Arn Anderson recently spoke about the Four Horsemen's Hall of Fame induction, Ole Anderson's bad blood with Vince McMahon and more. Check out the highlights:
On the HOF induction: "I'm never going to be one of those guys who asked what took so long. I'm just floored by the fact that it's happening. It's a very elite group."
On his time in the Horsemen: "I feel like I had — and am still having — a successful career. But the highlight of that career would have to be the three years I spent with that group of guys. It was a special time. I called it the golden years of the business. Both the WWF and NWA were thriving. Just to be pretty prominently figured into that group of guys is something you can tell your great grandkids about."
On Ole Anderson and Vince McMahon's issues: "I wasn't given the details, but I knew of it from way back. I think it's still true today. Rather than have all that tension on what's supposed to be a great day, it's just easier with Barry. From a performance standpoint, I don't know if anyone's ever been better than Barry Windham."
On Ole Anderson contributing to his success: "I owe Ole so much — just for allowing me to be an Anderson. Secondly he taught me so much when I was really young ... knowledge that I've passed on to other kids about tag-team wrestling. I owe Ole and I respect Ole."
On Ole's reputation for being cantankerous: "That's just Ole. Ole never bothered me with that gruff exterior because I could see past it. And that's who he really is, and that's the guy that I know. Ole's just a cantankerous, mean, tough SOB. And that's all you can say about Ole."
On thinking back to what could have been: "There's two times when it bothers me. It bothers me when I see a match go south and I'm sitting there on headsets, and I know at that moment in time if I was in there, I could fix it. Or when it's done really well. That's the two times that I really miss it. And I think I might have come along too soon. What kind of value do you reckon Arn Anderson would have to this industry if I walked in the door right now with the knowledge I had at 30 years old and healthy? I know that sounds like a really conceited comment, but look at the experience level of the guys, through not any fault of their own. They're coming in sometimes only a year right out of FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling) right into the lion's den, and it's tough."
On today's performers being untested: "By the time I got in the spot I had in ‘85, I had three really intensive years of 300-plus matches a year. How good would guys like John Cena, Randy Orton or Batista have been if they would have had 900 matches in their first three years? Can you fathom that? So we had a distinct advantage at the time. I would love to still be wrestling if my body would accommodate it in these times."
On seeing the business in a different light these days: "I don't know if it's just a mental thing, but when I turned 50, with all the extensive travel involved with this job now and all the long TV days, it's hard. I won't lie to anybody. It's very, very difficult. It's not like it was when I was 25. I still try to get to the gym every day just for self-preservation and get my little one-hour workout in, but I know that I need more sleep now. I get off of an overseas flight and I look like a question mark all humped over from the old injuries. It's nothing new. It's tough being 50-plus."
On Ric Flair: "Well, yeah, he's one of those rare guys that can still keep plugging away. But there's all kinds of things to consider with that. We've always said he's not from here."
You can read the full interview at http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2012/mar/25/mooneyham-column-arn-anderson-symbol-excellence/