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Slick explains why WWE scrapped plans for Butch Reed to win the Intercontinental Title

The Doctor Of Style, Slick was the guest this week on the “80’s Wrestling podcast.” He was son to talk about his time in the professional wrestling business. Slick talked about working with names like Nikolai Volkoff, The Iron Sheik, Akeem, The Big Boss Man, Power and Glory, The Warlord and others.

Slick was asked who his favorite talent that he managed:

“Well, when you say my favorite, it’s really hard for me to say this because Butch Reed is like my brother.  We had such a close, personal relationship.  But in terms of professionalism and working, it would be One Man Gang.  Butch Reed, and it’s hard for me to say anything negative about him because of my personal friendship, love, and relationship with him, but Butch wasn’t exactly the most professional person, and so he made life difficult when it didn’t have to be.  I didn’t have a regret of having to be special and do extra things where he was concerned, because if it were not for him, I would never have had a WWE career.  He insisted that Vince McMahon interview me and bring me in with him.  He was adamant about that.  I say this affectionately, but Butch was crazy.  So my favorite person to interact with on the road and to pal around with was One Man Gang, but I made more money with The Big Bossman than anybody.”

Slick was asked if it was true that Reed was supposed to win the Intercontinental Title from Ricky Steamboat instead of Honky Tonk Man:

“Yes, and he messed it up.  Butch messed it up.  I can’t put it on Vince.  I can’t put it on Pat Patterson.  I have to put it solely on where it lies.  Butch messed it up.  Butch was the kind of guy that he didn’t care.  He didn’t have a ride to a town, he would just sit in the lobby until somebody said, ‘Well c’mon, I’ll take you.’  There would be things like that he would do and so they kind of grew sour on him.  I really regret it because he would have been a great champion and a great performer.  When he was in that ring and wanted to turn it on, there wasn’t anybody any better.”

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