Trained by Herb Welch, the Jackson, Tennessee native terrorized territories in Tennessee, Memphis, Florida, Calgary, Japan and Minnesota before being recruited into the WWF at the request of Hulk Hogan. Dr. D was a singles and tag team champion for multiple promotions, and he faced some of the most dangerous men in the business: Antonio Inoki, Abdullah the Butcher, Bruiser Brody, and Johnny Rodz. Yet he is remembered to this day for taking down a very different opponent: ABC reporter John Stossel, who dared to utter the words, “I think this is fake.”
The Stossel incident was only one of many incidents that led to the end of his wrestling career, but Dr. D soon turned babyface in real life, finding an even greater calling as a professional bounty hunter. Working out of Connecticut, Dr. D traveled the world and brought back as many as 1700 “skips” who had fled from justice. Dr. D was unequaled in his second career as he was with the first. If he couldn’t charm you into coming back of your own free will, he still possessed the shooting skills taught by Herb Welch that enabled him to persuade anyone to give themselves up.
Dr. D’s story will be told in print this coming winter. It’s a must-read biography of a man who goes by many names. Call him a wrestler. Call him a bounty hunter. Just don’t call him fake!