Kocosports is saddened to learn that Dick Slater has passed away at age 67. His passing was brought to our attention by Les Thatcher.

A former football player and amateur wrestler, Slater began his pro career in 1968 in Florida under Mike Graham, trained by Bill Wats, Hiro Matsuda, Bob Roop, and Jack Brisco. He eventually found his way to GCW for an 11-year run, winning several singles and tag team titles. In the mid-80s, he worked for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, where he was was a wrestler and a booker, and Mid-South Wrestling.

Slater competed in WWE from 1986 to 1987 before moving to All Japan Pro Wrestling and finishing his in-ring career in WCW.

Kocosports extends its condolences to Slater’s family, friends and fans.

Check out some of the numerous accolades and titles Slater earned through his career:

All Japan Pro Wrestling
Champion Carnival Technical Award (1979)
World’s Strongest Tag Determination League Outstanding Performance Award (1980) – with Ricky Steamboat
World’s Strongest Tag Determination League Fair Play Award (1980) – with Ricky Steamboat
World’s Strongest Tag Determination League Technique Award (1982) – with Harley Race
World’s Strongest Tag Determination League Excite Award (1990) – with Joel Deaton

Championship Wrestling from Florida
NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Florida version) (1 time)
NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Dusty Rhodes (1), Stan Vachon (1), Toru Tanaka (1), and Johnny Weaver (1)
NWA Florida Television Championship (2 times)
NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version) (4 times)
NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (1 time) – with Killer Karl Kox

Georgia Championship Wrestling
NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
NWA Macon Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bob Orton, Jr.
NWA Macon Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bob Orton, Jr.

International Wrestling Association of Japan
IWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling / World Championship Wrestling
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
NWA Television Championship (2 times)
WCW United States Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Barbarian
NWA (Mid-Atlantic)/WCW World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Dusty Rhodes (1) and Bunkhouse Buck (1)
Mid-South Wrestling Association / Universal Wrestling Federation
Mid-South North American Championship (2 times)
Mid-South Television Championship (1 time)
UWF World Television Championship (1 time)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated
PWI ranked him # 153 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the “PWI Years” in 2003.

Southeastern Championship Wrestling
NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division) (3 times)
NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Jerry Blackwell (1) and Paul Orndorff (1)

Southwest Championship Wrestling
SCW Southwest Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
SCW Southwest Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bob Sweetan
SCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bruiser Brody

St. Louis Wrestling Club
NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

United States Wrestling Association
USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (1 time)