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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350:The Originals (l-r): Ole Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Manager J.J. Dillon, Wrestling/ArnAnderson and Wrestling/RicFlair]]²->''"Being a Horseman isn't something you put on in the morning and take off at night. It's a state of mind. It's excelling to the best of your ability. It's four individuals thinking singularly, acting collectively."''²-->-- '''Wrestling/ArnAnderson'''²²The Four Horsemen were a {{professional wrestling}} PowerStable in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance and later [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} World Championship Wrestling]]. The original group featured Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/ArnAnderson, Ole Anderson and Tully Blanchard. Flair and Arn Anderson have been constant members in each incarnation of the group.²²The Four Horsemen formed in November 1985 with Flair and his storyline cousins Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson, and Tully Blanchard, with James J. Dillon as their manager. They feuded with Wrestling/DustyRhodes (breaking his ankle and hand), Wrestling/{{MagnumTA}}, Wrestling/BarryWindham, Wrestling/TheRockNRollExpress (breaking Ricky Morton's nose), Wrestling/NikitaKoloff (injuring his neck), and Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors. Animal, Hawk, Ronnie Garvin and many others fought Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship during that time period. They usually had most of the titles in the NWA, and they often bragged about their success (in the ring and with women) in their interviews.²²The Four Horsemen moniker was not planned from the start. Due to time constraints at a television taping, production threw together an impromptu tag team interview of Flair, the Andersons, Tully Blanchard and Dillon; all were now united after Ole Anderson returned and, along with Flair and Arn, tried to break Dusty's leg during a wrestling event at the Omni in Atlanta during the fall of 1985. It was during this interview that Arn said something to the effect of "The only time this much havoc had been wreaked by this few a number of people, you need to go all the way back to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!" The comparison and the name stuck. Nevertheless, Arn has said in an RF Video shoot interview that he, Flair and Blanchard were as close as anybody could be away from the ring while they were together. They lived the gimmick outside of the arena, as they took limos and jets to the cities in which they wrestled.²²The TropeCodifier for the PowerStable.²-----²!!"The most elite fighting tropes in the world today!":²* ArchEnemy: Several. The Horsemen's primary function was to keep the [=NWA=]/Wrestling/{{WCW}} title around Flair's waist. Secondarily, they aspired to win all of the promotion's gold. (Blanchard was the U.S. Champion while the Andersons were Tag Champs more often than not.) During that time the Horsemen feuded with Wrestling/DustyRhodes, Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Magnum TA, Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors, Wrestling/LexLuger, The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Wrestling/{{Scott|Steiner}}) and the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder.²* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Frequently did whatever the hell they wanted because nobody could stop them. Dared anyone who didn't like them to try. A frequent line of Flair's was, "We have all the gold, so we make all the rules."²* BashBrothers: In the ring and out. These guys were close, fighting together, partying together, flying together. They used to fly out to Vegas after [=TV=] tapings and party all weekend, only to come back to Atlanta and do it all over again. Arn and Flair call each other "brothers", and years later many of the principal members remain close.²* BigBadDuumvirate: After Ole left, Ric and Arn were the only constants and they ruled the Horsemen this way.²* CannotTellFictionFromReality: At ''NWA/WCW Capital Combat'' in 1990, the Horsemen locked Sting in a cage, only for Franchise/RoboCop to come down to make the save. No, not some wrestler in a costume. It was billed and sold as '''the actual, honest-to-God [=RoboCop=]''' (part of a stunt to promote the theatrical release of ''Film/RoboCop2''). He plodded down to the ring, "broke" the cage to free Sting, and while Sting celebrated, the Horsemen, rather than wonder why the heck is a fictional character from a movie doing there, backed down in fear as if they already assumed that [=RoboCop=] existed in real life.²* ChickMagnet: Self-professed in many interviews, but a lot of the stories on the road bear them out in their younger days.²* ContinuityNod: Arn would occasionally call Ole "Rock" in TV interviews, referencing Ole's pre-Anderson ring name Rock Rogowski.²* DistaffCounterpart: Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} had the "Four Horsewomen" featuring Ric's daughter Wrestling/{{Charlotte}}, Wrestling/SashaBanks, Wrestling/BeckyLynch, and Wrestling/{{Bayley}}. A downplayed example as the four of them have never actually been a PowerStable- they were given the name as they were the four best women in NXT at one time, credited with revolutionising women's wrestling within the WWE and they spend more time feuding with each other than teaming up. Still, the connection between them remains firmly lodged in the minds of fans, and they still recognise the connection between themselves, [[ even exchanging the "Four Horsewomen" hand sign]] of four raised fingers.²** Another group of "Four Horsewomen" taking their name from the original stable formed in [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] around 2014, consisting of Creator/RondaRousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. All four women were subsequently contracted by WWE, and it seems that an epic confrontation with NXT's Four Horsewomen is an inevitability.²* EliteFour: Kinda the point of the whole thing. But these four guys were the best in the business, more often than not.²* EnemyMine: When the [=nWo=] was finally established as a legitimate threat, Arn and Ric teamed up with old enemies Sting and Lex Luger to take them on in the 1996 War Games match.²* GameBreakingInjury: Arn Anderson's neck injury forced him to retire and give his spot to Wrestling/CurtHennig in 1997.²* InformedAbility: The War Games match was supposed to be the Horsemen's "specialty match". Career Record: 1-15. Then again, this is par for the course for "specialty matches" in wrestling.²* LargeHam: ²** Anytime you have Wrestling/RicFlair this is a given, however, Ole and J.J. Dillon were just as guilty.²** Sid during the infamous Franchise/RoboCop segment.²** Arn could be when he was riled up as well.²* LongRunnerCastTurnover: The group lasted over 20 years in an industry with a big turnover rate. Guys came and went with varying degrees of success:²** When Ole Anderson left, Wrestling/LexLuger came in to take on the (quite literal) Muscle role in the group. When he left, it came to Wrestling/BarryWindham.²** For a time Wrestling/{{Sting}} replaced Tully Blanchard, but was excommunicated for accepting a World Title match against Ric Flair.²** Over the nearly 20 years of the stable's history various wrestlers rotated through the ranks, usually with Arn and Ric being the constants. Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, Steve [=McMichael=], Paul Roma, Wrestling/BrianPillman, Wrestling/DeanMalenko, [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]], Butch Reed and Wrestling/CurtHennig all tried to fill in with varying degrees of success.²* NarrowParody: Done by the [=nWo=] the week after Curt Hennig was inducted. While some parts were funny, many wrestlers and commentators have said since that the skit was harsh in its portrayal of Double-A as TheAlcoholic. Arn has had legitimate struggles for years with this problem, and Flair has never been shy about defending Arn when the skit is mentioned. Apparently Arn got into a fight with someone over the skit, but Flair has been tight-lipped about whom, saying only, "Arn is a tough guy, and I'll leave it at that."²-->'''Ric Flair:''' What hurt everyone's feeling was, his son is watching that at home, and they're depicting Arn as drinking beer all day long? His kid is watching that, and nobody wants to see that.²* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: The Horsemen were master cheaters and rule breakers and used underhanded tactics to win many matches and titles.²* {{Parody}}: Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam is a parody of American pro wrestling as a whole and their Italian Four Horsemen are one of this group.²* PowerStable: The TropeCodifier for stables in general and TropeMaker for a specific kind of stable. They established the roles and dynamics, laying the blueprint for others who followed.²** '''The Centerpiece:''' Wrestling/RicFlair²** '''The Heir Apparent:''' Tully Blanchard²** '''The Enforcer:''' Wrestling/ArnAnderson, the {{Trope Namer|s}} for this role²** '''The Muscle:''' Ole Anderson, Lex Luger, Barry Windham²** '''The Manager:''' J.J. Dillon²* SixthRangerTraitor: Or fifth, considering the group is a four-member ensamble, but Curt Hennig came in to replace Arn Anderson ... only to turn on the group to the nWo and join them.²* SpiritualSuccessor²** [=WWE's=] Evolution stable in the early 2000's.²*** '''The Centerpiece:''' Wrestling/TripleH²*** '''The Heir Apparent:''' Wrestling/RandyOrton²*** '''The Muscle:''' Wrestling/{{Batista}}²*** '''The Manager:''' Wrestling/RicFlair took over in this role serving as the mentor, and was also a part-time wrestler, teaming with Batista to win the Tag Titles. He would also deliver promos, especially for the more inexperienced Orton and Batista.²** Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s Fourtune, which eventually became Wrestling/{{Fortune}} as it couldn't shake its [[OneExtraMember two extra members]]. A group mainly consisting of company "originals" Wrestling/AJStyles, [[Wrestling/JamesStorm Beer]] [[Wrestling/BobbyRoode Money]], Wrestling/FrankieKazarian, and then Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels following the leadership of Ric Flair. ²** The DangerousAlliance was conceived and assembled deliberately as a new version of the Horsemen.²*** '''The Centerpiece:''' Rick Rude²*** '''The Heir Apparent:''' Wrestling/SteveAustin²*** '''The Enforcer:''' Wrestling/ArnAnderson and his then-tag partner Bobby Eaton²*** '''The Muscle:''' Larry Zbyszko²*** '''TheChick:''' Madusa²*** '''The Manager:''' Wrestling/PaulHeyman²* {{Unperson}}: Done a lot by WWE after they acquired WCW's library and started making documentary [=DVDs=] about WCW's past. Not only is Wrestling/ChrisBenoit's time with the group glossed over, if not omitted, but so is Ole Anderson, due to Anderson not being very well liked by just about anyone (and, truth be told, the feeling was mutual). In fact, Anderson was not invited when the group was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. The WWE recognized the Flair/Arn/Blanchard/Windham version along with manager Dillon as the version inducted into the Hall of Fame and all five were on hand to accept. ²* UnrelatedBrothers: Ole and Arn Anderson, the latter brought in as the former's "nephew" to replace his "brother" Gene (the only actual Anderson of the whole line). Flair was originally introduced as a "distant cousin" of the Andersons, but this was dropped as time went on.


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