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Sgt. Slaughter On How Much Input WWE Stars Used To Have Over Scripts and If Vince McMahon Gave Them Freedom

March 2, 2019 | Posted by Ashish
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Sgt. Slaughter recently spoke with Busted Open Radio (h/t WrestlingInc). Highlights are below, followed by the full interview.

On who in today’s WWE he would like to face: “Seth Rollins could be someone that I would really enjoy having a match with as me being a villain. As a hero, Brock Lesnar would be a tremendous match. A.J. Styles, what he does in the ring is pretty incredible. I could just see him jumping up on that top rope and going to do something and I just go to clothesline him, you know? Just the way he works, he’s in ring savvy. He’s just incredible. Of course, I wouldn’t mind wrestling Becky Lynch or Charlotte. There as good as some of the guys, maybe better!”

On the challenge of the modern WWE in which wrestlers have to memorize scripts, cut promos, and wrestle: “It would be tough [in today’s WWE]. I look at it now and I go, ‘I wonder if I could do that?’ Because we weren’t scripted. As you said, we were told a point to get to and we always knew where we wanted to get out at. We would just ask how much time do you want and we would just ad lib whatever we had to say, who our opponent was, where we were gonna wrestle that night. At that time, as you probably did Bubba, we would go to hotels when we would land and do promos all day long before we would go to the arena to wrestle. And you would do one right after the other, and all you had to do was change the opponent or change the event.”

On how talent used to have a lot of input over the scripts: “Because when we would go back, guys like Roddy Piper and I, we would go back to do promos and they would give us a script. And I would look at it and tell the writer, ‘I would never say anything like this. It’s not what the Sgt. would say.’ So he would say, ‘Well, let me go talk to Vince.’ He’d come back and it would have a big ‘X’ on it and he’d say, ‘Vince said just do the promo whatever you do.’ So, that’s how we would do it and probably still do it today, I don’t think I would have a script if I went to do promos now.”

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