Blanchard is a second generation athlete, son of Joe Blanchard, a longtime wrestler and
promoter. He is also one of the original members of the Four Horsemen, an elite band of
warriors who dominated the Crockett promotion. Blanchard won numerous
championships in several territories and formed one of the most successful tag teams in
history with Arn Anderson. Blanchard and Anderson became the first team in history to
have won both the NWA and WWF World Tag Team Championships. After retiring from
the business to become a preacher in the late 1980s, Blanchard made comebacks in
both 1994 and again in 1998. Both times he proved that he still had the ring mastery.
During the 1980s, Blanchard was one of the best wrestlers in the world. He originally
made his debut in the late 1970s and competed in and around his hometown of San
Antonio, where his father was a promoter for the NWA. The southwestern part of the U.S.
was a hot bed for wrestling talent and Blanchard’s appearances were always a
happening. He won many regional titles in that territory. In the fall of 1983, Blanchard
made it to the finals of a tournament in Mexico City to determine a new NWA Mexican
Heavyweight Champion. An estimated 35,000 fans were present. He was defeated by
In 1984, he traveled from Texas to the Mid-Atlantic Region and began to make waves
upon arrival. He held a “Perfect 10” contest to find the right woman to be his valet and
the winner turned to be Nicola Roberts. She changed to name to Baby Doll in early
1985. Roberts had previously been a second for Gino Hernandez in the Dallas Region,
and had much experience in the capacity. The Blanchard-Baby Doll duo was going to
cause much havoc on the region. He won the NWA Mid-Atlantic TV Title from Mark
Youngblood and promoters renamed the belt the NWA World Television Title. Blanchard
entered a feud with the popular Dusty Rhodes. He dropped the belt on March 16th in
Greensboro to Rhodes and regained the title on April 28th. Blanchard and Rhodes
engaged in some of the most violent matches in Alliance history. Rhodes beat him on
July 6th at the Great American Bash.
At the Charlotte Coliseum on July 21st, Blanchard beat Magnum T.A. to win the NWA U.S.
Heavyweight Title. He received some outside help from a “security guard.” The promotion’
s focus went to the new Blanchard-Magnum feud and blood was shed everywhere they
went. At Starrcade on November 28th, Blanchard faced his enemy in a special “I Quit”
Cage Match. While using a weapon and pushing into Blanchard’s eye, the Greensboro
crowd watched Magnum regain the U.S. Title by way of submission.
Blanchard took James J. Dillon as his manager in 1986 and the Four Horsemen were
formed. The members of the group included NWA World Champion, Ric Flair, Arn
Anderson, Ole Anderson and Blanchard. It was a moment that rocked the wrestling
world. Never before had a group been formed with the cockiness and sheer talent which
the Horsemen had. Every championship in the NWA was in danger and they wanted
every one of them. The Four Horsemen set the standards for all future clans to emulate.
Blanchard and his mates brutalized their fan-favorite counterparts. Everyone was a
target and bones were broken and numbers were taken.
The Rock and Roll Express, a young Lex Luger, Ron Garvin, Magnum T.A., Dusty
Rhodes and the Windhams were all on the wrong list. Another aspect to the Horsemen
was protecting Ric Flair’s NWA World Title by any means necessary. Blanchard feuded
with Ron Garvin throughout the Great American Bash Tour during the summer of 1986.
He beat Rhodes and regained the TV Title on November 27th in a first blood match at
Starrcade. The next year began and the Horsemen continued to dominate. Blanchard
teamed with Lex Luger during the 2nd Annual Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Tag Team
Tournament and the duo advanced to the finals through several tough teams. Dusty
Rhodes and Nikita Koloff were the others involved in the final bout. The “good guys” had
a reason to fight and win the tournament, as if the $1,000,000 prize wasn’t enough.
Magnum T.A. had been injured in a car accident in late 1986 which nearly took his life.
His career was ended and the entire organization mourned the loss. Rhodes and Koloff
dedicated their tournament performance and eventual win for Magnum.
Blanchard teamed with Flair, Anderson, Luger and Dillon in a War Games match on July
4, 1987 at the Omni in Atlanta. Their opponents, Hawk and Animal, Rhodes, Koloff and
Paul Ellering, forced Dillon to submit and won the event. Blanchard dropped the TV Title
to Koloff in Fayetteville on August 18th, ending his nine month reign. From there, he
began to team with Anderson on a regular basis. It wasn’t long before they captured the
NWA World Tag Title. The change happened in Misenheimer, North Carolina on
Tuesday, September 29, 1987. The duo beat the Rock and Roll Express. Later in the
year, the Road Warriors challenged them for the title and promoters scheduled a huge
defense for Starrcade in Chicago on November 26th. Blanchard and Anderson won by
disqualification and retained the belts.
An event on March 21, 1988, which later aired on WTBS, altered the course of NWA
History and Blanchard was a major contributor. First of all, he attacked the injured
Magnum T.A., drawing the immediate ire and wrath of Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes attacked
Blanchard with a baseball bat and was not going to be stopped. NWA President, Jim
Crockett Jr. attempted to stop the attack, but was smashed in the throat. Blanchard took
the brunt of the beating, but Rhodes paid a huge price. He was suspended for 120-days
and stripped of the U.S. Title. In a way, the Horsemen and Blanchard were victorious in
ousting one of their major enemies. Lex Luger and Barry Windham beat them for the
NWA Tag Title on March 27th in Greensboro during the initial Clash of the Champions
program. J.J. Dillon attempted to interfere with a steel chair when Luger sent Anderson
flying into it. He was then pinned and the title changed hands.
A scheme was worked out and on April 20th in Jacksonville, they regained the belts when
Windham turned on his partner and joined the Horsemen. There was a point during the
spring in which the Horsemen held every major championship in the NWA. Anderson and
Blanchard were the NWA Tag Champions, Flair was the World Champion and Windham
held the U.S. Title. At the Great American Bash in Baltimore, the champions wrestled
Sting and Nikita Koloff when their match went to a 20-minute draw. Bobby Eaton and
Stan Lane, led by Jim Cornette, beat Blanchard and Anderson on September 10, 1988 in
Philadelphia to win the tag title.
Soon afterwards, both men left the NWA for the World Wrestling Federation. Blanchard
and Anderson took Bobby Heenan as their manager and became known as the Brain
Busters. They appeared at the first Survivor Series pay-per-view on November 24th in
Richfield. Blanchard and Anderson competed in a special ten-team elimination match.
Their team was defeated. Blanchard entered the 1989 Royal Rumble at number 17,
directly behind his partner at 16 on January 15, 1989 in Houston, Texas. The Busters
were gaining ground in the WWF and at WrestleMania V on April 2nd, they beat former
WWF World Tag Champions, Strike Force. With that win, they became the top
contenders to the tag championship. History was about to be made.
On July 18, 1989, Blanchard and Anderson beat Demolition to win the WWF World Tag
Title, becoming the first team to win both the WWF and NWA World Tag Titles.
Considering what had happened, and understanding the fact that the WWF World Tag
Title stretched back to 1969 and that the NWA World Tag Title lineage bounced all over
the place and basically went back to the formation of the Alliance in 1948, their
accomplishment put them on a pedestal that many other tag teams could not reach. The
Road Warriors, at the time, had captured both the AWA and NWA World Tag Titles.
Blanchard and Anderson, no matter what happened in the future, were the first team to
accomplish the feat. At SummerSlam on August 28th, they successfully defended the
belts against the Hart Foundation. Demolition regained the belts on October 2nd at a
television taping in Wheeling, West Virginia. They then lost an important two-of-three-
falls match to Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels and were fired by Bobby Heenan.
Blanchard left the WWF prior to Anderson and before the November pay-per-view. He
chose not to return to the NWA despite Anderson’s later hiring and the Four Horsemen
Blanchard retired from the sport and went into the priesthood. In May 1994, Blanchard
returned to the sport to participate in the special Slamboree banquet and show. He
wrestled a special legends’ match against Terry Funk on Sunday, May 22nd at the Civic
Center in Philadelphia. Blanchard and Funk went to a wild double-disqualification. He
made another return to wrestling later in the year and remained in the Philly area.
Blanchard signed a match against the ECW World Champion and the two locked up on
January 7, 1995 at the ECW Arena. The two veterans went to a 45-minute draw. It was a
good showing for both men, but many were quick to judge Blanchard’s performance. He
hadn’t been active since 1989. There was no question that his skills hadn’t diminished
and there was a good chance that he could have beaten Douglas for the title in a
rematch. He ran out and attacked Douglas on January 14th in Ft. Lauderdale after
Douglas’ match with Ron Simmons. Blanchard announced that Florida was Horsemen
Territory and it almost seemed as if he was restarting a new faction of the historical group
in ECW with 911, Paul E. Dangerously and Taz. The long awaited rematch occurred on
February 4th in Philadelphia and Douglas beat him by pinfall. Rumors circulated about
just where Blanchard was going to turn up next and when.
On March 2, 1997 in Baltimore, he appeared on a Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation card
and pinned Jason Knight, a former ECW TV Champion. On March 22nd, he faced a
former tag rival in Demolition Ax in Kinston, North Carolina. The IPWA Event was held at
Lenior High School and ended with a loss for Blanchard by disqualification. Blanchard
teamed with former Horsemen Member, Barry Windham, in a highly anticipated reunion
on Saturday, September 12, 1998 in Lincolnton, NC’s Citizen’s Center. The two were
accompanied by Magnum T.A. against Ronnie P. Gossett Jr.’s NWA World Tag Team
Champions, Border Patrol. T.A. watched Gossett throughout and prevented his
interference, allowing Blanchard and Windham to capture the World Title. It had been
ten years since he last held the championship. Blanchard and Windham lost the belts on
October 10, 1998 in Cameron, North Carolina back to the Border Patrol.
A year later, Blanchard participated in the Heroes of Wrestling pay-per-view spectacular.
The event was held on October 10, 1999 at the Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis,
Mississippi. He wrestled Stan Lane, a former member of the Midnight Express, on the
card and pinned him.
-NWA United States Heavyweight Title (1985) defeated Magnum T.A.
-A two-time NWA World Television Champion
-Defeated Mark Youngblood (1984)
-Defeated Dusty Rhodes (1986)
-NWA Georgia National Heavyweight Title (1986) defeated Dusty Rhodes
-A three-time co-holder of the NWA World Tag Team Title
w/ Arn Anderson (1987-’88) defeated The Rock and Roll Express
w/ Arn Anderson (1988) defeated Lex Luger and Barry Windham
w/ Barry Windham (1998) defeated Border Patrol
-Co-holder of the WWF World Tag Team Title (1989) w/ Arn Anderson
Research by Tim Hornbaker
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