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?