Was WWF running shows in the South (other than Florida) during the period Dick was there? It always seemed to be a massive misjudgement to have a babyface doing a Southern rebel gimmick and waving the Confederate flag in the Northeast buildings where WWF always ran TV.
I don't know how the timeline matches up, but would they have been better off having him as a fake Funk brother after Terry left, since he was always thought of as being a clone of Terry Funk anyway. Or was he too well known to pull it off?
Slater as a babyface never seemed to fit, I remember being surprised to see him and Buzz Sawyer as fiery babyfaces against the Andersons at GAB '85, when I'd seen the match listing on the VHS case I think I assumed it'd be a heel vs heel match.
Dick Slater will go down in history as one half of the final WCW U.S. Tag Team Champions along with the Barbarian.