WWE Should Not Induct the Four Horsemen Without Ole Anderson

Jack WindhamAnalyst IJanuary 11, 2012

Four Horsemen
Four Horsemen

If you're not going to do it right, it's best to not do it at all.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the Four Horsemen would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at WrestleMania 28 this year. Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Barry Windham and JJ Dillon were finally going to be honored for their contributions to the business.

A name noticeably missing from there, though, is Ole Anderson.

WWE fans are going to simply accept the induction because they really don't know any better. They believe that everyone that Vince McMahon and company induct is worthy of the honor. Many times, they're much too young to truly know about the inductees.

That's the case with Anderson.

As a youngster, I remember Anderson being quite an important part of the group. He was constantly involved in the gang beatings that the Four Horsemen were known nationally for. Anderson also played a key role in helping Flair retain his valued NWA World Heavyweight Championship from all contenders.

The two Andersons also formed one of the best tag teams of all time. These guys weren't flashy like Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin. These guys used ring psychology and focused their combined efforts on a particular body part. That made it much more realistic than high flying aerial moves.

As a mic worker, Anderson is underrated. He might not have the pizzazz like Flair. He also wasn't as much of a wordsmith as the Enforcer was. However, he more than held his own when it comes to delivering realistic interviews that made you truly believe that a fight was about to go down.

With all due respect to Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, Lex Luger, Sting and Brian Pillman, there's no one outside the five guys being inducted this spring that is as much of the Four Horsemen tradition than Anderson.

Unfortunately, though, legendary performances are not enough to get you into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Anderson has long been a critic of McMahon and WWE. He hasn't completely agreed with the things that they have produced. Anderson, the former lead booker in WCW, has never been one to be shy about his opinions.

Since he refuses to abide by McMahon's rules, Anderson is sadly going to be left out of the Hall of Fame induction.

The Four Horsemen definitely deserve to be inducted, but they also deserve to be inducted as a whole.


Jack Windham is the lead writer at WrestlingRevealed.com.