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dave 1981 07-04-2012 05:25 PM

How good was Tully Blanchard ???
 
As i just posted in another thread i believe the Magnum T.A/Tully Blanchard feud and series of matches to be criminally underrated but as far as underrated wrestlers and characters go Tully Blanchard has to be up there near the very top. I'm a firm believer that if Ric Flair hadn't been as truly great as he was in between 1983 and 1989 when Tully Blanchard was in NWA then Tully Blanchard would have been a multiple time World champion because he was a great mic worker, a great in ring worker and had a great look and was basically everything that NWA was about back then.

A lot of people look at Tully Blanchard as strictly a tag team wrestler due to him and Arn Anderson being such a legendary team as part of The Four Horsemen and then in WWE as The Brainbusters but he was also a great singles wrestler before that who held the US title and TV title along the way when they were prestigious titles. Some of the feuds he had along the way before his tag team run were with Dusty Rhodes, Magnum T.A and Ricky Steamboat which were very good for their time but as a tag team wrestler he feuded with The Road Warriors, The Rock And Roll Express, The Midnight Express, Demolition, The Hart Foundation, The Rockers and the thrown together team of Lex Luger and Barry Windham which led to Barry Windham joining The Four Horsemen later on.

RyanPelley 07-04-2012 08:29 PM

Re: How good was Tully Blanchard ???
 
I was born in 1988, so I've only seen him and the rest of the Horsemen through DVDs and Youtube, educating myself. That being said, the Horsemen that always stuck out the most to me and really interested me was Tully Blanchard. Whether it was his matches or his promos, he just had an IT factor, being one of the first cool bad guys in wrestling. Sure, you can say that about the rest of them, but he doesn't quite get the respect he deserves.

DBizzle 07-05-2012 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by RyanPelley (Post 11689110)
I was born in 1988, so I've only seen him and the rest of the Horsemen through DVDs and Youtube, educating myself. That being said, the Horsemen that always stuck out the most to me and really interested me was Tully Blanchard. Whether it was his matches or his promos, he just had an IT factor, being one of the first cool bad guys in wrestling. Sure, you can say that about the rest of them, but he doesn't quite get the respect he deserves.

You nailed it. He didn't have to talk a lot - he just had this "aura" about him ...

Elipses Corter 07-05-2012 05:33 PM

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He never reached his potential. IMO, biggest mistake he made was leaving for WWE. Sure, he likely wouldn't have become a main event star in WCW/NWA but he would have had a better opportunity, for example, if he got kicked out of the Horsemen, feuding with them 1 by 1 before getting a match with Flair at one of the bigger PPV's.

But yeah, he doesn't get all the credit he deserves.

Kid Kablam 07-05-2012 05:38 PM

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My favorite Horseman. I love the Steamboat match where Blanchard keeps going after the ribs and busts Steamboat with a pair of knucks when Steamboat goes to backdrop him. Right between the eyes! THAT's how you cheat to win.

Flair was the dirtiest player in the game but Tully was the nastiest.

Mike Zybyszko 07-05-2012 09:19 PM

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He's generally underrated in my opinion.

I AM A MAAAAN 07-06-2012 06:04 AM

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Tully, Arn, Ric and JJ were amazing together. I remember actually starting watching WWF in the late 80's to see Arn and Tully.

dave 1981 07-06-2012 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by I AM A MAAAAN (Post 11695249)
Tully, Arn, Ric and JJ were amazing together. I remember actually starting watching WWF in the late 80's to see Arn and Tully.

Funnily enough it was ex NWA/WCW guys going to WWE that got me into WWE as well. I remember seeing a video for Survivor Series in 1989 with Dusty Rhodes, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard on the back in their team and though "wow i saw them in NWA/WCW" so had one of my family buy it. I had been bought other WWE videos before but none that had excited me as much as Survivor Series in 1989 and then once The Road Warriors and Ric Flair also went to WWE i became a weekly viewer.

It's such a shame that Jim Crockett and Dusty Rhodes didn't see eye to eye with Tully Blanchard in NWA/WCW back in latter 1988 because that was for me basically the beginning of the end for Tully Blanchard. All he had said was if NWA/WCW wanted to make as much money from their upcoming PPV as they believed they could then they needed to do Road Warriors/Four Horsemen on the PPV instead of Midnight Express/Four Horsemen. Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson were actually getting paid less than a lot of people back then despite being involved in all the biggest storylines and matches which is why they left NWA/WCW for WWE.

I think that once Ric Flair left for WWE in 1991 that Tully Blanchard could have been a World champion at that time as he was a much better heel, better in ring worker and better on the mic than Lex Luger and Barry Windham and was far more established. Before Vader came in and Rick Rude was pushed to the main event scene i think a Sting/Blanchard feud over the World title would have worked brilliantly and probably done a good deal of work for the reign Sting had as World champion in that time.

shawnmcmahon 07-07-2012 05:18 PM

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This is the guy that HBK studied.

Berkajr 07-08-2012 10:45 AM

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He was good as a wrestler, but never great like Steamboat, Flair, Rude, Andre


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