Lonnie Mayne

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Lonnie Mayne
Moondog Mayne - Wrestling Annual - June 1975.jpg
Birth nameRonald Doyle Mayne
Born(1944-09-12)September 12, 1944[1]
Fairfax, California, United States[1]
DiedAugust 14, 1978(1978-08-14) (aged 33)[1]
San Bernardino, California
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Moondog Mayne[1]
The Blond Bomber[1]
The One Man Gang[1]
Mad Dog Mayne[1]
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Billed weight275 lb (125 kg)[1]
Billed fromPortland, Oregon
Trained byKen Mayne
Debut1965

Ronald Doyle "Lonnie" Mayne (September 12, 1944 – August 14, 1978) was an American professional wrestler in the 1960s and 1970s who frequently went by the name Moondog Mayne. He wrestled in various National Wrestling Alliance territories, as well as the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1973.

Early life[edit]

Born in Fairfax, California, one of three sons of Kenny Mayne, Lonnie Mayne grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated from the College of Southern Utah, where he was an All American in Football. Lonnie's father Ken was a professional wrestler, and Lonnie chose to follow in his father's footsteps and become a professional wrestler as well.[1][2][3][4][5]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Lonnie's famous nickname "Moondog" was acquired from Vince McMahon Sr., as he supposedly looked like a famed blind musician and poet named Louis Hardin who lived in New York until the early ’70s and was many times seen on the corner of 53rd or 54th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, in a cloak while wearing a Viking helmet. Lonnie won his first NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (San Francisco version) by defeating then-champion Pat Patterson on December 29, 1973, in San Francisco. At the time, Lonnie was a villainous "heel" and Patterson was the good guy "face". Although the two had a long-standing feud, both before and after Lonnie defeated Patterson for the heavyweight belt, they eventually teamed to win the NWA (San Francisco version) tag team title. This occurred on August 8, 1975, in San Francisco when they defeated The Invaders.

During the 1970s, Mayne allied with Oregon wrestler "Tough" Tony Borne, teaming together in tag-team bouts, and they also wrestled separately. They were initially "bad guys" and later become "good guys," making themselves two of the most popular wrestlers in the Pacific Northwest. Their first title win was against Pepper Martin and James "Shag" Thomas. During his time in Oregon, Apache Bull Ramos broke Mayne's arm, causing the bone to stick out through the skin.[6] In 1973, Lonnie Mayne challenged Pedro Morales for the WWWF title in Madison Square Garden in a losing effort. From 1973 to 1978, Mayne found success in California, winning various singles titles, battling Chavo and Hector Guerrero, and Black Gordman in Los Angeles. In the Roy Shire Northern California area, he feuded with the likes of Pat Patterson, Don Muraco, and partnered with Ray Stevens to sellout crowds. In Texas, he had memorable matches with Mr. Wrestling II.

Death[edit]

Mayne died on August 14, 1978, succumbing to injuries after his car crossed the Riverside Freeway meridian late on August 13 and collided with an oncoming vehicle. Mayne was scheduled to wrestle at an April 14 taping in Sacramento. News of his death did not reach the promoter, who assumed that Mayne had simply failed to arrive on time. The announcer thus concocted a cover story that Mayne was backstage, but enraged and refusing to come out and wrestle. The taped program did not air until five days later, by which time many fans were aware of Mayne's death almost a week earlier. More awkwardly still, a taped interview with Mayne's scheduled August 19 opponent Buddy Rose included Rose's hyperbolic threat that by the end of their match, Mayne would be carried out by pallbearers.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "OWW: Mayne Bio". Retrieved 2007-05-15.
  2. ^ "Kayfabe Memories". Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  3. ^ "Bodyslam Bio". Retrieved 2007-05-15.
  4. ^ "Moondog Spot, Joey Rossi Remembered". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-15.
  5. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  6. ^ Oliver, Greg (October 13, 2004). ""Apache" Bull Ramos still battling". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
  7. ^ Hoops, Brian (January 12, 2019). "Pro wrestling history (01/12): The Outsiders win WCW Tag team titles". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Will, Gary; Duncan, Royal (2000). "Texas: NWA Texas Heavyweight Title [Von Erich]". Wrestling Title Histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Pennsylvania: Archeus Communications. pp. 268–269. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  9. ^ "NWA Texas Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Rodgers, Mike (2004). "Regional Territories: PNW #16". KayfabeMemories.com.

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