The Four Horsemen
There have been many stables and supergroups in pro wrestling. However, The Four Horsemen brought the idea to a new level. Starting in 1986 when Ric Flair joined forces with his "cousins" Ole & Arn Anderson along with Tully Blanchard managed by James J. Dillon, the group was the focal point of the Jim Crockett NWA during its initial run. Involved in too many angles to mention highlights include following Dusty Rhodes in a car to ultimately beat him up in a parking lot, Lex Luger's intro (ultimately Ole Anderson's exit) to the group and Barry Windham's shocking heel turn to form what many consider to be the best version of the unit. This version is best known for every member being a champion at the same team. Ric Flair the World Champion, Barry Windham the U.S. Champion, and the combination of Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson holding the World Tag Team Title. A disagreement with the promotion led to Tully & Arn leaving and dropping the titles to The Midnight Express of Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane. While Flair, Windham, & Dillon would continue on into January 1989 (even adding Kendall Windham for a short time) this would effectively end the group's glory days. This is the time period represented here. Due to space constraints, these items were not able to fit into a single display but are presented together for viewing purposes.
The first version of the group with Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson and manager J.J. Dillon. Signed by all.
Four Horsemen Pennant
Vintage late 80s Four Horsemen pennant. Issued by Jim Crockett Promotions.
War Games 1987 Program
War Games 1987 program featuring the second version of the group with Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson & Lex Luger. Signed by Flair, Blanchard, Luger, J.J. Dillon, Paul Ellering, Road Warrior Animal & Nikita Koloff. Originally displayed at Pro Wrestling World in Allentown, PA.
Bad to the Bone Bandana
"Bad to the Bone" Bandana featuring Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Ric Flair, J.J. Dillon & Lex Luger. While the Luger combination is not held in as high esteem as the other versions it should be noted this was the most heavily marketed period of the Horsemen with shirts, sweaters, bandanas, and even Four Horsemen vitamins being produced!
Tully Blanchard & Dark Journey
For a brief time in 1987 Dark Journey (formerly of the UWF which had been bought out by Jim Crockett) joined the Horsemen as Tully's Blanchard's "personal secretary". While she retired after this brief stint, she is still fondly remembered by fans. Photo is signed by both with a commemorative NWA World T.V. Title pin attached to the frame.
The most fondly remembered version of the group with Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson holding all the major titles. Signed by all and manager J.J. Dillon.
PWI Poster November 1989
While this poster did not appear until the November 1989 edition of Pro Wrestling Illustrated the photo depicts Flair as he was during his Horsemen years, standing proud in one of his signature robes with the "Big Gold Belt". This also from original copy of the magazine hence the wear. Signed by Ric Flair.
Tully Blanchard PWI Poster June 1988
PWI Poster of Tully Blanchard from the June 1988 Issue. "Enterprising Horsemen" is noted to describe Blanchard. Signed by Tully Blanchard.
Arn Anderson PWI Poster May 1991
Arn Anderson PWI Poster May 1991. While published outside of the Horsemen's glory years it is notable for a few reasons. It is the only time Arn got a solo centerfold, has his signature nickname of "The Enforcer" and the autograph is inscribed with "4". Signed by Arn Anderson.
Barry Windham PWI Poster January 1989
Barry Windham PWI Poster from the January 1989 issue. As the magazines were post dated by a few months this photo is actually from 1998. It depicts Barry at this best with the Horsemen with the classic NWA U.S. Title belt and gloved hand. Picture also notes "The Fourth Horsemen". Signed by Barry Windham.