Sadness and shock for fans as WWE legend dies

WWE legend Dick Slater has died aged 67 as tributes poured in for the star from across the wrestling world.

Slater – known as ‘Dirty’ Dick – was one of the most familiar faces in wrestling throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s.

He wrestled for WWE, their arch rival WCW, along with a host of National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) territories such as Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and Georgia Championship Wrestling.

The 6ft 2in, 233lb, grappler held dozens of championships in his career and even made a name for himself in Japan.

‘Dirty’ Dick was known for celebrated feuds with Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts and his team with ‘Cowboy’ Bob Orton – dad of WWE megastar Randy Orton.

WWE and the NWA issued tributes to the star along with a host of figures from across the wrestling world – who remembered him as a “legit badass”.

“Champion in many territories. I wrestled him for 22 minutes and he never said one word to me except, ‘good job kid’. Rest in peace.”

Fellow WWE star The Blue Meanie also paid tribute, simply saying “rest in peace wrestling legend ‘Dirty’ Dick Slater”.