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[[caption-width-right:200: The Bad Man from Borger]]

Born '''John Stanley Hansen''' in 1949, '''Stan Hansen''' is a retired American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er from Texas. He is best known for his long and very successful career in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}. He started his career in the 1970s in the [[Wrestling/TerryFunk Funk family]]'s Western States Wrestling promotion in Amarillo, TX. He first made his name by [[{{Kayfabe}} breaking]] [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWWF World Heavyweight Champion]] Bruno Sammartino's neck with his [[FinishingMove "Lariat" clothesline]][[note]]It actually was the result of a botched bodyslam.[[/note]] Among his many achievements, he is a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-h.html AWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a former four-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/tc-h.html All Japan Pro Wrestling Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion]], a former eight-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/aj-t.html All Japan World Tag Team Champion]], holding the belts 2x w[=/=]Terry Gordy, 3x w[=/=]Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu, 1x w[=/=]Wrestling/DanSpivey, 1x w[=/=][[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]] and 1x w[=/=]Gary Albright, and a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Champion]]. He is also on the list of wrestlers who bodyslammed Wrestling/AndreTheGiant prior to Wrestling/HulkHogan doing it at ''[[Wrestling/WrestleMania WrestleMania]] III'', doing the deed in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling in the early [[TheEighties 1980s]].


As usual, the basics about his life and career can be found at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Hansen The Other Wiki]].

!!! "The Bad Tropes from Borger, TX":

* AmericansAreCowboys: Hat, boots, everything
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/BrunoSammartino, Wrestling/TerryFunk and Dory Funk Jr., Wrestling/{{Vader}}, Wrestling/JumboTsuruta, Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams, Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, Wrestling/KentaKobashi
* [[{{Biography}} Autobiography]]: ''The Last Outlaw''
* {{Badass}}
** BadassMoustache
* BashBrothers: With Wrestling/BruiserBrody, Wrestling/JimmySnuka, Terry Gordy, [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]], Gary Albright, Wrestling/DanSpivey, Wrestling/JohnNord
* BlindWithoutEm: Hansen had very poor eyesight, but couldn't wear his glasses in the ring and refused to wear contacts. His in-ring stiffness sometime came from the fact that he couldn't always see where he was going, and sometimes misjudged distances and hit his opponents much harder than he meant to.
* CatchPhrase: '''"HEWWWWWWWWW!"'''
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: [[{{Kayfabe}} Breaking Bruno Sammartino's neck]]
* EverythingIsBigInTexas
* {{Expy}}: Prior to his transformation into one half of The Acolytes, [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield Bradshaw]] wrestled straight out of Hansen, even using the Lariat and doing the "HEWWWWW!"
* EyeScream: Once punched Vader so hard one of his eyes popped out of its socket. Fortunately for Vader, his face was so swollen it stayed in and he was able to pop it back in to its socket.
* FinishingMove: The Lariat (clothesline), Brazos Valley Backbreaker (Boston Crab)
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling
* LightningBruiser: Big, strong, tough and, in Japan, even threw a dropkick or two.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: According to Wrestling/MickFoley and many other wrestlers, Hansen is a true gentleman away from the ring.
* NiceHat
* RatedMForManly
* RealSongThemeTune: (in Wrestling/{{ECW}}): Music/{{ACDC}}'s "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)"
* RedBaron: "The Lariat," "The Bad Man from Borger, TX," (in Japan): "''Fuchinkan''" (Japanese for "unsinkable battleship")
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Left Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 1991 because he didn't want any part of the angle of the Desperados (Memphis veteran Dutch Mantell, Black Bart and Deadeye Dick (Randy Culley, aka [[Wrestling/TheMoondogs Moondog Rex]][=/=][[Wrestling/{{Demolition}} Demolition Smash]] searching for him in the Old West.[[note]]This has been inducted into Website/{{WrestleCrap}}.[[/note]] Apart from a few appearances in Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Hansen never returned to the U.S. after this.
** Blatantly screwed over the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]] when he was brought in in the late 80s, when attendance was plunging and the company was looking to inject some fresh faces into their main event scene. This despite the fact that he was notoriously unreliable when working for other promotions. He soon won the AWA World Heavyweight title (seen in his picture above), but sure enough, a dispute with Verne Gagne led him to depart for Japan while refusing to drop the belt. He continued to refer to himself as the AWA World Champion in his appearances until the threat of a lawsuit finally convinced him to return the belt. Legend has it that he [[KickTheDog ran over the belt]] with a pickup truck and mailed it back to Gagne, tire treads and all.
* TagTeam: The Miracle Power Combination, with Bruiser Brody
* WeaponOfChoice: Bullrope
* WrestlingFamily: His nephew, Silas Young, best known for his work in Wrestling/RingOfHonor.