Underrated and Under Appreciated Wrestler Series: Arn Anderson

John McKeon

This week the Underrated and Under Appreciated Wrestler Series takes a look at the enforcer of the Four Horsemen: Arn Anderson.

In the south, Ric Flair stood above all others in the spotlight and cast a long shadow behind him. In that shadow existed many great wrestlers who never got as much of the glory and praise they should have. One of those men was "The Enforcer," Arn Anderson. This man had the skills and charisma to be at the top of a promotion; instead he was the Slider to Flair's Iceman.

Anderson was a hoss before we had the proper terminology to describe what was occurring with him in the ring. He was an absolute presence in the ring and brought with him a physicality that just exuded power and aggression. Instead of coasting on his power and strength, though, he maintained a level of consistent technical proficiency that very few in the business have achieved.

A spinebuster from Arn Anderson is one of the greatest sights in professional wrestling.

He was capable of working a variety of match styles that provided a great work-rate, excellent psychology, and pure entertainment. Anderson and his long time partner, Tully Blanchard, took tag team psychology to highs it had never been before and provided a blueprint for all other teams on how to craft a compelling tag team wrestling match. In singles action, Anderson was capable of balancing out his offense and selling so that even in victory, his opponent came out the other side looking better than before.

When Arn Anderson had the stick, you just knew that someone was in for a beatdown. Anderson's style (influenced by Nick Bockwinkel) was a calm demeanor that put across the seriousness of the proceedings. He was not one to raise his voice and lose control of his emotions. This created an aura of a man who had been in many scraps before who wasn't going to let his next victim get under his skin. Anderson exemplified complete calm under duress.

He is often pigeonholed as just a tag team wrestler, which is part of the reason why he is here on this list. Even though Anderson was at the top of tag team wrestling during one of its greatest eras, he was so much more than that. He was an amazing professional wrestler regardless of the match type and scenario. In a world without Ric Flair, it is quite possible that Anderson would have reigned supreme over NWA/WCW for many years.

I'll just let the man's work speak for itself:




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