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May 29, 2012

The Fabulous Ones, Steve Keirn and Stan Lane

When the 1970s came around, Steve Keirn was ready to enter the ring. During the early years of his career, he was mainly a tag team competitor.

“At that point, I was eager to learn just about any aspect of the wrestling industry,” Keirn told WWE.com. “Being a tag team wrestler taught me the industry.”

Keirn teamed with a who’s who of wrestling stars, including Stan Hansen, Bob Backlund, Mike Graham and others. Eventually, though, he wanted to break out on his own. 

“I was starting to get tired of having to depend on partners,” he explained. “When they wanted to quit, you were forced into quitting. When they got sick, you didn’t work. They got injured, you didn’t work. I started realizing that the only one who was going to take care of Steve Keirn was Steve Keirn.”

Florida was mainly where Keirn flew solo, but he soon ventured out into other territories, like Georgia and Charlotte. “When I first went to Tennessee, working for the Jarretts, I started out as a single,” he said. That would soon change.

Jerry Jarrett had an idea for marketing a new tag team in the early '80s. “MTV had just come out, everything was based off music videos,” Keirn said. Jarrett and Jackie Fargo decided to pair Keirn up with Stan Lane for this experiment. “We were similar in size and look and experience,” he said. “It was a magic mix.”

Clad in top hats, bow ties, suspenders and sequins, Keirn and Lane shot to superstardom as The Fabulous Ones. Jarrett produced music videos featuring The Fabs working out, going hunting and heading out on the town. The duo were in photo shoots for countless magazines and even appeared on Sally Jesse Raphael’s talk show. The fusion of rock ‘n’ roll and wrestling proved successful. 

“It was glamorous, it got to be a rock star situation,” Keirn said. “The response from the audience was phenomenal.”

In addition to the adulation of wrestling fans across the country, The Fabulous Ones found success in the ring, capturing multiple tag team championships while facing vicious opponents like The Sheepherders and The Road Warriors. (WATCH)

Still, the photo and video shoots caught up with Keirn. “It was a pain in the butt sometimes,” he explained. “You’re wrestling seven nights a week and producing videos in the daytime. You’re working quite a bit.”

By the end of the 1980s, though, The Fabulous Ones were through. Keirn and Lane split up, with Lane moving on to Jim Crockett Promotions to become part of The Midnight Express with Bobby Eaton. Keirn, however, headed back home. “I didn’t want to travel anymore, I had very young children that were just starting school,” Keirn told WWE.com.

Keirn settled down in Tampa, going into business with Mike Graham, Rhodes and Solie. The group opened up a wrestling promotion in Florida that lasted several years. When that ended, Keirn found himself on his way to WWE.

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