Lacey Evans borrowed Sgt Slaughter’s legendary gimmick, even his finisher. Things were not okay in Slaughter’s camp over that, and he’s made no secret of it.
Sgt. Slaughter has expressed his belief that WWE should have sought his permission before allowing Lacey Evans to incorporate the Cobra Clutch into her move-set. This is a controversy that is ongoing with Evans.
As one of WWE’s prominent stars during the 1980s and early 1990s, Slaughter has a storied history with the Cobra Clutch submission move. In recent months, Evans has adopted the move as her finisher, and her new attire bears a striking resemblance to Slaughter’s iconic gear from his career.
During an interview with Bill Apter, Slaughter raised the question as to why nobody reached out to him regarding Evans replicating his character. He also recalled a situation where fellow legend Ted DiBiase Sr. was considerate enough to rename the Cobra Clutch when he utilized it.
“I would think the writer or somebody would call me up and say, ‘Hey, you mind if we use the Cobra Clutch?’ or maybe call it something else. DiBiase brought it in, and when I was gone with G.I. Joe he used it as The Million Dollar Dream.”
Lacey Evans has fired several shots at Sgt Slaughter’s daughter. That situation seems to be far from finished for everyone involved. It all boiled down to respect for Slaughter, something that he felt slighted on with Lacey Evans borrowing his gimmick, although he was able to avoid outright naming Evans during his interview with Busted Open Radio.
We will have to see what is next for Lacey Evans in WWE. She hasn’t gained a ton of momentum, but she doesn’t have any heat on her over Sgt Slaughter’s remarks.
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