Don Jardine
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Don Jardine

Don Jardine
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Birth nameDonald Delbert Jardine
Born(1940-03-24)March 24, 1940
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedDecember 16, 2006(2006-12-16) (aged 66)
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Professional wrestling career
The Butcher[1]
Don Jardine[1]
Sonny Cooper[1]
The Spoiler[1]
Super Destroyer
Billed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Billed weight293 lb (133 kg)[1]
Billed fromParts Unknown (as The Spoiler)[1]
Singapore (as Super Destroyer)
Trained byWhipper Billy Watson

Donald Delbert Jardine[2] (March 24, 1940 - December 16, 2006) was a Canadian professional wrestler best known for his masked gimmick as The Spoiler. While a major star in various wrestling promotions such as the World Wrestling Federation (1974) and between (1984 - 1986), Jardine saw his greatest successes in the National Wrestling Alliance affiliated territories of Championship Wrestling from Florida, Georgia Championship Wrestling and Big Time Wrestling, which would eventually become known as World Class Championship Wrestling, from the early 1960s through the mid 1980s.

Professional wrestling career

Jardine began wrestling in the mid-1950s, making his debut in 1955 at the age of 15. He made his Maple Leaf Gardens debut in 1959 as "Babyface" Don Jardine, a protégé of Whipper Billy Watson and wrestled primarily in Toronto until 1961 and returned briefly in 1964. In 1964, Jardine wrestled NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz on TV in St. Louis, but did not win the title. Jardine also wrestled as The Butcher in Los Angeles in 1964. Whilst wrestling under "The Butcher" moniker, he teamed with both Mad Dog Vachon and Dutch Savage for a short time. He challenged Gene Kiniski for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1966. He became one of the top masked wrestlers in the Southern United States, particularly in Texas, where The Spoiler was created by Fritz Von Erich in 1967.[1] He famously walked the top rope, a move he would lend to Mark Calaway (the future Undertaker) in the mid-1980s while competing in World Class Championship Wrestling.[3]

He was unmasked in Texas in 1972 by Billy Red Lyons and Red Bastein and identified as Don Jardine, still, he continued to wrestle under the mask as "The Spoiler" in Texas and Oklahoma. The Spoiler also wrestled in All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling during the 1960s and 1970s. He became the Super Destroyer and was brought into the Carolinas by George Scott in 1973 and also used the "Super Destroyer" name during his stint in the AWA (1977-78). Jardine was one of the key workers, along with Johnny Valentine, who turned the Mid-Atlantic territory around and established hot singles wrestling programs in what had traditionally been a tag team territory. Jardine challenged Jack Brisco for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship as both the Super Destroyer and The Spoiler, and wrestled Harley Race for the NWA Heavyweight title in a main event in Houston, Texas in 1979. He held the Georgia-based NWA National Heavyweight Championship and was briefly billed as NWA National Heavyweight Champion by the World Wrestling Federation after it bought out Georgia Championship Wrestling in July 1984.[4]

The Spoiler wrestled (75) matches for the World Wrestling Federation in (1974) before leaving for other promotions. He returned to the (WWF) and had his first match back for a TV-Taping in Poughkeepsie, New York on July 30, 1984 defeating Jeff Lang and wrestled for a few years until his last match in the (WWF) on January 21, 1986 in Los Angeles, California defeating Billy Anderson. The Spoiler, along with Jake "The Snake" Roberts and the 400-pound King Kong Bundy, joined forces with a newly emerging tag team, The Road Warriors, to form the original Legion of Doom.[3] The Spoiler once headlined against WWF Champion Pedro Morales in Madison Square Garden, wrestling maskless because, at that time, the arena had a rule barring masked wrestlers from performing.[5] The Spoiler appeared in a historic match against Mil Mascaras, the Mexican legend, marking the first time a wrestler (Mascaras) ever wore a mask into a ring in New York State. The Spoiler's matches against Chief Jay Strongbow and Sonny King were long-lasting feuds that enjoyed successful runs across the WWF circuit. His "Iron Claw" was the first maneuver to be censored from the TV screen by the WWF in a 'reverse psych' move to sell tickets. Jardine promoted some shows in Tampa, Florida in 1993-94 and then retired from wrestling.

Personal life

He spent the later years of his life in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada with his wife and son, where he was the manager of a car wash business. Jardine was known to make clay sculptures and carved faces in the bark of cotton wood trees. He also volunteered for the Literacy Program, teaching young children to read.

On December 16, 2006, Jardine died due to complications from a heart attack and leukemia in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and was writing a novel based on his professional wrestling career at the time of his death.[3][4] He had also been battling pneumonia, and went into cardiac arrest followed by a coma he would never recover from. He was 66.[6]

Championships and accomplishments

Luchas de Apuestas record

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Bret Hart (hair) The Spoiler (mask) Toronto, Ontario WWF Toronto 13 January 1985 [21]
The Spoiler (mask) Reggie Parks (mask) Fayetteville, North Carolina MACW Fayetteville 17 March 1975 [22]
The Spoiler (mask) Reggie Parks (mask) Charleston, South Carolina MACW Charleston 21 March 1975 [22]
The Spoiler (mask) Reggie Parks (mask) Columbia, South Carolina MACW Columbia 22 March 1975 [22]
Fritz Von Erich (hair) The Spoiler (mask) Dallas, Texas WCCW Dallas 15 October 1968 [22]


  1. ^ The NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Championship that Jardine won was a version of the title that was defended only within the state of Mississippi at the time as part of the Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling roster. It should not be confused with the current version of the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Championship that was created in 1999 and has been defended in NWA Mississippi and NWA Battlezone Championship Wrestling, where it is currently defended.
  2. ^ This championship would be renamed the NWA American Heavyweight Championship in May 1968. It would go on to be renamed the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship after World Class' withdrawal from the NWA in February 1986.


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  8. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Texas: NWA / World Class American Heavyweight Title [Von Eric]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 265-266. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
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  15. ^ "NWA Texas Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ Will, Gary; Duncan, Royal (2000). "Texas: NWA Texas Tag Team Title [Von Erich]". Wrestling Title Histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Pennsylvania: Archeus Communications. pp. 275-276. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
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  19. ^ "World Class Television Title". Retrieved 2016.
  20. ^ Hoops, Brian (7 March 2020). "Daily Pro Wrestling history (03/07): Bruno Sammartino vs. Giant Baba". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ "WWF Toronto".
  22. ^ a b c d "The Spoiler".

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