Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages. It is your good buddy @KC_Carlyle here again, and today we are starting something new. I am starting a new feature called “Legends of The Squared Circle”. In this new feature, I will be going over some of the people that are pure legends of the wrestling business. This time we will cover “The Enforcer” “Double A” Arn Anderson.
All About Arn Anderson
Arn Anderson was born Martin Anthony Lunde on September 20, 1958. Some of the things that make Arn such a legend in my eyes are his career first and foremost. As well as his grit, determination, and all of his accomplishments. Some of those accomplishments include 4 NWA/WCW Television Title Reigns, 5 NWA/WCW Tag Team Championships (two with Tully Blanchard, one with Larry Zybyszko, one with Bobby Eaton, and one with Paul Roma).
He is also a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, being inducted as a member of “The Four Horsemen” on March 31, 2012.
One of the craziest things that ever happened to Arn Anderson happened in Blackburn, Lancashire on October 27th, 1993. Arn and Sid Eudy (aka Psycho Sid aka Sid Justice aka Sid Vicious) had an argument in a hotel bar. According to the story Arn threatened Sid with a broken beer bottle, Doug Dillinger “Chief of Security” in WCW sent them both to their rooms.
After Doug Dillinger broke them up, Sid showed up at the door of Arn’s hotel room armed with a chair leg! Arn Anderson, then introduced a pair of scissors into the brawl! Sid received four stab wounds, while Arn ended up receiving TWENTY stab wounds!
Arn ended up losing a pint and a half of blood. Another wrestler by the name of 2 Cold Scorpio broke up the fight, many people credit 2 Cold Scorpio with saving Arn Anderson’s life that day. Neither Arn nor Sid pressed charges against each other, and since both men were leaving the country, the British police did not press charges either. Sid was later fired over the incident.
According to Arn in 1994, he was thrown into the ropes during a match. The top rope broke free from the turnbuckle. Luckily, Arn was able to land on his feet safely. Six months later the exact same thing happened, except this time he crashed and burned hard! He landed full force on the concrete hitting his head, neck, and upper back. Arn being the man that he is never took any time off. Of course problems began to occur, one day during a match his left arm became numb and unresponsive.
Later on, it was found out that his doctors found a rib possibly torn away from the spine during the fall. It was popping in and out of joint causing weakness and discomfort in his shoulder. In late 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia Arn finally had surgery to correct the MASSIVE amount of damage from the accident. Arn required a left posterior laminectomy of the third, fourth, and fifth cervical bones. He had a fusion of the seventh cervical and first thoracic bones.
So for Arn to have wrestled from 1994 until his surgery in 1996 and then his retirment in 1997. This makes him a legit “legend of the squared circle” in my eyes. From his breaking in 1982, until his retirement in 1997, “The Enforcer” “Double A” Arn Anderson is one of my favorite people.
He is one of the greatest to ever step through the ropes into the squared circle. This was the same man who coined the name “The Four Horsemen” (after the four horsemen of the apocalypse).
I really can not say enough good things about Arn Anderson. Every time I watch an Arn Anderson match I am never disappointed, even when he loses. The man was one of two men who were never not a part of “The Four Horsemen”. The Four Horsemen is one the greatest faction in the history of professional wrestling.
In closing, there have been many people who were bigger, faster, and stronger, but there will never ever be another Arn Anderson. If you want to know just how legendary Arn is: just ask any of the hundreds of superstars he helped mentor over the years.
Photo credit of Newsweek.