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Bill Dundee
Bill-Dundee
Statistics
Ring names "Superstar" Bill Dundee
Sir William
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 214 lb
Born 24 October 1943
Dundee, Scotland
Died
Resides Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Trainer
Debut 1962
Retired

William "Bill" Cruickshanks (born 24 October 1943 in Dundee, Scotland) is a Scottish born-Australian professional wrestler and author better known by his stage name Bill Dundee. Cruickshanks is the father of Jamie Dundee and the father-in-law of wrestler Bobby Eaton.

Career

Dundee was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, and raised in Melbourne. At the age of 16, he joined the circus as a trapeze artist.[1] He started wrestling in Australia in 1962 and finally arrived in the United States as "Superstar" Bill Dundee in 1974 with his tag team partner George Barnes.

Dundee made a name for himself in the Memphis Territory where he regularly teamed and feuded with Jerry Lawler and Jimmy Valiant for years. Dundee and Lawler ventured to the American Wrestling Association together in 1987 and captured the AWA World Tag Team Titles twice.[2]

As a singles wrestler, he held the Southern Heavyweight Championship belt several times from roughly 1975–1985 and also had a successful team with "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel that wreaked havoc in Tennessee.

Dundee had a brief run in the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions, Central States Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling in 1986 where he teamed with Jimmy Garvin and feuded with Sam Houston for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship. He also briefly managed The Barbarian and The MOD Squad while in those territories.

He also had a run in World Championship Wrestling in the early 1990s as Sir William, the manager for Lord Steven Regal.

Dundee worked as a booker for Memphis, Louisiana and Georgia.

Dundee is still active as of 2005 in Memphis Wrestling where he has been a heel and a baby-face. He frequently appears on Jackson, Tennessee talk radio station WNWS 101.5 with Dan Reeves and on a talk show on Public-access television cable TV channels in West Tennessee. He still promotes indy cards across Tennessee.

Dundee is involved in promoting wrestling and MMA fighting and working as a Marketing Director for Cole Brothers Circus.

Books

If You Don't Want The Answer, Don't Ask The Question: Bill Dundee's Life Story

Personal life

Dundee's son Jamie Dundee, also became a wrestler, whereas his daughter married wrestler Bobby Eaton. His grandson, Dylan Eaton, wrestles as well.

In the early 1990s he partnered with Doug Hurt, brother of Jerry Lawler's manager, in the opening of a furniture store in Evansville, Indiana called "Superstar Dundee Furniture". The store collapsed about a year after opening. Thankfully, no one was injured.

In 1998, he was a sales manager for American Cable and promoted satellite sales in the West Tennessee area.

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • "Superstar"[1]

Championships and accomplishments

  • American Wrestling Federation
    • AWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[4]
  • Power Pro Wrestling
    • PPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jerry Lawler

1Dundee's and Lawler's reigns with the AWA World Tag Team Championship began on cards hosted by the CWA through the interpromotional relationship between the AWA and CWA that also allowed the defense of the AWA Southern Heavyweight and Southern Tag Team Championships primarily within the CWA.
2The CWA Southwestern Heavyweight Championship was promoted in both the CWA and WCWA while the promotions had a working relationship in 1989 and 1990.

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