On a recent edition of his “The ARN Show” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson recalled the reunion of The Four Horsemen in WCW in 1993, Tully Blanchard not being involved, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On whether fans would’ve remembered Tully Blanchard if he returned in 1993 for Four Horsemen: “Would they have remembered him? Damn right. For sure. And had he come back, I got a feeling we would not have gone that route, babyfaces. We would have went another route where we’re winging it, it was on the fly. It was an all-day affair, figuring out if he was coming or not. And you know, that final meeting, whatever was decided or was not decided or whatever got in the way, came in a private meeting. To this day I don’t know exactly what happened or how it happened.”
On not having Tully Blanchard in the Four Horsemen Reunion: “But I can tell you this. When you said ‘No Tully Blanchard,’ you let the air out of that balloon. That would have been something that I would have not done. Let them know in advance that it’s going to be less than. Because anybody, I don’t care who it was, would have been less than. At that moment in time. You could have put Ted DiBiase or Curt Henning or anybody, they would have been less than Tully. Because that’s the group that got over. And Tully was as big a part of that as anybody else. Any of us. And second place was not going to be good enough.”
On why Ole Anderson was the third member of the group despite being the booker: “Maybe to lessen the sting of not getting Tully, you at least got Ole who was one of the originals. And people remembered that, and maybe it strengthened it up on one side where it caved in over here where you had Tully. That caved in, so maybe we can strengthen the group a little bit. To be honest with you, it’s the only thing that makes sense to me.”
On why Ole was used for one night only: “Well, like we just said, to lessen the blow of Tully not coming. That’s all I think it could be, you know. And Ole was not going to be a full-time wrestler, maybe it was one of those just to — you got to remember, we’re booking week to week. And a lot of stuff we’re doing on the fly, and putting band-Aids on stuff. You know, Tully Blanchard not coming was a big deal.”
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The Reunion of The Four Horsemen in WCW: A Look Back
In the world of professional wrestling, few factions have achieved the legendary status and influence of The Four Horsemen. Comprised of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and Ole Anderson, this group dominated the wrestling scene in the 1980s and early 1990s. However, in 1993, a reunion of The Four Horsemen took place in WCW, but it was not without its challenges and controversies.
On a recent episode of his podcast, “The ARN Show,” WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson reminisced about the reunion and shed light on Tully Blanchard’s absence from the group. Anderson pondered whether fans would have remembered Blanchard if he had returned in 1993. He expressed confidence that Blanchard’s impact would have been significant, but the direction of the group may have taken a different path.
The decision to exclude Blanchard from the reunion was met with disappointment by Anderson. He believed that announcing the reunion without Blanchard diminished the excitement and potential of the group. Anderson emphasized that anyone who replaced Blanchard would have been seen as inferior because Tully was an integral part of The Four Horsemen’s success. Second place simply would not have sufficed.
Instead of Blanchard, Ole Anderson, one of the original members of The Four Horsemen, was included in the reunion. Anderson speculated that Ole’s presence may have been an attempt to soften the blow of Tully’s absence. By adding a familiar face to the group, it could have strengthened the reunion’s appeal to fans who were disappointed by Blanchard’s absence.
However, Ole Anderson’s involvement was short-lived. Anderson suggested that Ole’s inclusion may have been a temporary solution to compensate for Tully’s absence. With the group booking week to week and making decisions on the fly, Anderson believed that Ole’s one-night appearance was a way to address the disappointment caused by Tully’s absence.
The absence of Tully Blanchard from The Four Horsemen reunion in 1993 was undoubtedly a significant event in wrestling history. The decision not to include him left fans wondering what could have been and created a void that was challenging to fill. Despite the absence of Blanchard, The Four Horsemen reunion in WCW remains a memorable moment for wrestling fans.
Looking back on this reunion, it is evident that the legacy of The Four Horsemen continues to captivate fans and spark discussions. The impact of Tully Blanchard’s absence and Ole Anderson’s inclusion adds layers to the story, showcasing the complexities of professional wrestling and the decisions made behind the scenes.
As wrestling enthusiasts, we can appreciate the rich history and enduring influence of The Four Horsemen. Their reunion in 1993 may not have been perfect, but it serves as a reminder of the indelible mark they left on the industry. Whether you remember them from their prime or have discovered their legacy through retrospectives like this, The Four Horsemen will forever be etched in wrestling history.