Dick Murdoch

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

Aliases - Ron Carson, The Invader, Big Daddy Murdoch

Athletic background - Football (High School)

Teachers - Killer Karl Kox

Professional background - Gulf Coast(`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)

Peak Years - `69-`82

Career Highlights - n/a

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

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

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 7
science - 3
aerial - 3
power - 8
strikes - 9

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 8
selling - 8
bumping - 9
carrying - 9
heat - 8
legacy - 6

Place in History - Such a difficult wrestler to evaluate. Dick Murdoch is about as inconsistant as they get and still has a recognizable name. He became one of the major players national upon his return from Australia under the inlfluential Jim Barnett. As half of the Texas Outlaws with Dusty Rhodes, Murdoch established himself as a roughneck heel and athletic big man. He was fortunate to be around some of the best workers of the day and during his stay in Florida, Dick Murdoch was established as a top flight worker. Throughout the 70s, Murdoch was a constant challenger to the NWA championship and many might question while some of his caliber never got a run. Quite simply, Murdoch was a fantastic wrestler, but when he was bad, he was really bad. A wild-living man outside of the ring, Dick Murdoch was just too much of a strange bird for the belt. A true "outlaw," Murdoch toured all over the world hitting most of the major companies at one time or another, especially in the Southern United States. Once Murdoch was past his peak years, 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 and his workrate dropped off dramatically. Like Ray Stevens and Wahoo McDaniel, Dick 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 his final years before his somewhat surpising death in `96 that came and went with little fanfare in wrestling world that had forgotten him.

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