In an unforeseen social media clash, Sgt. Slaughter's daughter singled out Lacey Evans after her "WWE SmackDown" match against Zelina Vega for the Money in the Bank qualifier on June 2. The dispute ignited over Evans' use of Sgt.
Slaughter's iconic Cobra Clutch, a move he'd made famous during his illustrious wrestling career. Evans, responding to the critique on Twitter, affirmed her respect for the decorated WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter but also asserted that she wouldn't hesitate to take on his daughter in the ring, exemplifying her fearless persona both on and off the screen.
Sgt. Slaughter's WWE Disappointment
The man himself, Sgt. Slaughter, spoke about the issue in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda. He candidly expressed his disappointment in WWE's approach to the situation, hinting at an expectation of professional courtesy.
Slaughter stated, "One would think that the writer or someone in charge would contact me asking, 'Is it okay if we use the Cobra Clutch?' or perhaps even rename it." He then referenced fellow wrestler DiBiase, who had also used the Cobra Clutch, renamed 'The Million Dollar Dream', during Slaughter's stint with 'G.I.
Joe' Emphasizing the importance of respect and camaraderie in the wrestling business, Slaughter reminisced about an incident when he wanted to use The Iron Sheik's Camel Clutch. He said, "I asked Khosrow (The Iron Sheik), 'Is it okay if I use your move?' 'Oh yes, Sarge, it would be an honor for you to use that.'
That's how it was. We respected the talent we worked with. I would never have used it unless he said, 'Yes, go ahead and use it,' because he's the one who made it famous." Since her return to the ring with a militarized persona in January, Evans has been employing the Cobra Clutch in her matches, albeit only a few so far.
WWE Hall of Famer Booker T also offered his perspective on the controversy, supporting Evans. He argued that Slaughter doesn't have any authority over what she does with her character, fueling further discussions among the wrestling community.