William Dee Calhoun (1934-1989) was an American Professional Wrestler as Haystacks Calhoun. He started in 1955 as Country Boy Calhoun, working various territories. He got the "Haystacks" name after an appearance on Art Linkletter's House Party where he demonstrated his strength by tossing bales of hay into a high loft. He competed for many National Wrestling Alliance territories, for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and for WWE, then the WWWF. He was a 1x WWE World Tag Team Champion with Tony Garea, a 1x NWA Tri-State (Mid-South) United States Tag Team Champion with Jack Brisco, and a 2x NWA Canadian (Vancouver) Tag Team Champion with Don Leo Jonathan. He was an early television star and a significant box office draw. In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of their Legacy wing.As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.
"Country Boy Tropes":
- Acrofatic: In a sense. He didn't do moonsaults or cartwheels, but in a time where every big man's gimmick was to basically stand there and let guys run into them, he chose to actually utilize real wrestling moves into his moveset.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Played straight with most of his partners. Averted when he teamed with the 600 lbs. Man Mountain Mike.
- Everything Is Big in Texas: He was from McKinney.
- Face: Pretty much always, to the point he made a career as a "traveling enforcer" for the various territories.
- Finishing Move: Big Splash
- The Giant: 640 pounds, even Sammartino had trouble slamming him. Besides the immovability part of the gimmick though he was pretty versatile.
- Legacy Character: He paved the way for both future giants such as Andre and future "hillbilly" characters such as Hillbilly Jim and the Godwinns. Martin Ruane, better known as Giant Haystacks/Loch Ness, originally called himself Haystacks Calhoun.
- There was a late 1990s Florida independent wrestler who called himself Haystacks Calhoun Jr.note