Moondog King
Birth nameEdward John White[1]
BornMay 18, 1949[1]
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada[1]
DiedAugust 26, 2005(2005-08-26) (aged 56)[1]
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Big John Strongbo[1]
Moondog King[1]
Sailor White[1]
Knuckles McKnight[1]
The Wharf Rat[1]
The Canadian Hit Man[1]
The Spoiler
Billed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Billed weight310 lb (141 kg)[2]
DebutMay 22, 1972[1]

Edward John White (May 18, 1949 – August 26, 2005) was a Canadian professional wrestler, best known as Sailor White and as Moondog King of The Moondogs when he joined the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in the early 1980s.[2] White won championships in Canada and around the globe. He also wrestled in South Africa as Big John Strongbo.[2]

Professional wrestling career

After doing work on Great Lakes boats, White made his professional wrestling debut in Pembroke, Ontario, on May 22, 1972, against Michael Gango for promoter Larry Kasaboski.[1] While in Quebec he was the Grand Prix tag team champion in 1976, International Heavyweight champion in 1982, International tag team champion twice in 1982–1984 and won the Canadian Television Championship in 1984.

He was most known for his time in the WWF as Moondog King where he teamed with Moondog Rex and won the WWF Tag Team Championship (then WWWF) from Tony Garea and Rick Martel in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in March 1981.[3]

After he was denied re-entry to the United States at the Canada–United States border, the WWWF replaced him with substitutes including Stan Hansen, Hulk Hogan, Lou Albano and Sgt. Slaughter before selecting Moondog Spot as a permanent replacement. Gorilla Monsoon explained his absence stating King had been hit by a car.[3] White claims the border dispute involved a rival wrestling promoter alerting the authorities to his criminal past whereas some say it was drug related.[4]

After the WWF, he worked in Montreal for Lutte Internationale teaming with Gilles Poisson. He retired from wrestling in 1986. Then on October 22, 1990, he returned to a WWF house show as "Sailor Moondog White" where he lost to The British Bulldog at the Ottawa Civic Center.[5] In 1991, he appeared a few appearances for World Championship Wrestling in house shows where he fought against Brad Armstrong. His last match was a victory over Mike Winter.

White ran twice for Canada's House of Commons. In April 2000, White in a St. John's West by-election for the Canadian Extreme Wrestling Party. His motto was "Parliament Needs a Moondog". On July 28, 2004, White ran for the House of Commons of Canada, representing the Green Party of Canada in Bonavista—Exploits, but lost to Scott Simms of the Liberal Party of Canada. White received 367 votes to Simms's 15,970.[6]

Illness and death

He suffered from Bell's palsy in 1999 and had two heart attacks by then. In 2002, he underwent triple bypass surgery and on December 2, 2004, his taxi crashed, breaking two bones in his neck and pinching a nerve in his spinal cord. He remained hospitalized on life support until his death on August 26, 2005. White was survived by his daughter, Rozlynn Mbarki, and grandchildren, Keygan Hewitt, Hudson, Owen, Ethan and Quinton. His biography Sailor White was written by Dave Elliott.[4]

Championships and accomplishments


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Sailor White's profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  3. ^ a b Cawthon, Graham (2013). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 1: WWF 1963-1989. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1492825975.
  4. ^ a b Oliver, Greg. "Sailor White dead at 56". SLAM! Wrestling. Archived from the original on January 1, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ Cawthon, Graham (16 January 2023). "Yearly Results: 1990".
  6. ^ Oliver, Greg. "Sailor White to continue in politics". SLAM! wrestling. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)