Dick Murdoch - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Dick Murdoch, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Richard Hoyt Murdoch was born in Waxahachie, Texas on August 16, 1946.

He died on June 15, 1996 at the age of 49.

Dick Murdoch was inducted in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) in 2013 as part of the Modern Era wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Richard Hoyt Murdoch
  • Ring Names
    • Dick Murdoch ( January 15, 1968 - June 15, 1996)
    • The Invader ( December 16, 1972 - April 27, 1973)
    • The Texan ( January 6, 1972 - January 18, 1972)
    • Rebel ( August 30, 1968 - July 13, 1969)
    • Don Carson ( January 1, 1965 - January 14, 1968)
  • Born August 16, 1946
  • Died June 15, 1996 (aged 49)
  • Nationality Nationality: United StatesUnited States
  • Birth Place Waxahachie, Texas
  • Billed From
    • Waxahachie, Texas
  • Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
  • Weight
    • 288 lbs (131 kg)
  • Nicknames Big Daddy; Captain Redneck; Dirty; Super Rodeo Machine

Career History

  • Roles
    • Wrestler ( January 1, 1965 - June 15, 1996)
  • Companies / Promotions
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion INDY February 13, 1993 June 15, 1996
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA October 29, 1994 May 5, 1995
    Promotion Smoky Mountain WrestlingSMW December 25, 1993 March 19, 1994
    Promotion World Wrestling CouncilWWC September 7, 1991 December 5, 1992
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW June 3, 1991 September 1, 1991
    Promotion Frontier Martial-Arts WrestlingFMW December 1, 1989 June 9, 1990
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA January 1, 1965 November 7, 1989
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight August 21, 1981 August 6, 1989
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF January 16, 1984 February 28, 1985
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW October 6, 1973 March 3, 1981
    Promotion IWE June 18, 1973 July 15, 1973
    Promotion American Wrestling AssociationAWA September 30, 1972 June 9, 1973
    Promotion JWA February 23, 1968 March 23, 1968
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Face March 23, 1981 June 15, 1996
    Tweener November 1, 1968 March 22, 1981
    Heel January 1, 1965 October 31, 1968
  • Images
    Jan 1984
    Jan 1984
    Sep 1981
    Sep 1981
    Sep 1972
    Sep 1972
    Jan 1965
    Jan 1965

  • Finishers
    • Brain Buster ( January 1, 1965 - June 15, 1996)
    • Calf Branding - Diving Knee Drop Bulldog ( January 1, 1965 - June 15, 1996)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song "Texas Fight" by The Texas Longhorn Band - Single ( July 6, 1982 - June 15, 1996)
    • Theme Song "The Marine’s Hymn" by The Goldman Band - Single ( December 1, 1989 - June 9, 1990)
    • Theme Song "Mexico to Tripoli" by John Cacavas - Single ( January 3, 1987 - October 27, 1988)
    • Theme Song "The Marine’s Hymn" by The Goldman Band - Single ( December 29, 1985 - August 17, 1987)
    • Theme Song "Lady Fantasy" by Camel - Single ( July 16, 1982 - December 31, 1982)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame
    • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) - Year 2013, Modern Era
  • Titles Won

    World Wrestling Federation

    • 1 WWF Tag Team Championship (with Adrian Adonis)

    All Japan Pro Wrestling

    • 1 NWA United National Championship

    Central States Wrestling

    • 2 NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 NWA Central States Tag Team Championship (with Bob Brown)
    • 3 NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Central States version) (1 with Dusty Rhodes, 2 with Bob Sweetan)

    Championship Wrestling from Florida

    • 2 NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (1 with Dusty Rhodes, 1 with Bobby Duncum)
    • 1 NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version)

    Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship (with Don Carson)

    Jim Crockett Promotions

    • 1 NWA United States Tag Team Championship (with Ivan Koloff)

    NWA Big Time Wrestling

    • 1 NWA American Tag Team Championship (with Dusty Rhodes)

    NWA Detroit

    • 1 NWA World Tag Team Championship (Detroit version) (with Dusty Rhodes)

    NWA Mid-America

    • 1 NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (with Don Carson)

    NWA Tri-State / Mid-South Wrestling Association

    • 2 Mid-South North American Championship
    • 3 Mid-South Tag Team Championship (with Junkyard Dog)
    • 3 NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Tri-State version)
    • 1 NWA Tri-State Brass Knuckles Championship
    • 2 NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State version) (1 with Killer Karl Kox, 1 with Ted DiBiase)

    NWA Western States Sports

    • 3 NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Amarillo version)
    • 3 NWA International Heavyweight Championship (Amarillo version)
    • 1 NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship
    • 3 NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship (1 with Bobby Duncum, 2 with Blackjack Mulligan)

    National Wrestling Federation

    • 1 NWF World Tag Team Championship (with Dusty Rhodes)

    St. Louis Wrestling Club

    • 3 NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship

    World Championship Wrestling (Australia)

    • 2 IWA World Tag Team Championship (1 with Lars Anderson, 1 with Dusty Rhodes)

    World Wrestling Council

    • 1 WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship
    • 3 WWC World Television Championship
  • Other Accomplishments
    • St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame induction (class of 2010)
    • PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (1974)

Relations

  • Tag Teams & Stables
    • Hardliners - Dick Slater ( June 3, 1991 - September 1, 1991)
    • Dick Murdoch & Ivan Koloff - Ivan Koloff ( April 22, 1988 - July 28, 1988)
    • Dick Murdoch & Ivan Koloff - Ivan Koloff ( February 14, 1987 - March 29, 1987)
    • Dick Murdoch & The Masked Superstar - Demolition Ax ( January 24, 1986 - March 17, 1986)
    • The North-South Connection - Adrian Adonis ( July 17, 1982 - June 13, 1985)
    • The Texas Outlaws - Dusty Rhodes ( January 10, 1980 - May 7, 1983)
    • Dick Murdoch & Junkyard Dog - Junkyard Dog ( March 23, 1981 - July 28, 1981)
    • The Texas Outlaws - Dusty Rhodes ( November 1, 1968 - December 11, 1975)
    • Bobby Duncum & Dick Murdoch - Bobby Duncum ( July 21, 1971 - September 7, 1972)
    • Dick Murdoch & Rene Goulet - Rene Goulet ( April 6, 1971 - August 14, 1971)
    • Carson Brothers - Don Carson ( July 20, 1967 - December 24, 1967)
  • Managers Captain Lou Albano, Jim Cornette

Dick Murdoch Game Appearances

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