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Arn Anderson Talks About Working with Dolph Ziggler, Being a Horseman, His Career, More

– Mike Mooneyham of The Post & Courier recently spoke with WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson to promote the upcoming NWA Legends Fanfest in Charlotte. Here are some highlights:

Being a Horseman:
“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.”

Fans supporting him all these years:
“For me to still be recognized after all these years of not being on TV, by anybody anywhere, is still a thrill and I really appreciate it. You know the guys who did it for the money … they’re not around. You knows the ones who did it for the glamor … they’re not around. But when we went through that curtain, we tried to outdo each other. Tully and I would try to outdo Barry and Ric, and Ole and I went out and tried to outdo Tully. We were feeding our own egos to see if we could do it, but it basically was for the fans. They were the benefactors. They got the best show possible. It was for them, and we always knew that. Without them, nothing happens.”

Learning from Tully Blanchard and JJ Dillon:
“I learned from them. Both of them, in their own way, were a lot better than I was. I was very fortunate and very lucky to have been in their presence. There was a time that – I don’t think, I know – we were the best in the world. And I have no problem saying that. It was each man carrying his own weight. J.J. was a smart man, a great talker, a great organizer. Tully was a great performer – as good as anybody out there – and a great partner. So it was a very special time, and it will be great to relive that at this event. It will be a celebration of just that.”

What might have been if he would have been able to continuing competing:
“I would think for sure I would have had at least five more years. Without the last neck injury, even running on fumes for the first two, I could have gotten by. But who knows? Maybe 10 more years. Thirty-seven is not that old. The crazy thing is that I had those terrible neck injuries, and I wasn’t one to come off the top (rope). I really feel for these guys today.”

Working with Dolph Ziggler, who he says has potential to be a top WWE money maker and is one of the best in the business:
“Dolph has got to be one of the toughest men to put on a pair of boots. But he’s going to be like Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) in another five years because that kid beats his body up more than anybody on the crew. I do know this. In my dealings with him, when I’m his producer, he gives everything he’s got. He does some really phenomenal, athletic stuff.”

  • Chris E.

    There was one point in Arn’ career that he was close to, if not THE face of the NWA. Flair came back and he and Windham were outshined. I always loved Naitch so him coming back was a highlight for me, but it took something away from those other two amazing stars. I dont know if there was a company change around that time? One thing that grates my butt to this day is Arn, Eaton, and Hayes having to put over Erik Watts. That goes down as one of the greatest wrestling injustices, ever.