Sgt. Slaughter enlists with WWE 24/7 Online
WWE Legend and Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter is proud of his lengthy career with WWE, and excited about the Legends' participation in WWE 24/7 Online. Through WWE 24/7 Online, subscribers can see rebroadcasts of Legends' and Hall of Famers' matches, including some of Sgt. Slaughter's, such as 1991's Royal Rumble (WATCH*), WrestleMania VII (WATCH*) and 1988's AWA Superclash III (WATCH*).
At Royal Rumble, Sgt. Slaughter won the WWE Championship from the Ultimate Warrior, and at WrestleMania VII, Sgt. Slaughter competed against Hulk Hogan. These huge matches were milestones in Sgt. Slaughter's WWE career, and thanks to WWE 24/7 Online, WWE fans can relive those important moments.
"During 1991, I was a pretty rough, tough, take no guff drill sergeant. I was definitely not a fan favorite. I was out there to make sure everybody wanted to have me on their side, but they couldn't. And I dug my own foxhole at that time and I really didn't have any fans or friends. I was out there all by myself with Gen. Adnan. We had to kind of watch each other's backs. The Sarge was probably even rougher than he was when he first came in the WWE in 1980. I came in as the Marine drill instructor. I made everybody a little upset because anybody who has been in boot camp, they know that the person they hate the most is the drill instructor," Sgt. Slaughter told WWE.com.
Sgt. Slaughter said he was a bit different in 1988 when he wrestled with AWA, but the Superclash III Boot Camp match against Col. DeBeers also played an important role in his career, which is why it will also be featured on WWE 24/7 Online.
"The Sarge people will see then is still tough, still rough, but a little bit softer at that time. Col. DeBeers wasn't as tough an opponent as Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, ‘Hacksaw' Jim Duggan or The Iron Sheik. I could kind of lay back a little bit, not take it all away unless I really needed to. Col. DeBeers was one of those wrestlers that stayed on you and worked a weak part of your body. So he wasn't a real kind of a wrestler that inflicted a lot of pain on you, but we had some pretty good bouts," he reminisced.
Sgt. Slaughter, one of WWE's most beloved Superstars of the 1980s, was also a celebrity spokesman for Hasbro's G.I. Joe toy line and cartoons after leaving WWE. Hasbro has contacted him again to be a spokesman for the G.I. Joe line and he attributes notoriety like this to his role as a WWE Legend.
"Whether I do a G.I. Joe movie or John Cena does ‘The Marine' movie, it's all getting us out there in different avenues and letting people see a different part of the WWE Superstars, the Legends," he said.
Today, Sgt. Slaughter is producer for WWE, and continues to enjoy carrying on his role as WWE Legend and Hall of Famer by making appearances around the United States. He's also part of WWE's Classic Superstars action figure line.
"We're doing a lot of minor league baseball and minor league hockey, which is always exciting because the people get to come and get really close to you. It's just a lot of fun because I see a lot of fans that were my fans when they were children are now the adults -- the fathers and the mothers -- and they bring their children by to say, ‘This was our hero, we want him to be your hero.' It's always good to be a role model. I'd never shy away from being a role model. It's an honor that parents would want me to be a role model to their children. We really enjoy getting around and seeing people, and doing some hospital visits, veterans hospitals, children's hospitals. It's just nonstop, around the country," he said.
The Sarge has nothing but pride to still be an integral part of WWE, from his recent role as Boot Camp drill sergeant in the 2006 $250,000 Diva Search to being a part of promoting WWE 24/7 Online.
"It's a great honor to be a WWE Legend. You don't realize what Legend means until you start seeing the talent of today come by and saluting me and asking me questions about what I would do in certain situations, and what was it like wrestling in those years when the fans took it a little bit differently, when they came into the ring and fought you, and fought you on the way out, waited for you after the matches in parking lots, stores airports, arenas -- wherever you were going," he said.
"Legend means that you were at the top of your field, and it makes you know that you were a ring general, and that's very hard to come by these days. It's become almost a lost art. I would like to write my own book one day. I have had some forewords in books and I told the story about being a ring general and what that's like. Because you can be a legend, but it takes a lot to be legendary."
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