Bill Irwin (wrestler)

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Bill Irwin
Birth name Barney William Irwin
Born (1954-09-17) September 17, 1954 (age 63)[1]
Pecos, Texas, United States
Residence Duluth, Minnesota[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bill Irwin[1]
Super Destroyer #1[1]
The Goon[1]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight 250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)[1]
Billed from Pecos, Texas
(as Wild Bill Irwin)
Duluth, Minnesota
(as The Goon)
Trained by Scott Irwin[1]
Verne Gagne
Debut 1979[1]
Retired 1996

Barney William Irwin (born September 17, 1954) is an American former professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Wild" Bill Irwin. Irwin is also known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation as The Goon in 1996.[1] He is the brother of the late Scott Irwin.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Mid South beginning of The Super Destroyers/The Long Riders (1979–1982)[edit]

Trained by his brother Scott Irwin & Verne Gagne, Bill Irwin began wrestling in 1979 in the National Wrestling Alliance's Central States territory and in Mid South Wrestling and World Class Championship Wrestling, winning the NWA Central States Tag Team Championship in 1979. He wrestled for a short period in MSW in 1982 and was teaming with his brother Scott Irwin as the masked tag team The "Super Destroyers" with manager Skandor Akbar, and would later become known as The Lone Riders, in NSW.[1][2]

Irwin then moved on to Jim Crockett Promotions and the American Wrestling Association where he and his brother wrestled as the "Long Riders" and won several tag team titles together.[3][4] Their tag team ended in 1987 when Scott died from a brain tumor.

World Class Championship Wrestling (1982-1984)[edit]

Working in both the Mid South and also the WCCW in 1981, he would leave the Mid South in 1982 for WCCW, and now going by the name Wild Bill Irwin, he won the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship off Al Madril and then having became a member of H & H Ltd tagging with Bugsy McGraw to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version) then Vacate the NWA Texas Heavyweight belt owing to a match between him and David Von Erich by 1983s after blaming McGraw for losing them the Tag belts then afer a light feud began teaming with King Kong Bundy becoming North American Tag Team Championship witch he would do another 4 times with his brother Bill as both original tagteam named The Super Destroyers not ECW later version and there last run was as The Lone Riders also in that year he won the WCCW Television Championship to complete his total of 7 time.

making a late 1983 return to WCCW as Super Distroyer #2 with his brother Scott and managed again by Skandor Akbar and recent NWA North American Tag Team Champions for the first time.


Irwin later provided extensive commentary on the WWE's "The Triumph and Tragedy of WCCW" video retrospective of World Class Championship Wrestling, regarding his time in Texas, what it was like to wrestle in the Dallas Sportatorium, and his fateful trip with David Von Erich to Japan.

Independent circuit/World Championship Wrestling (1987–1996)[edit]

Irwin stayed in wrestling in the independents and resurfaced in the NWA during 1989. Later he would form a tag team with Black Bart in the Global Wrestling Federation from 1991 to 1992.[5] Irwin, as "Wild" Bill Irwin, also appeared sporadically in World Championship Wrestling, including in a loss to Davey Boy Smith in Smith's WCW debut at SuperBrawl III.[6]

World Wrestling Federation (1996–1997, 2001, 2007)[edit]

In 1996, Irwin wrestled in the World Wrestling Federation as The Goon, a hockey character who was "kicked out of every league he ever participated in." He made his TV debut on the July 20, 1996 episode of Superstars. The gimmick did not last long, as he left a few months after arriving.[7]

In 2001, Irwin returned to the WWF for one night, resuming the gimmick of "The Goon" for the gimmick battle royal at WrestleMania X-Seven.

On Raw XV, the 15th-anniversary WWE Raw special on December 10, 2007, Irwin, wrestling as "The Goon" once again, and sporting a thick moustache, participated in the 15th Anniversary Battle Royal. He was eliminated by the Repo Man.

Return to the independent circuit and retirement[edit]

Upon leaving the WWF in 1996, Irwin wrestled on the independent circuit for a short time, his most prominent match being against Shockwave the Robot. Irwin is now a motor coach bus driver.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Barney Irwin profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  2. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "WCWA World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 268. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA National Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 145–146. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Canadian International Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 358. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "GWF Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 280. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards SuperBrawl III. Kappa Publishing. 2007. p. 140. 
  7. ^ RD Reynolds and Randy Baer (2003). "Moonlighting". Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling. ECW Press. pp. 157–180. ISBN 1-55022-584-7. 
  8. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  9. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Central States Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 254–255. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  10. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "AWA Southern Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 189–191. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  11. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "AWA Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 185–189. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  12. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "GWF Brass Knuckles Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 380. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  13. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Texas Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 268–269. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  14. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Texas Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 269. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  15. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "WCCW Television Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 270–271. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  16. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "UWF World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 234. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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