The Four Horsemen deserve to be mentioned in the conversation with any other dominant group when breaking down the greatest factions of all-time. The New World Order may have been hotter at their peak but the stable ran its course quickly. Many believe the downfall of the nWo correlated with WCW completely falling apart. D-Generation X changed the culture in the WWE and helped usher in the Attitude Era. Triple H became a mega-star and the other members became bigger names. However, that faction was time dependent with society being interested in that kind of tawdry entertainment style in the late 90s.
Much like any other faction in pro wrestling, The Horsemen had weaker moments and lamer members but their track record was stronger than any other faction. The Four Horsemen made new stars, cemented established stars into legends and created incredible stories through the years. Ric Flair and Arn Anderson are the two names most synonymous with the group but there were sixteen official members to join The Horsemen. Some are still in the industry, others are enjoying life outside of the ring and a few had tragic tales. We’ll look at each individual story when finding out what happened to every member of the Four Horsemen.
Sting was one of the biggest rivals of The Four Horsemen, so not many fans are aware he was actually a member for a short time period. The shocking addition saw Sting reform the group in 1989 with them being faces instead of the traditionally heel group they were associated with being. Sting joined forces with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Ole Anderson for a short-lived version of The Horsemen.
15 Ole Anderson
The original Four Horsemen saw Ole Anderson serve as the fourth man along with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. Ole was a no-nonsense guy with the reputation of being one of the tougher men in the industry. Despite that, the other three members are the most popular names when thinking of The Horsemen, as Anderson does not have the same attachment due to the other guys creating more memorable moments.
14 Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett joined The Four Horsemen during the Monday Night Wars and it seemed like a good fit on paper. The Horsemen were feuding with the New World Order and they were babyfaces defending the tradition of the wrestling industry. Jarrett was a third generation wrestler and grew up in the business with an old school approach. It should have been a perfect match but Jarrett never stepped up.
13 Curt Hennig
The addition of Curt Hennig to The Four Horsemen in 1997 was a genius move that added new interest in the faction. Arn Anderson retired due to an injury and offered his iconic spot in the group to Hennig coming into the company. Hennig, Ric Flair, Chris Benoit and Steve “Mongo” McMichael was a perfect unit of varied, but credible performers to make them a successful faction again.
12 Paul Roma
The weakest incarnation of The Four Horsemen definitely had one glaring weakness. WCW brought the faction back in 1993 and decided to add the very generic Paul Roma to the group in hopes of making him a bigger star. Fans never took him seriously and the once credible faction looked like a joke. Roma eventually left the group to enter another dead end run with Paul Orndorff as a tag team.
11 Steve "Mongo" McMichael
A former NFL player coming straight into a major promotion with minimal training usually isn’t a good idea. Steve "Mongo" McMichael however worked very hard to become a capable wrestler. Mongo turned on fellow NFL star Kevin Greene in a tag team match to join The Four Horsemen. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit and Mongo made a very effective group as McMichael tried his best to evolve as a wrestler.
10 Dean Malenko
An underrated member of The Four Horsemen that never really received an opportunity to make his mark was Dean Malenko. The technical wrestling mastermind joined the faction in 1998 with Ric Flair, Chris Benoit and Steve “Mongo” McMichael at his side. Malenko was basically a background player and WCW didn’t treat The Horsemen well in those years. Eric Bischoff had a personal vendetta against Flair and it hurt everyone else involved.
9 Sid Vicious
A literal big addition to the legendary faction saw Sid Vicious join The Four Horsemen with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Barry Windham. Sid’s physical size always made him a highly valued commodity to both WCW and WWE over the 90s. Despite that, the faction never truly worked with this incarnation. Despite being the perfect muscle for a group, Sid just was better off on his own rather than working as one of many.
8 Brian Pillman
Brian Pillman is one of the most underrated wrestling stars in the history of the industry. The talented in-ring performer had the charismatic personality to back it up his incredible skill in the ring. Pillman joined The Four Horsemen in a very promising incarnation featuring him join Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit. Purely in-ring skills wise, this may have been the most talented version of the group at any point in time.
7 Lex Luger
WCW strongly believed in Lex Luger from day one and he received many opportunities during his time there. One of his big breaks saw Luger replace Ole Anderson in The Four Horsemen joining Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. Luger contributed in a couple of amazing War Games match but he never really added anything to the group. It was clear Luger was meant to be a singles star and he was eventually kicked out of the group.
6 Barry Windham
Barry Windham joined The Four Horsemen by turning on tag partner Lex Luger and taking his spot as the fourth man in the group. Many believe Windham is the most underrated member of the group, fitting in perfectly. Barry Windham's profile grew with him in the top faction, but he never tried to be bigger than the group. It was the perfect combination needed for the role.WWE actually gave Barry Windham the huge honor of choosing him to be inducted in the Hall of Fame as a member of the official Four Horsemen inductees.
5 Chris Benoit
The addition of Chris Benoit to The Four Horsemen was a perfect fit. Benoit had tremendous credibility following his years in Japan and traveling the world before coming to WCW. His technical wrestling skills were second to none in the business and it only made sense he’d join The Horsemen. Ric Flair and Arn Anderson both thought he was the kind of performer needed in the group during the mid-90s to make the faction well-rounded.
4 James J. Dillon
The one non-wrestler to earn an official title as a member of The Four Horsemen is James J. Dillon. The original version of The Horsemen saw Dillon serve as the manager and he did an effective job in helping bring heat to the faction. Dillon played a vocal role in The Horsemen turning on Ole Anderson and replacing him with Sid Vicious. His time in The Horsemen ended when he chose to leave WCW for an office job with the WWE.
3 Tully Blanchard
One of the key components to the success of The Four Horsemen was Tully Blanchard. Yes, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson were the biggest stars, but the consistency of Blanchard provided a very important third person in the group. Blanchard was very underrated in every aspect of wrestling and served as a key member of the faction from 1985 to 1988. The Horsemen may not have worked without him being an original member.
2 Arn Anderson
The supremely talented Arn Anderson was the enforcer of The Four Horsemen. Ric Flair was on another level as an overall performer, but Anderson was right behind him when it came to in-ring work. Both Flair and Anderson were equally important to the success of The Horsemen lasting many years. Anderson never held a World Championship but his influence on WCW was as big as the majority of top names.
1 Ric Flair
Ric Flair was the leader of The Four Horsemen for every version of the faction and is the main reason for the success of the group. Every top tier faction needs a credible main event level performer to serve as the leader and face of the stable. Flair is considered the greatest of all-time by many wrestling personalities and pundits. The peak of Flair’s career came with the inception of The Horsemen.
Flair continued wrestling for many years until finally retiring. Still, he has his hands in the wrestling business in a multitude of ways. MLW hired him to host a weekly podcast discussing the top news in the wrestling world and interviewing friends. Flair also makes occasional appearances for the WWE as a beloved member of the WWE family. The most proud aspect of his current life is watching his daughter, Charlotte, become a top star in the WWE, but we all remember Ric most for being the leader of The Four Horsemen.
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