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Dick Murdoch (1946-1996)

  

Real Name - Hart Richard Murdoch
Lifespan - 8/16/46 - 6/15/96
6'3" 275 lbs. - Waxahatchie, TX

Athletic Background - Wrestling, Football (High School)

Teacher(s) - Frankie Hill Murdoch, Killer Karl Kox, Bob Geigel, 
Pat O'Connor

Professional Background - GCCW(`67), Tennesee(`67), Australia(`68-`70), Central States(`68-`69), Detroit(`70), Texas(`70), Florida(`70-`71), Amarillo(`70-`74), Tri-State(`75-`77), Central States(`78-`80), Amarillo(`78-`79), All Japan(`80), New Japan(`81-`86), Mid-South(`81), WWF(`83-`85), JCP/NWA(`87), WWC(`91-`92), W*ing(`92), Indies(`92-`96), SMW(`94)

AliasesRon Carson, The Invader, Big Daddy Murdoch

Groups - 

Peak Years - `69-`82


Finisher(s) - 
- Brainbuster
- Calf-Branding (Driving Kneedrop)

Favorites -
- Flying Head Scissors
- Atomic Drop
- Elbowdrop
- Dropkick
- Bionic Elbow

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Dick Murdoch’s legacy has long been a point of discussion as the red line of what makes an individual a hall of famer.  In looking down his upsides, he seems like an impressive pro-wrestler.  The Outlaws team with Dusty Rhodes worked around the horn and drew some great heat along the way.  He was a top tier worker in the 1970s and arguably into the 1980s.  He was well-traveled and worked on top or near the top most everywhere he went from West Texas to the Deep South and from Australia to Japan.  He was a regular challenger to the NWA World Championship in an era when most challengers were the top stars in a region.  He was a well liked and very well respected among his peers.  When you look at his downsides, they really curt-tail his accomplishments.  Dick Murdoch was downright awful when he was uninspired or just wanted to goof off in the ring.  The Outlaws only had a short run and never proved to be long-term draws despite their talents.  Murdoch himself was never a top drawing card and usually was on top of mid-level promotions like Central States, Western States or Tri-State.  When he worked the biggest promotions, he was usually in a tag team, often in the mid-card and never really pushed on the level of the top stars.  While he was a frequent NWA title contender, his reputation of being unpredictable never made him put him in consideration for the title.  While his peers by in large liked him, some like Tito Santana and Bad News Allen have told tales of Murdoch trying to intimidate them as a card-carrying Klu Klux Klan member.  Dick Murdoch’s story is unique for sure.  From the late 1960s into the middle of the 1980s, Murdoch was undoubtedly someone who could find gainful employment almost anywhere in the business.  Once he was past his peak years though, he began getting lazier and not staying in shape during his downtime. This was especially unfortunate because it prevented him from keeping a job in the post-territory wrestling world.  Like Ray Stevens and Wahoo McDaniel, Murdoch came from a generation of guys who partied every night, seldom missed a step in the ring, but once they hit a certain age they hit the wall. "Captain Redneck" lived off his past successes for his final years before his death in 1996 that came and went with little fanfare in wrestling world that had forgotten him.
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