Tagged: Dick Murdoch

Private Terry Daniels got into wrestling after a shoot with Adrian Adonis

Some of you may remember Private Terry Daniels, who was a high-on-the-card prelim wrestler who was briefly thrust into the spotlight during Sgt. Slaughter’s feud with the Iron Sheik.

Daniels was a former U.S. Marine in real life, which his wrestling character reflected. At one point, Daniels was standing in the aisle facing the ring while holding the American flag during a WWF Championship Wrestling TV taping. The Sheik attacked him; however, Daniels, despite getting beaten down, never let the flag touch the ground, thus keeping the honor the country intact.

I read an interesting tale about Daniels’ beginnings in wrestling that I had never heard before, thanks to Continue reading

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Ken Patera tells a crazy Andre story during a recent radio interview

I heard an entertaining whopper of an interview with former WWF Intercontinental Champion Ken Patera on a Minneapolis radio station recently.

Patera was very up front with the hosts about the long-term effect of his ring injuries (“I’m basically an invalid”), but he, like many others, told a dubious Andre the Giant drinking story.

According to Patera, at some point in the 1980s, he, Andre, Dick Murdoch, Dino Bravo, and Captain Lou Albano were in Las Vegas for a WWF show. Thinking about the names involved, I’d have to guess this alleged tale took place around 1984 or 1985, which were the only years I can think of that Murdoch was in the WWF.

Anyway, rather than get breakfast at Caesars Palace, Murdoch challenged Andre to a beer drinking contest that went Continue reading

With the Briscos tag team in 1984, we hardly got the real taste of Jack

NWA wrestling legend Jack Brisco died this week, and while the WWE did a nice little package about him on Monday Night Raw, the fact is those of us who ever saw Brisco in a WWF ring only caught the tail end of his notable career.

I remember Jack and Jerry Brisco showing up on WWF TV in 1984 and being shocked to hear Continue reading