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  1. elliott

    Sgt Slaughter Deep Dive

    Sgt Slaughter vs Iron Sheik (WWF - 4/23/84) Crazy hot brawl. Fantastic match. Sarge shows himself to be an incredible babyface performer immediately. Crowd loves it, I love it. Its Slaughter vs Sheik baby! Sgt Slaugher vs Tiger Chung Lee (WWF - 4/28/84) Quick forgettable match. Not a total squash as Lee gets some offense in but not much. Sgt Slaughter vs Dave Schultz (WWF - 5/5/84) You have go to see how hot this crowd is for Sarge when he comes out. He's getting like the biggest high fives you've ever seen. People are going absolutely bonkers. Sarge is over like Chigusa Nagayo. Its amazing. I've mentioned this a lot throughout this project, but it is worth repeating, Sarge is an all time great puncher. He may not have Jerry Lawler punch variety, but if you want just a great looking punch, Sarge delivers the goods. Sarge starts off hot and is just killing Schultz. Opening when Slaughter charges at Schultz in the corner and Slaughter takes a killer ring post bump (this time Slaughter goes through the rope instead of over). Slaughter's sell of the post bump is remarkable. Sarge gives Schultz a clear opening to start working his shoulder, but Schultz passes it up for more general beat down until he hits his signature 2nd rope elbow. Schultz goes for another elbow this time from the top rope but SLaughter moves and hits him with the Cannon for the win. Real fun lil' match. I didn't think I was gonna like babyface Sarge as much as heel Sarge but its fucking close. Sgt Slaughter vs Butcher Vachon (WWF - 5/19/84) Forgettable jobber match but Sheik comes out in the middle of it and spits on Terry Daniels who is dressed in uniform & carrying the flag. Slaughter comes out to chase them off and gets counted out. He lays out Vachon and puts him in the cobra clutch to the delight of fans. Sgt Slaughter vs Iron Sheik (WWF - 5/19/84) This is probably the worst Slaughter vs Sheik match I've ever seen. Its only like 4 stars. Really though. Another fantastic match between these 2. Sgt Slaughter vs Iron Sheik (WWF - 5/21/84) Its hard to believe they would go on to top this. If the bootcamp match never happened, we'd have been talking about this for the last 35 years. Sgt Slaughter vs Paul Orndorff (WWF - 6/2/84) I really loved this. This sort of match is one of my favorites. A super over face vs a super over heel with a crazy hot crowd worked at a good pace. 2 distinct characters who can both come across as vicious badasses and great athletes that also know how to do comedy schtick and bump & sell. Like this shit rules. I could watch matches like this forever. Sgt Slaughter vs Iron Sheik (Boot Camp Match - WWF - 6/16/84) What needs to be said? One of the top US Matches of the Decade.
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    Greg Valentine vs Sgt Slaughter

    There is a match between them from Capitol Centre 7/28/84 that I just noticed is coming up in my Slaugher deep dive. The video is 16+ minutes. I'm VERY excited.
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    Sgt Slaughter Deep Dive

    Cool, read the thread. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    Sgt Slaughter Deep Dive

    Sgt Slaughter vs Chief Jay Strongbow (WWF - 12/26/83) Starts with some good back and forth sequences. Well paced & executed with a hot crowd. Good way to start. After a few minutes Sarge cuts him off with a sharp elbow and takes over. Some great looking punches & kicks. Two different back breakers. Sarge tries to give him an opening for a transition but they have a bad miscommunication. Strongbow wasn't ready for it. Sarge gives him another one by picking Strongbow up for a slam but collapsing due to the weight. Strongbow couldn't fuck that up. Strongbow does his superman comeback and locks in his sleeper but Sarge makes it to the ropes each time and finally Sarge plants him with his Slaughter cannon for the win. Fun match and better than I expected. Would recommend it if not or the one badly blown spot. Sgt Slaughter vs John Callahan (WWF - 2/4/84) Nothing squash match. Sarge destroys him in 90 seconds. The important thing is Slaughter & Iron Sheik have their first (I think) confrontation before the match. Sheik is leaving the ring for his match as Slaughter comes out for his. They wind up face to face and its super intense and heated. YESSSS Sgt Slaughter & Dave Schultz vs Andre the Giant & Jimmy Snuka (WWF - 2/18/84) This is short like 7 minutes but it is awesome. Super fun heated match (no shock there). Slaughter ends up getting isolated and Schultz refuses to tag in. Slaughter bumps and sells like the champ he is and eventually he & Schultz start brawling. Schultz runs off and Sarge goes back to take on this fucking dream team 1 on 2. But Andre offers a hand shake and then Snuka does and the crowd goes fucking bat shit insane for the Slaughter face turn. Awesome angle. Just brilliant. Sgt Slaughter vs Iron Sheik (WWF - 2/18/84) Here we go. This is a TV match. Slaughter comes out with a big American flag and the crowd fucking loves him. Sheik jumps him at the bell and this is just 4 minutes of punch, kick, stomp until Slaughter starts to act like hes about to make a comeback and Sheik just bails. CRAZY hot crowd. Great little match/angle to really kick this thing off. Sgt Slaughter vs Rene Goulet (WWF - 3/10/84) Sarge is crazy over as a babyface and comes out on fire here. Goulet cuts him off with face biting. Goulet gets a few blows in and we get a big Slaughter bump into the ring post before the quick comeback & finish from Slaughter. Fine little TV match. Sarge is crazy over. Sgt Slaughter vs Charlie Fulton (WWF - 4/7/84) Sarge makes quick work of a jobber. Sgt Slaughter vs Mr Fuji & Tiger Chung Lee (WWF - 4/21/84) Fuji & Tiger Chung Lee get a little offense in but Sarge dominates this 4 minute handicap match.
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    Fuerza Guerrera vs Pirata Morgan

    Two of the best luchadores. Who you got?
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    Sgt Slaughter Deep Dive

    Sgt Slaughter & Don Kernodle vs Dizzy Hogan & Mike Davis (JCP - 2/2/83) Short action packed TV tag. Totally fine while you're watching but forgettable. Sgt Slaughter vs Chief Jay Strongbow (WWF - 5/28/83) Super basic match. Slaughter stooges and bumps around for Strongbow's basic offense. Forgettable. Sgt Slaughter vs Dick Tessier (WWF - 9/24/83) Nothing match. Slaughter beats him in like 30 seconds. Sgt Slaughter vs Tony Atlas (WWF - 11/23/83) Outside of a long chinlocky section in the middle of the match, this is pretty good. Slow paced match overall but they do a good job building to a few big moments that are well executed. Crowd is with them the whole time and when Atlas finally hits his big press slam on Slaugher, they're going crazy. Sgt Slaughter vs Ivan Putski (WWF - 10/17/83) I really liked this match a lot. Slaughter is a perfect opponent for Putski. Putski is CRAZY over but limited offensively in what he can do. Sarge is a master at working with opponents like this. He's got a bunch of good schtick he can use and his bumping and selling is in the greatest of all time conversation. Slaughter has started to do some fun schtick where he flexes "too hard" and hurts his pec or his bicep. Its funny stuff and works to particularly great effect when opposite someone like Putski. Stalling to start from Sarge as he's hesitant to get too close to this freak Putski. They do a great job of putting over Putski's great strength. He gets Slaughter in a side headlock and Sarge responds by flailing around because Putski is so strong. They really milk this side headlock but Putski is so ripped & Slaughter is reacting to it so well that the crowd is going crazy watching it. Its really simple by super smart work. Slaugher finally gets him off with an irish whip but Putski comes back with a shoulder block and Sarge takes his huge Rock taking a Stunner bump. Sarge is so good at creating killer offense for people like this. Its just a shoulder block, but in this setting it works as highspot. Putski's time on top is all basic stuff like that that Sarge looks like a millon bucks with his great bumping and selling. He does this again later when he takes one his patented bumps into the ring post off a simple irish whip. Putski takes the vast majority of the match but Sarge's selling on his attempted comebacks is something else. Check him out after his atomic drop as he attempts to get to his feet to follow up. Really great stuff. This is a basic super simple match but Sarge's brilliance still shines through. Sgt Slaughter vs Blackjack Mulligan (Maple Leaf Wrestling - 10/30/83) This is a really fun double juice brawl. They just beat the shit out of each other. It looks like Mulligan is about to win but Kernodle runs in to but it all up. Really fun stuff.
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    Greek catch

    I was skipping around that first video just to see what things looked like and I got excited when I saw this hahahah! Thanks for sharing. This is really cool info. Wild that this stuff has been on youtube for a decade. Cant help but wonder what else is out there that we could easily find on youtube right now but don't know about because we don't know what names to search and which languages.
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    Sgt Slaughter Deep Dive

    Sgt Slaughter & Don Kernodle vs Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood (JCP - 1/30/83) Fucking awesome 10 minute sprinty brawl. Just a classic quick southern tag that leads to a DQ when the ref kept getting shoved out of the way so they could all keep brawling with each other. For what they're going for, this is as good as it gets. All 4 guys look incredible. Slaughter throws some of the best looking clotheslines I've seen so far (Steamboat & Youngblood bumping has something to do with that of course) and "only" takes like 3 crazy bumps in this 10 minute match. Give me wrestling like this forever. Sgt Slaughter & Don Kernodle vs Mike Rotunda & Ricky Nelson (JCP - 3/9/83) Way more of a match than you'd think. Actually I bet Slaughter & Kernodle spent more time on defense here than Rotunda & Nelson in this like 6 minute match. Classic 80s studio TV match. Fast moving with babyfaces controlling with flashy moves and the heels doing more vicious things. Slaughter does 2 different versions of a stun gun here and another foot stomp so he's adding to a pretty deep well of offensive moves to go along with his world class bumping & selling. Sgt Slaughter & Don Kernodle vs Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood (Final Conflict Cage Match - JCP - 3/12/83) One of the best US matches of all time. Go watch it again. Sgt Slaughter vs Jules Strongbow (WWF - 5/14/83) Fine short TV match. Slaughter bumps around and makes Strongbow's limited offense look good before crushing him with the lariat and cobra clutch. Sgt Slaughter vs Bob Backlund (WWWF - 5/23/83) I absolutely love the Slaughter vs Backlund matches and this is another awesome one to add to the collection. Backlund jumps Slaughter when he gets in the ring and just destroys him for the first part of the match. Its super fast paced and Slaughter is bumping around like a maniac as usual. When Slaughter goes on offense, he looks fantastic focusing on Backlund's stomach. Lots of gutbusters, foot stomps, elbows, punches, kicks, knees, shoulders etc to the gut. Its well focused and everything looks terrific. The long transition into the Backlund comeback is fantastic. At one point Bob charges at him and just blasts Slaughter with a running headbutt like he (Backlund) is Ashura Hara or something. Backlund's comeback is mostly arm based leading to the chickenwing and everything he does looks great and no one is ever gonna complain about Slaughter's bumping & selling. Screwy finish leads to a great post match. It is nuts how over Backlund still is in MSG.
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    Yoshiaki Yatsu

    Sweet! Enjoy! I'm a huge fan. Just a dynamite offensive wrestler in those years. I should watch some Yatsu singles matches. As a tag worker he's undeniable and that alone gets him on my list. You're right about that Takada match as part of the gauntlet being a great performance.
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    Sgt Slaughter Deep Dive

    Sgt Slaughter & Angelo Mosca vs The Wild Samoans (JCP - 6/2/82) Short tag team squash match. The Samoans aren't even named. "We'll just call them Samoan 1 and Samoan 2." Nothing match. Sgt Slaughter vs Iceman Parsons (JCP - 7/7/82) Fun match! Probably the most enjoyable of the Slaughter vs JTTS match in JCP so far. Slaughter just destroys him. Iceman gets a few roll ups for hope spots but this is really Slaughter just crushing Iceman. This is the first time I've heard the words "Slaughter Cannon" so far in this project. There's a couple of killer ones in this match. Fun stuff. Sgt Slaughter & Chris Adams vs Tatsumi Fujinami & Seiji Sakaguchi (NJPW - 8/82) Super solid tag match. Everyone looks good. Adams I think rolls out of an arm ringer or arm bar like 6 different times in the early going and doesn't look super polished compared to later in his career, but he's still good and works most of the way. Sarge looks really good. He's great doing rope running sequences against peak Fujinami and squaring off & slugging it out with Sakaguchi as well as his usual bumping & selling. Sarge can do it all. Sgt Slaughter vs Jake Roberts (JCP 8/21/82) This has a pretty badly blown spot where Slaughter sells a phantom hit. It really stuck out because the rest of the match is about as good of a 5 minute TV match as you're gonna get. Both guys look really good. Jake has always been limited in what he does, but he knows how to build to the few things he can do and make them look excellent. Sarge brings good looking offense and his usual bumping & selling. If not for one tiny little miscue I'd push this hard as a 5 min match recommendation. Sgt Slaughter vs Wahoo McDaniel (Title vs Hair/Strap - JCP - 8/22/82) Just a brief snippet of the the post match. GODDAMNIT Sgt Slaughter & Ed Leslie vs Antonio Inoki & Hulk Hogan (NJPW - 8/27/82) First and probably most importantly, Leslie has Ric Flair hair here. Match itself was pretty disappointing. Beefcake worked most of the way. He and Hogan have a good opening interaction but the Beefcake-Inoki chemistry isn't lighting the room on fire. Crowd was hyped to see Hogan vs Slaughter and the brief glimpse of that looks like it probably would have been pretty damn good. Hogan even bumps some for Slaughter so you can tell they were treating Slaughter as a fairly important gaijin. Sgt Slaughter & Masked Superstar & Chris Adams vs Antoni Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami & Hulk Hogan (NJPW - 9/10/82) Slaughter's knee buckles on a rope running spot where he goes for his SLaughter Cannon and flubs the spot with Fujinami. He was moving and keeping up with Fujinami well on a rope running spot, but just went too fast. A noble effort that looked great until the end. They do another clothesline spot later and Slaughter kills him and Fujinami takes a great bump. Slaughter does a nice looking dropkick and throws some great looking clubbing forearms. But this is mostly a Chris Adams match. (Not a complaint, I love Chris Adams!) Sgt Slaughter & Masked Superstar vs Tatsumi Fujinami & Hulk Hogan (NJPW - 9/17/82) I really enjoyed this one. Nothing earth shattering but just good solid work from everybody with a good crowd. Slaughter and Fujinami do some great rope running sequences. Slaughter keeps up and looks fantastic. This is worked how you would expect. Fujinami gets isolated, Hogan cleans up the mess. Eventually Slaughter & Superstar go to far and Hogan comes in with a chair for the DQ. Good stuff. NOt particularly memorable but the sort of match that hits the spot while you watch it. Slaughter and Hogan appear to have great chemistry and I'd really like to see what a match between them looks like in this era. Fujinami is in peak form. Superstar is great as always. Sgt Slaughter vs Antonio Inoki (NJPW - 9/19/82) As far as 6 minute matches go, this is really good. Slaughter gets some real heat on Inoki. He hits a gutbuster and focuses his offense on Inoki's ribs. There's a great spot where Slaughter picks Inoki up in gut-buster position and smashes him into the ringpost on the outside. Slaughter also hits an enormous version of his trademark bump over the post. Real good stuff here. Sgt Slaughter & Don Kernodle vs Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood (JCP - 11/12/82) Such a tease. Last few minutes of a tag and the hot angle where Slaughter & Kernodle injure Youngblood's neck. This looks like an amazing tag match just from the ending and the atmosphere. Sgt Slaughter vs Otto Wanz (CWA - 12/18/82) This was one of the most shocked I've ever been watching a match. If we only had this one match of Sgt Slaughter, we'd be able to tell he was an all time great. In terms of a one man show, this ranks up there with anything. That's not to completely dismiss Wanz. He brings some positives. Namely he is CRAZY over with his crowd. But he's not gonna take a bunch of bumps or do a bunch of moves or work holds in an interesting way and he's not a super emotive seller. He's a real punch/kick wrestler. And luckily Slaughter is one of the all time bumpers & sellers. Slaughter takes like 8 completely insane bumps in this match. His selling is incredible. LIke we need to start talking about Slaughter. as one of the best 10 sellers of all time. Offensively Slaughter just annihilates Wanz with fantastic looking punches. Wanz isn't a real bump machine so we don't get a lot of the killer offense you'd normally see in a Slaughter match. Wanz isn't gonna take a tombstone and I don't blame him. So we get a lot of great looking punches, stomps, knees to the cut, falling knees, the great Slaughter clothesline, he nails a footstomp, comes off the top rope. That sort of thing. He can't do his backbreakers & piledrivers so he figures out other stuff to keep things interesting and moving. This isn't the very best Slaughter match, but honestly if I had to convince a skeptic that he was an all time great, I might pick this fucking marathon with Otto freaking Wanz.
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    Yoshiaki Yatsu

    Awesome! I freaking love Yatsu. Have you watched him in 80s AJPW or is this your general intro to him?
  12. Cool! I wanna watch that singles match with Fujimoto! Looking at my recommended Joshi matches list, I've got these two additional Syuri matches that I'd recommend: Kana & Kagetsu vs Syuri & Arisa Nakajima (MAKOKANAPRO 11/9/2012) Kana & Arisa Nakajima vs Syuri & Hikaru Shida (Kana Pro - 2/25/15) They should be easy to find. Bonus points because Kana AND Arisa Nakajima are in both matches.
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    Sgt Slaughter Deep Dive

    Sgt Slaughter & Bobby Duncam vs Antonio Inoki & Dusty Rhodes (NJPW - 6/3/81) Perfectly fine tag match. Quick and forgettable but it did make me want to watch any possible combo of these 4 match up in a singles match. So that's cool. Sgt Slaughter & Bobby Duncam vs Bob Backlund & Dusty Rhodes (NJPW - 6/4/81) This is better than the prior match because Backlund really has his working shoes on and is willing to bring it in this 10min match and Slaughter works most of the way so we get a taste of their great chemistry. Sgt Slaughter vs Pedro Morales (WWWF - 6/8/81) Fun little match. Not as long or as awesome as their earlier Philly match, but a nice example of Sarge bumping around like a maniac creating killer offense for his opponent out of basic moves. Sgt Slaughter vs Rick McGraw (WWWF - 6/20/81) And this is why we should do these deep dives. This is a short match less than 9 minutes. But McGraw comes out on fire and Slaughter cuts a fucking insane blade job and is just covered with blood. This makes him mad and he beats the absolute shit out of McGraw, gets the pinfall and continues to destroy him. AWESOME piece of business right here. Sgt Slaughter vs Pat Patterson (Alley Fight - WWWF - 8/1/81) I am ashamed to admit I did not know this happened. This one is from Philly. Lets see if its awesome...IT IS. WTF get on this people! Sgt Slaughter & Greg Valentine vs Pat Patterson & Jay Youngblood (Maple Leaf Wrestling - 10/5/81) UGGGH. Major disappointment because of the length (~3 minutes). The work is very good but this felt like a RAW match from 1998. It was over before it started. I would LOVE to see these 4 guys have a 15-20 minute tag because it could be a classic. This was such a tease. Sgt Slaughter vs Ken Hall (JCP - 11/21/81) Prematch promo has a John Cena lookalike standing at attention the whole time. Cool! Then Slaughter goes out and just kills this jobber in 3 minutes. Great punches, backbreakers, the sick falling clothesline and the cobra clutch and this one is over. Worth watching to see time machined John Cena before the match. Sgt Slaughter & Jim Nelson vs Terry Taylor & Mike Davis (JCP - 12/30/81) Fine little tag match. No problem whatsoever just nothing to write home about with this one. Sgt Slaughter vs Buddy Landell (JCP - 1/16/82) Cool, Buddy Landell! His hair isn't even dyed yet. This was another forgettable jobber match. Sgt Slaughter vs Tony Anthony (JCP - 4/21/82) Cool, Tony Anthony!!! Folks used to joke about the Mid-Atlantic arm-bar. And its pretty funny. Ever since he showed up there, the base for all these jobber matches is an arm bar. This is the best one of the JCP matches so far, but is another jobber match. Sgt Slaughter vs Wahoo McDaniel (JCP - 4/28/82) Holy shit this ruled. Just a perfect studio match that starts slow and builds to a huge crescendo. These two have fantastic chemistry. I need like 10 matches between these two. Sgt Slaughter vs Wahoo McDaniel (JCP - 5/21/82) Don't get too hyped. This is just the last couple of minutes of a match that was almost certainly awesome. Can't really tell anything from the footage. All we can do is hope the complete version surfaces one day. Sgt Slaughter vs Mike Rotunda (JCP - 5/22/82) These JCP Slaughter squash matches are a real who's who. Rotunda gets in a surprising amount of offense and this is worked at a quick pace. But this is another forgettable one. No complaints about the work itself mind you. Just forgettable.
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    Sgt Slaughter Deep Dive

    Sgt Slaughter vs Jim Duggan (WWWF - 2/7/81) Before the match, Johnny Rodz accepts the $5000 cobra clutch challenge. Spoiler, he loses. Then a nothing match that lasts about 90 seconds. But Sarge manages to come off the top rope with a sick looking knee. Sgt Slaughter vs Bob Backlund (WWWF - 2/14/81) Another classic between two of the best of their era. Great chemistry. Super invested crowd. Holy shit yall, watch all these Slaughter vs Backlund matches. Sgt Slaughter vs Pedro Morales (WWWF - 2/16/81) Slaughter in MSG is SO OVER as a heel. It is wild. Sarge is awesome in the earlier going playing to the hyped up crowd. Lots of early schtick. The longer Backlund matches have been all action from the start so this is a changeup so far in terms of structure. Slow going but they keep the crowd interested early giving Morales lots of little wins. Great up & down bumping section off Morales arm drags by Sarge really gets the crowd going. Finally Sarge says enough and hits some great clubbing forearms to Morales' back and takes him down with a front face lock. They lay in it for 2 minutes and its not great but the crowd is right there with them when they slowly pick it up for a hope spot. Sarge cuts it off with a great shoulder block (nice bump by Morales) and a beautiful body slam (fantastic sell by Morales). Back to the front facelock and they build to another beautiful bodyslam this time as a counter by Morales. Great bump and selling from both guys. Slaughter gets to his feet first and locksin the cobra clutch but Morales makes it to the ropes and goes to the outside. They play a great king of the mountain game for a bit with Slaughter dominating. Pedro's selling is excellent in this match. He takes a HUGE bump off a back body drop. Slaughter follows up with a great backbreaker, his falling knee drop and fantastic punches. Fanastic criss crossing rope spot leads to the start of Morales' comeback. Morales' comeback means we get some of Sarge's world class bumping & selling. No one takes a post shot better than Slaughter. Its not possible. He takes a few different ones here and they're all fantastic. Finishing stretch is awesome as they just trade great looking punches until Sarge just bails. The heat is off the charts. Another great one. Sgt Slaughter vs Ron Shaw (WWWF - 2/21/81) Starts with $5,000 Cobra Clutch challenge against Jeff Parsons. Parsons does not break the hold. TV Crowd is chanting "GOmer Gomer Gomer" and SLaughter is awesome reacting to it. He's able to show his comedic side and be a badass all at once. Slaughter makes quick work of Shaw. There's actually a splash of offense from Shaw at the start of this so we get some great Slaugther selling of damage. But Slaughter finishes him pretty quicklly. Sgt Slaughter vs Pat Patterson $5,000 Cobra Clutch Challenge (WWWF - 3/7/81) I didn't intend to review anything that was only an angle with no match attached but this is an absolutely classic angle. Must watch. Sgt Slaughter vs Andre the Giant (WWWF - 3/16/81) I love this match. Andre is one of the best of all time and you get a taste of that here. Andre is a master at giving his opponents just enough offense and knowing exactly how much to sell. Slaughter is a perfect opponent for Andre because Slaughter is a huge human being compared to us average folks. So to see him dwarfed by Andre is a sight to behold. There's an amazing "HOLY SHIT" spot where Sarge flies off the 2nd turnbuckle and Andre just snatches him out of the air like a child. Sarge also has really great looking offense so if given an opening, it makes sense that he could do SOME damage to Andre. And of course Sarge is one of the all time bumpers so he can make all of Andre's stuff look absolutely killer. They do the Flair spot where Sarge gets caught on the top rope with a press slam and it is INSANE. This match is a ton of fun. Highly recommended if you're a fan of either performer. Sgt Slaughter vs Bob Backlund (Cage Match - WWWF - 3/21/81) I assume everyone knows this one already. One of the great cage matches of the decade. Prioritize this feud if you havent seen it! Sgt Slaughter vs Angelo Gomez (WWWF - 4/4/81) Slaughter does the Hogan in Japan hammerlock into drop toe hold combo. Slaughter lets Gomez gets some offense in before he absolutely destroys him with a clothesline and then the cobra clutch. Basic squash. Sgt Slaughter vs Pat Patterson (WWWF - 4/6/81) Another epic match. This is another matchup where everyone is likely familiar with the famous blow off match, but the early matches are awesome. Fantastic chemistry from these two. Great heat. This is just perfect wrestling. Poor referee takes a beating. Sgt Slaughter & Moondog Rex vs Andre the Giant & Tony Garea (WWWF - 4/18/81) This one really grew on me as it went along. At first I was thinking it was just going to be ok, but then it just got better and better. Simple, low-tech tag match but the characters are all distinct and everyone knows & plays their role to perfection. Just the sort of really smartly worked old school match that I really enjoy. Really fun stuff very much worth watching. Sgt Slaughter vs Pat Patterson (WWWF - 4/18/81) These two are just magic together. Another classic old school match. Sgt Slaughter vs Pat Patterson (Alley Fight - WWWF - 5/4/81) Another one where I dont feel like I have to say anything. its the Slaughter vs Patterson Alley Fight. If you're reading this and haven't seen this match, stop reading.
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    Sgt Slaughter Deep Dive

    I keep thinking about Sgt. Slaughter and GWE so fuck it, I'm gonna watch every Sarge match I can find. Bob Slaughter vs Higo Hamaguchi (IWE - 1/6/75) I had no idea Slaughter's hair game was so good. Holy shit. Clipped match but you can tell its nothing special. SargeBob looks like a pretty basic young worker. Bob Slaughter vs Mighty Inoue (IWE - 1/7/75) Shorter clips than the Higo match, but it looks a lot better. Sarge takes some really nice bumps that were missing from the previous match and he hits a killer backbreaker. Would've liked a complete version of this at some point. BOb Remus & BObby Duncam vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Anton Geesik (AJPW - 7/25/75) Sarge & Duncam both look solid but this is forgettable and you just wish it was a singles match between Jumbo and either opponent. Jumbo blades. Sarge takes a nice bump to the outside. Geesik looks terrible. Sarge & Jumbo have nice chemistry but you want to see more. Bob Slaughter vs Ted Dibiase 6/16/78 This is just brief silent clips but both guys like sharp. I wish we had this full match because it looks fun. Ted looks like a great firey babyface and Slaughter bring some killer offense (Gutbuster, Backbreaker, Atomic Drop) to go along with his bumping. He's already doing the spot into the post. Super Destroyer Mark II vs Dino Bravo (AWA - 10/28/79) Super fun little studio match. Bravo looks solid. Sarge is bumping big and bringing some good offense. Nice match. Super Destroyer Mark II vs Greg Gagne (AWA - 11/79) Two minute video that is the last 40 seconds of a match and then a brief post match. Slaughter still manages to bust out his killer clothesline and a fucking tombstone piledriver in 1979! Greg Gagne invents modern wrestling by kicking out of the tombstone and winning the match 10 seconds later. Super Destroyer Mark II vs Greg Gagne (AWA - 5/1/80) This has the different date but it is definitely just the 11/79 video with 10 extra minutes! So that's awesome! Dunno which date is correct. Anyway, this is a really fun old school match. Slaughter looks really good with some killer offense and his bumping and selling rules by now. Sarge whips out some awesome finger breaking submissions too. Heenan is at ringside so we get a couple of classic Heenan moments but not so much that he overwhelms the match. Super Destroyer Mark II vs Nick Bockwinkel (AWA - 9/7/80) Last 5ish minutes of what looks like it was probably an awesome match. Crowd is super into it. Work looks excellent. Would love to see the full match. Sgt Slaughter vs Billy Berger (WWWF - 8/2/80) This is the 2nd match ever where Slaughter is working as Sgt Slaughter and he is fucking amazing. He comes walks out with the hat and whistle, chest puffed out and tries to physically intimidate this jobber and is screaming in his face. It rules. He's got this shit down literally from day 2 at worst. Obviously this is a WWWF TV squash match and Sarge just looks awesome. Just killer offense. Fantastic looking strikes, gutbusters, a killer lariat. Sarge looks like a beast on offense and the character work is perfect. Sgt Slaughter vs Paul Figueroa (WWWF - 8/30/80) Another squash match with Slaughter looking like a monster on offense. Fun interview after the fact where Sarge's history (Drill instructor), his present (full time dedicated pro-wrestler) and his goals (champion of everything) are laid out. Sgt Slaughter vs Steve King (WWWF - 9/13/80) Another squash with Slaughter just destroying a jobber. He lets King get some offense in and just no-sells it as opposed to the previous matches where his opponents got no offense at all. Another fun promo after the fact. Slaughter quotes Aretha Franklin. Sgt Slaughter vs Bob Backlund (WWWF - 10/20/80) Here we fucking go. Sarge in an MSG main event. This is a classic Slaughter performance. He bumps like a champ. He can get up and down and do rapid fire bumps and then he also takes enormous match changing bumps as well. And he bleeds like a champ too. Just a great old school matchup. Sarge looks absolutely world class here. Sgt Slaughter vs Angelo Gomez (WWWF - 11/22/80) Good lord, Slaughter just destroys this poor bastard. He hits a 3x repeating backbreaker, a back suplex, a dropkick, a regular piledriver and a tombstone piledriver as well as the cobra clutch. This was a fucking squash! Sgt Slaughter vs Steve King (WWWF - 12/6/80) I really appreciate how Slaughter switches things up in these squash matches instead of doing the same thing over and over. This time he's a lot more low-tech. The triple backbreakers are replaced by triple kitchen sink knees and gut busters. Slaughter also does the spot where he grabs a headlock and runs the guy's head into the top turnbuckle. King kinda blows the bump on Slaughter's sweet falling clothesline so it looks more like a bulldog. Slaughter does some classic heelish shit too instead of just dominating him. He does a back rake and at one point counters an irish whip attempt with an eye poke. Cool that he's clearly put some thought in these jobber matches and does different stuff each time instead of the same old same old. Sgt Slaughter vs Dominic Denucci (WWWF - 12/13/80) Pretty basic match. Sarge looks good. Denucci has a lot of energy but feels pretty limited. Sgt Slaughter vs Rick McGraw (WWWF - 12/27/80) This is cool. Slaughter does something different in every match I've seen so far. This time he threw some headbutts, bit McGraw on the face and did a top rope elbow drop! This is very much not a squash. Its pretty classically structured. McGraw "controls" early using his speed & agility to sort of evade and frustrate Slaughter. He's definitely not hurting the much bigger & higher on the totem pole Slaughter. But he controls the early portion. Eventually Sarge catches him and punishes him. Since McGraw's work was more embarrassing than devastating, Sarge is pissed. We get less moves and more punches and kicks than usual. McGraw gets a brief hopeful comeback but Sarge cuts if off and kills him with a back suplex. Good TV match. Worth seeing. Sgt Slaughter vs Jim Duggan (WWWF - 1/3/81) WHAT IS THIS NOW! Yes, its THAT Duggan. He's got short hair here and is a handsome young man! Early on Slaughter is jawing with an ENORMOUS fan and Vince & Patterson are playing up that the fan called Slaughter "Gomer Pyle." Who is this guy? He's huge and the interactions are too perfect for them to be legit. Fun squash. A lot happening here with the fan & young Duggan being the opponent. Cool stuff. Sgt Slaughter vs Bob Backlund (WWWF - 1/10/81) This is a stone cold classic, top 10 WWF MOTDC. You don't need a review. Just go watch it. Its from Philly. Sgt Slaughter vs John Callahan (WWWF - 1/31/81) This Callahan goober kicks the bottom rope as the Grand Wizard is exiting the ring with all of Sarge's stuff so Slaughter mauls him and beats him in 90seconds.
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