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Skull Murphy (2)

Title History

 

  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating ????????? (March 10, 1961);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Tag Team titles w/Gypsy Joe defeating ??????? (March 14, 1961);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Bill Dromo [Tournament] (March 15, 1961);
  • NWA (Georgia) International Tag Team titles w/Gypsy Joe defeating ???????? (April ??, 1961);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Guy Mitchell (April 5, 1961);
  • WWWF United States Tag Team titles w/Brute Bernard defeating Great Scott & Buddy Austin (May 16, 1963);
  • NWA (Florida) World Tag Team titles w/Brute Bernard defeating Haystacks Calhoun & Don Curtis [Tournament] (January 28, 1964);
  • NWA (Florida) World Tag Team titles w/Brute Bernard defeating Duke Keomuka & Hiro Matsuda (February 18, 1964);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Brute Bernard defeating Dominic DeNucci & Mark Lewin (July 15, 1966);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Brute Bernard defeating Bearcat Wright & Mark Lewin (August ??, 1966);
  • IWA (Australia) World Heavyweight title defeating Mark Lewin (August 13, 1966);
  • IWA (Australia) World Heavyweight title defeating Tex McKenzie (August 12, 1967);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Killer Kowalski defeating Red Bastien & Mario Milano (August 25, 1967);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Killer Kowalski defeating Red Bastien & Mario Milano (October 6, 1967);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Brute Bernard defeating Billy White Wolf & Mario Milano (March 22, 1968);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Killer Karl Kox defeating Tony Parisi & Mario Milano (May ??, 1968);
  • AJPW All Asia Tag Team titles w/Klondike Bill defeating Kintaro Ohki & Michiaki Yoshimura (July 8, 1968);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Toru Tanaka defeating George & Sandy Scott (November ??, 1968);
  • IWA (Australia) World Heavyweight title defeating Tex McKenzie (November 18, 1968);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Brute Bernard defeating Lars Anderson & Dick Murdoch (December 5, 1969);

 

Career Highlights

 

  • 1963: Skull Murphy challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship..
  • Skull Murphy formed a successful tag team with Brute Bernard and won several championships..
  • March 23, 1970: John “Skull” Murphy died as a result of an overdose on sleeping pills..
  • There was also a Skull Murphy in England and wrestler Mike Diamond worked as Skull Murphy in the Southeastern USA..
  • ~~~Both of these versions were well after the original Skull Murphy passed away..