Career Highlights [Courtesy in part to Wikipedia.com]
- Pete Doherty grew up in Dorchester, MA, a part of the city of Boston, and worked for years at the Quincy Shipyard in Quincy, MA.
- Pete Doherty was a long time WWF heel jobber, who would wrestled throughout the New England area.
- Pete Doherty began his career in the 1970s, wrestling for Vince McMahon Sr. in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). At the time, McMahon’s territory consisted of only the Northeast states, and Doherty wrestled all over in small and large venues.
- Pete Doherty wrestled under the name, “The Duke of Dorchester” paying homage to his hometown of Dorchester, Massachusetts.
- The Duke was generally relegated to undercard status either wrestling against the stars of his era or against other undercard “jobbers“.
- The Duke had a short lived run as a masked wrestler named The Golden Terror and was managed by Captain Lou Albano.
- Although, The Duke was used as “enhancement talent” in the WWF, The Duke scored upset victories against fellow preliminary wrestlers like Fred Marzino and Jose Luis Rivera, including The Duke defeating Marzino 28 times with no wins scored by Marzino.
- The Duke was known in the ring for his long blond hair, missing teeth and wild mannerisms.
- The Duke’s constant in ring banter and screaming could be heard in the last row of the arena.
- In 1985, The Duke appeared on the premier of the WWF’s Saturday Night’s Main Event. The Duke lost a match to the Junkyard Dog.
- In 1987, The Duke had a short feud with King Kong Bundy.
- In addition to feuding with Bundy, The Duke had several grudge matches against the likes of S.D. Jones, Lanny Poffo and Scott Casey. His feud with Jones came about due to him getting a fluke win after a losing streak the announcers alleged had crossed the 300 mark.
- In the late 1980s, Doherty tried his hand at broadcasting, announcing several WWF events in Boston as a heel commentator.
- The Duke’s biggest win came over Haku.
- The Duke retired from wrestling in 1997 making occasional appearances at local events including the WWF’s final event at the old Boston Garden.
- In April 2010, Doherty was inducted into the New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
- A play based on Doherty’s life appeared at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2013
- Pete Doherty recently worked as the “Head of Security” for one of the NorthEast indy promotions.
- April 16, 2005 – ROH: Legendary WWF jobber Pete Doherty made an appearance but was attacked by Homicide & Julius Smokes.