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 Posted: Mon Apr 22nd, 2019 04:00 pm
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So I've been watching this Mid South Drop from 1984-85 on the WWE Network, and on the 12/15/84 show Terry Daniels makes his debut.  He's using the same Marine gimmick from the WWF, using the cobra clutch as his finisher, the announcers even state he is in the cobra corps.  Not one mention of Sgt. Slaughter.
I find this kind of strange.  Was Sarge supposed to come into Mid South?  Was the plan just to turn Dainels basically into Slaughter?  This had to be around the time Sarge was leaving the WWF (late 84).

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 Posted: Mon Apr 22nd, 2019 04:36 pm
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If I remember right Daniels used the Marine Gimmick in every Promotion he worked.

Sarge did team with Daniels in the Superdome for Mid south against The Dirty White Boys (Len Denton & Tony Anthony.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 22nd, 2019 06:47 pm
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The Dirty White Boys "desecrated" the Marine dress blues that Terry Daniels wore to set up Sgt. Slaughter coming in to avenge him. My recollection is that Daniels as a tribute to the military and veterans was going to hold the American Flag high in a silent vigil that Len Denton and Tony Anthony then ruined with Bill Watts acting as if the president or some leading political figure had been assassinated before our very eyes. When Sarge came in for the Superdome show, he and Watts even said the DWBs were draft dodgers who'd stayed home as cowards while Slaughter and Daniels went bravely to fight in Vietnam.

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Daniels also appeared in World Class, around the same time (airdate: January 11, 1985...ish), where they mentioned he was a member of the Cobra Corps. Yet Sgt. Slaughter wasn't mentioned at all.

I always find it humorous (and mildly precognitive) that Sgt. Slaughter's early 80's finisher was "The Cobra Clutch". It wasn't until early 1986, that he officially came on-board with Hasbro as a GI Joe character...who always fought Cobra. So suddenly the name "Cobra Clutch" fit even more. Just a fun coincidence. Yet, along those lines, it also didn't make sense that his team of sidekicks and fans could be called the "Cobra Corps" anymore, post-1986.

I think in both Mid-South and World Class's case, they used the name "Cobra Corps" in 84/85 because it was sort of tradition and used elsewhere. It was also before wrestlers' names became "locked down", so to speak, or exclusive to one territory.

Sarge's exact whereabouts in 1985 are still a mystery to me. He left the WWF in November 1984...and I don't remember seeing him on TV, again, until he popped up in the AWA in early 1986. I'm guessing he took some time off in 1985 to finalize his GI Joe deal and film the various TV spots. His live-action commercials began airing in 1986 and he did a lot of voiceover work for Season Two of the cartoon, which ran in the fall of 1986. So the timeline makes sense, I suppose.



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Sarge last appeared in the WWF in early December of 1984. He was in the AWA and at the Pro Wrestling USA tapings by early to mid January of 1985. The AWA was his home base, but he made plenty of cards, at the Meadowlands and far less prestigious venues, under the Pro Wrestling USA banner in the Northeast that were promoted via the TV show on WPIX-11 in New York. He also made the Georgia fronted Baltimore and JCP fronted Philadelphia shows and came in for a JCP taping in Greensboro. Sarge worked this Mid-South card. He was on the Hamilton card that Angelo Mosca ran at Copps Coliseum with locals combined with big name outsiders. He was on the big cards Don Owen ran with JCP talent and other outsiders at the big arenas in Portland and Seattle that he normally never ran. I am certain he made some Central States cards. Sarge left the AWA in the spring of 1986 and, apart from a one off Las Vegas TV taping, didn't come back until the fall of 1988. He worked a ton of indy dates in the interim, but nothing like a full schedule.

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tamalie wrote: Sarge last appeared in the WWF in early December of 1984. He was in the AWA and at the Pro Wrestling USA tapings by early to mid January of 1985. The AWA was his home base, but he made plenty of cards, at the Meadowlands and far less prestigious venues, under the Pro Wrestling USA banner in the Northeast that were promoted via the TV show on WPIX-11 in New York. He also made the Georgia fronted Baltimore and JCP fronted Philadelphia shows and came in for a JCP taping in Greensboro. Sarge worked this Mid-South card. He was on the Hamilton card that Angelo Mosca ran at Copps Coliseum with locals combined with big name outsiders. He was on the big cards Don Owen ran with JCP talent and other outsiders at the big arenas in Portland and Seattle that he normally never ran. I am certain he made some Central States cards. Sarge left the AWA in the spring of 1986 and, apart from a one off Las Vegas TV taping, didn't come back until the fall of 1988. He worked a ton of indy dates in the interim, but nothing like a full schedule.Thanks. I've never been able to piece together Sarge's 1985-1988 whereabouts, accurately.

I coulda' swore that he was in the AWA, longer, in 1986. I remember his program against Boris Zhukov over the AWA "Americas Championship" around April to June of 1986. But it could've been the Magic of TV Tapings that made me think he was around longer.



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