley had a WWF title shot against Hulk Hogan on the Canadian television tapings that aired on both Maple Leaf and All-Star wrestling.

On January 4, 1987, in Springfield, Massachusetts, Colley was repackaged as "Smash" in the new tag-team of Demolition, facing and defeating the Islanders [3] The following day in East Rutherford, New Jersey, he made his televised debut at a WWF Superstars taping. Despite having his hair trimmed, his beard shaved off, and wearing face paint, fans almost immediately recognized him and began chanting "Moondog" when he entered the ring.[4][unreliable source] Following a third appearance, this time at a Wrestling Challenge taping, he was replaced by Barry Darsow. He later formed a masked team known as The Shadows with partner Jose Luis Rivera. They were primarily used as enhancement talent, and when the duo disbanded Colley left the company.

Continental (1988 – 1989)Edit

Colley had a long singles run on top in Mid South as the "Nightmare" and the "Champion" managed by both Eddie Gilbert and Sir Oliver Humperdink. His biggest career feud was in Memphis where the Moondogs had a series of wild, bloody main event matches with the Fabulous Ones. After Demolition ended for him in the WWF, he went to Continental where he worked as "Detroit Demolition". He was able to do this because he was co-creator of the original gimmick.

World Championship Wrestling (1990 – 1991)Edit

In the summer of 1990, Colley returned to WCW as Moondog Rex in singles competition. His first match was at a July 6 house show in Norfolk, Virginia, against El Gigante. His televised debut came several months later, when he appeared on World Championship Wrestling on September 29, and defeated Reno Riggins. Colley's highest profile match was losing to the Junkyard Dog at Halloween Havoc 90. Wrestling as Moondog Rex he continued to appear on televised programs and house shows into the spring of 1991. [5]

In May 1991 World Championship Wrestling (WCW) created a stable known as "the Desperados" consisting of Dutch Mantell, Black Bart, and Colley, who played "Deadeye Dick". The Desperados were packaged with the gimmick of being three bumbling cowboys looking to meet Stan Hansen to go to WCW and become a team. Over the course of a few weeks, they were promoted through a series of vignettes in which they were beaten up in saloons, searched ghost towns, were jailed, and rode horses. Hansen reportedly wanted no part of the storyline and left for Japan, never to return to wrestle in North America. Without Hansen, the group were dissolved as a stable almost immediately, never appearing on television other than in their vignettes.

In 1994, Colley was called as a prosecution witness in the Vince McMahon steroid distribution trial on Long Island, New York.[6]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Randy Colley's profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  2. ^ "Oliver Humperdink profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
  3. ^ http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/87.htm
  4. ^ "Demolition Speak On Why Original Smash Was Replaced, Being Road Warrior Rip-Offs - WrestlingInc.com". wrestlinginc.com.
  5. ^ http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/wcw91.htm
  6. ^ ""Wrestling Promoter's Trial On Steroids Charges Begins"". nytimes.com.
  7. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.

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