The answer: Haystacks Calhoun.

“The gargantuan wrestler [600 pounds] was one of the foremost drawing cards during the industry’s “Golden Age” of the 1950s and 1960s while sporting his trademark white T-shirt, blue overalls, and horseshoe necklace. He is recognized as being among the chief pioneers for the sport’s super-heavyweight attractions.”

Not one haystack, mind you. That would be too small, too meager. A 600-pound-man is plural. More than one. He’s a myriad, a cornucopia, and a plethora.

Perhaps as a boy…perhaps then he was a singular Haystack. But those days are over. He overcame anorexia, defeated the demons of bulimia. Now he’s a king, high atop the Mountains of Girth.

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Haystacks Calhoun ties up an opponent.

Other wrestlers had interesting names: King Kong Bundy, The Iron Sheik, etc. And those were nice…they took us to different world. But at the end of the day, they were runners-up at the Nomenclature Awards. For the greatest wrestling moniker belonged to one man, and one man alone.

His name was Haystacks Calhoun (1934-1989).

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4 thoughts on “What Was the Greatest Wrestling Moniker of All Time?

  1. When you say wrestler, I immediately think “Dusty Rhodes”. Second thought, “”Macho Man Randy Savage”.

    I never even watched or liked wrestling so I don’t know why I remember them. Never heard of this guy.

    1. Their creative use of language, forged by a need to sell tickets and entertain the masses, is highly underrated. It’s similar to how PT Barnum was not fully appreciated, yet was brilliant in his understanding of the general public.

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