Richard Gland (September 17, 1933 – September 15, 1997) was an American professional wrestler who used the ring name Dick "Bulldog" Brower.

Bulldog Brower
Bulldog Brower.jpg
Birth nameRichard Gland[1]
Born(1933-09-17)September 17, 1933[2]
Delaware, United States[1]
DiedSeptember 15, 1997(1997-09-15) (aged 63)[1]
Cause of deathComplications from hip surgery
Spouse(s)Susan Gland (his death)
Children3
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Bulldog Brower
Delaware Destroyer
Dick Brower
The Gestapo
Billed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Billed weight270 lb (120 kg; 19 st)
DebutLate 1950s[1]
RetiredLate 1980s[1]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Gland started his career in the Delaware territory in the late 1950s under the ring name the Delaware Destroyer.[1] In 1961, Brower traveled to Canada to wrestle for Stu Hart in his wrestling promotion Stampede Wrestling.[1] After his run in Stampede Wrestling, Brower wrestled for Frank Tunney in Toronto. There, Brower won the NWA International Tag Team Championship (Toronto version) five times.

Brower then traveled to Puerto Rico, where he competed for the World Wrestling Council (WWC). In WWC, he won the NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Puerto Rico/WWC version).

Brower also wrestled for National Wrestling Federation (NWF), where he won the NWF North American Heavyweight Championship. Brower went on to wrestle for another wrestling promotion this time World Championship Wrestling (Australia) where he won the NWA Austra-Asian Heavyweight Championship. He wrestled for the short-lived International Wrestling Association in the New York City area, where he was recognized as North American Champion, feuding with Johnny Powers and Mighty Igor.

After his run in the NWF, Brower got a call from Vincent J. McMahon to be a heel in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). There, he was managed by Lou Albano.[3]

He retired from professional wrestling in the late 1980s.[1] During his career Brower faced wrestlers such as Bruno Sammartino, Johnny Valentine, Mil Máscaras, Tiger Jeet Singh, Bob Backlund, Whipper Watson, The Sheik, The Fabulous Kangaroos, Johnny Powers, Spiros Arion, Bobby Duncum, Sr., and Ernie Ladd.

Personal lifeEdit

Gland dropped out of chiropractic school to pursue a career as a professional wrestler.[1]

After living with diabetes, Gland died in September 1997 from complications from hip surgery.[1] At the time of his death, Gland was married to Susan and had two daughters and a son, as well as four grandchildren.[4]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Dick 'The Bulldog' Brower". SLAM! Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  2. ^ "Wrestler Profiles: Dick "The Bulldog" Brower". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  3. ^ Dick Brower profile, from WrestlingData.com
  4. ^ Cole, Glenn (September 17, 1997). "Bulldog Brower a legend". Toronto Sun. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  6. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "(Dallas) Texas: NWA American Tag Team Title [Fritz Von Erich]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 978-0-9698161-5-7.
  7. ^ "N.W.A. American Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  8. ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/australia/wcw/au-world-bk.html

External linksEdit

  • Brower at Online World of Wrestling