Rick Harris

Rick Harris

Infobox Wrestler
name=Rick Harris

names=Rick Harris
Black Bart
height=6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
weight=350 lb (159 kg)
birth_date = birth date and age|1948|06|1
death_date =
birth_place =Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S.
death_place =
resides = Weatherford, Texas
billed=Pampa, Texas

Rick Harris (aka Eric Harris) was a professional wrestler better known as Black Bart. He is the son of the late George "Two Ton" Harris.


Rick Harris started wrestling in 1975. He went through several names, such as Hangman Harris, Ricky Harris and Man Mountain Harris, before settling on the name of Black Bart in 1984. [ [http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/black-bart.html Wrestler Profiles] - Online World of Wrestling]

He formed a tag team called "The Long Riders" with Ron Bass in Florida Championship Wrestling in 1984 and they went to the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions later that year.

After splitting with Bass in 1985, he feuded with Ron Garvin, Terry Taylor and Sam Houston. [ [http://www.tvparty.com/80swrestling/22-Atitle.html The True Mid-Atlantic Title Story] ]

In late 1986, Bart went to World Class Championship Wrestling where he feuded with Chris Adams and Kevin Von Erich over the World Class title. When Adams, who held the World Class title, left the promotion in September 1986, Bart was awarded the championship...but not before the promotion explained that Bart won the belt from Adams in a fictitious match held in Los Angeles. Bart lost the championship to Von Erich a month later in Dallas, then, like other major World Class stars, left WCCW to join the UWF.

He went back to Florida Championship Wrestling in 1989 and teamed with Bobby Jaggers and Tony Anthony while feuding with Dustin Rhodes & Mike Graham and The Nasty Boys.

He then went to the CWA where he feuded with Dutch Mantel.

In late 1989, he went to the WWF where he mostly worked as enhancement talent.

He then went back to the NWA to form The Desperados with Dutch Mantell and Deadeye Dick.

In 1991, he went to the Global Wrestling Federation where he won the Tag Team Titles 3 times, including once with John Hawk.

Harris wrestled in the independents for the rest of his career and had a short run in WCW as Big Train Bart before retiring in 2002.

As a trainer, his most famous pupil to date has been Necro Butcher. Harris once ran a professional wrestling school at the Dallas Sportatorium. [ [http://www.dallasobserver.com/1997-11-06/news/whupass-u/ Whupass U.] - Dallas Chronicle (1997)]

In Wrestling

*Finisher: "Texas Compactor" (Flying Leg Drop)
*Managers: James J. Dillon, Skandor Akbar, Percy Pringle

Championships and accomplishments

*Championship Wrestling from Florida:*NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Championship (1 time):*NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Bobby Jaggers (1) and Tony Anthony (1) :*NWA Florida United States Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Ron Bass

*Continental Wrestling Association:*CWA Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

*Georgia Championship Wrestling:*NWA National Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

*Global Wrestling Federation:*GWF Brass Knuckles Championship (1 time):*GWF Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Bill Irwin (1), Johnny Mantel (1), and John Hawk (1)

*Jim Crockett Promotions:*NWA Mid-Atlantic Brass Knuckles Championship (1 time):*NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (1 time):*NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Ron Bass1

*Southeastern Championship Wrestling:*NWA Alabama Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

*World Class Wrestling Association:*WCWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

*ACTS Wrestling Alliance:*ACTS Heavyweight Championship (1 time) [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/other/2006-05.html | title=Independent Wrestling Results - May 2006 | accessdate=2007-07-04|publisher=onlineworldofwrestling.com]

*Pro Wrestling Illustrated:*PWI ranked him # 348of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.

1Bart and Bass were the last to hold the titles until they were revived and used by the current Mid-Atlantic promotion in March 2000.

ee also

*Harris wrestling family


External links

* [http://www.cwfarchives.com/Wrestler.php?id=412 Championship Wrestling posters]
* [http://www.sdwmedia.com/southern_legends.htm Southern Legends (photos)]

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