Ron Bass


Real Name - Ronald Heard
Birthdate - n/a
6'2" 260 lbs. - Pampa, TX

Aliases - Ronnie Bass, Samuel Oliver Bass

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - ???(`75), Tri-State(`78-`79), Memphis(`79), Portland(`79-`80), SECW(80-`81), Florida(`82-`84), Mid-Atlantic(`84), NWA/JCP(`84-`85), Florida(`86), WWF(`87-`89)

Groups - Rose's Army, House of Humperdink

Peak Years - `79-`86

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Gourdbuster (Facebuster)
- Clawhold

Favorites -
- Powerslam
- One-Arm Backbreaker
- Bodyslam
- Kitchen Sink
- Punch

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 6
science - 2
aerial - 0
power - 7
strikes - 5

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 6
selling - 5
bumping - 5
carrying - 5
heat - 6
legacy - 5

Place in History - Ron Bass was a long-time heel who toured the United States pretty successfully in the 1980s. He worked his way up the ladder and finally caught a break in Memphis in the late 70s. Teaming with his legitimate brother Don, the Bass Brothers and Maw Bass (not their real mother) were a heel unit. Ron eventually broke away from them and became a top heel on his own. The heavyweight division was at its weakest, but Ron enjoyed a couple runs with the belt before moving on. Everywhere he went, Bass was a well-pushed heel with good promos and and a strong presence. Typically he played the cowboy babyface before turning on someone and aligning with the top heel or a heel manager. Most famous was when he turned on Dusty Rhodes, Blackjack Mulligan, Barry Windham and others to become a top star alongside J.J. Dillon. Dillon led Bass and Black Bart, as the Long Riders, to several tag titles in the Southeast. Bass was still relatively young and a seasoned veteran, so he signed with Vince McMahon and his career virtually ended. "Outlaw" Ron Bass was a little bit too much country for the WWF's Rock-n-Wrestling and he became an undercard bully whose body and time were drastically changed after two years on the road. For anyone who knew Bass from his WWF stint, he was the resident cowboy gimmick in between other failed cowboy acts. For anyone who knew him before, Bass was a top dog anywhere he went. It is a strange split personality, but so was the experience of many regional stars who got a shot in the WWF.