Monday, January 22, 2007

Dick Murdoch

Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight: 277 lb
Born: August 16, 1946,Waxahachie, Texas
Died: June 15, 1996
Trained by: Killer Karl Kox, Bob Geigel, Pat O'Connor
Nickname: Captain Redneck
Other Gimmicks: Black Ace, Ron Carson, The Invader, Super Rodeo Machine

Dick Murdoch (August 16, 1946 - June 15, 1996) was an American pro wrestler.

A second-generation wrestler, he was the son of 1950s Texas wrestler Frankie Hill Murdoch, Dick Murdoch grew up with fellow second-generation wrestlers Dory Funk Jr and Terry Funk, watching their fathers fight all around Texas

Dick Murdoch began wrestling in 1965 as Ron Carson in a tag team with Don Carson. He then started wrestling under his real name.

In 1968, he formed a tag team that would continue throughout the early 1970s with Dusty Rhodes called "The Texas Outlaws". After splitting with Rhodes, he wrestled for Florida Championship Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance and Mid-South Wrestling.

In 1984, he went to the World Wrestling Federation and formed a tag team with Adrian Adonis that captured the World Tag Team Titles. He left the WWF in 1985 and wrestled in Mid-South Wrestling briefly before turning up in the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions in 1986. He feuded with Ric Flair and attempted to win Flair's NWA World Title.

In early 1987, Murdoch joined Ivan Koloff and Vladimir Petrov in their attempt to get Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes. Murdoch injured Nikita's neck after a brain-buster suplex on the floor that summer.

Murdoch left the NWA and wrestled in the World Wrestling Council before appearing in World Championship Wrestling as one half of the "Hardliners," or "Hardline Collection Agency," with Dick Slater in 1991. They feuded with Rick and Scott Steiner but could not win their titles.

Murdoch was one of the entrants in the 1995 WWF Royal Rumble.

Murdoch was wrestling in the independents when he died of a heart attack on June 15, 1996 at the age of 49.

His most noted work as a wrestler came in Mid-South Wrestling in the early 1980s, where he teamed with Junkyard Dog. The pair was the most popular champions in the region, attracting the hardcore, working class white fans with his "Captain Redneck" persona and JYD drawing the support of the black fan base. Their feud with the Fabulous Freebirds was perhaps Mid-South's most compelling storyline.

Dick Murdoch was a second generation wrestler. His father was Frank Murdoch, who wrestled mainly in the southwest U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s. Frank Murdoch held the NWA Southwest Junior Heavyweight Championship three times in his career.

Murdoch is the cousin of wrestler Killer Tim Brooks.
Murdoch appeared in 4 movies: The Wrestler in 1974, Paradise Alley in 1978, Grunt! The Wrestling Movie in 1985 and Manhattan Merengue! in 1995.
Dick Murdoch is not related to Trevor Murdoch, however Trevor took the ring name when a physical and facial similarity was noticed between the wrestlers.
Dick Murdoch is rumored to have been a member of the Ku Klux Klan

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