Moondog Spot

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Not to be confused with Larry Latham, director of An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island.
Moondog Spot
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Birth name Larry Booker
Born (1952-01-06)January 6, 1952[1]
Louisiana
Died November 29, 2003(2003-11-29) (aged 51)[1]
Memphis, Tennessee
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Larry Latham[1]
Moondog Spot[1]
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Billed weight 375 lb (170 kg)[1]
Debut 1979[1]

Larry Booker (January 6, 1952 - November 29, 2003) was an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring names Moondog Spot and Larry Latham.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Booker debuted in 1979 under the ring name Larry Latham. Latham formed a tag team with Carl Fergie called "The Ragin' Cajuns" managed by Billy Spears in the Gulf Coast territory.[1] Early in his career, he wrestled in Memphis and Mid-South. His first big push came as a member of the Blond Bombers with Wayne Farris (The Honky Tonk Man). The Blond Bombers were involved in a heated feuds with several baby faces across the two competing Tennessee promotions, appearing in both Nick Gulas Nashville based territory, and Jerry Jarrett's Memphis area. The team was managed by Danny Davis. Their signature moment was the now famous "Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl" against Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee.

Years later, Booker resurfaced as "Moondog Spot", a member of the Moondogs. The Moondogs feuded with The Fabulous Ones, The Rock 'n' Roll Express, and Midnight Express. The Moondogs became a regular gimmick in the Memphis promotion featuring a revolving door of wrestlers who teamed with Latham.

Booker became a WWWF World Tag Team Champion as a replacement for Moondog King in May 1981. Booker held the title along with Moondog Rex until they were defeated by Rick Martel and Tony Garea on July 21, 1981.

On November 7, 1985 he wrestled in the tournament on the WWF pay-per-view event Wrestling Classic. He defeated Terry Funk in the first round by count out, then lost to Junkyard Dog in the quarterfinals.

In March 2003, he made a few appearances as Moondog Spot in NWA:TNA, which is known today as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.[1]

Death[edit]

Latham died of a heart attack in the ring during Jerry Lawler's "birthday bash" show on November 29, 2003 in Memphis, Tennessee.[1]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Moondog Championship Wrestling
    • MCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[4]
  • Southern Championship Wrestling
  • SCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[4]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Larry Booker's profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  2. ^ Ellison, Lillian. First Goddess of the Squared Circle, p.166–167.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  4. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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