Who Would Arn Anderson Put in a New Version of the Four Horsemen?

Aug 22, 2020 - by James Walsh

During the latest edition of his “The Arn Show” podcast, Arn Anderson revealed his picks for a modern reinterpretation of the Four Horsemen stable, and more. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On who he thinks would work best for a modern version of the Four Horsemen: “Well, I’d have to probably take The Revival, I think. Well, and I’ll have to take Cody simply because the guy is driven by becoming the very best performer he can, and against every challenge that there can be. And I haven’t seen a guy in a long time that has concentrated on his promos, his work rate, his business sense, the way he treats the fans, and the way he treats employees. He’s just good for the business all the way around, and anybody that’s talked to him will tell you that. And you’re going to need that other fourth guy, I would think. And I would think, right now, even though we’re facing him coming up very soon, it’d be hard to look over Harper, Brodie Lee.”

On his thoughts on Cody vs. Brodie Lee: “Yeah, buddy. I’m concerned about this one. I’ve been high on him [Brodie Lee] for many years. He’s so good that you just take it for granted. He’s going to be good and you kind of overlook him, and man, he’s ready to rock and roll. I could tell that. I’m worried about this one, but Cody said open challenge. That’s what he meant and it means open challenge.”

On his thoughts on the Fortune faction in TNA in 2010: “I agree with you 100%, and those were all performers, great performers and that was, as we’ve said many times before, that was our theory. That was the way we operated. We wanted to just go out, and no matter which member of the group it was from a performance standard, we set the night. We set the pace through the evening and just had the best matches on the card. That was our deal. I think they would have been trying to recapture that Horsemen thing. There were a lot of people whether they want to admit it or not, the group with WWE, Evolution – that was a Horsemen knockoff, and it was all the same theory. Have class, act like you have a loyalty to the other three guys, whether you do or not, and dress well, speak well, perform well. It was all things that go back to the Horsemen deal. It’ll always be situations where you try to recapture that magic. I don’t think there can ever be another quote for Horsemen, but there can be a group of guys that have the same theory and operating strategy for God knows how many years.”

On if Adam Page reminds him of Barry Windham: “You know what? Come to think of it, he does, and I think he’s very, very talented too. Here’s one of the really smart things that are occurring is he is getting over, and he’s being pushed. Not like a rocket straight up, but a little bit off on an angle so that he goes up one week, and then he may go up a little bit other the next week, and then he may flat-line across and stay where he’s at position-wise. But he’s not being shoved where you spit him out, and he’s not dragging. He’s not dragging his feet. He’s one of those guys that every time he’s on TV, you’re glad to see him because you know he has the talent. And he really does have the talent, and he mixes just enough of old school and just good solid wrestling with some of the flips over the top, and some of the flash, and some of that stuff. There’s a nice blend with him. He doesn’t lean too far old school or he doesn’t lean too far the new school, and I think that guy’s got a very bright future.”

On his thoughts on Paul Heyman: “Paul was gung-ho from the very beginning and you knew he had done his homework. There are some guys in the business that study everything that is available. Whether it be reading the dirt sheets, watching the network, buying old tapes, trading old tapes, watching everything that somebody sitting at home, who’s a super fan, and has taped every television match on earth. There are some guys that collect all of that information so that when you ask them something, they don’t go on memory. They have it logged. Cornette was one of those guys that had a super memory, but Paul Heyman was a guy that did his homework. And I could tell he did his homework because when he was managing us [The Enforcers], he was pretty young in the business but he was polished. And his promos were excellent, and his working knowledge of things that have happened before was excellent.”

3 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    So irrelevant. The WWE owns rights’ to the name. Let’s all be honest if it wasn’t for Ric Flair no one would care about the any of those guys.

  2. Kerry says:

    I disrespectfully disagree, Steve. Flair is so overrated as a performer. Arn was the heart and soul of the group. He, Barry Windham and Tully Blanchard made up th best line up of the group and they are the ones which all other stables have been influenced by.

  3. Will says:

    Steve I definitely get the feeling you didn’t grow up in the era of the Four Horsemen. Arn was the heart and soul, Barry was the young star whose career never amounted to what it could have, and Tully was the little spark plug that set it all off. Flair was the biggest star but the others drew plenty of money as well on their own. Problem was WWF didn’t know how to use them when they had them as they really didn’t fit into their cartoony roster at the time.

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