Sgt. Slaughter, Ron Simmons Fired From WWE

Colin VassalloCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2009

Robert Remus, better known to all wrestling fans as Sgt. Slaughter, was given the pink slip after a total of 24 years of service to the company.

Slaughter was employed first in 1980 and stayed there till 1994 and then again in 1998 until his release.

The WWE Hall of Famer won the WWE title once during his career, beating the Ultimate Warrior at the 1991 Royal Rumble.  After his wrestling career ended, Slaughter was given the role of a road agent and made occasional appearances both in the ring and during backstage segments.

Sgt. Slaughter wasn't the only one released yesterday as Ron Simmons was also shown the door after 13 years with the company.

He was first hired under the gimmick of Faarooq Assad and later became the leader of Nation of Domination. Simmons' biggest success came teaming up with John "Bradshaw'" Layfield as the two joined forces to become The Acolytes and later as the APA.

Simmons was fired in a storyline in 2003 by then Smackdown! General Manager Paul Heyman however once he got backstage he found out that he was really fired for "inappropriate conduct" although he was hired a few months afterwards.

Since then he barely wrestled and just made occasional appearances in comedy roles just saying "DAMN!" on camera.

In WWE, Simmons won the Tag Team title three times with Bradshaw and was the first ever African American WCW Heavyweight champion.

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