Rufus R. Jones
|Rufus R. Jones|
|Birth name||Carey L. Lloyd|
July 4, 1933|
Dillon, South Carolina, United States
November 13, 1993 (aged 60)|
Kansas City, Missouri
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Rufus R. Jones|
|Billed from||St. Louis, Missouri|
Carey L. Lloyd (July 4, 1933 – November 13, 1993), also known by his ring name Rufus R. "Freight Train" Jones, was an American professional wrestler who competed in the Central States and Mid-Atlantic regional promotions of the National Wrestling Alliance as well as the American Wrestling Association during the 1970s and 1980s.
Lloyd trained to become a wrestler at the Tony Santos Boston Wrestling School. At the beginning of his career, he used the ring name Buster Lloyd, the Harlem Hangman. He claimed to have learned how to fight on the corner of Lenox Avenue and 125th Street in Harlem. In this gimmick, he wrestled in Texas and criticized the local wrestlers as being inferior fighters to someone who grew up on the streets. He feuded with Tiger Conway, Sr., who emerged the victor in the feud.
Lloyd later adopted the ring name of Rufus R. Jones, nicknamed "Freight Train". In interviews, he would tell opponents that his middle initial, R, stood for "guts". He formed a tag team with Burrhead Jones, who was billed as his cousin.
Jones moved to Missouri to wrestle, where he worked for promoter Sam Muchnick in the St. Louis Wrestling Club. He also competed for Heart of America Sports/Central States Wrestling. In 1971, he won his first championship by teaming with Steve Bolus to win the Central States version of the NWA North American Tag Team Championship in late 1971. He later won the belt twice more, teaming with The Stomper and Bob Geigel. He also had a short stint in Florida briefly feuding with Leroy Brown in the early 80s. During the year of 1989, Jones traveled to Puerto Rico to wrestle in the World Wrestling Council ( Capitol Sports Promotion ).
Lloyd was married to Brooksie Jones Lloyd. They had three daughters, Melaney, Crystal, and Kendall, as well as a son, Kenneth Johnson, who worked for the World Wrestling Federation for many years as "The Doctor of Style" Slick. After his retirement from wrestling, Carey Lloyd worked with Bob Geigel in security at a dog-racing track in Kansas City Ks. He then opened a restaurant named Rufus' Ringside Restaurant and Bar in Kansas City, Missouri.
Championships and accomplishments
- Central States Wrestling
- NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- NWA Central States Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Bob Brown (1), Dewey Robertson (1), Mike George (1)
- NWA Central States Television Championship (1 time)
- NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Central States version) (4 times) – with Steve Bolus (1), The Stomper (2), Bob Geigel (2)
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
- Professional wrestling
- World Negro Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 477 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003
- Pro Wrestling This Week
- Wrestler of the Week (November 1–7, 1987)
- Southeastern Championship Wrestling
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- Pedicino, Joe; Solie, Gordon (hosts) (November 7, 1987). "Pro Wrestling This Week". Superstars of Wrestling. Atlanta, Georgia. Syndicated. WATL.
- Flair, Ric. Ric Flair: To Be the Man. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. ISBN 0-7434-5691-2
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- Shoot with Slick. Perf. Ken Johnson. DVD. Highspots.com, 2006.
- The Way It Was: Rufus R. Jones by Percival A. Friend
- Rufus R. Jones: The 'R' Stood For 'Guts' by Mike Mooneyham
- Black History Month: Pro Wrestling's Black Stars, Part 3 by Denny Burkholder
- Championship Wrestling from Florida: Rufus R. Jones
- Rufus R. Jones at Find a Grave
- Rufus R. Jones's profile at Cagematch.net, Wrestlingdata.com, Internet Wrestling Database