Randy Colley, Wrestling's Moondog Rex And Original Demolition Smash, Passes Away

He was 69...

It was announced on Saturday that Randy Colley, wrestler of over a quarter century in places such as WWE, WCW, and Memphis, passed away at the age of 69.

Colley is best known for his portrayal of the wild and unpredictable Moondog Rex, part of a tag team (and eventual stable) of Moondogs that held Tag Team gold in several different promotions.

In March 1981, as Rex, Colley teamed with Moondog King to win the WWE World Tag Team titles from Rick Martel and Tony Garea in Allentown, PA. After King, who was from Canada, had issues re-entering the United States, he was replaced as Rex's partner by Moondog Spot, who finished out the team's four month reign with the gold.

Rex later held the USWA Tag Team titles three times alongside Spot, and co-held Mid-South's Tag Team titles alongside Eddie Gilbert. He also reigned for three months in 1985 as Mid South's North American champion, under the name The Nightmare.

Colley gained a measure of retroactive fame for his portrayal of the original Demolition Smash, when the team was first conceived in 1986. Partnered with Demolition Ax (always Bill Eadie), Colley was quickly recognized by WWE fans, who chanted "Moondog!" at him, until it was decided to replace him with the younger Barry Darsow for the role.

Cultaholic offers its condolences to Mr. Colley's family and friends.

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