Jim Ross rides with The Four Horsemen

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March 14, 2012

Jim Ross rides with The Four Horsemen

The best incarnation of The Four Horsemen was undoubtedly the unit comprised of Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, along with talented manager JJ Dillon, which will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

In no way am I demeaning the other Horsemen entities that included Ole Anderson, Lex Luger and many others.

I recognize that Ole was a founding member of The Four Horsemen and was an important aspect of the faction’s initial success. Ole was tough-minded, an established star, great on the mic and physical in the ring.

Luger was the new ‘It’ performer with an amazing physique whose career was enhanced by being associated with, arguably, the most renowned group in wrestling history.

However, at the time that Flair, Windham, Double A, and Tully were together, along with the vastly underrated JJ Dillon, they were particularly extraordinary for many reasons. (PHOTOS)

Firstly, “Naitch” in that era was generally considered the greatest in-ring performer in the business. From bell to bell and on the mic, no one approached Ric’s prowess.

At the same time, Barry Windham’s in-ring work was virtually on a par with Flair’s. Windham, the son of WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Mulligan, was a graceful, 6-foot-6 250-pound prodigy who had a succession of jaw dropping, main event performances throughout the NWA against a variety of opponents.

To say, during said timeframe, that Arn and Blanchard weren’t one of the top two or three tag teams in the entire world would be a misstatement as well. Their tag team work was textbook genius.

JJ Dillon had a brilliant mind, was a seasoned, territory educated veteran who not only took care of his group on TV, but he made sure that the four strong personalities were where they needed to be and ready to rock the house.

These are not theories that I have simply researched. I was lucky enough to see these men perform during this era while sitting at ringside and calling the action.

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