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Beyer in April 2010

Richard John "Dick" Beyer (July 11, 1930 – March 7, 2019)[1] was an American retired professional wrestler who was best known by his ring names, The Destroyer or Doctor X.

Beyer was born in New York City. He studied at Syracuse University.

eyer began as a "babyface" wrestler in the mid-1950s. His career as a "masked" wrestler, The Destroyer, began in 1962 in Los Angeles. He used the “figure-four-leg-lock” on his way to the Worldwide Wrestling Associates (WWA) championship on July 27, 1962.

Beyer went into semi-retirement in 1984. From 1984-95, Beyer taught physical education in the Akron, New York Central School District, where he also coached football, wrestling and swimming.

On November 4, 2017, it was announced that Beyer would be awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, by the Japanese government for "a lifetime spent promoting goodwill and bi-cultural exchanges between Japan and the United States".[2]

Beyer died on March 7, 2019 in Akron, New York, aged 88.[3]


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