Haystacks Calhoun (Dead)
William Dee Calhoun [1934 - 1989]
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A barefoot, overall-wearing hillbilly, Haystacks Calhoun weighed in at 600+ pounds and hailed from McKinney, Texas. Calhoun was known for his "Big Splash" finishing move, where he managed to fly off the top rope and crush his hapless opponent. On Pearl Harbor Day, 1989, Calhoun died of complications from diabetes.

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Tom C - 2008-05-16 10:07:42
Haystacks hailed from Morgans Corner Arkansas. He also never jumped off the top rope.
"Pencil Neck Geek" - 2008-07-05 13:31:21
Haystacks off the top rope is hilarious!! he he!
Jim Cates - 2009-02-28 16:16:53

This is great stuff Thanks for making available Was always A favorite of mine!! as a young boy Thanks again! cates4@comcast.net

Ricky Hamilton - 2009-12-15 19:28:36

Stacks was a friend of mine and we went many miles togather and we had tons of matches against each other. Brother rest in peace, we lost a good one

manishlazer - 2009-12-31 09:17:23

Look & listen: That's "Haystacks Calhoun -JR-",(Whoever the heck -that- is), not HC. Not NEARLY as big as the real deal's 613 lbs.

Tuna - 2010-01-17 08:18:26

He wore a horseshoe around his neck on a huge chain.

SLM, Sean Mansfield - 2010-06-08 15:31:50


Ernie - 2010-08-26 10:03:00

I've debated leaving a comment on this particular page for a while now, but I feel I must do so now. Firstly, Haystacks NEVER jumped off the top rope. Even if he could have gotten up there (doubtful), if he had he would have snapped the ropes and killed himself. Second, the clip is of a wrestler who went by the name Haystacks Calhoun Jr. - he's a bit smaller and more mobile that 'Stacks was. To your credit, you do have his hometown correct. He was billed from Morgan's Corner AR but was really from McKinney TX. Thanks for letting me speak my mind.

Donna Reed - 2013-08-03 00:44:22

I just acquired a picture from his very early yrs that says Haystacks Calhoun Georgia and it's signed To my brother in law Jess Riness By Hay Stack Cal Houn and another name Joh W Jackson. I know Jess Riness, his daughter and knew his wife Hazel very well. I think Hazel was his sister by the looks of it. Their faces are almost identical. Also have every copy of Ring Magazine that Jess collected over many ,many years so this tells me that they were related somehow. I will go to the nursing home and ask him how they were related. Just wanted you all to know that my grandma's cousin was Johann Aasen and was 8'9 1/2 inches tall in the 20's and 30's he was paid 300 bucks a week to be in a side show in Chicago , IL but eventually ended up in silent movies. All this stuff I acquired today from Jess and Hazle Riness's house today , no clue what to do with it all. If anyone has any suggestions what to do with it please email me at peachy3@centurytel.net. Thanks much

Stuartb - 2015-01-14 14:14:34

I got to meet Haystacks in Chattanooga in the late 70's. He had a booth at a flea market in north Georgia if i remember right. Really nice man.

Donna Reed` - 2015-02-07 00:39:29

Talked to William Dee Calhoun's brother in law today and and Hazel was Haystacks sister in law. Haystack married Hazel's sister Margaret Ronkoski. He signed a paper today saying Haystacks (real name John) not William was his brother in law. Asked him what he wanted me to do with all his FIST magazines from the 70's and 80's and he told me to sell them. His brother in law's name is Jess Riness and in the nursing home here in Prairie du Chien, WI and I have the signed autograph of Haystack to Jess. I find this all so interesting how they change people's names just because they need a stage name. Seen his dealings with the FBI and his Prison records too.

NWA forever - 2015-05-27 18:12:01

Lol haystacks jr is Keith Griffin, no relatin to Haystacks. He also went by The Kentuckian--from parts unknown. Never forget the night cowboy Ron bass dropped him trying to slam him.

[Editor's Note: Thanks for clarifying, we are all a bit better off for it!]

Mike Calhoun - 2016-02-23 22:09:09

He was my cousin and loved. Miss him sometimes and wish I could have known him better. H traveled a lot.

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