The History of the Four Horsemen

The Illustrated History of the Four Horsemen

Part 13: The Turn of Barry Windham - About two months after Lex Luger left the Horsemen, he and Barry Windham faced Tully and Arn at the Clash of the Champions (March 27, 1988) and took the World Tag Team Titles (see the image above).

The same card saw Sting face Flair for the World Title and, though he didn't win the Championship he proved his mettle and moved from the mid-card ranks up to the top contention level for the rest of his career.

On April 20, less then a month later, Barry and Lex were set to defend their Titles against the former Champs. About 2/3 of the way through the match, after being isolated and beaten severely, Luger finally made the tag to Windham and then fell out of the ring.

As the match continued, Luger struggled to get back on the apron. Meanwhile, Windham keeps going to the corner and not finding Luger there. Outside the ring, JJ Dillon is shouting at Windham, "See? I told you he wouldn't be there..." When Luger finally did climb up to the corner, Windham grabbed his hand and tagged it, then brought Luger in over the top rope and powerslammed him!! Luger crawled to where Windham stood looking down at him and grasped his legs in an attempt to get to his feet.

Barry helped him up, backed up for momentum off the ropes, then clotheslined Luger out of his boots! Windham left the ring with a disgusted look on his face. Back in the ring, Arn Anderson took an easy pin to win the Titles back for the Horsemen. As he left the arena floor in the company of Dillon, Windham turned back and grinned thus revealing that it was all a plot against Luger.

Back in the ring, the Midnight Rider is left to comfort the fallen Luger. He would stomp back to the locker room moments later to confront Windham, only to have the entire heel faction of the NWA fall on him and take his mask. Fortunately his friends, including Sting hustled him away before his identity could be revealed.

The next week, JJ Dillon announced Windham's recruitment as the Fourth Horseman and Windham's intention to go after the vacant United States Title. On May 13, Windham made good on that pledge when he defeated Nikita Kolloff in a tournament final. The Horsemen were back on top of the wrestling world with almost all of the NWA Gold.

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