A second-generation wrestler, the stepson of 1950s Texas wrestler Frank Murdoch, Dick Murdoch grew up with fellow second-generation wrestlers Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk, watching their fathers fight all around Texas
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.
In 1984, he went to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and formed a tag team with Adrian Adonis that captured the WWF Tag Team Championship. He left the WWF in 1985 after dropping the tag team championship to the US Express (Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo) 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 Heavyweight Championship.
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 U.S. Tag Team Championship with Ivan, injured Nikita's neck after a brainbuster on the floor that summer, resulting in Murdoch being (kayfabe) suspended for 30 days and the team being stripped of the tag team titles.
Afterwards Murdoch became a lone mercenary in WCW. He advertised being "for hire" and would attempt to injure other wrestlers for money. After Jim Cornette's mother put a $50,000 reward to anyone who could injure Dusty Rhodes, Murdoch briefly accepted Cornette as a manager to try to collect on the bounty.
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 titles.
Murdoch was one of the entrants in the WWF Royal Rumble 1995.
Murdoch was wrestling in the independents when he died of a heart attack on June 15, 1996 at the age of 49.
- Managers and valets
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Capitol Sports Promotions
- Mid-South Wrestling
- National Wrestling Alliance
- Big Time Wrestling (Detroit)
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (Detroit version) (1 time) with Dusty Rhodes
- Central States Wrestling
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- NWA Big Time Wrestling
- NWA Gulf Coast
- NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship (3 times) with Don Carson (3)
- NWA Tri-State
- NWA Western States
- St. Louis Wrestling Club
- NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
- Big Time Wrestling (Detroit)
- National Wrestling Federation
- NWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Dusty Rhodes
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year award in 1974.
- PWI ranked him # 96 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003. He was also ranked twice in the best tag teams of the "PWI Years".
- PWI ranked him # 35 of the best 100 tag teams of the "PWI Years" with Adrian Adonis.
- PWI ranked him # 45 of the best 100 tag teams of the "PWI Years" with Masked Superstar.
- World Championship Wrestling (Australia)
- World Wrestling Federation