Sad news today as wrestling legend “Dirty” Dick Slater has passed away at 67.
Slater began his wrestling career in 1968 in Championship Wrestling From Florida, winning the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship with Dusty Rhodes (and three other partners during his time there) as well as the NWA Florida Television Championship.
He moved to Georgia Championship Wrestling in the early 70’s and stayed as a mainstay there for nearly a decade. In GCW, Slater won the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship four times as well as NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship with Bob Orton Jr.
In ’83, Slater moved to Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling where he captured the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship, the NWA Television Championship and the NWA US Heavyweight Championship. During his time wrestling for Mid-Atlantic, Slater was booking for three other promotions including Bill Watts’ Mid-South Wrestling Association.
Slater had a short stint in WWE in 1986-1987 where he competed as “The Rebel” Dick Slater and was largely used as enhancement talent. After leaving WWE, Slater spent three years in Japan wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling.
From 1989 to 1996, Slater was on and off WCW television, mostly wrestling in tag teams. Slater retired in 1996 after suffering a back injury.
No cause of death has been revealed yet for Slater’s passing.
On behalf of everyone here at Vortainment, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dick Slater, a true wrestling legend down here in the South.