The Four Horsemen are one of the most iconic stables in the wrestling business.
Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard were two of the quartet, and recently sat down to talk about when they formed.
On Anderson’s ARN Podcast, Blanchard talked about how he felt privileged to be part of the group.
For my part, it was crazy. You had Ole and Arn and Flair was their cousin, so it was a family deal. And my only entrance to the whole deal was I was wrestling Dusty.
So, when they wanted to have all those eight-man tag matches and Dusty was in them, I was very fortunate to be the, ‘Well, we’re putting Tully in there.’ So, since I was the only one outside the family that was part of it, it was probably a double accident for me.
Arn Anderson is credited with coming up with the stable’s name in a televised promo with Tony Schiavone.
Double A recalls being given little direction the promo, and the name being pretty much off the cuff.
They put us on that promo, and people ask me all the time, how did you come up with that? Is that something you had been thinking about or if that was something from the office? I do not know to this day.
I was looking at us, and I was in awe. I was sitting there on my jaw on the ground in awe of who I was out there on that promo with. It just popped into my head, ‘The four horsemen of the apocoloypse.’ It was purely accidental. It really was because no one in the office said anything to us about it. It just popped into my head, and I threw it out there.
We concluded the interview, and Tony Schiavone walked right into my grill and said, ‘Jesus, Arn, you just named you guys.’ And I went, ‘Yeah, OK. Maybe.’
Blanchard also commented on one incident where he got under the feathers of Hulk Hogan.
Coming backstage after being in the second to last match, Hogan wasn’t impressed with how much had been done in the ring.
I know when Arn and I wrestled the first time in the Garden against the Rockers, we had to go 20-minute time limit match and probably the biggest major tactical error I ever did was when I came back through the curtain, Hogan looked at me and said, ‘What am I supposed to do now?’ And I said something smart alec and don’t remember exactly what it was. We were never on before the main event ever again. We were never on another Hogan card ever again.
With thanks to 411 Mania for the transcription.