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Skull Murphy

Name: Skull Murphy
Born: December 7, 1930
From: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Trained by: Jimmy Simms
Debut: 1952
Died: March 23, 1970 (Sleeping pill overdose)
Finisher: Headbutt

Toured Australia in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969

Billed as having a skull "three times thicker than the average human being". Began wrestling in his native Canada in 1952. After success around the Ontario area, began headlining in US from the mid-50s. Toured Georgia in 1959, feuding with Dick Gunkel (Dick Steinborn). Began teaming with Brute Bernard in New York in the early 60s, winning the WWWF US Tag titles. Came to Australia in 1965 and became such a sensation that he returned every year. 

Won the IWA World title on three occasions, defeating Mark Lewin (1966) and Tex McKenzie twice (1967, 1968), losing the title to Bearcat Wright twice (1966, 1967) and Cowboy Bob Ellis (1969). Held the IWA World Tag titles multiple times, most notably with Brute Bernard. 

Major titles: IWA World Heavyweight Championship (3), Southern Heavyweight Championship (3), IWA World Tag Team Championship (9 - w/ Brute Bernard (5), w/ Killer Kowalski (2), w/ Killer Karl Kox, w/ Prof. Tanaka), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Florida) (2 - w/ Brute Bernard), WWWF United States Tag Team Championship (w/ Brute Bernard), Southern Tag Team Championship (w/ Gypsy Joe), NWA International Tag Team Championship (w/ Gypsy Joe), All-Asia Tag Team Championship (w/ Klondike Bill)

Skull Murphy v Mark Lewin, WCW Sydney 1965

Credit: Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia