Throwback Thursday – The Infamous Barry Windham Heel Turn

4 Horsemen with LugerIn 1987, Lex Luger made the way from his first territory in Florida to debut in the NWA. He immediately made a splash and the company threw him right into the Four Horsemen as a way to establish him as a top player (not to mention as a way to help him grow and develop as a performer due to being so green).

Windham & LugerLess than a year after joining, though, Luger left the group to be pushed as a top babyface (the storyline reason was a conflict with JJ Dillon and, thus, the rest of the Horsemen). Once on his own, Luger joined forces with fan favorite Barry Windham and ended up winning the NWA tag team titles.

In 1988, while Windham and Luger defended their titles in a match against Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, Luger was pushed from the ring to the outside, followed by Blanchard ramming his head to the ring post. This led to an exhausted Windham going for a tag, only for Luger not to be there.

At this point, Dillion used this opportunity to yell out at Windham about how “I told you he wouldn’t be there for you!”

Thus, one of the most infamous and money-making heel turns in wrestling history took place, and Barry Windham became a member of the Four Horsemen.

4 Horsemen with WindhamThis membership with the Horsemen was so influential that when the group was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012, Windham was chosen as the fourth Horsemen out of all of the possibilities over the years, along with Anderson, Blanchard, and Ric Flair.

Enjoy this…it’s truly a magical moment in wrestling history.


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