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August 16, 1946|
|Died||June 15, 1996
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Ron Carson
Super Rodeo Machine
|Billed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Billed weight||275 lb (125 kg; 19.6 st)|
|Trained by||Killer Karl Kox
Hoyt Richard "Dick" Murdoch (August 16, 1946 – June 15, 1996) was an American professional wrestler.
Professional wrestling career
Murdoch was born in Waxahachie, Texas. A second-generation wrestler, 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. Frank Murdoch held the NWA Southwest Junior Heavyweight Championship three times in his career.
Dick Murdoch started wrestling in 1965 as Ron Carson in a tag team with Don Carson. He soon 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.
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.
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 after dropping the tag-team title to the US Express 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, who at the time held the NWA United States Tag Team Championship with Ivan, injured Nikita's neck after a brain-buster suplex on the floor that summer, resulting in Murdoch being (kayfabe) suspended for 30 days and the team being stripped of the tag team title. 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 title.
Over the years, many within professional wrestling who knew Murdoch have stated Murdoch was racist and was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. In a shoot interview, Bad News Brown accused Dick Murdoch of being a member of the Klan. This was also mentioned by Tito Santana in his autobiography, Tales From The Ring. Former WWE SmackDown head writer Alex Greenfield also related a story told to him by Dusty Rhodes about Murdoch driving them to a Klan party without telling him it was a KKK party beforehand. Most recently, former wrestling star Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, claims that Murdoch was a member of the Klan and that he once knocked him unconscious during a match stating during an interview, "Because he was KKK and didn't like blacks, he kept kicking me hard and punching me. I said, 'you hit me one more time, I'm hitting you back.' He hit me, and I knocked him out."
Murdoch appeared in 4 movies: The Wrestler (1974), Paradise Alley (1978), Grunt! The Wrestling Movie (1985), and Manhattan Merengue! (1995). He also appeared on an episode of Learning The Ropes and an episode of The Jerry Springer Show.
- "Captain Redneck"
- "Dirty" Dick Murdoch
Championships and accomplishments
- Central States Wrestling
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling
- NWA Mid-America
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (1 time) – with Don Carson
- NWA Tri-State / Mid-South Wrestling Association
- Mid-South North American Championship (2 times)
- Mid-South Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Junkyard Dog
- NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Tri-State version) (3 times)
- NWA Tri-State Brass Knuckles Championship (1 time)
- NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State version) (2 times) – with Killer Karl Kox (1), Ted DiBiase (1)
- NWA Western States Sports
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- St. Louis Wrestling Club
- World Championship Wrestling (Australia)
- World Wrestling Council
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- NWA United National Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Central States Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Central States Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA North American Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida) history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA/WCW United States Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA American Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA World Tag Team Title (Detroit) history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA World Tag Team Title (Mid-America) history At wrestling-titles.com
- North American Heavyweight Title (Mid-South) history At wrestling-titles.com
- Mis-South Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Tri-State Brass Knuckles Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA United States Tag Team Title (Tri-State) history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Brass Knuckles Title (Amarillo) history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA International Heavyweight Title (Amarillo) history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Western STates Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Western States Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
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- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners Inspirational Wrestler of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
- NWA Missouri Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- IWA World Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WWC Universal Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WWC World Television Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WWWF/WWF/WWE World Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com