ASK ARN ANYTHING 13
Arn talking about Ole Anderson’s issues with Ric Flair’s matches: “I don’t think it’s ever been with Ole about being the champion or being the very top guy because there was a time when he had his hands on the throttle. He could have made himself champion if he wanted to if he would have pushed hard enough for it. I don’t think Ole ever wanted to be the world champion because he knew the travel that was involved. He definitely would not have been up for that. He knew the number of days involved and would not have been up for that. Any problems they had could have possibly just been over, and you know, I don’t think it was jealousy over money because Ole, being when your owner or part owner of a company back in the day when he was. Plus, he was working on top. Ole made a very very good living. I just think Ole had an idea about in ring work. He used to chew me out all the time saying why are you taking those goofy a** bumps. Well, somebody has to fall down was my response. I think Ric’s style, because it was a pattern and Ole would watch Ric have his match, but that is what people wanted to see. They wanted to see the upside down bump. They wanted to see him take two steps and fall on his nose. That was part of the deal and before Ric put the ha ha in his matches, Ric would go out and chop you to death for 60 minutes. He didn’t get over doing the ha ha. He was able to add the ha ha after he got over and I think that was the discrepancy between Ole and Ric. It way the style of match.”
Arn talking about trademarking his name: “I do have it trademarked. I remember saying I sure would like to make some money off being me since everybody else has. I came across an excellent lawyer through some connections I have and he was able to get my name trademarked. It is up in my trophy room right now and I can spend at least the next 7 years and longer than that if I renew it.”
Arn talking about the crowd trying to climb the cage when the Horseman broke Dusty Rhodes’ ankle in the cage in 1985: “I have to be honest with you. I didn’t think we were going to make it. When it really started to get hairy was when that door opened and we started to step out, we were right on top of each other, the fans surged forward and shoved that cage door back shut. That was the first time I’ve been in the ring where reality set in and I said oh my God, I have no control over this right now. Forget about going forward. That moment in time I felt trapped and we were trapped. I said before, kudos to The Atlanta Police Department. There were about 10 police officers that had not seen anything of that magnitude before. Had they not literally beat the fans back, and it took about 20 minutes for us to get, once we got our feet on the floor, to get all the way to the locker room. It took a long time because the cops were really outmanned. I would say, at any given time, during that foot trip back to the locker room, there were probably 75 or 100 people trying to get to us. That beat down (on Dusty in the cage) went on so long and knocking guys off the cage, when you start knocking the Rock and Roll Express off the cage, audience thought process is, nobody is going to save this guy, I better do it.”
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