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The Coach
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Did people know who he was?

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Maybe some fans that saw him work for the Culkins in Mississippi did. I doubt that many Memphis fans did. He had only been in Memphis for a few short runs prior to the Kimala gimmick.

And he was not working in the promotion right before starting with the gimmick, as compared to Randy Colley in the WWF being a Moondog one night and then in Demolition the next.

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ScottBowdenKFR from TN/CA
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I didn't recognize him at all--but then I was only 11 years old and had first seen Harris as Sugar Bear when I was only 10. While the intro video seems cheesy in hindsight, I recall turning to my buddy and saying something to the effect of "Ohh...myyy...gawwsh. Lawler's a dead man!'

That said, when the Moondogs debuted in Memphis '83, I immediately recognized Spot as Larry Latham, former Souther tag champion with fellow Blonde Bomber Wayne Ferris. (Maybe that's because I had watched the infamous Tupelo concession stand brawl so many times on this rather new invention in 1979 called a VCR. Several fans used to chant Larry at Spot in 1983; his partner, Randy Colley, suffered the same fate in the WWF years later with the Demolition gimmick, when Northeast fans especially recognized him as the former Moondog Rex, so much that he was replaced by Unmasked Superstar Bill Eadie.

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I got to see the Mississippi Mauler and Big Daddy on opposite sides of a tag team match in, if I remember correctly, Hackney Town Hall in early 82.

I then went to Wembley in 92 to watch Summerslam. I would of called you a liar back then if you told me, that was the second time I saw Harris 'wrestle' live.

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Scott,

Minor correction. Colley originally teamed with Eadie in Demolition. Colley was replaced by Barry Darsow.

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