Wrestlers Who Surprisingly Competed in ECW, WCW, & WWE

Tully Blanchard

A founding member of The Four Horsemen, Blanchard had less famous runs outside of the NWA’s Jim Crockett Promotions such as his stints in the WWF, WCW, and ECW. 

The WWF run was the most famous. In this, Blanchard jumped to the promotion with Horsemen stablemate Arn Anderson to form The Brain Busters. Feuding with The Rockers and performing a distinctive spike piledriver, the duo made a quick and sudden impact after joining the WWF. The team ended the 478-day reign of Demolition as World Tag Team champions, emerging victorious in a two-out-of-three-falls match at Saturday Night’s Main Event XXII. On his way out, he failed a drug test to which the NWA reacted by pulling offers for a return. 

Blanchard was offered $500 per appearance to reform The Four Horsemen in WCW but refused; the role instead went to Paul Roma. Blanchard made a one-off return at Slamboree 1994: A Legend’s Reunion in which he wrestled Terry Funk to a double DQ, to which I ask: “Who books Terry Funk in anything other than a match with no disqualifications?” 

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Similarly short was his ECW run. Blanchard had a trio of world title challenges against “The Franchise” Shane Douglas in 1995. This includes a 60-minute time limit and two losses – one of which was at the Double Tables supercard. As for why his forgotten run was so short, Blanchard seemed somewhat disgruntled at the overbooked run-ins among other factors, remarking: “It was done and that was the end of my ECW career. And they never called back and I never called them in the first place.” Blanchard, a symbol of the traditional old guard, in ECW still seems so strange. 

The Harris Twins

Perhaps unsurprisingly The Bruiser Brothers made their way to ECW, wrestling there in both 1994 and 1996. The group feuded with Shane Douglas and challenged for the tag straps against Kevin Sullivan & The Tazmaniac, Public Enemy, and The Eliminators although never won the belts. They also joined Raven’s Nest during this time, which had legs but never really went to the lengths it could of.  

In 1995, the duo – now renamed The Blu Brothers – found themselves in the WWF under the management of Uncle Zebekiah (Dutch Mantell). The most memorable part of their run was losing to The Allied Powers (Lex Luger & The British Bulldog) in the opening match of WrestleMania XI, perhaps the worst ‘Mania opener of all time. The group’s stay was odd, with the brother piecing out by the time the year was out. In 1997, they became Skull and 8-Ball in The Disciples Of Apocalypse fighting during the ‘Gang Wars’ era; nobody cared. Vince Russo claimed there were fired for not taking marching orders to legitimately batter The Legion Of Doom, a claim Jim Cornette called “the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard”.  

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(Photo courtesy of Pro Wrestling Stories)

Renamed individually to Patrick and Gerald, the duo were known as Creative Control in latter-day WCW. A thinly-veiled jibe at the first-ever Intercontinental champion and ex-NWA Junior Heavyweight champion, the duo were three-time WCW World Tag Team champions. The henchmen for on-screen authority figure Russo did tangle with top stars but were not picked up when WCW was bought out. The team were pretty bad in WCW because they were practically a walking rib who just so happened to represent the apparent ‘best’ of WCW tag teams in this era. In an unrelated question, why did WCW die again? 

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