Arn Anderson

Sep 6, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Marty Lunde
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 255 lbs.
Date of birth: September 20, 1958
From: Rome, GA
Resides: Charlotte, NC
Pro debut: January 1982
Trained by: Ted Allen
Finishing move: Spinbuster


– Anderson was a high school state-wrestling champion and placed second in the national competition.
– Arn made his ring debut in January 1982, losing to “Bullet” Bob Armstrong.
– He wrestled in Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida, including a stint with Cowboy Bill Watts.
– Arn teamed with Matt Borne in Georgia, and the duo hired Paul Ellering as their manager.
– He won his first championship, the NWA Southeastern Tag Team Wrestling Championship, with Jerry Stubbs on January 15, 1984, in Montgomery, AL. The duo defeated the team of Jimmy Golden and Jacques Rougeau to win the titles.
– Anderson switched to singles competition and wrestled with a mask as “Super Olympia.”
– Arn left Florida and signed with Jim Crockett Promotions in Charlotte, NC. Ric Flair had been recruiting Anderson for Crockett.
– On April 28, 1985, in Charlotte, Anderson teamed with Ole to win the NWA (Georgia) National Tag Team Titles when they defeated the team of Thunderbolt Patterson and Manny Fernandez.
– Anderson defeated Chief Wahoo McDaniel in a tournament final to win the NWA television title on January 4, 1986.
– At about the same time, Flair, Tully Blanchard, Ole Anderson, and Arn Anderson formed the original Four Horsemen. James J. Dillon served as their manager.
– On September 29, 1987, Anderson and Blanchard won their first NWA World Tag Team championship by defeating the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in Misenheimer, NC.
– The duo lost the titles to Barry Windham and Lex Luger on March 27, 1988 in Greensboro, NC at the first “Clash of the Champions.”
– About a month later, Anderson and Blanchard regained the tag team title on April 20, 1988, when Windham made his infamous heel turn and turned on Luger.
– In September 1988, Anderson and Blanchard flew to Stamford, CT to have a meeting with Vince McMahon, and the team signed with the WWF.
– Bobby “The Brain” Heenan became their manager, and the team was called “The Brain Busters.”
– After a feud with the Rockers, the Brain Busters defeated Strike Force (Tito Santana and Rick Martel) on April 2, 1989, at WrestleMania V.
– On July 18, 1989, in Worcester, MA, the duo defeated Demolition to win the WWF World tag team championship. The team became the first team in wrestling history to hold both the NWA and WWF World Tag Team championships.
– In the fall of 1989, Anderson and Blanchard headed in separate directions, Arn back to the NWA, and Blanchard to the pulpit.
– Anderson came back to the NWA in December of 1989, and rejoined Flair, Ole Anderson, and Sting to form a new version of the Four Horsemen.
– On January 2, 1990, in Gainesville, GA, Anderson defeated the Great Muta to win his second NWA World Television title.
– Anderson dropped the Television title to Tom Zenk, only to regain it a month later.
– Arn lost the television title to Bobby Eaton in May 1990. With the Horsemen in disarray, Anderson hired Paul E. Dangerously as him manager.
– Anderson formed a tag team with Larry Zbyszko, calling themselves “the Enforcers.”
– The Enforcers won the vacated WCW World Tag Team title on September 5, 1990, in Augusta, GA, when they defeated the team of Rick Steiner and Bill Kazmier in the finals.
– On March 21, 1991, Anderson and Windham defeated Masanori Saito and Masahiro Chono at New Japan’s Starrcade at the Egg Dome in Tokyo.
– The Enforcers downed the team of Firebreak Chip (Curtis Thompson) and Todd Champion at the 1991 Halloween Havoc in Chattanooga, TN.
– On January 4, 1992, the Enforcers defeated Michiyoshi Ohara and Shiro Koshinaka at the Egg Dome.
– Anderson teamed with Bobby Eaton to win the NWA World tag team titles from Rhodes and Steamboat on January 16, 1992.
– On August 11, 1992 in Tokyo, Japan, Anderson and Steve Austin beat Tatsutoshi Goto & Super Strong Machine.
– At the Slamboree PPV on May 23, 1993, the Horsemen reformed again. Original members Flair, Arn Anderson, and Ole Anderson welcomed Paul Roma into the fold.
– Roma and Anderson won the WCW World tag team titles on August 18, 1993, in Daytona, Florida from Steve Austin and Steve Regal (who was substituting for an injured Brian Pillman).
– During WCW’s tour of England on October 28, 1993, Anderson and Sid Vicious got into a legitimate fight in a hotel room in England. Vicious attacked Anderson with a pair scissors.
– Under the guidance of Col. Robert Parker, Anderson defeated Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero) on January 8, 1995, in Atlanta, GA for the WCW World Television title.
– When Pillman left the Horsemen in favor of the WWF, the Horsemen added Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael in 1996.
– On January 27, 1997, Anderson wrestled his last match. He teamed with McMichael to defeat The Amazing French-Canadians.
– In early April 1997, Anderson underwent career ending neck surgery. Things had gotten so bad that he was suffering paralysis in his left hand.
– Anderson announced his retirement on “Nitro,” on August 25, 1997. He offered his spot in the Horsemen to Curt Hennig who accepted. Hennig turned on the Horsemen and joined the NWO at War Games ’97.
– In retirement, Anderson worked behind the scenes as a road agent in WCW.
– On July 2, 2001, Anderson and Scott Hudson announced a WCW title match between Booker T and Buff Bagwell on “Raw Is War.”
– On April 1, 2012, The Four Horsemen (Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Ric Flair, Barry Windham and JJ Dillon) were inducted into the WWE hall of fame.
– On May 1, 2012, Anderson was voted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame.

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