|LARRY BOOKER / MOONDOG SPOT
A backbone figure in Southern wrestling for well over two decades, Larry Booker, who performed both as Larry Latham and (most famously) Moondog Spot, died on November 28, 2003 of a massive heart attack during a tag team match at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 51 years old.
As Larry Latham, he teamed with Wayne Ferris (The Honky Tonk Man) to form The Blonde Bombers. Their matches against Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee are cemented in the history books of Southern wrestling due to their wildness and brutality. We are now so accustomed to the “hardcore” style of wrestling today, but these matches were early forerunners and have stood the test of time.
As Moondog Spot, as part of The Moondogs tag team with partner Moondog Rex (Randy Culley), he held the WWF World Tag Team championship, the Southern Tag Team titles and many other regional belts across the globe. Spot was one of the staple performers for the WWF during their expansion period of the mid-1980s, known for his colorful persona and solid ring work.
In the early 90s it was the success of The Moondogs (Spot with various partners) vs. Jerry Lawler and friends that brought back an amazing resurgence to Memphis wrestling. The ‘Dogs were famous for brutalizing their opponents, and few legitimately dared to step into the ring with them. The region had not seen such prosperity in nearly a decade because of this.
In later years he ran his own wrestling school, promoted occasional cards and wrestled from time-to-time. His health curtailed some of his physical abilities, but the mind was always sharp.
Booker is remembered as a friendly man who had a great mind and passion for the wrestling business. The fact that he died doing what he loved could not be anymore appropriate.
We at the Cauliflower Alley Club send our condolences to the friends and family of Larry Booker.