Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Kris Zellner
we will look at Sgt. Slaughter and his tenure in the Mid-Atlantic area.
September 1981, Sgt. Slaughter (who was one of the best workers in the
world) entered the Mid-Atlantic area after a very successful run for
Vincent J. McMahon’s WWF for over a year and he made an immediate
impact by winning the U.S Heavyweight title in a tournament on October 4th
1981 by defeating Ricky Steamboat in the final and on November 5th
1981, Slaughter got his first shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Title as
he lost to Ric Flair. He went on to feud with the top faces of the time
period in JCP such as: Steamboat, Jay Youngblood, Blackjack Mulligan Jr.
aka Barry Windham, Jake Roberts, and Wahoo McDaniel and also at this
time period he recruited 2 men to be his privates in Jim Nelson &
Don Kernodle who were both preliminary wrestlers their whole career.
started with another shot at Ric Flair’s title on January 17th
in which he lost and also Slaughter found himself in a big feud with
Wahoo McDaniel over the U.S. title that Wahoo never lost in the ring,
because Wahoo was injured by Abdullah The Butcher. They had a great run
of house show matches and had a very memorable match on Mid-Atlantic
television that took up the entire hour. The heat for the match was
tremendous and Wahoo got the win, but not the title. The feud raged on
for months until Wahoo defeated Slaughter for the U.S. Heavyweight title
on May 21st 1982 in Richmond, Virginia, but Slaughter
regained it back on June 7th 1982 in Greenville, South
Carolina, because Wahoo was unable to make his defense because of an
injury he sustained from Magnificent Muraco & Roddy Piper. Also in
this time period, Slaughter would team up Angelo Mosca and with the NWA
World Tag Team champs Stan Hansen & Ole Anderson in six-man tag team
matches as well as with Kernodle and Nelson who had two reigns as
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team champions also. Slaughter had some new opponents
in this time period as Ray Stevens & Paul Jones were getting shots
at his title, but Slaughter would always come out with the gold.
Slaughter would go on and lose the U.S. title back to Wahoo on August 22nd 1982 in Charlotte, North Carolina and he got many rematches at Wahoo, but bigger things were on the horizon as Slaughter and Don Kernodle won the NWA World Tag Team Titles in a tournament on September 12th 1982 by beating Giant Baba & Antonio Inoki in Tokyo, Japan.More...