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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. From there he began wrestling in Championship Wrestling from Florida and Georgia Championship Wrestling. He worked as a booker in Knoxville, Tennessee after Ron Fuller sold his promotion to Jim Barnett. He wrestled in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (later World Championship Wrestling), where he appeared on the first Starrcade. He also worked in Mid-South Wrestling Association, where he was managed by Dark Journey. Made some trips to the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico. He wrestled briefly in the World Wrestling Federation as a babyface under a "Rebel" gimmick, but soon returned to WCW. He wrestled there until receiving his back injury that ended his career. In June 2004, Slater was convicted for the stabbing of his former girlfriend Theresa Halbert. He was sentenced to one year of house arrest and two years of probation. He blamed the incident on influence from painkillers.

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May 19, 1951 In Albany, New York
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie NWA The Last Tangle in Tampa 1980-08-03
Latest Project:
Movie ECW Wrestlepalooza 1998 1998-05-03
Known For
Poster of WCW Clash of The Champions VIII: Fall Brawl '89
Poster of WWE The Big Event
Poster of NWA The Great American Bash 1985
Poster of NWA Starrcade 1984
Movie ECW Wrestlepalooza 1998 Himself (Honoree) 1998-05-03
Movie WCW Slamboree 1996 "Dirty" Dick Slater 1996-05-19
Movie WCW The Great American Bash 1995 "Dirty" Dick Slater 1995-06-18
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XXXI "Dirty" Dick Slater 1995-08-06
Movie WCW World War 3 1995 "Dirty" Dick Slater 1995-11-26
Movie WCW Fall Brawl 1995 "Dirty" Dick Slater 1995-09-17
Movie SMW Night of The Legends Dick Slater 1994-08-05
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XXIII "Dirty" Dick Slater 1993-06-16
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XX: 20th Anniversary Himself 1992-09-02
Movie PWF Homecoming "Dirty" Dick Slater 1989-03-11
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions VIII: Fall Brawl '89 Himself 1989-09-12
Movie The WWF's Even More Unusual Matches Dick Slater 1987-02-01
Movie The First Annual NWA Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament Himself 1986-04-19
Movie WWE The Big Event "The Rebel" Dick Slater 1986-08-27
Movie NWA The Great American Bash 1985 Dick Slater 1985-07-16
Movie NWA Boogie Jam Himself 1984-03-17
Movie NWA Starrcade 1984 Dick Slater 1984-11-22
Movie NWA Lords of The Ring Himself 1984-06-30
Movie NWA The Final Conflict Himself 1983-03-12
Movie NWA Starrcade 1983 Himself 1983-11-24
Movie NWA The Last Tangle in Tampa Himself 1980-08-03