Sgt. Slaughter Talks Leaving WWE For Hasbro and G.I. Joe In The 1980s. Plus Heat With Vince McMahon Over Cartoon, Toys and More Move!
The latest podcast Prime Time with Sean Mooney (transcribed by WZ) was with WWE Legend and Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter. Part of that interview was about his leaving the then WWF for becoming a G.I. Joe in the TV cartoon, toys, comic books and more. Vince McMahon was… displease.
On G.I. Joe: “I said, ‘Hey Vince, guess what? I’m gonna be GI Joe, the All American hero.’ He said, ‘Well, that’s great Sarge; but, I can’t let you go. I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘Because I’ve got another toy company: LJN. We’re gonna be doing cartoons and we’re gonna be doing this and that. If you want to go, you can go; but, you can’t be here with us. It would be a conflict of interest. I said, ‘Oh my God, you burst my bubble.’ I went home dejected not knowing what to do, so that became kind of a bad situation between Vince and I. At the time, I gave him my notice. He said, ‘You’re not leaving. You can’t leave.’ I said, ‘I’ve got to leave. I’ve got to go.’ I said, ‘I can always be a wrestler, Vince, but I can’t always be a GI Joe.”
Now you know. Knowing is the half the battle.
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