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Lacey Evans dismisses Sgt. Slaughter’s criticism of her WWE character

One big thing: Lacey Evans doesn’t care about Sgt. Slaughter’s disapproval

Former WWE star Lacey Evans brushed off criticism from WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter regarding her character’s similarities to his own.

• Evans used Slaughter’s signature Cobra Clutch finisher and had a military-themed gimmick.
• Slaughter and his family expressed displeasure with Evans’ character.
• Evans: “I didn’t give a s**t. When I tell you I’m there to do my job and go the hell home so I could feed my family, I mean every word of it.”

Why it matters

The clash between Evans and Slaughter highlights the tension that can arise when newer performers adopt elements of legendary characters, potentially affecting relationships within the wrestling industry.

By the numbers

• Evans was released by WWE in August 2023.
• She is 34 years old.
• Sgt. Slaughter was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

Between the lines

Evans emphasized that wrestlers are given roles to play, suggesting that any similarities were likely due to creative decisions rather than personal choices.

What they’re saying

• Evans on Slaughter’s daughter: “I didn’t even know he had a daughter until I learned what a Twitter was. But I could see why she’s not out there doing what I was doing.”
• Evans on respecting veterans: “While it’s important to be respectful toward wrestling veterans, people should also show respect toward performers who are there doing the best they can at their job.”

The bottom line

Evans maintains that she has no hard feelings about the situation, prioritizing her job performance and family responsibilities over industry politics.

What do you think about the clash between newer wrestling characters and established legends? Leave a comment below with your thoughts on how WWE should balance honoring its past while creating new stars.

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