Sgt. Slaughter Says He Was In The Original Plans To Manage Jack Swagger

Sgt. Slaughter revealed in an interview with Arda Ocal at the Cauliflower Alley Reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada that he was in the original plans to manage Jack Swagger. Slaughter said plans were changed when Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara were lost to injury and Alberto Del Rio was turned babyface. This resulted in the creation of the Zeb Colter character to push the duo as antagonists.

Slaughter said the original storyline was for him to "put Swagger through bootcamp" and build him as the protagonist. He would welcome an opportunity to return to WWE as an on-air character and his bags are always packed. Slaughter is currently working for WWE as an ambassador.

You can watch the interview at this link or embedded in the video below:

  • Chris

    Got to admit, I think Sarge would have flopped, bigtime, in that role.

    • Alex P

      I’m not sure if he would’ve flopped, but he definitely wouldn’t be even remotely close to as good as Zeb has been!

    • Nostaljack

      Disagree completely. Anyone who thinks Slaughter can’t work a mic has never seen him do it (too young, perhaps). Slaughter was so good that he could make you want him dead. Colter is great – no doubt. I think Slaughter would have been a real surprise.

      • Chris

        He can talk, but he would have been the overly cartoonish good guy from the sounds of it, I think it would have worked if he came back as a heel in the form of his SummerSlam feud with Hogan back in the day. I will admit that I am loving the work of Dutch Mantell though, and I’m very glad the decided on him instead.

        • Nostaljack

          You clearly never saw him talk. If you’re into great heels, it hardly got better than Slaughter. He could make Kevin Nash look like John Cena when he was doing his thing. He is, without question, one of the most hate-able characters the WWE has ever known. His feuds with both Bob Backlund and Pat Patterson were magic. YouTube this stuff and I think you’ll feel differently about what Slaughter is really capable of.

          • Danny Boy

            Nash is worse then Cena on the mic so that doesn’t mean much

          • Matt

            you couldn’t be more wrong.

          • Danny Boy

            Nash hasn’t cut a good promo since 2000. I’m easily right.

          • _lawrenc1

            Have to agree with nostaljack here. When he was feuding with Bob Backlund in the early 80’s, the Sarge cut heel promos that could make you hate not only him, but the Marine Corps (he was supposed to be a former drill Sargeant from Paris Island, and the only redeming portion for the Marines was the story that the Marine Corps booted him out for cruelty). The only person in those days who could make you hate him more than the Sarge was Larry Zbyszko, and he didn’t have to talk to do it; he only had to turn on Bruno Sammartino.

          • Nostaljack

            He is now, yeah. The stuff he did with CM Punk was really bad. YouTube the old WCW Nitro episodes. There’s a clip where he’s shooting on Ric Flair. Check it out. It’s a thing of beauty. In his time, Nash was amazing and he cut the best promos on Nitro for a long time. More to the point, we *hated his guts* so he did his job extremely well. I was more talking about Cena’s vanilla niceness though. OK, let’s try this illustration instead: Slaughter in his prime could make CM Punk seem nice…and I think he’s still capable of it. Again, I enjoy Zeb but Slaughter would be a lot of fun too.

  • Wagdaddy

    There is NO WAY Sarge can work the mic like Dutch can….not even close.

  • The Breaker

    Sarge is great, but I’m glad they decided to utilize the Zeb Coulter gimmick with Dutch instead.

    Also, I really don’t think Swagger is somebody the fans would ever really want to get behind.

  • Jeremy

    If there’s anyone out there who needs the Sarge, that would be the GI Joe movie franchise.