October 23, 2005
REAL NAME: William Theodore Mueller
For much of the early part of his career, Murdoch saw action in Race's WLW organization, defeating Meng for the WLW Championship on April 11, 2000.
Murdoch became part of a wrestling stable known as the Dupps, who had a hillbilly gimmick. Dubbed Stan Dupp, Murdoch joined Otto Schwanz, Mike Maverick and Seven Briggs as the Dupps, all of whom were signed to a WWE developmental contract.
The Dupps would leave the WWE in the summer of 2002, to compete in NWA-TNA, even forming their own championship, the Dupp Cup, a sort of hardcore title.
The Dupps would continue to wrestle on the independent scene for the next several years, before Murdoch returning to the WLW where he was known as Trevor Rhodes. Rhodes was very successful in singles competition in WLW, even earning some attention by joining Brandon Bishop (his opponent for the evening) and Johnny Gold in attacking Mick Foley, who has served as the special referee for the match.
After a feud with Jason Bates that saw Rhodes attack Ted Dibiase, who pointed out interference in Rhodes' match, Rhodes was signed by WWE to a developmental deal, in June 2005.
Rhodes was renamed Trevor Murdoch and teamed with Garrison Cade, who was renamed Lance Cade. (Though Rhodes has a remarkable resemblance to both Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch, he is not related to either.) Before the end of the month of June, Cade and Murdoch were wrestling in dark matches on WWE shows. That continued through out the summer of 2005, with the team being nicknamed TNT and battling other workers trying to get a toehold in WWE, such as Balls Mahoney, Axl Rotten, C.M. Punk as well as the F.B.I.
As TNT was working dark matches and house shows, the WWE was playing vignettes hyping their arrival. After defeating World Tag Team Champs Rosey and the Hurricane in a non-title match in their Raw debut, they repeated the feat at Unforgiven, this time with the titles on the line.
As new World Tag Champs, Murdoch and Cade defended the titles against Rosey and the Hurricane as well as Viscera and Val Venis. However, their title reign was stopped cold at Taboo Tuesday when Kane and the Big Show defeated Murdoch and Cade for the Tag Team titles.
After a subsequent loss to the Legion of Doom, the team of Murdoch and Rhodes broke up, with Rhodes working singles matches, eventually being relegated to Heat.
Back in WLW, based in Eldon, Mo., still Murdoch's home base, Murdoch claimed the heavyweight title, beating Daniel Cross on December 9, 2006 in St. Louis. He'd hold the belt -- his fifth reign -- until July 13, 2007, when he lost to Dangerous Derek McQuinn in Waterloo, Iowa.
The team of Murdoch and Cade were hardly finished, however. By the end of the summer of 2006, they were back on Raw and in the tag team mix. The reunited Hardy Boyz proved to be excellent opponents, and though a babyface turn was hinted at, Murdoch and Cade proved they would always do what it took to win, claiming the WWE tag titles for a second time on June 4, 2007.