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33We are continuing to pay tribute here at Mr. X’s Punch Out to all the amazing African Americans that have stepped foot into the squared circle for Black History Month. For today, we are covering a man who was one of my all time favorite personalities in the history of the WWE and I am talking about The Junkyard Dog. Sylvester Ritter a.k.a. The Junkyard Dog was one of those personalities that all kids loved and enjoyed during his time in what was then known as the World Wrestling Federation. The match that we are covering is a legendary match that he had with another WWE Hall Of Famer in Ted DiBiase for Junkyard’s North American Heavyweight Championship in Mid South Wrestling. The two men were close friends at the time of the match so it’s presumable that they knew each other pretty well when it came to the ring. The match started out with the two testing each other’s strength’s in the traditional collar and elbow tie up and for a bit Junkyard had the advantage there, but DiBiase was smart and quick as he turned one into a near fall roll up pin attempt, but Junkyard would return the favor with a near fall small package.

32The two men knew each other very well, but if DiBiase wanted to succeed he had to use his quickness and agility against the big man Junkyard Dog. You could definitely tell there was a lot of respect between the two because Junkyard had a chance to hurt DiBiase with some fists while he was down, but he chose to go the higher road. DiBiase almost lost his cool against Dog, but chose to compose himself as well. Then they started to compete as DiBiase nails Dog with a huge powerslam, but when he went to lock in the figure four, Dog pushed him out of the ring. DiBiase acted like he was hurt on the outside to the point that Dog dropped his guard, but as soon as they entered the ring, DiBiase pulled something out of his trunks. Then out of nowhere, he drops the Dog with one single punch and he covers him for the 1-2-3 and the win. It was the classic heel turn move from DiBiase who would go on to cement himself as a top heel in the WWF, but for now he was the new North American Heavyweight Champion.