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)
Great Wrestling Promo with Ed "Sailor" White - Newfie Style!
A great wrestling promo from the 1970s featuring the late Newfoundland-born Ed "Sailor" White (best known professionally as "Moondog King" of the Moondogs during his tenure with the former WWF) calling out and trash-talking Karl von Shotz (real name John Anson). Excerpted from the NTV (CJON-DT) retrospective series "NTV.ca" (formerly…
Mil Mascaras vs. Moondog King-MSG-4/6/81
Mil Mascaras takes on King The Moondog from Madison Square Garden on April,6,1981. All rights owned by WWE entertainment.
Sailor Whites vs Ronnie Lee/Pete Parker (All Star Wrestling in Canada)
If anyone knows the date, location, please let me know
The Sailor Whites vs Ronnie Lee & Peter Parker (1977)
One of the great, unheralded workers of the Canadian wrestling scene was Ed Sailor White. White worked in a multitude of Canadian promotions, including Larry Kasaboski's northern Ontario promotion, Grand Prix and International Wrestling in Montreal, Stampede in Calgary, and Eastern Sports & Atlantic Grand Prix in the Maritimes. White…
Sailor White & Rick Valentine vs Raymond Rougeau & Edouard Carpentier (September 19, 1984)
A surefire formula for a good heel team in Montreal was to pair up two English-speaking heels, either from the other provinces of Canada or from the United States. One of the best in this regard was the team of Sailor White (a familiar face to Quebec wrestling fans, as…
King Tonga/Gino Brito Jr vs Sailor White/Pierre Lefebvre (Lutte Internationale)
Date and location uknown
Eddie Watts vs Moondog White
This match is from Grand Prix Wrestling in Canada putting Moondog White against the young Eddie Watts
Kal Rudman interviews the Moondogs
Embarrassing and scary.
Combat Rick Martel & Dino Bravo Vs Seller Withe & Rick Valentine
Combat de lutte entre Rick Martel & Dino Bravo Vs Seller Withe & Rick Valentine vers 1985.
Catchen/Wrestling Otto Wanz vs Sailor White (Moondog King) Graz 11.07.81 T1
Einer der härtesten Schlachten von Otto Wanz um den CWA Heavyweight Titel. Sein Gegner der ehemalige WWF Tag Team Champion Sailor White.
Catchen/Wrestling Otto Wanz vs Sailor White (Moondog King) Graz 11.07.81 T2
Catchen/Wrestling Otto Wanz vs Sailor White (Moondog King) Graz 11.07.81 T3
Catchen/Wrestling Otto Wanz vs Sailor White (Moondog King) Graz 11.07.81 T4
Garea and Martel vs. The Moondogs- MSG- 12/80
WWF tag team champions defend their titles against Capt. Lou Albano`s Moondogs, Rex and King from Madison Square Garden from Dec, 1980. All rights owned by WWE entertainment.
Garea and Martel vs. the Moondogs 1981 WWF Tag Titles
Tony Garea and Rick Martel vs. the Moondogs with Capt. Lou Albano for the WWF tag team championship from 1981 television match. All rights owned by WWE entertainment.
Al Snow's Sailor White Story
The MoonDogs vs Rick McGraw & Dominic DeNucci
Classic WWF All-Star Wrestling from February 1981. The original MoonDogs Rex(Randy Colley) & King(Sailor Ed White) with Captain Lou Albano win another weekly squash against QuickDraw and DeNucci.
Jacques and Raymond Rougeau vs Pierre Lefevbre/Sailor White (Lutte Internationale)
Date and exact location unknown
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.