With it being Black History Month and the Ring Time staff being 100% black it is fitting that this week’s Youtube Chronicles be about black wrestlers. If you are familiar with the role of blacks in professional wrestling then you know we are not always the most celebrated performers. Despite this the Ring Time crew has found some of our favorite moments featuring African-American performers in the squared circle.
Mark Henry Introduces the Hall of Pain
Mark Henry is one of the longer tenured wrestlers in the WWE. He has been around since the late 1990s. A legit World Strongest Man he has always been an intimidating presence in the ring. Last year he introduced his Hall of Pain. Cross big Mark and you can end up hurt.
Big Cat Ernie Ladd Talks the Talk
One of the pioneers of black wrestling is Big Cat Ernie Ladd. Standout football player at Grambling State University and in the AFL. At 6ft 9inches Ladd was a natural for the wrestling ring. He was also a very good on the microphone.
Junkyard Dog vs Ron Simmons / Ref Teddy Long
This match is as black as you can get. Two legendary performers and a black referee. Teddy Long officiates a television match between Hall of Famers Ron Simmons and The Junkyard Dog.
Harlem Heat vs The American Males
The dynamic tag team of Harlem Heat takes on The American Males. Despite not being from Harlem the team of Booker T and Stevie Ray were one of the greatest tag teams of all time.