RIP “The Destroyer” Dick Beyer

Remembering “The Destroyer” – a class act and true gentleman. From Western NY, to world famous pro wrestling legend.

The World of Wrestling, both Pro and Amateur, lost a legend today.  The Destroyer, Dick Beyer, has passed away at the age of 89.  Beyer, a Syracuse University grad – made a name for himself as an athlete, competing on the mats for the Orange, as well as on the football team.

After entering the world of Pro Wrestling, his career took off during his time in Japan.  This interview with The Destroyer, from 2004, goes into his career, but really showcases his personality.  Yes, he was the  Intelligent Sensational Destroyer. He was also a class act, and a true gentleman.

The Wrestlevision crew encountered the Destroyer many times over the years, and Dick Beyer was always ready to tell stories… from his days as a TV star in Japan, to his many road trip stories with Billy “Red” Lyons.

Our last time talking with Beyer was in 2017, again at the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The wrestling world will always remember The Destroyer.  His legacy lives on, in his hometown of Akron, NY  – to the halls of Syracuse University – to the Land of the Rising Sun.  Rest in Peace Destroyer… and keep on showing off those wheels.


“The Destroyer” Dick Beyer with Scotty Bender, at the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum, then located in Amsterdam, NY – from 2004 (Photo by Joe Bradt)


“The Destroyer” Dick Beyer with Don Leo Jonathan, Jack Brisco, Nick Bockwinkle and Harley Race at the Cauliflower Alley Club in Las Vegas, circa 2003

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