Today's Tag Team Tuesday chose, compared to many, is about as low key as possible. They did not have a flashy gimmick, did not wear gaudy ring attire, and weren't the biggest of fellas in a Fed that was increasing in height and size literally by the week. Ladies and Gentlemen of the internet, I give you...
The Brain Busters!
Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard were founding members of The Four Horsemen, only the greatest stable of all time! That alone makes them tag team royalty. They fact that they were able, in 1988, to jump ship from Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA to the WWF and succeed makes them even more worthy for the Tag Team Tuesday title.
|Not flashy dudes.|
The team made their debut in October at the 1988 Survivor Series and they lasted less than a year. On the day of the 1989 Survivor Series Tully failed a drug test and was replaced. Since Bobby "The Brain" Heenan was their manager, it was decided that he would replace Blanchard. After this fiasco Arn left the WWF in December and returned to the NWA.
During their brief stay in the WWF the Brain Busters obviously made a name for themselves. Perhaps it was the rub that Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard brought with them as former members of the Four Horsemen, perhaps not. It is likely that many of the younger viewers at the time were not aware of the Four Horsemen or even the NWA for that matter. I would like to believe that the Brain Busters made it in the WWF on their own merit.
|The Spike Piledriver in action!|
As a kid, I absolutely loved the Brain Busters. They were old school class defined in a Federation that was dominated by garbage men, matadors, witch doctors, and other growing silliness. The fact that they were coupled with one of the best managers in the history of all time... well, that really made me a mark. When the duo simply vanished I was kinda sad. At the time I was a causal fan who had no idea there were dirt sheets. I was as in the dark as anyone. Still a almost believer that a man could really take that kind of punishment and live. Arn, Tully, a year is a long time for a kid. Thanks for the memories.