The Bushwhackers have revealed why they relinquished their “Sheepherders” moniker upon debuting in WWE, then known as WWF, as well as how they came up with their iconic march.
Following the news that Butch and Luke will be returning to the ring, Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy would speak to The Bushwhackers about their run in WWE, including why they wouldn’t continue as The Sheepherders, as Luke disclosed it wasn’t their call.
“It wasn’t our decision, mate. It was Caesar’s! Vince’s! He wanted to he wanted to promote us, sell merchandise and he wanted to own the name – so that’s how that name came.”
Luke also opened up about the way the walk to the ring came about.
“Well, when we were heels, The Sheepherders, when we went out the ring, we always threw our arms up and screamed at the fans. “Whoah!” and “Yay!” as heels to try and scare them and that and we swung arms around. So when we became the Bushwackers, Butch said to me, “How about going to the ring, swinging our arms, and the marching thing?” I bitched, I said my shoulders are screwed up… [Luke spells out “f***ed] He said, “Do you want to make money?” So hence we became, as Jesse Ventura used to say, the Governor of Minnesota, we become the marching morons.”
Butch would add:
“I took him out to the paddocks, and I got him after those bloody sheep, and he started the march because they were quite fast at running – and he was running after those woolly girls. And I’ll tell you what, those arms were swinging pretty bloody smartly because I was always beating him to the best looking one.”
Despite that, Bushwhacker Luke says the tag team had a great relationship with Vince McMahon, which Butch expanded on.
“Yeah, we had a fantastic relationship with Vince. When we went up there and he said, ‘Guys, I would like to maybe turn you good guys,” and blah, blah, blah and I got up on his table, right in front of him, I’d never met him before, my face was about two inches from his face. I was on his desk, on my hands and knees. And I said, “Vince, if you want us babyfaces with faces like this, you go right ahead!”
“Vince turned around. He says, “Look at my top babyfaces – Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Hacksaw Jim Duggan – have they got pretty mugs?'”
You can read our full interview with The Bushwhackers here.