Nearly as prophetic as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Ric Flair, Ole Anderson, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard united to form a ring-ruling quartet that shifted the axis of the wrestling world forever—and, to think, the brotherhood originated from a single, spontaneous interview in early 1986.
Over the 15-year reign of the greatest stable in wrestling’s history, several stars rotated in and out of the lineup, starting with Lex Luger subbing in as Ole Anderson exited. But it would take two years after the Horsemen’s inception for the group to reach their power apex. With Barry Windham and JJ Dillon joining original members Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, the horsemen, riding as a quintet, scored every major NWA title in 1988. And if you’re wondering what the stable is all about, take it from founding member Arn Anderson: “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.” Pay homage to the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame inductees.