Last week, the WWE announced that the legendary wrestling group the 4 Horsemen will be inducted into the WWE HOF on Saturday March 31st. Longtime Horsemen fans were ecstatic over the announcement. Unfortunately, controversy set in as many fans were upset over the fact that the WWE was intentionally leaving out Ole Anderson, one of the founding members. In Ole’s place is Barry Windham, who joins JJ Dillon, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson and Ric Flair as the inductees. On Sunday January 15th, I spoke with the famed Horsemen manager JJ Dillon about the WWE HOF induction, Ole Anderson and more.
Not only are wrestling fans excited about the Horsemen induction, minus the Ole fans, but JJ Dillon is also excited for the induction. The former manager of the Horsemen sees it as an honor and is incredibly humbled for the opportunity.
“It’s an incredible honor. I’m humbled beyond belief. My career was a dream come true. It spanned 45 years and it was an incredible story.” said Dillon who would further explain his relationship with Vince McMahon.
“What some people might not know is that I worked for the WWF in a management position for about 7 years. Unfortunately, things didn’t end so well. I left the WWF, and I didn’t speak to Vince for 10 years or so. Then I was surprised when they called me and asked me to be a part of Flair’s farewell a few years ago. So, we’re standing in the hallway and as Tully and I were about to go out there, Vince came up to us, shook our hands and thanked us for coming. That was the first time I spoke to him and it opened the doors for this tremendous opportunity to be inducted into the HOF.”
The 4 Horsemen officially formed in 1986, but they had been loosely affiliated beforehand. However, it wasn’t until after they were all told to go out and do a promo together, due to time constraints, that the Horsemen name began. At the time JJ Dillon was only managing Tully Blanchard who had the secondary title while Ric Flair was the world champion and The Andersons had the tag-team titles. During the promo, Arn Anderson stated “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!”
His comments stuck with the crowd and soon fans were calling them the 4 Horsemen and holding up four fingers. Dillon recalls that magical moment that changed pro-wrestling forever.
“It was not even a plan to group us. It just happened. We had all the titles and someone told us to go out there because we were running short on time and they told us to go out there. Flair was world champion, Tully had a belt and I actually I only managed Tully at the point. That grouping had all the titles and all the bragging rights. We went out there and Arn said what he said. It was primarily a group of young college kids in the audience. In subsequent appearances, the Horsemen name began to grow as the kids in the crowd were holding up 4 fingers and calling us the 4 Horsemen.”
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