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143.  Dick Slater

Quite often in the 1980’s, the WWE was able to take regional stars and break them into a National audience.  Dick Slater was not one of those fortunate ones, as the “E” totally whiffed on him turning him into a happy redneck nicknamed “The Rebel”.  Outside of Stamford, Slater was at his best as a rough heel, and he headlined regional promotions for years.  He did have multiple mid card runs in WCW and proved to be a dependable hand there.  Regardless of his misuse in WWE, Slater’s personal issues will likely prevent him from ever being considered by WWE brass.

 

Should Dick Slater be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 51.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 3.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 29.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: “Dirty” Dick Slater
    “The Rebel” Dick Slater
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Tampa, FL)
  • Key Championships Held: NWA Florida Tag Team (4) 1w/Dusty Rhodes, 1w/Stan Vachon, 1w/Toru Tanaka, 1w/Johnny Weaver
    NWA Florida Television (2)
    NWA Georgia Tag Team w/Bob Orton
    NWA Georgia Heavyweight (4)
    NWA Missouri Heavyweight
    NWA Mid Atlantic World Tag Team w/Dusty Rhodes
    NWA Florida United States Tag Team w/Killer Karl Kox
    NWA Southern (Florida) Heavyweight (4)
    NWA Florida Heavyweight
    NWA Southeastern Tag Team (2) 1w/Jerry Blackwell, 1w/Paul Orndorff
    NWA Southeastern Heavyweight (3)
    NWA Florida Brass Knuckles
    SCW Southwest Heavyweight
    NWA Mid Atlantic Television (2)
    NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight
    NWA United States
    Mid South North American (2)
    Mid South Television
    USWA Heavyweight
    WCW United States Tag Team w/The Barbarian
    WCW World Tag Team w/Bunkhouse Buck
  • Why they will get in: He was a very solid wrestler and respected by many.
  • Why they won't get in: His personal issues are too close to the Chris Benoit personal issues.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Beats Jack Brisco for the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Title (8/12/77)
    2.  Wins the biggest title in his home state capturing the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title over Jos LeDuc   (1/2/79)
    3.  Defeats Greg Valentine for the United States Title (12/14/84)
    4.  Defeats Jake Roberts for the Mid South North American belt continuing their long feud (2/23/86)
    5.  Wins his last major title with the most eyes watching during the Monday Night wars in WCW with the Tag Team Belts (7/22/95)

Should Dick Slater be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 51.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 3.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 29.6%

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+10 #1 stevenwaring 2015-04-02 17:33
why not he was a multiple champ and his style roughneck I admire to this day im59 I first watched him when I was 19 he was my hero and still is a real bad ass as was ken monte of the roller derby they were the best very underrated these guys shaped me.
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