Former Pro Wrestler “Dirty” Dick Slater Passes Away
Former pro wrestling star “Dirty” Dick Slater — a prolific performer during the 1970s and ’80s — has died at the age of 67. Nicknamed ‘Dirty’, Slater’s best run of his career came with the GCW promotion from 1972-1983. Slater captured the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship on four separate occasions and also won the GCW tag team titles with “Cowboy” Bob Orton. He also competed across the mid-Atlantic and South before gaining a wider audience with WWE and WCW in the 1980s and early 1990s as well as appearances in Japan.
After an uneventful one year run in WWF, he went to All Japan Pro Wrestling as mainly a tag team act before coming to WCW in 1989 where he’d stay until 1996 when a back injury ended his career. Again, he worked mainly in tag teams, working with Dick Murdoch, Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, The Great Muta, Greg Valentine, and Bunkhouse Buck, the latter of which earned him the Worst Tag Team award in the 1995 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards.
“Slater was a prolific competitor during the 1970s and 1980s in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, where he teamed with WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton and had a memorable rivalry with WWE Hall of Famer Jake (The Snake) Roberts,” WWE wrote in a statement.
We extend our condolences to his friends and family of Dick Slater.