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In Honor of Moondog Cujo (Lanny Kean Jr)

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 15, 2009

Moondog Cujo.

Moondog Cujo.

I met the man known to wrestling fans as Moondog Cujo (Lanny Kean Jr) last month for the first time at a New Breed Wrestling Alliance show in Rantoul Illinois on December 6th. I knew very little about him before I went other than he was a part of the Pro Wrestling Illustrateds Feud of the year in 1992 with tag team partner Moondog Spot against Jerry Lawler and Jeff Jarrett in the now defunct USWA. To put this honor in perspective, two of the runner ups to that year’s award were Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage and Rick Rude vs. Rick Steamboat.

Moondog was set to tag with the “Hero of the day” Danny McKay to take on “Dangerous”Drew Thomas and Joey Grunge. The duo would be victorious and I asked the team to do a promo for the MWR site. In the promo I made the mistake of announcing that I was with “Dangerous” Drew Thomas instead of McKay.  I was so excited I didn’t even notice I made the mistake on the McKay’s name that I didn’t ask for a retake. I opted to not use it at the time due to the fact I had hope to replace it with a interview with Moondog in the near future for the site.

After the interview I was able to speak to him for quite some time and was impressed with the love that he had for the sport. He spoke highly of his time as a wrestler and when asked one of his favorite moments he stated a match that he had in Kansas City with Ric Flair and the classic feud in 92 with Lawler and Jarrett. He asked if I would be willing to post an interview or spotlight to help him get the word out that he was willing to be in action anytime anyplace. Unfortunately I never got to do the piece but wanted to take the time to honor the man in a small way with this promo from that day.

 While we were in the room Cujo talked to the young wrestlers of NBWA and relived good times with fellow wrestlers Jake Roberts, Pat Tanaka and the Honky Tonk Man. When it was time for intermission he was as excited to see the fans as they were to see him. When I left the building that day I was forever a fan of Moondog Cujo.

The Nose Bleed Seats got a great interview later that day that highlighted his great personality and respect for the sport. You can check it out the NBS episode at Nose Bleed Seats #36

From everyone at Missouri Wrestling Revival, Lanny Kean, thank you for the memories and may you rest in peace.

2 Responses to “In Honor of Moondog Cujo (Lanny Kean Jr)”

  1. Big Al said

    What a wild man!!!! I remember seeing him back in the day!!!! Would love to see him now. Man that guy looks like he’s pushing 70 years old!!!!

  2. Chasidi said

    Lanny was one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He will be sorely missed.

    I just thought I would share this information if anyone is interested. Donations for Lanny’s Memorial Fund can be sent to the following address:

    H.E. Pruitt Funeral Home
    P.O. Box 320
    Jamestown, KY 42629

    Be sure to note that these are for the “Lanny Kean Fund” in the memo section, and include your mailing address so the family will be able to acknowledge the gift and send their thanks at a later time.

    Thanks guys & gals!

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