Tully Blanchard Credits Soap Opera Actor for his Heel Persona

Posted By James Walsh on 10/06/18

In an interview with Prime Time with Sean Mooney (via Wrestlezone), Tully Blanchard spoke about where the inspiration for his heel persona came from, noting that it was a soap opera actress. Here are highlights:

On the inspiration for his character: “I thought about this stuff all day everyday. I would watch a movie and something happened in a movie that got an emotion out of me, I said, ‘Whew, Ok.’ I know that Erica [Kane] on whatever Young & The Restless [All My Children] I think it was. Erica was on this thing. She was an unbelievable heel and I catch myself sitting on the edge of the couch going, “What a rotten [purposefully unintelligible].” Back in those days I would elaborate and then I’d sit back and go, “OK, she got that emotion out of me by saying that and doing that. I’d say, ‘OK, that’s where I need to go.’ It was stuff like that.”

On the best version of the Four Horsemen: “The best combination was the group with Barry [Windham]. Barry, Arn [Anderson], myself, and Ric [Flair]. The ones that got inducted in the Hall of Fame. You had the best performers that could do absolutely anything. Ole [Anderson], in his vein, was a great worker and a great performer; but, you had to deal with Ole and in that vein, he couldn’t go out and do the stuff that we could do, fly around and get beat up and get press slammed by The Road Warriors and all that kind of stuff. Whereas when Barry became part of the group, he became the other single. I shifted to the single to being Arn’s partner and then you had a tag team that had a big guy and a smaller guy that could do anything. We could wrestle the two most powerful guys on the planet – The Road Warriors – and people would buy tickets and we could wrestle Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson and they’d buy a ticket and anything in between. Then you had Barry, who was one of the greatest performers of all time anyway. You certainly had Flair who could work with anybody. That was by far the best group.”

On later versions of the group: “They tried to put any number of people with Flair and call them the 4-Horsemen and when Arn went back they almost got it going; but, the formula was changed because all the other groups that were greatly successful, the formula was Arn, Ric, and Tully. That was the nucleus and the other guy could be Ole or [Lex] Luger when he was starting. Then Barry. We were all very successful, so after that the only change, they changed the formula. Even though they were trying to pour the juice to it, it didn’t work. It came closer to working because you had Ric and Arn. You had two of the three.”

On how his failed WWE drug test changed his life: “I bought a gram of cocaine and gave it to these girls up in Wisconsin and just to look like I wasn’t a prude, which I wasn’t; but, I didn’t do any of that stuff because I knew there was always a risk of a random drug test. All I did was lick the inside of a plastic bag, but it was enough to flunk a drug test the next afternoon in Philadelphia. You look back, I have no regrets and that was the next to last straw of what it took to have me come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in my life, which I could never do without and that was an absolute. Whatever it takes for a person to meet Christ in their life, it’s worth it and to end my wrestling career – which it’s not logical for my wrestling career to end like that, all of a sudden he’s gone. It was worth it to know that and to meet Christ in a very real way and change my path and change everything about me, so it was a very moving moment and that moment continues and this November will be 29 years.”