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Ronald Heard (December 21, 1948 – March 7, 2017) was an American professional wrestler, best known under the name Ron Bass. His gimmick was a Texan cowboy, who entered World Wrestling Federation (WWF) rings to the sound of a bullwhip.


Heard started wrestling as Ron Bass in 1975. Throughout the 1970s, he performed primarily in National Wrestling Alliance territories. He was known as "Cowboy" Ron Bass, Sam Oliver Bass, and "Outlaw" Ron Bass, depending on which territory he was working at the time.

In the early 1980s, he wrestled in Florida Championship Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions, frequently teaming with Black Bart as The Long Riders in both promotions. He also teamed and feuded with Barry Windham in Florida. Bass' feud with Barry Windham (over a saddle given to Bass by Dusty Rhodes) led to Windham losing a loser-leaves-town" match to Bass and coming back to wrestle as the masked "Dirty Yellow Dog."

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • PWI ranked him # 294 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.

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