Atten-HUT! Let's review the biggest enemies of Sgt. Slaughter, you maggot!

 

Few others in wrestling history have the pedigree of WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter. During a career that spanned more than 40 years, he competed in the AWA, NWA and WWF, as well as for several other territories. Not only has he competed as Sgt. Slaughter, he also had success under his birth name of Bob Remus, the pseudonym Bob Slaughter and the masked villian Super Destroyer Mark II.

For this list, we're focusing on storyline rivalries Slaughter had with wrestlers and non-wrestlers alike, not speculating on what may have happened backstage..

In counting down the Top 50 Sgt. Slaughter Rivalries, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories looked at the following criteria:

 

  • How prominent was the rivarly?

  • What type of stage(s) did it play out on?

  • How memorable were the matches and/or segments?

  • How much did the rivalry do to advance either person's career?

 

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Ready? Here we go!

50.

Randy Orton

Sgt. Slaughter has returned from time to time over the years to battle up and coming stars. In 2003, he battled Randy Orton on Monday Night Raw when Orton was becoming The Legend Killer. Four years later, Slaughter and Orton tackled again on Raw.

48.

Tony Garea

Sgt. Slaughter was a heel managed by The Grand Wizard in the early 1980s when he battled WWE Hall of Famer Tony Garea in the WWF. Garea and Slaughter traded victories in both singles and tag team action. Later, Garea would serve as referee in Slaughter's WWF Title match against Bob Backlund.

46.

The Mighty Igor

The Mighty Igor (a/k/a Mighty Igor Vodik) was a former AWA World Champion. He and Sgt. Slaughter (at the time, Super Destroyer Mark II) battled during 1978/1979. Mighty Igor got the better of the feud, though Destroyer once won when his mask was on the line.

44.

Ivan Koloff

One more Ivan on this list, as Sgt. Slaughter battled former WWWF World Champion Ivan Koloff during the mid-1980s. While the American patriot and The Russian Bear weren't in the same territory for long, the two competed several times on co-promoted Mid-Atlantic and AWA shows throughout 1985.

42.

Tito Santana

Sgt. Slaughter and WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana battled in the early 1980, when Slaughter was the masked Super Destroyer Mark II. A decade later, when Slaughter came to the WWF as a heel, one of his primary opponents early on was El Matador.

40.

Greg Gagne

Greg Gagne had plenty of go-rounds with Sgt. Slaughter in the AWA over the years. In the mid-1970s, Gagne battled Slaughter when he was known as Bob Remus. Years later, he would feud with Super Destroyer Mark II. By 1985, Slaughter helped Gagne transform into his short-lived "Rambo" persona.

38.

Tatsumi Fujinami

During his tours of Japan in the early 1980s, WWE Hall of Famer Tatsumi Fujinami was a frequent opponent of Sgt. Slaughter. The two were often pitted against each other in tradition and six-man tag team matches, although they also had a pair of singles matches in 1981, both of which were won by Fujinami.

36.

Dino Bravo

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dino Bravo was the traveling Canadian champion who often toured the AWA. One of Bravo's more frequent opponents was The Super Destroyer Mark II, whom at the time was managed by Bobby Heenan. Despite nearly a dozen encounters, Bravo always came out victorious.

34.

Ted DiBiase

In the late 1970s, Sgt. Slaughter (as Bob Slaughter) was NWA Central States Champion, and he often battled WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase. The future Million Dollar Man defeated Slaughter for the belt in 1977. Years later in the WWF,  Sarge faced DiBiase at several house shows.

32.

Larry Hennig

Larry Hennig was a frequent opponent of Slaughter's Super Destroyer Mark II in the late 1980s. The Destroyer won a surprising amount of those matches, and they later teamed up (with Curt) against The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering.

30.

Angelo Mosca

Angelo Mosca sometimes teamed with Sgt. Slaighter, although they also feuded. Mosca defeated Slaughter for the NWA U.S. Title in 1982 and roughly one year later, Slaughter won the NWA Canadian Title from Mosca.

28.

Greg Valentine

One of Slaughter's first heel opponents after his babyface turn in the WWF was WWE Hall of Famer Greg The Hammer Valentine. The two faced off in 1984 (shortly before Valentine won the Intercontinental Title the first time), with Slaughter often winning these matches via disqualification.

26.

Pedro Morales

When WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales was WWF Intercontinental Champion in the early 1980s, the villianous Sgt. Slaughter was one of his more persistent challengers. During televised matches and on the house show circuit, Morales handily turned back the challenge of Slaughter throughout the U.S. Northeast.

24.

Billy Robinson

As the masked Super Destroyer Mark II, Sgt. Slaughter often had to contend with Billy Robinson. Beginning in 1978, Robinson feuded with Super Destroyer throughout the AWA in both singles and tag team matches. The rivals even had a trio of Coal Miner's Glove matches in 1979.

22.

Nick Bockwinkel

During the late 1970s and 1980s, WWE Hall of Famer Nick Bockwinkel put his AWA World Championship on the line against Slaughter's Super Destroyer Mark II. By 1985, Bockwinkel and various partners would often tangle with the team of Slaughter and Greg Gagne.

20.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan was a frequent of Slaughter's when he returned to the WWF in 1990 as a heel. For the next year, the two often squared off dozens of times, including in Boot Camp matches. Later, the two settled their differences and became a tag team.

18.

Antonio Inoki

WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki was a frequent opponent of Sgt. Slaughter whenever he was in Japan. Throughout 1982, Slaughter teamed with Chris Adams, The Masked Superstar and Brutus Beefcake against Inoki with partners such as Hulk Hogan and Fujinami.

16.

D-Generation X

No group dogged WWF Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter more than WWE Hall of Famers D-Generation X. Week after week on Monday Night Raw, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna mocked Slaughter and dared him to do something. This led to a Boot Camp match against Triple H that Slaughter lost.

14.

The Mountie

In 1992 during a match with Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter was ambushed by The Mountie and his ever-present cattle prod. This led to a feud with about two dozen house matches that summer and while The Mountie often got his man... Slaughter got his share of wins over The Mountie, too.

12.

Larry Zbyszko

Sgt. Slaughter was a natural opponent for WWE Hall of Famer Larry Zbyszko, one of the AWA's top heels when Slaughter returned in 1985. Slaughter defeated Zbyszko that year to win the AWA Americas Title and years later, challenged for his AWA World Championship.

10.

Bob Backlund

During the lengthy first WWF World Championship run of WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund, Sgt. Slaughter was a frequent opponent. Managed by The Grand Wizard, Slaughter had Texas Death, Steel Cage and even Stretcher Matches with Backlund.

8.

Jay Youngblood

A good part of this rivalry took place in the NWA, with Sgt. Slaughter teaming with Don Kernodle against Jay Youngblood and Ricky Steamboat for the NWA Tag Team Titles. Years before that, Youngblood challenged for Slaughter's United States Championship.

6.

Nikolai Volkoff

WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff had a slightly-more successful feud against Sgt. Slaughter than his Bolsheviks partner Boris Zhukov. Slaughter and Volkoff battled frequently on house shows, often in tag team matches, and on occasion, Volkoff would sneak out a victory.

4.

Ricky Steamboat

Although WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat had a lengthy series teaming with Jay Youngblood  against Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle, Steamboat and Slaughter also feuded over the NWA United States Championship. In 1981, Slaughter defeated The Dragon in a tournament final to win the title belt.

2.

Hulk Hogan

Although they battled in Japan in the early 1980s, the first major match between Sgt. Slaughter and WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan was the main event of the patriotic-themed WrestleMania VII, with Hogan regaining the WWF World Championship. This led to a series of Desert Storm Matches between them.

49.

The Destruction Crew

The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom) dominated the AWA's tag team scene during the group's dying days. During a 1989 tournament to crown new AWA World Tag Team Champions, they defeated the team of Sgt. Slaughter and Baron Von Raschke.

47.

Igor Volkoff

No, not Nikolai Volkoff (or, for that matter, the competitor who follows this entry), Igor Volkoff was a fixture in Canada during the 1970s and early 1980s who also competed until the name Hugo Babich. Slaughter (at the time, Bob Remus) feuded with Igor in 1974 for the Vancouver, British Columbia-based NWA group.

45.

Ivan Putski

From Igor to Ivan, the next Sgt. Slaughter rivalry was with WWE Hall of Famer Ivan Putski. The two opposed each other in 1983 and 1984 in the WWF, with Slaughter as the heel. They also opposed each other in several six- and eight- man tag matches.

43.

Stone Cold Steve Austin

While it's true that Sgt. Slaughter and WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin never even had a match against each other, Stone Cold made Slaughter's life miserable during his run as WWF Commissioner and Vince McMahon lackey, playing a crucial role in that feud.

41.

The Road Warriors

WWE Hall of Famers The Road Warriors were building their reputation as wrestling's top tag team in the mid-1980s, at the same time Sgt. Slaughter was a top star for the group. With partners such as Jim Brunzell, Jerry Blackwell, Nick Bockwinkel and Curt Hennig, Slaughter often lost out to Hawk and Animal.

39.

David Schultz

Right around the time that he was terrorizing 20/20 reporter John Stossel, Dr. D David Schultz was programmed against Sgt. Slaughter in the WWF. The two battled a dozen times between March and September 1984, with Slaughter getting the best of those exchanges. Prior to that series, the two were a tag team.

37.

Superstar Billy Graham

Before he made the full-on transition to Sergeant, Sgt. Slaughter was simply billed as Bob Slaughter. In 1977, he challenged then-WWWF World Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Superstar Billy Graham to a pair of title matches in Kansas and St. Louis. Graham held back Slaughter in both of those challenges.

35

Mr. Fuji

During his first tour of the WWF in 1983, Sgt. Slaughter would sometimes team up with WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Fuji, as well as Fuji's partner Tiger Chung Lee. But when Slaughter turned babyface, the evil foreigner Fuji was in his sights. In 1984, Slaughter defeated Fuji in both singles bouts and tagging with Chung Lee.

33.

Rufus R. Jones

Rufus R. Jones was a regional star throughout the Carolinas in 1970s and 1980s. In 1978, Jones engaged in a lengthy rivalry with Slaughter's masked Super Destroyer Mark II persona in the AWA, with both men trading victories throughout the Midwest.

31.

Blackjack Mulligan

WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Mulligan had several notable encounters with Sgt. Slaughter in the early 1980s. The two battled over the NWA United States Championship, with Slaughter defeating him for the title belt in November 1981.

29.

Super Destroyer Mark III

Little is known about Slaughter's one-time tag team partner Super Destroyer Mark III, but the two split in 1980 and began feuding with each other in the AWA. Slaughter's Super Destroyer (managed by Bobby Heenan) often won.

27.

Jack & Jerry Brisco

Along with his allies Don Kernodle and Jim Nelson, Sgt. Slaughter spent time in the early 1980s battling WWE Hall of Famers Jack & Jerry Brisco. The Brisco Brothers chased Kernodle and Slaughter for the NWA World Tag Team Titles in 1983. Later, Slaughter and Jerry Brisco would become Vince McMahon's Stooges.

25.

Wahoo McDaniel

Throughout 1981 and 1982, Native American star Wahoo McDaniel challenged Sgt. Slaughter for his NWA United States Championship, resulting in a series of matches in Canada and the Carolinas, which Slaughter won handily.

23.

Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie

Both as a wrestler and as a manager, Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie was a constant thorn in Sgt. Slaughter's side. Al-Kassie managed some of the biggest villians in the AWA, and even competed in matches against Slaughter in 1985-1986. Al-Kaissie later became Slaughter's manager Gen. Adnan and afterwards, they feuded again.

21.

Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon

As strange as the pairing of WWE Hall of Famers Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon may seem, the two held the AWA Tag Team Championship between 1979 and 1980. One of their most frequent rivals was Super Destroyer Mark II, who teamed with Pat Patterson, Bobby Duncum and Super Destroyer Mark III.

19.

Andre The Giant

The first match between Sgt. Slaughter and WWE Hall of Famer Andre The Giant was in 1979 in the AWA, when Slaughter was Super Destroyer Mark II. By 1981, Andre was a frequent opponent of Slaughter, including both singles and tag team matches that continued on until 1984.

17.

Ric Flair

The first match between Sgt. Slaughter and WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair was in 1974, when Slaughter was known as Bob Remus. A decade later, the two feuded in the Mid-Atlantic region over Flair's NWA World Championship. A decade after that, the two had a match on WWF TV.

15.

Kamala

One of the biggest foreign villians that Sgt. Slaughter battled during his time in the AWA was Kamala. The two had several bouts (including a Ugandan Death Match) in 1985, and battled in a featured match at AWA WrestleRock a year later, with the AWA Americas Title on the line.

13.

The Ultimate Warrior

In 1991, WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior was WWF World Champion when he was challenged by Sgt. Slaughter at the Royal Rumble. Slaughter won the match, leading to a series of rematches on the house show circuit, including several steel cage bouts.

11.

The Crusher

Throughout 1979, The Crusher feuded with Slaughter's Super Destroyer Mark II persona. The two battled in cage matches, no-disqualification matches and tag team bouts throughout the U.S. Midwest.

9.

Col. DeBeers

Even before either man became well-known on a national level, Sgt. Slaughter (then Bob Slaughter) battled Col. DeBeers (then Ed Wiskoski) in the NWA. Years later, their opposing political ideologies made for a red-hot rivalry in the AWA, leading to their infamous Boot Camp match at the AWA SuperClash III PPV.

7.

Boris Zhukov

Boris Zhukov was one of the top foreign villians in the AWA circa 1985. As a result, he was often pitted against the patriotic Sgt. Slaughter. The two had several matches between 1985 and 1987, with Zhukov often enlisting help in his feud (with little or no success).

5.

Stan Hansen

When WWE Hall of Famer Stan Hansen captured the AWA World Championship in 1986, it was largely assumed that Sgt. Slaughter would be his successor. Slaughter received a series of title matches that year and while few of them were settled with a clean pinfall decision, Slaughter never won the gold.

3.

Pat Patterson

Although Sgt. Slaughter and WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson would later become Vince McMahon's Stooges, the first Intercontinental Champion was involved in a vicious feud with Slaughter in the early 1980s. This led to an Alley Fight in 1981, considered by many as the forerunner to today's Hardcore Matches.

1.

The Iron Sheik

In 1984, Sgt. Slaughter filmed an angle with WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik that turned Sarge babyface and even earned him the admiration of Richard Nixon! The American hero versus The Iranian heel was a top draw for the WWF, leading to a series of main event matches in the days before pay-per-view. Slaughter and Sheik tangled one last time in the WrestleMania XVII gimmick battle royal.

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