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William Mueller

Mueller as Trevor Murdoch during his time in WWE.
Ring name(s)Trevor Murdoch[1]
Stan Dupp[1]
Trevor Rhodes[2]
Scottie Dee[2]
Jethro Holliday
Roscoe Jackson[3]
Billed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[4]
Billed weight235 lb (107 kg)[4]
Born(1980-09-10) September 10, 1980 (age 32)[5]
Coffeyville, Kansas[1][5]
ResidesEldon, Missouri[6]
Billed fromWaxahachie, Texas[4]
Trained byHarley Race's Wrestling Academy[1]
Debut1999[1]
 
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William Mueller

Mueller as Trevor Murdoch during his time in WWE.
Ring name(s)Trevor Murdoch[1]
Stan Dupp[1]
Trevor Rhodes[2]
Scottie Dee[2]
Jethro Holliday
Roscoe Jackson[3]
Billed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[4]
Billed weight235 lb (107 kg)[4]
Born(1980-09-10) September 10, 1980 (age 32)[5]
Coffeyville, Kansas[1][5]
ResidesEldon, Missouri[6]
Billed fromWaxahachie, Texas[4]
Trained byHarley Race's Wrestling Academy[1]
Debut1999[1]

William Theodore Mueller[7] (born September 10, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, he is best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and World League Wrestling (WLW).[4]

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Career

Early career

Mueller started his career training in Central States Wrestling Alliance,[5] in the Missouri area, in 1997. He then moved on to World League Wrestling (WLW) and Harley Race's Wrestling Academy training camp in 1999 and began his wrestling career in WLW. On April 11, 2000, as Trevor Rhodes, he won the WLW Heavyweight Championship by defeating Meng. He then made a name for himself as part of The Dupps, a hillbilly tag team consisting of kayfabe brothers Stan Dupp (Mueller) and Bo Dupp. As a team, The Dupps wrestled in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). While in OVW, Mueller teamed with Lance Cade. The team was known as TNT. Mueller signed a WWE development deal in June 2005.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2005-2008)

Debut and teaming with Lance Cade (2005-2008)

Mueller signed a 3 year deal with World Wrestling Entertainment in July, 2005.[8] On August 22, 2005 a promo was shown showcasing Mueller's debut along with the returning Lance Cade. He was repackaged as Trevor Murdoch (the surname coming from his likeness to wrestling legend Dick Murdoch), and the team was simply known as Cade and Murdoch. Cade, playing a smooth-talking cowboy, while Murdoch appeared to be an angry southern trucker.

Cade and Murdoch won their debut match on the September 5, 2005 episode of Raw. They defeated World Tag Team Champions Hurricane and Rosey in a non-title match, earning themselves a title match at Unforgiven. During the match, Murdoch delivered an Elevated DDT on The Hurricane to the outside, causing The Hurricane to suffer a stinger. This allowed Cade and Murdoch to win the World Tag Team Championship. They would eventually lose their title at Taboo Tuesday to Big Show and Kane.

On November 28 during his match against Shelton Benjamin, commentator Joey Styles acknowledged that Murdoch and Lance Cade were no longer a tag team. It was revealed on WWE Unlimited, that Trevor Murdoch set his sights on Ric Flair and the WWE Intercontinental Championship. On Unlimited, Murdoch had been reviewing movies that were, at the time, playing in theaters, such as Brokeback Mountain, King Kong, and Hostel. The first two movie reviews displayed various sexual habits, while the third showed cruelty in his past. The underlying point of all the reviews that Murdoch was trying to convey is that he believes "city folk" have quite an easy life, as opposed to his.

After breaking up with Cade, he wrestled in singles competition on Heat, normally winning most of his matches while still making small appearances on Raw. He would also have a short feud with The Heart Throbs on Heat which involved him defeating both of them in singles action and gaining a spot in the 2006 Royal Rumble, though he did not win. He then moved on to a short feud with Goldust but was unsuccessful in beating him. He would then feud with both Goldust and his tag partner Snitsky. This led to him helping former partner Cade win his matches and hinted at the two of them reforming their team.

Cade and Murdoch later reformed their tag team, with Cade having a new look with long jet black hair. On the September 4 edition of Raw, Murdoch and Cade lost a number one contender's Triple Threat Match for the World Tag Team Title at Unforgiven. The Highlanders won the match when they pinned Charlie Haas who was teamed with Viscera. Murdoch and Cade then joined forces with Edge to oppose D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels).

Murdoch (holding the belt) stirs-up his opponents prior to a tag-title match.

Cade and Murdoch began a feud in April with World Tag Team Champions The Hardys, leading to their title match at Backlash, which The Hardys won. Cade and Murdoch suddenly gained a great deal of respect for The Hardys and began to praise their abilities. The Hardys then began an alliance with Cade and Murdoch. Despite the alliance, Cade and Murdoch faced The Hardys in a rematch at Judgment Day which The Hardys won.[9] On the June 4 edition of Raw, Cade and Murdoch were given another shot at the World Tag Team Championship against The Hardys. Cade and Murdoch were finally successful, becoming two time World Tag Team Champions. When Cade made the pin on Jeff Hardy, Hardy's foot was on the ropes but was pushed off by Murdoch. After the match, when Matt Hardy argued with Cade and Murdoch, they attacked Matt and Jeff with the tag belts, becoming heels once again. They successfully defended their titles against The Hardys at Vengeance: Night of Champions after Cade pinned Jeff and claimed they retained their belts "all by the rules". After that Cade and Murdoch appeared on Raw and Heat in matches against London and Kendrick, The Highlanders, and Cryme Tyme. On July 23 on Raw, Cade and Murdoch teamed up with Umaga to face John Cena and Candice in a Champions-only handicap tag team match. During the match, Cade and Murdoch trapped Candice in order to set her up for Umaga to attack, until Jeff Hardy came out and attacked Umaga with a steel chair. After Candice left scared, and Umaga was chased to the back by Jeff, Cade & Murdoch were left to square off against John Cena. Cena defeated them when he threw Cade out of the ring and gave Murdoch an FU.[10] Murdoch, along with Cade lost the titles at a house show on September 5 to Paul London and Brian Kendrick,[11] but beat them to take the titles back on the last day of the tour.[12] Murdoch and Cade remained champions until the Raw XV Anniversary show, losing the World Tag Team Championships to the team of Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes.[13][14]

Feud with Lance Cade and departure (2008)

Late in April 2008, Murdoch began to develop a country singing gimmick. On the May 12 edition of Raw, Cade turned on Murdoch following a "victory song," punching Murdoch in the face twice, ending the partnership.[15] The two faced off on the June 2 edition of Raw, with Cade getting the victory.[16]

As part of the 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft, Murdoch was drafted to the SmackDown brand but was released from his WWE contract on July 3, 2008 before his debut.[17][18]

Independent circuit (2008-2009)

Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch at NWA Showcase.

On July 9, 2008, IWA Mid-South announced that Mueller would be wrestling against Insane Lane as Trevor Murdock at their Gory Days 4 show on July 26 in Sellersburg, Indiana,[19] followed by a match against Nick Gage at Put Up or Shut Up 2008 on August 16 in Portage, Indiana.[20] On August 24, Trevor Murdock lost in an attempt to capture the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Brent Albright.

Lance Cade was released from his WWE contract on October 14, 2008,[21] and less than a week later Cade and Murdoch began accepting bookings together as a team on the independent circuit, including IWA-Mid South.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2009)

Mueller debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on the April 23, 2009 edition of TNA Impact!, under the name "The Outlaw" Jethro Holliday, teaming with Eric Young to defeat the team of No Limit (Naitō and Yujiro), advancing to the second round of Team 3D's open invitational tag team tournament.[22][23] On the May 7 episode of Impact! Holliday and Young lost to Beer Money, Inc.. The following week he lost in an "I Quit Match" against Booker T. On June 18, Holliday lost a Clockwork Orange House of Fun match against Raven. On August 13, he turned heel by attacking Abyss with a steel chair, in response to the "bounty" set by Dr. Stevie. At Hard Justice he lost to Abyss and after the match turned face once again by attacking Dr. Stevie. During this time, he was used as a jobber putting over the likes of Bobby Lashley and Daniels. On November 11, 2009, Mueller was released from his TNA contract.[24]

Various independents (2011)

Prior to the live broadcast of Raw on May 9, 2011, Mueller wrestled as 'Trevor Murdoch' in a dark match, which he lost to Evan Bourne.[25] He wrestled a dark match the following night prior to the SmackDown tapings, losing to Jey Uso.[26] On June 17, Mueller announced that he was going to be signing a contract to return to WWE, however, on June 29 he revealed that the deal had fallen through due to budget cuts. As a result, Mueller reportedly considered retiring from professional wrestling.[27][28]

In November, Murdoch returned to Pro Wrestling NOAH, participating in the 2011 Global League.

In December 2011, Murdoch took part in TNA's India project, Ring Ka King under the name Roscoe Jackson.[3][29]

Personal life

Mueller and his wife had their first son on November 9, 2005. They reside part-time in Eldon, Missouri. Mueller also has a daughter from a previous relationship.[30]

Mueller has a tattoo of the Looney Tunes character The Tasmanian Devil on his right upper biceps. Mueller spends time in Eldon, Missouri at Harley Race's Wrestling Academy working with new and upcoming wrestlers in the training program. He announced his retirement in 2010.[6]

Mueller was good friends with former tag team partner Lance Cade. He is also good friends with Shawn Michaels.

He and his wife, Amanda, own T. Murdock’s Bar and Grill in downtown Eldon.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

Murdoch (left) and Lance Cade as the World Tag Team Champions.
  • Future Legend Award (2009)[33]
  • PWI ranked him #96 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2008

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