Dick Slater
Professional wrestler
Dick Slater
Richard Van Slater, better known by his ring name "Dirty" Dick Slater, is a retired American professional wrestler who wrestled in the 1970s, 1980s, and mid 1990s for various promotions including Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Slater began wrestling with Mike Graham at Robinson High School, in Tampa, Florida. He attended the University of Tampa with Paul Orndorff.
Biography
Dick Slater's personal information overview.
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Tons & Tons Of Various News & Notes Inside Here - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
Highspots did shoot interview DVD filming with Vampiro, Terry Taylor, Felicia "Big Mama" Valiant and Dick Slater over the weekend. -- The world's record for the longest women's wrestling match was broken by WSU in New Jersey, where WSU champion
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Mix of memorable personalities on third day of NWA Atlanta Fanfest - CANOE
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Rowdy NWA bruisers Dick Slater and Ole Anderson navigated the Atlanta Marriott ballroom in wheelchairs, but appeared to be in good spirits, nonetheless, as they shared stories about memorable angles with fans and caught up with onetime nemeses,
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The Top 50 Best Heels in Professional Wrestling, 1981-2011 - Bleacher Report
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As a heel, Dirty Dick Slater was open for business. Wrestling largely in the territories during the '80s, Slater was well known for being one of the toughest, hard-nosed workers that competed in the ring. Slater just seemed to fit the role of a heel;
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Goldust Return Update, Helms Undergoing Surgery - ProWrestling.com
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... jaw, and nose during the accident, as well as sustaining other fractures and receiving over 200 stitches, while his girlfriend sustained a broken neck. - Former WCW World Tag Team Champion "Dirty" Dick Slater celebrates his 60th birthday
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DOT NET DAILY - ProWrestling.net
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-Dick Slater celebrated his 60th birthday on Thursday. He was born on May 19, 1951. -There are no pro wrestling shows advertised for ESPN Classic this weekend. READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! BECOME A MEMBER FOR JUST $7.50 A MONTH (or less
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CM Punk Accused Of Stealing Wrestling Moves - Details - Wrestling Inc.
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-- Former WCW World Tag Team Champion "Dirty" Dick Slater celebrates his 60th birthday. Also, WWE Hall of Famer Andre the Giant was born on this date in 1946. -- KENTA of Pro Wrestling NOAH commented on CM Punk
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Slater
    FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 52
    On June 10, 2004, Slater was sentenced to one year of house arrest and two years of probation.
    More Details Hide Details He was also sentenced to keep away from Halbert and pay more than $18,000 restitution. Slater is a former boyfriend of Luna Vachon. He was also married to Nancy Turner for nearly 24 years; they have three children together. He is currently married to Monica Walters. Before coming to Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, Slater was involved in an incident where Wahoo McDaniel shot him. Slater, McDaniel, Tommy Rich, and André the Giant were at a bar in Tampa when someone in the bar made a comment about Rich's wife, which angered Rich and McDaniel. The man who had commented about Rich's wife got a knife, and seeing that, McDaniel got out a gun. André and Slater went out to the parking lot and watched the altercation; while watching, McDaniel pistol-whipped the man and when he did so, the gun went off and Slater was hit by the bullet in the leg. Slater told the police that a sniper had shot him; he would return to the ring in just three weeks. Slater was also famous for an altercation in a bar in Tampa, Florida with John Matuszak, which Slater won.
    In June 2004, Slater was convicted of attacking his former girlfriend, Theresa Halbert.
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    In June 2004, Slater was convicted for the stabbing of his former girlfriend Theresa Halbert.
    More Details Hide Details He was sentenced to one year of house arrest and two years of probation. He blamed the incident on influence from painkillers.
  • 2003
    Age 51
    On December 27, 2003, it was reported that Slater had stabbed Halbert with a butcher's knife.
    More Details Hide Details Slater claimed that the night before the incident, he had received "a shot of morphine and two forty milligram Oxycontins", for numerous back injuries. In an interview with Mid-Atlantic Gateway, Slater said that "It was all drug related... most of it all. I mean, I couldn’t tell you what happened... if I didn’t know what happened I really don’t know what actually took place, other than I was... I woke up in Intensive Care in the hospital. I had gone to the hospital by ambulance the night before... ".
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 44
    In 1996, Slater formed a tag team with Mike Enos known as 'Rough N Ready'.
    More Details Hide Details In Gainesville, Georgia, Slater blew out two vertebrae in a televised match. The back injury ended his wrestling career and his run with Enos, who went on to team with his former partner Wayne Bloom.
  • 1995
    Age 43
    He won the WCW World Tag Team Championship with Bunkhouse Buck on an episode of WCW Saturday Night on July 22, 1995, defeating the Harlem Heat thanks to interference from Col. Rob Parker.
    More Details Hide Details They dropped the titles back to the Harlem Heat at Fall Brawl 1995. Parker eventually dumped Slater and Buck for Martel, and the Stud Stable was finished.
  • 1992
    Age 40
    He briefly won the WCW United States Tag Team Championship with The Barbarian, defeating The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes), but the belts were retired one month later on July 31, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Slater later replaced Terry Funk in the Stud Stable. The group started a feud with the Harlem Heat because of a love/hate relationship between Parker and the Heat's manager, Sister Sherri.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 34
    Slater defeated Mike Sharpe at The Big Event and was squashed by Don Muraco in two minutes on the November 29, 1986 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after his match with Muraco, the WWF began to use him as a jobber. After a brief run in the AWA where he was supposedly a bodyguard for AWA champion Curt Hennig, Slater returned to Jim Crockett Promotions after leaving the WWF, but was soon fired for placing a plastic bag over Ric Flair's head. However, he would come back to World Championship Wrestling for the final portion of his career. He replaced an injured Terry Funk to team up with The Great Muta at Clash of Champions VIII in a losing effort against Ric Flair and Sting.
  • 1985
    Age 33
    In 1985, Slater left Mid-Atlantic and went to Mid-South Wrestling (run by Bill Watts).
    More Details Hide Details He has said that the move was because he was tired of the promotion and the multiple bookings he did. In Mid-South, Slater took on his controversial valet of Dark Journey, whom he first saw dancing in a nightclub; he eventually asked her to be his valet. His relationship with her caused a great deal of legitimate heat (due to her being African-American). While in Mid-South, Slater engaged in a lengthy feud with Jake Roberts (who would DDT Dark Journey in one of their matches); Slater would also win the Mid-South North American Championship, the Mid-South Television Championship, and the UWF World Television Championship. Slater wrestled briefly for the World Wrestling Federation as a babyface using a Southern "Rebel" gimmick. While in the WWF, Slater had one match with Jake Roberts; however, this being 1980s WWF TV (where no mention was ever made of a wrestler's past) his Mid-South feud with Roberts was ignored.
  • 1983
    Age 31
    In 1983, Slater was working in Knoxville, Tennessee for Ron Fuller when Jim Barnett approached Slater with the idea of booking a television show in Atlanta for Ted Turner.
    More Details Hide Details At the same time, Jim Crockett was buying out Jim Barnett; thus, Slater started working for Crockett. Around the same time, Dusty Rhodes (one of Slater's many tag team partners) became a booker for Crockett. Slater teamed up with Bob Orton, Jr., and began a feud with Ric Flair where they attacked with an aided piledriver in an attempt to end his career. The team collected a bounty from Harley Race, the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion for apparently ending Flair's career. Flair would return and attack Slater and Orton. While Flair would go on to fight Race at Starrcade for the championship, Orton and Slater were placed in a tag team match with Mark Youngblood and Wahoo McDaniel, who sought retribution on Slater and Orton for attacking their friend Flair. At the event, Slater and Orton were victorious over Youngblood and McDaniel after Orton superplexed Youngblood.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1968
    Age 16
    Slater began wrestling in 1968 with Mike Graham at Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details Eddie Graham purchased a wrestling mat for his high school and started a high school wrestling program there. He wrestled for an organization called the AAU, a program that trained young wrestlers to go to the Olympics. Slater went to the University of Tampa where he played football in addition to wrestling (among his teammates was John Matuszak and Paul Orndorff). He had a chance to play football for the Miami Dolphins but declined the opportunity, deciding to wrestle instead. After going to a National AAU meet, he was approached by Mike Graham, who asked him if he wanted to become a professional wrestler; Slater decided to go to the Sportatorium in Tampa to train as a professional wrestler. There, he was trained by Jack Brisco, Bob Roop, Hiro Matsuda, and Bill Watts. Slater also became good friends with Dick Murdoch around this time. Slater began working for Championship Wrestling from Florida, which was run by Eddie Graham. He stayed there for three years and won the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (with Dusty Rhodes, Stan Vachon, Toru Tanaka, and Johnny Weaver) and the NWA Florida Television Championship.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on May 19, 1951.
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