Professional Wrestling Hillbillies
Throughout time there have been countless numbers of “cliques” which is what makes the wrestlers more recognizable. There have been gangsters, working clas types, native americans, wildmen, pretty boys, and even an animal or 40. But probably one of the most popular genres of “cliques have been the hillbillies. Let me explain why Hog Dynasty is going to be so successful in the world of professional wrestling.
Known for their love of scufflin’ and “rasslin'”, hillbillies oftentimes bring a likeability to their character that fans are very responsive to. Hailing from places like Morgans Corner, and Mud Lick, their wholesomeness and down-to-earthiness is something fans throught the years have been able to relate to.
Here are a few of the wrestling hillbillies who have really made an impact in the wrestling world:
Haystacks Calhoun: This WWE Hall of famer was probably the most cheered and revered wrestler in history. At 601 pounds from Morgans Corner Arkansas, Haystacks had a boyish charm and a winning smile about him that the fans had grown to love. But get this fighting hillbilly mad and you awaken a can of moonshine that doiesnt quit.
But haystacks wasnt just a big man he was actually an accomplished wrestler. he had a long running feud with 800 lb Happy Humphrey and almost always got the better of him just by using wrestling.
Haystacks was a 4x Heavyweight tag team champ, Most Notably with the legendary Tony Garea. He was a legend many feel should be inducted into the wwe Hall of fame in the near future
Giant Haystacks: From the UK, this massive man (685 pounds!) was named after Haystacks Calhoun. He wrstled throughout the Uk for a lkong time before coming to the states where he joined WCW as Loch Ness, a member of Kevin Sullivans Dungeon of Doom. This was a short libved run however because of his ongoing battle with cancer.
The Kiwi Sheepherders: Butch miller and Luke williams ran roughshod over tagteams as both the Kiwi sheepherders and the Bushwhackers in their wwe run but little do people realize that they have been wrstling since 1964! So this year will mark 50 years that they have been in the business as a tag team a remarkable feat. For the better part of the first half of thier career they were villified as an evil maniacal australian/new zealend tag team of crazy backwoods hillbilly types, but upon entering the wwe in 1989 they immediately began having a HUGE fan base as the crazy face licking, sock sniffinf, sardine eating bushwhackers. This renowned team has won an amazing total of 26 tag team championships in their career!
Hillbilly Jim: Part of the Rock N’ Wrestling boom of the mid 1980s, this backwoods bumkin was seen sitting front row at numerous events and decided to try his hand in the wwe rings with the help of his training buddy hulk Hogan. Hillbilly Jim was loved by everyone as a humanitarian and a wrestler. he did lots of charity work for the wwe. But his skills werent limited to being a wrestler. He was also a manager of many other hillbilly wrestlers that Im about to delve into.
Uncle Elmer: Stan Plowboy Frazier was a minor character in the 70s having some small success as a tag team partner with Jerry Lawler. He also took on the role of Kamala II. But his most recognizable character was of good ol goofy Uncle Elmer in the WWE in 85 and 86. At 460 pounds he fit the old hillbilly uncle character to a t> Hes to this still probably most famous for actually getting married on an episode of Saturday nights main event
Cousin Luke and Cousin junior: “Cousins” of Hillbilly Jim they rounded out the hillbilly team. Luke had a somewhat successful character as the devil worshipping kharma in florida in the 80s. Junior actually first gained success in the business by being one third of the world famous Moondog team, Moondog Cujo.
Henry O Godwinn and Phineas Godwinn: After a medium range jobber run as the team of Tex Slazenger and Shanghai pierce in WCW, this team was brought to the WWE during a time of a lot of comical characters. But these 2 hog farmers proved their critics wrong by twice becoming WWE tag team champions.
Wrestling has always had its share of characters but hillbillies remain among the most beloved. Their success is an inspiration to all those who feel that you need to have money and power to succeed in the business. A little hard work and chicken slop goes a long way as well. The latest hillbilly family to enter the ranks is Hog Dynasty lead by the Hog Commander Uncle Jed. He is training his family members like Hillbilly Bones and Cousin Bruce to beat Hogs. Uncle Jed says that if you can beat a Hog you can beat any man! See them live at a Pro Wrestling Fit show near you!