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The Strange Story Of The Masked Wrestler Who Brought Park Golf To The United States


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On January 7th, 1984, Dick Beyer — AKA “The Destroyer,” AKA “Dr. X” —
wrestled an extremely bland Mike Davis on a television taping of Championship Wrestling From Florida, in one of the most head-scratching matches I’ve ever seen.

But it’s not nearly as bananas as The Destroyer/Dr. X’s second career, after he left wrestling behind him.

In this nearly seven-minute match, at no point am I ever sure exactly what kind of match this is supposed to be. Is it to get the Bitchy Resting Face Ryan Hitchcock version of Mike Davis over with only-big-toe-connecting dropkicks and thigh-gap-landing sentons? Is it meant to be a technically sound amateur mat wrestling match where only one guy does any wrestling holds? Is this some sort of bizarre reverse squash? It’s like two matches happening at the same time, and ends up being no match at all. It’s the wrestling equivalent of the Norm MacDonald joke about two sports that don’t go together.

Did both Dr. X and Mike Davis have backstage heat and they sent them out there as punishment? It’s super impressive to me that a little over a year later, one of these guys was one half of a crazy-over tag team that was tearing it up in the NWA in a tag match with the Ragin’ Bull and Magnum TA. And it isn’t the guy in the cool mask.

So whatever became of Dr. X? Well, Dr. X semi-retired in 1984, and then waited nearly three decades before he entered into his other mix-and-match sports endeavor. In 2013, he opened Destroyer Park Golf in Akron, New York. Because when you think of golf, you think of a terrifying old-school masked wrestler.

That is amazing. That is a local news report about an octogenarian masked wrestler introducing a Japanese mash-up of croquet and mini-golf to America. Beyer runs Destroyer Park Gold with his daughter, which sits on land he owns, two houses down from where he lives.

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