Before his WWF days, Lord Alfred Hayes cuts a mean heel promo

Most of us who watched the WWF in the 1980s remember Lord Alfred Hayes, he of the tuxedo and British accent who played sidekick to Vince McMahon on Tuesday Night Titans (TNT).

Hayes was always goofy, and even today I’m not sure why we needed him in the WWF for so many years. His most memorable moment was on TNT in 1984, when Rowdy Roddy Piper slapped him hard across the face.

But I want to be fair to the late Hayes, who had a career in the ring as a wrestler and was also a manager in the 1970s and early ’80s. And despite his dumb persona in the WWF, Hayes was actually good on the microphone, too.

The YouTube clip below proves that point. This 1978 promo from the AWA involves Hayes talking about an upcoming match with the Crusher against Hayes’ protege, Super Destroyer Mark II (who is Sgt. Slaughter under a mask). And yes, that is Gene Okerlund conducting the interview.

Hayes does an effective heel promo in that video. So how did the WWF end up with a tea-sipping British fop instead?

One comment

  1. Joe Lowry

    My only guess is that Lord Alfred Hayes did what every other entertainer of the 1980’s did, and that was go to the WWF for their big payday. Lets not forget when Vince took the company national, the wrestling landscape changed forever. Terroritories were either folding up or merging. Post Backlund era or Hulkamania time (whichever you prefer) there was a steady stream of new wrestlers coming in and out of the WWF. I remember the Fabulous Freebirds were announced at the Garden that they were coming to Boston next month. And this is when the height of their fued with the Von Erichs was at its peak. Vince reigned supreme at all the house shows. Hence the sell outs every month. Guys like King Kong Mocsa and Blackjack Mulligan were leaving only to be replaced by guys like King Kong Bundy and Barry Windham (whom ironically wrestled in the Mid-Atlantic as Blackjack Mulligan Jr.). This is why I have such fond memories of the pre-Hogan days, wrestlers were loyal to all promoters not just one. Muraco would lose the intercontinental title one week, and be on Georgia Championship wrestling the next. Same goes with Sgt. Slaughter. I remember when he and Don Kernodle lost the NWA tag belts to Steamboat and Yougblood. It was a mere two weeks later that the Sarge was back challenging Backlund for the WWF title and Don Kernodle was wrestling in the prelims of house shows. Ah the good old days…when it truly was good guys vs. bad guys….

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