Video Depot: The Sailor White Collection

To continue our deep dig into the rich history of Atlantic Canadian professional wrestling, we decided to compile a comprehensive video collection featuring all of the digitized archival footage of Newfoundland wrestling legend Ed “Sailor” White.

We’re actively seeking any unseen footage of Sailor’s interviews, promos, matches and appearances. If you feel like your dusty VHS collection could come in handy to our cause, feel free to get in touch.

Ed ” Sailor” White, AKA Moondog King, Moondog White, The Wharf Rat, Big John Strongbo and Knuckles McKnight (1949-2005)

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Ed “Sailor” White may be the grandest legend of professional wrestling to ever come out of Newfoundland & Labrador. Many know the name, some know the story, but few have taken the time to chase down the chapters of lore that have become attached to Sailor White’s furrowed legacy.

Born Edward John White in 1949, the St. John’s kid who would grow to be a Sailor found himself as a brawny teenager who couldn’t seem to avoid run-ins with the law, a trend that would follow White for many years. To stay out of trouble, White took whatever work he could find, which inevitably landed him laboring on boats due to his sheer size and strength. While working the shipyards in both Newfoundland and Quebec in his early 20s, White found his calling in the world of professional wrestling. White debuted in 1972 in Pembroke, Ontario for Canadian wrestling promoter Larry “Babe” Kasaboski.

Once the young Newfie named Ed dawned the moniker of Sailor White for the very first time and took to the wrestling ring as the thick and rugged brute that he already physically resembled, it was only a matter of time before he clobbered his way to the big leagues.

White grappled around the globe under a variety of pseudonyms ranging from “Crazy” Sailor White, to Moondog King of The Moondogs tag team during his stint in the world renowned WWF in the 1980s. Germany and Austria knew him as “The Canadian Hit Man” Sailor White, while Singapore knew him simply as The Wharf Rat. White battled wrestlers in South Africa as Big John Strongbo, and honed his brawling style as Knuckles McKnight in North Carolina.

No matter what they decided to call him, one thing always remained the same: White, billed at 360lbs, was a memorable mad man for his believable “no frills” beatdowns that struck fear into the toughest of competitors in the squared circle. It wasn’t just a gimmick, wrestlers were legitimately intimidated by the rabid Moondog and his unpredictable wild style and demeanour.

This tough as leather attitude is likely what paved White’s way around the international wrestling market. White held 48 championships during his career, and after semi-retiring from the squared circle in the 1990s, he helped promote the rise of regional wrestling in Newfoundland & Labrador.

White passed away at the age of 56 in 2005, though his local legend has continued to augment with every passing year.

Second and third-hand stories can only go so far, so Secret East is on a hunt to find the first-hand anecdotes, matches and moments from Sailor White’s career.

Drop your favourite Sailor memories in the comments, or get in touch with us here. We’d love to hear from you.

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