Lonnie Mayne

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Lonnie Mayne
Lonnie Mayne.jpg
Birth name Ronald Doyle Mayne
Born (1944-09-12)September 12, 1944[1]
Fairfax, California, United States[1]
Died August 14, 1978(1978-08-14) (aged 33)[1]
San Bernardino, California
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Lonnie Mayne[1]
The Blond Bomber[1]
The One Man Gang[1]
Mad Dog Mayne[1]
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Billed weight 275 lb (125 kg)[1]
Billed from Crabtree, Oregon
Crabtree, Arkansas
Trained by Ken Mayne
Jules Strongbow
Debut 1967

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. Mayne wrestled in various NWA territories as well as the WWF. Lonnie was in an automobile accident on August 13, 1978, succumbing to his injuries on August 14,1978 at just 33 years old.

Early life

Born in Fairfax, California, 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

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. During his time in Oregon, Apache Bull Ramos broke Mayne's arm, causing the bone to stick out through the skin.[6]

Personal life

Mayne was in an automobile crash on August 13th, 1978 in Southern California, succumbing to his injuries just one day later, August 14th at the tender age of 33.. At the time of his death, he was the reigning NWA United States Heavyweight Champion (San Francisco version) for the third time, and left behind his wife Susan Hutchins.

Championships and accomplishments

See also

References

  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. ^ a b Rodgers, Mike (2004). "Regional Territories: PNW #16". KayfabeMemories.com.

External links

  • Moondog Immortalized in Song
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