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Hey there all you wrestling fanatics out there, and welcome to another edition of #ask7pound. So was Sgt Slaughter ever in the military in real life? Is Wargames really coming back? All this and much more!

Let’s start off with a little bit of Bad News

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Music is an important part of a wrestler’s characte. You can know your favorite stars are coming just from the first couple of notes or lyrics. I have some bad news is Chris Warren the man behind the DX lyrics recently passed away. I believe his music collaboration helped DX as big and remembered as it is. He also colloborated on entrance themes for X-Pac and HHH. Best wishes to his family

Did you know?

Did you know the average lifespan of a WWE wrestling career is just 3 years?

 

#AskTrevor was supposed to air his season finale today, but he has still not been located. He took off in a quest to find his cousin, Trevor, and we here at #ask7pound have not heard from him since. We do thank you for watching #askTrevor this season. And hope he comes back for Season 2….that is if we find him.

 

Here are the questions this week.

Glen from Madison Wisconsin wants to know a little about Sgt Slaughter

Was Sgt. Slaughter actually in the military before his wrestling career? He has always been a military guy in the ring, I was wondering, what about outside of the ring?

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Interesting question, again doing the research I learned a thing or two about this. The answer is no, Sgt Slaughter was never an active member of the military. He was originally brought in by Vince McMahon as a heel wrestler to face off with Bob Backlund for the WWF Championship, then he was transitioned as an alternative to the GI-Joe character Sgt. Slaughter, and he carried that for the rest of his career. He made a solid name for himself in the AWA as a consistent fan favorite. He then contacted the WWE and Vince McMahon Jr in 1990 after the AWA folded and expressed interest in coming back. McMahon wanted him back as a heel and you know the rest. He did the whole turn coat gimmick as an Iraqi soldier with General Adnan. By doing this, he was given a run with the WWE Championship when he defeated the Ulitmate Warrior at the Royal Rumble 1991. He was defeated by Hulk Hogan that same year at Wrestlemania VII, then shortly after that went back to his All American gimmick and has been with that ever since. I was really surprised to see that Slaughter was never a member of the armed forces ever in his life.

Jackie from Palm Beach Florida wants to know about an awesome match

I heard somewhere that WarGames may be coming back to wrestling by the WWE. Is there any truth to this?

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As of right now the plan is to have WarGames take place at Survivor Series of this year. Some of the key people that have been rumored for WarGames have been: The Club, The Wyatt Family, The Shield, John Cena and a group of random people, New Day, and one I could see happening, a Smackdown vs Raw Wargames matchup. This has been in the works for quite some time as the WWE has been wanting to do this, but wanted to wait for the right time. The demand is there, and the wrestlers are wanting to be a part of it. So Survivor Series seems like the perfect show to do this.

Steven from Lawrence Kansas takes us back to 1998 and the Rodman vs Malone war.

When Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone competed in WCW with Hulk Hogan and Diamond Dallas Page, did they have to have permission from the NBA to compete in WCW in the ring?

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Not the NBA per se, but they did have to have permission from the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls respectively to allow them to compete. From what I have heard, they were limited on what they were able to do. They were not allowed to do any major bumps or huge spots that could get them injured. The NBA really made out on this whole deal as it gave them some huge ratings for the NBA Finals between the Bulls and Jazz. For once, a guy named Michael Jordan was not the center of attention.

Jason wants to know about referee salaries.

How much do WWE referees get paid?

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It really just depends on what is in their contract. I mean more seasoned referees like Earl Hebner and Charles Robinson make more than the less seasoned officials, also they have a name and are involved in more storylines. It also depends on what they are doing. If they are doing house shows, weekly shows, or pay per views, that can be a huge difference in pay. However, I was able to get a list of the current referees and how much they get paid per show.

Referee Status Weekly Events Main Events
Charles Robinson Active $2,500 $6,000
Mike Chioda In-active $2,500 $6,000
Chad Patton Active $1,500 $4,500
Danilo Anfibio Active $1,500 $4,500
Darrick Moore $1,500 $4,500
Drake Wuertz Active $1,500 $4,500
Eddie Orengo Active $1,500 $4,500
Jason Ayers Active $1,500 $4,500
John Cone Active $1,500 $4,500
Rod Zapata Active $1,500 $4,500
Ryan Tran Active $1,500 $4,500
Shawn Bennett (NXT) Active $2,000 $5,000
Scott Armstrong Active $1,500 $4,500

So there you go, hope that answers your question

 

Richard closes the segment with his favorite Magnificent wrestler

I am a big fan of Don Muraco, also known as the Magnificent Muraco. He was a former Intercontinental Champion, and seemed to be primed for big things. I can never remember him getting involved in the main event circuit. Was there ever a plan for him to possibly get a shot at the title?

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Okay so we have been down this road before on guys such as Don Muraco, Paul Orndorf, Randy Savage, just to name a few. Muraco did get a few title shots against Hogan but of course, Hogan was not going to put anyone over, especially a guy like Muraco. He had a great look, could even get on the mic and speak, but he did have the in ring talent to really carry the company. He was kind of a plain wrestler, and was not really over with the fans, even as a heel. I will say this, he had some pretty decent matches against Hogan for the championship, but never came close to becoming the champion. I think they may have had the idea to possibly thrust Muraco into the main event scene when they paired him up with former WWE Champion Superstar Billy Graham as his mentor, when he turned face after the One Man Gang attacked Graham and injured his hip. Again, the fans just did not get behind Muraco like they had hoped, so any chance of putting him into the main event scene was pretty much squashed after that. From what I understand, there was never really a time where they had booked Muraco to win the championship at all, nor was it ever discussed. Like many others, he was just in the wrong era with the Immortal Chump Hulk Hogan.

 

Thats all for this week folks. Thanks for tuning in. Check out all the other shows on 7poundbag.com. The Wrestling Roundtable every Friday, and Eric Asafailo’s In my Damn Opinion every Thursday. Have a great week!

 

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