The History of the Four Horsemen

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The Illustrated History of the Four Horsemen

Part 9: How Tully and Arn "Won" the World Tag Team Titles - The long-standing feud between the NWA World Tag Team Champions, the Rock & Roll Express and Jim Cornette's team, the Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) created an opportunity on which the Horsemen were quick to capitalize in 1986.

During TV interview, Cornette had some rather unflattering things to say about Ricky Morton and his family (see image above). Morton strode onto the set and confronted Cornette. After a verbal sparring match he decked the big-mouthed manager.

Later Ricky and his partner Robert Gibson had a title match with Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson. As they made their way to the ring, the Midnight Express attacked the Tag Champs, concentrating on Ricky. They succeeded in breaking some of Morton's ribs. The match was delayed for several minutes while the challangers waited in the ring.

The promoter wanted to delay the match but JJ Dillon insisted that either the Champions defend their belts as scheduled or forfeit them on the spot. This was too much for Robert Gibson who ran to the ring and signalled the time-keeper to ring the bell!

Gibson held his own for a while and at first it looked like he might pull off a quick pin and retain the titles for his team. But it couldn't last long against a seasoned team like the Horsemen, soon they had Robert on the ropes. It looked very grim for the Rock & Roll Express as Robert sunk lower and lower. Suddenly a commotion began at the back of the arena as Ricky Morton, heavily taped, ran the ring and pulled himself onto the apron.

Gibson didn't even realize his partner was there when Arn allowed him to come within range so that Ricky could tag in. The courageous young star threw right hand shots at his opponents in a desperate attempt to maintain the advantage, but it was a losing battle and soon he lay on the mat writhing in pain.

Finally Tully grabbed Ricky's injured left arm and began to wrench on it mercilessly as Mortons friend began to arrive and demand the match be stopped. Robert couldn't allow it to go on, he entered the ring and fought off his partner's attacker then stood over him for protection as he conceded the match.

Here the Horsemen celebrate their victory during a subsequent interview segment.

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