Scott K. Irwin (May 14, 1952 – September 5, 1987) was an American professional wrestler. He was best known for his tag team The Long Riders with his brother Bill Irwin.

Professional wrestling career

Debut and the World Wide Wrestling Federation

After training under Verne Gagne in 1975, Irwin debuted on March 18, 1977 in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, where he lost his debut match against Johnny Weaver. After wrestling in Mid-Atlantic throughout the rest of 1977 and in early 1978, Irwin debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation on May 11, 1978 as one half of The Yukon Lumberjacks, where he was given the ring name Yukon Eric and his tag team partner, Zarinoff Lebeouf, was given the ring name Yukon Pierre. Soon after debuting, The Lumberjacks wrestled against Dino Bravo and Dominic DeNucci for the World Tag Team Championship on June 2, but the match ended in a double disqualification. The Lumberjacks continued their feud with Bravo and DeNucci, and after several unsuccessful title rematches, The Lumberjacks finally defeated them for the title on June 26.

The Lumberjacks continued their success by retaining their title in several matches over the next several months against the likes of Bravo and DeNucci, Gorilla Monsoon and S.D. Jones and Haystacks Calhoun and Tony Garea. On November 21, The Lumberjacks lost their title Garea and Larry Zbyszko. After the title loss, Pierre retired from wrestling and Eric left the WWWF.

Championship Wrestling from Florida

After leaving the WWWF, Irwin took a year-long hiatus before returning to wrestling in 1979, where he debuted in Championship Wrestling from Florida as Thor the Viking, with Oliver Humperdink as his manager, with a victory over Steve Travis on October 6. While in CWF, Irwin found championship success and wrestled his final match as Thor on October 14, with a victory over Steve Keirn. Exactly one month later, Irwin returned to CWF as the Super Destroyer, and went on to win a tag team match with Stan Lane against Keirn and Mike Graham.

Mid-South Wrestling

Irwin continued to use the Super Destroyer character in CWF throughout the rest of 1979 before debuting in Mid-South Wrestling on November 27, 1980 in a losing effort to Ted DiBiase. Irwin, as the Super Destroyer, returned to Mid-South on April 18, 1981 and won the Mid-South Tag Team Championship with The Grappler after defeating Dick Murdoch and The Junkyard Dog in the finals of a tournament to claim the vacant title. However, the Destroyer and the Grappler lost the Tag Team Title days later to Murdoch and JYD on April 27. Soon after the title loss, Destroyer rebounded by winning the Louisiana Heavyweight Championship on May 1. He would hold the title for over two months before losing it to Bob Roop on July 22. Irwin continued to perform as the Super Destroyer upon joining the Continental Wrestling Association, and soon formed a successful tag team with the Masked Superstar.

The Super Destroyers

The team soon jumped ship to Georgia Championship Wrestling, and continued their success by winning the NWA National Tag Team Championship on January 22, 1982 from The Armstrongs (Bob and Brad). Beginning in March, the Superstar gave his half of the title to Big John Studd, which in turn made Super Destroyer a two time National Tag Team Champion. On July 2, Super Destroyer and Studd lost the title to The Fabulous Freebirds. After the title loss, Super Destroyer returned to singles competition before he formed The Super Destroyers tag team with his real-life brother Bill Irwin. Bill became Super Destroyer #1 while Scott became Super Destroyer #2, and the brothers won their first NWA American Tag Team Championship from Bulldog Brower and Roddy Piper in October 1983. Soon after debuting, they acquired Skandor Akbar as a manager. The Destroyers lost the title to Brian Adias and Iceman King Parsons on December 25 before regaining it on January 30, 1984. The Destroyers would hold the title for four months before losing them to Rock 'n' Soul (Parsons and Buck Zomhofe). The Destroyers quickly rebounded and won the titles back thirteen days later, but after the match, Rock 'n' Soul unmasked them.

The Long Riders

After being revealed, the brothers dropped the Destroyers aspect of their team and instead began wrestling under their real names while their tag team was renamed to the Long Riders. The Riders continued their feud with Rock 'n' Soul and lost the title back to them on August 4 after Parsons defeated Bill in a singles match. The Riders won the American Tag Team Title for the fourth and final time on September 28 after defeating Rock 'n' Soul for the final time. The brothers soon lost the title to The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers and Bobby Fulton) on October 22.

On November 18, Irwin returned to Georgia Championship Wrestling and, with his brother, defeated Brad Armstrong and Jacques Rougeau in the finals of a one-night tournament to win the NWA National Tag Team Championship. The next night, the Long Riders retained their newly won title against Armstrong and Tommy Rich. On January 11, 1985, the Riders lost the title to Ole Anderson and Thunderbolt Patterson. After the Riders lost a rematch for the title the following night, Scott faced Anderson and Patterson in two subsequent rematches with Kareem Muhammad and then Doug Somers as his partners, due to Bill leaving GCW, but was unable to win either rematch. Irwin wrestled a few more matches in GCW before leaving the promotion.

The Long Riders soon sprang up in the American Wrestling Association later in mid-1985, where they lost their debut match to the Road Warriors for the Warriors' World Tag Team Championship on August 16. On September 28, the Riders and Harley Race lost to Genichiro Tenryu, Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta in a six-man tag team match at the event SuperClash. The Riders took a brief hiatus from the AWA before returning to the promotion on April 20, 1986, where they lost a World Tag Team Title match to Curt Hennig and Scott Hall at WrestleRock. The last major title the Long Riders held was the Canadian International Tag Team Championship in Montreal-based Lutte Internationale, which they won on March 6, 1986 in Sudbury, Ontario by defeating Dan Kroffat and Alofa, then held the title until losing to Kroffat and Tom Zenk in Quebec City on August 12, 1986.[1]


On September 5, 1987, Irwin died from a brain tumor. He was 35 years old.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments


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