With one of the most instantly recognizable monikers of any grappler in history, Sgt. Slaughter is truly one of a kind. A former U.S. Marine, he earned his famous ring name during the service. Once he began his professional career, he would certainly solidify that name, intimidating adversaries and fans alike in his trademark drill sergeant attire. He was a top contender to Bob Backlund’s WWE Championship, and faced Bruno Sammartino in the Italian legend’s final Madison Square Garden appearance prior to his 1981 retirement. He was an NWA United States Champion, as well as NWA World Tag Team Champion with Don Kernodle. Sarge experienced a popularity explosion that coincided with Hulk Hogan's in 1984. Along with Hogan and "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Slaughter was one of WWE's most beloved Superstars of the mid-1980s.
After departing WWE, he became the celebrity spokesman for Hasbro’s G.I. Joe TV cartoon and toy line, and even appeared on screen as a G.I. Joe animated character, further cementing his position as an icon of popular culture. He returned to WWE in 1990, playing the controversial role of an Iraqi sympathizer. It was during this time that he captured the WWE Championship from the Ultimate Warrior at the 1991 Royal Rumble and headlined WrestleMania VII against Hogan. Following his retirement from full-time competition, he spent some time as WWE Commissioner, and today serves as a WWE Ambassador.