Destroyer (Dick Beyer)

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The Destroyer
The Destroyer
Name The Destroyer
Real name Richard Dick Beyer
Nicknames Dr x, White Devil
Name history Dick Beyer, The Destroyer, Dr. X
Family
Maestro(s) Dick Hutton, Big Bill Miller, Ray Stevens
Birth date, location July 11,1930 - Buffalo, USA
Obituary date March 7 , 2019
Debut, location December 29, 1954
Lost mask to
Height 1.78 m
Weight 120 kg
Signature moves Figure Four Leglock, Airplane Spin, Dropkick
Titles: All Asia Tag Team Championship (w/ Billy Red Lyons), PWF United States Heavyweight Championship (4), AWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) (w/ Billy Red Lyons), AWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Central States version), Canadian International Heavyweight Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version) (w/ Golden Terror), NWA International Television Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles version) (w/ Dan Moukian), NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii version), NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship (2), NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship (3 w/ Art Michalik), WWA World Tag Team Championship (w/ Billy Red Lyons), WWA International Television Tag Team Championship (w/ Don Manoukian), WWA World Heavyweight Championship (3), WWA World Tag Team Championship (2 w/ Hard Boiled Haggerty), All Japan World Masked Wrestling title ("World Greatest Maskman Belt")
Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame Member

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WRESTLING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Destroyer is a masked legend in Pro Wrestling and one of the best opponent that Mil Mascaras ever had in USA and Japan.
  • Dick Beyer began his career unmasked and later donned two separate masks (Destroyer and Dr.X) and not one person had a clue, including fans, wrestlers and the Athletic commissions knew that Dr. X and The Destroyer were one in the same.
  • Dick Beyer (wrestling as Dr.X) defeated Verne Gagne for the AWA World heavyweight title.
  • On July 27, 1962 Destroyer defeated Freddie Blassie for the WWA World heavyweight title, over the next months, he defended his belt against Lou Thesz, Ricki Starr, Ray Stern, Haystack Calhoun, Johnny Walker, Curtis Iaukea, Cowboy Bob Ellis, Dick Hutton, Enrique Torres, Mr. Moto, Sandor Szabo, Don Leo Jonathan, Mil Mascaras & Pedro Morales.
  • The Destroyer was the first North American to "get over" in Japan.
  • The Destroyer against the famous "Victor the Bear", the Bear wins by DQ.
  • The Destroyer was the top gaijin (foreign) wrestler until Stan Hansen really started taking off in the 80's.
  • The Destroyer feuded with Rikidozan in the most significant series of matches in Japanese history.
  • The Destroyer holds the distinction of holding the last singles victory over the Puroresu Legend Rikidozan.
  • Dick Beyer paved the way for other American wrestlers to play their trade in Japan.
  • In a mask vs mask match with Torbellino Blanco in Fort Worth, the Destroyer's mask was pulled off and he lost on a countout going back to the dressing room to get another mask. There was a towel handy so the Destroyer was not identified. Blanco lost his mask in a return 2 out of 3 falls match two weeks later. The Destroyer won the main event rematch which ended the feud.
  • The Destroyer won 2 mask vs hair matches over Gorgeous George.
  • As Dr.X lost mask to Paul Diamond (1970) and 2 times by Blackjack Lanza (1970)
  • Many wrestlers (More of 20) have used the name "Destroyer" in USA, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Mexico, one of them have a match with Lou Thesz On May 7, 1968 in Columbus, USA.
  • The Destroyer last matches was in 1984 on Mid-South Wrestling.

Luchas de apuestas record

Date Apuesta Winner(s) Loser(s) Arena and/or Place
62/11/07 hair The Destroyer Gorgeous George Long Beach - California,USA
62/12/11 hair The Destroyer Gorgeous George Long Beach - California,USA
65/11/05 mask (1) Torbellino Blanco The Destroyer Houston, Texas, USA
65/11/10 mask The Destroyer Torbellino Blanco San Antonio, Texas, USA
(1) The Destroyer's mask was pulled off and he lost on a countout going back to the dressing room to get another mask. There was a towel handy so the Destroyer was not identified. Two weeks later 2 out of 3 falls match Blanco lost his mask in the main event rematch which ended the feud.


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