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Arn Anderson will now be able to enforce his rights as the sole proprietor to a faction he’s synonymous with. Anderson announced on Twitter earlier today that he now legally owns the trademark to “4 HORSEMEN.” Wrestling Inc. has confirmed with “Gimmick Attorney” Mike Dockins that the USPTO registration is for “THE FOUR HORSEMEN” but legally Anderson now owns both spellings.

“I now own the 4 Horsemen trademark and for those fans that missed out on original 4 Horsemen merchandise, it will soon be available on BoxOfGimmicks.com,” he tweeted. “The Tradition of Excellence LIVES on.”

Anderson will be reunited with four other of his Horsemen when Starrcast V takes place in Nashville, TN during SummerSlam weekend at the end of July. Joining him for a special panel will be AEW colleague Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, JJ Dillon, and Ric Flair. Starrcast V will have a heavy eye on Flair as he’s billed to participate in his last match which will take place under the Jim Crockett Promotions banner, a trademark Conrad Thompson now owns the rights to. Starrcast is already making the most of Anderson’s ownership of the Horsemen trademark by promoting tees with the classic Horsemen logo on them.

Anderson is one of the several luminaries working for AEW. He along with his son Brock Anderson are on the roster, but both haven’t been seen much on television since Cody Rhodes left the company earlier in the year.

“We’re kind of in limbo as you could imagine but we’re there,” Arn said on an April episode of “The Arn Show.” “Brock has had some matches on [AEW] Dark, hope everybody is finding those and supporting him in that venture. It really is the best way and only way to get some reps in and it be televised, it’s just a different vehicle you have to go to to get it, being on YouTube.”

On the latest episode of the ARN Podcast, Arn Anderson spoke about his infamous “glock promo” on AEW Dynamite several weeks ago. For those unaware, Anderson cut a promo on Cody Rhodes following his failures against Malakai Black several weeks ago where he said this:

“There’s two big differences between you & I, Cody. If you pull up to a red light and a man jerks your car door open and tries to take your car, you’d say, ‘Okay, take it. Just don’t hurt me.’ You know what I’d do? I’d pull out the glock, put it on his forehead and spill his brains all over the concrete. I’m Arn Anderson, and I’d be damned if I’m going to coach a loser.”

The promo led to Anderson getting a “glock” shirt and got many superstars, including CM Punk, to talk about it on social media. Anderson described the meaning behind the promo and why he was so graphic in trying to get his point across to Rhodes.

“That was meant to be a metaphor,” Anderson said. “And to let everyone know that I am through being a victim. I’ve had enough and I am not a victim, I am a predator. I just used a very extreme example, I don’t carry a gun, I have never carried a gun on my person. It was meant to be what it was and I think the shock value was the ‘spilling of the brains, painting the sidewalk with the brains,’ which is what I think had everybody go ‘whoa, okay alright.’ 99% of everything I read or saw understood don’t take it literally, people got it.”

Arn also mentioned that guns aren’t a part of his everyday life but does agree that you should protect yourself at times. For those wondering if this means Anderson would allow someone to take his car if threatened, the former Four Horsemen member issued a warning to anyone who would try.

“I would still suggest don’t jerk my door open and say you’re going to take my car,” Arn said. “Let’s just say, guns are not a part of my everyday thought process or life but I do agree that sometimes you have to protect what’s yours. A car door getting opened with some torque on it right on your knee caps, that will probably change your afternoon around a little bit.”

Pro wrestling legend Arn Anderson discussed a wide range of topics on the latest “ARN” podcast. 

During it, he talked about his son, Brock Anderson, making his in-ring debut on last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite by teaming with Cody Rhodes against Aaron Solow and QT Marshall. 

“I would be a liar if I just stuck out my chest and said, ‘He’s an Anderson.  It’s business as usual.’  Well, that’s all bullsh*t.  I was a proud Papa.  We spent that day, mostly separate.  I didn’t want to be pounding any ideas into his head.  I was nervous, and trying not to show it.  If he was nervous, he wasn’t showing it to me or anybody else, and that’s what scared me.  I’m thinking, ‘Is he that confident in himself?  What’s going on here?  Or did he go blank?”  That’s two different looks that look exactly the same.  But no, he went out.  I was very proud of him.  That was his first legitimate match.  He’s had some matches in training that were 6-8 minutes in front of no people in training school.  Man, I tell you, he held his own, and I’m very proud of him.  I think AEW is going to be a perfect fit for him, and he’s going to be allowed to make some mistakes which he’s going to make, but that’s how you learn.  So, good news. It was a great week.”

Bayley has seemingly done it all in WWE, but she feels like she’s just getting started.

“The Role Model” recently appeared on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette and discussed the past, present and future of her WWE career. Although she has won every title a women’s wrestler can win in WWE, Bayley explained that she still has several goals on her to-do list.

“I’ve been here for eight years, and I’ve been able to literally do everything and more that I’ve ever wanted to do,” said Bayley. “But there’s still so much that I feel like I need to do to feel complete with everything here, especially starting a new character, it feels like I’ve just started over. I really wanna make this talk show thing awesome, like I really wanna make it bigger and be able to do that and be able to have main event matches, even if it’s in the same night.

“I wanna be the most well-rounded person that they have on the roster, I mean men and women, because I want to be able to be a champion and have main event matches and main event WrestleManias and also be awesome as a talk show host and such a different character.”

In another highlight, she looked back on her memorable run as a tag team with Sasha Banks. Bayley credited FTR, formerly known as The Revival, for teaching her the psychology of tag team wrestling.

“We never really learned the psychology of tag team wrestling, and once we did that, like we sat down with Dax [Wheeler] and Cash [Harwood], so hard to call them that now…once we sat and learned from them and just watching their matches, I really fell in love with it. So it made me want to fight for [the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship] even more. It made the titles so much more to me, and it makes me want, it also gives something for all the girls to do because you can’t always go after the women’s title.

“[FTR] would make us watch Arn [Anderson] and Tully [Blanchard] all the time. I’d be like, ‘Hey, can I have a match that I should study,’ just for the basis of the storytelling, so you can tell by watching a tag match that you get beat up for a long time and you’re just working for that big tag because you wanna see all the fireworks happen and all that stuff. But they would teach us how much you can tease that and make the people anticipate it or think that it’s gonna happen. Or make it happen but then you, all the fireworks start and then something happens to where it’s like, ‘Oh no, it’s not the end of the match? I thought it was.’”

Bayley also described some of the specific lessons she learned from FTR, particularly the finer details of tag team wrestling.

“Literally the stuff you see Dax mostly tweet about, the tag rope and keeping your feet on the ground when you make a tag and keeping them in the corner, he really pounded that into our heads, too. It’s so important because a lot of people don’t do it or they think that it doesn’t matter. It was just their passion. All the passion that they have for tag team wrestling, it made us want to make them proud, too.”

On the latest episode of the ARN Podcast, Arn Anderson talked about his time in WWE as the main agent of John Cena’s matches. He was a big factor in Cena’s career, including giving him the STF submission. Arn mentioned that Cena relaxed the hold on wrestlers after many complained he was choking them out.

“I gave him the move because I saw it in Japan,” Anderson said. “I thought it was a tremendous finish. You trap the guy’s leg, his knee is bent uncomfortably, and then you reach up and you hook him around the jaw. Apparently he did snug it up when he first started using it and some guys said ‘Hey man, you’re choking me out, you need to loosen up.’”

WWE paid tribute to the legendary WCW pay-per-view Starrcade in 2017 as a live event special. Anderson appeared on the show during the Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode match to aid Roode by hitting a Spinebuster on Ziggler. Arn talked about this appearance and how it came about. He said he was so happy with the fans being able to remember him.

“I think Michael [Hayes] and Dolph himself,” Anderson said. “I think Dolph wanted to take one, in fact some of the guys were volunteering to take one. Michael was the event coordinator and I think he knew what was going to happen if we did it. Dolph was very generous, Bobby Roode was very generous letting me get involved in his match. That was one of the moments I’ll take to my grave. What a reaction, can’t believe they all remembered. It was awesome.”

Arn Anderson has claimed that a life-changing tag team opportunity should soon fall into the lap of one lucky AEW wrestler, doing so during the latest episode of his ARN podcast.

Here’s what the pro wrestling legend said:-

“To be perfectly honest, there’s something that’s going to be happening I hope pretty soon on AEW. I will keep that close to the vest until that does happen, but it will change my life 100% and it will change that individual’s life 100% as far as building a new tag team for the future. That may be the first building block and we’ll just sit on that for now, but there are some plans in the works.”

This followed on from comments on how Tully Blanchard and FTR have benefitted from working together, with Anderson revealing that he’d have liked to have managed Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood at one point.

Anderson filed a trademark application for his old legendary stable, The Four Horsemen, back in September. Said application is still awaiting examination per the United States Patent and Trademark Office. With former members Anderson and Blanchard both contracted to the promotion, reviving the stable in AEW has been rumoured on several occasions, with Arn previously naming Rhodes, FTR, and the tragically deceased Brodie Lee as his ideal modern picks last year.

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WWE Hall of Famer and current AEW star/coach Arn Anderson has been trending on Twitter today after an apparent snub from WWE.

WWE’s latest “#WAMWednesday – What A Move Wednesday” Twitter poll asked fans who has the best Spinebuster in the business. The options were WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, The Rock, SmackDown Tag Team Champion Robert Roode, Apollo Crews, Mercedes Martinez, and a few other Hall of Famers – Triple H, Batista, and Ron Simmons.

Anderson was not included in the list, but it should be noted that everyone on the poll are still affiliated with WWE in some way.

The Enforcer is known for having one of the best Spinebusters in pro wrestling history. The fact that he was not included as an option in the poll did not sit well with fans on Twitter as they made the tweet go viral with responses and re-tweets.

Anderson responded to the WWE poll tweet and wrote, “Huh. Seems like someone’s missing.”

He also posted a screenshot of the Twitter trends list and wrote, “Still got it. #ARN”

WWE RAW Superstar Xavier Woods responded to the tweet and mentioned Anderson, and Simmons, being his choices for the best Spinebuster.

“I know it’s all personal preference but I think I land on Simmons/Anderson for this one,” Woods wrote.

Anderson responded, “You’re wise beyond your years young man.”

It will be interesting to see if Arn talks more about the apparent snub on his “ARN” podcast. AdFreeShows.com, which produces Arn’s podcast, acknowledged the apparent Spinebuster snub in a tweet where they plugged a bonus episode to be released this Friday. As seen in the tweet below, they called Anderson “Mr. Spinebuster himself” when plugging the show.

Anderson was released from WWE in February 2019 after a live event incident with Alicia Fox. He had been with the company since WCW folded in 2001. He joined AEW in early 2020 and then announced in June of last year that he had signed a multi-year contract.

To start off his recent episode of his podcast ARN, WWE Hall of Famer and AEW coach Arn Anderson, 62, opened up about his battle with COVID-19. Anderson stated that he had previously been tested three times, and all three tests came back negative. However, he detailed his experience with COVID-19 where he was in bed for a week and experienced hallucinations.

“I got really really sick a couple of weeks ago for about 10 days,” Anderson revealed. “Thank God it was during the period we were off in AEW, and I wasn’t exposed to anybody and quarantined in my house. I know the symptoms vary from person to person and age group, but let me tell you, I got sick as hell. It scared me to death.

“I was in the bed for probably a week. I couldn’t drink anything. I couldn’t eat anything. I was hallucinating. I was looking at my ceiling, and I saw ice forming on my ceiling. I had one day there for a minute where I couldn’t catch my breath. It was a lot of things I hadn’t experienced in my life that scared me to death.”

Anderson took the time to tell his podcast listeners similar remarks that President Joe Biden has stated where while there is a vaccine out, the pandemic could get worse due to the flu season. Anderson urged his audience to encourage everyone to take the proper precautions against COVID-19 like wearing a mask and social distancing. He also encouraged his audience to be nice to the people around them and help out others if they can.

“So what I want to do is reiterate to everybody out there, guys, this thing is bad,” Anderson said. “It’s really bad, and it varies from person to person. We have not 1000% turned the corner in this getting better. If anything, we’re getting into that peak season where people are starting to talk flu and all that.

“So I’m begging you, as a member of our family (his podcast audience), tell everybody you know, wear a mask, do the social distancing, just take care of yourself in general. Try not to get a cold, try not to get the flu. If you don’t have to go somewhere, don’t, and I know there’s a huge huge hangover in this country with all of our nurses, and doctors, and police officers and you name it, everybody out there on the frontlines have been pulling 80-90, I’m sure 100 hour shifts, so do something for those people.

“Do something nice for a stranger. Do something nice for a family member. If you can afford to make a house payment for them, or a car payment or take them grocery shopping. We are in a situation here that’s unprecedented, and if we don’t look after each other, as citizens, it’s not gonna get done.”

Anderson also revealed that his last test showed that he had the antibodies that shows that he did have the coronavirus. However, he reiterates that he did not ever test positive. He encouraged everyone to work together to get through the pandemic.

“This past Wednesday morning, all of a sudden, I had the antibodies for having COVID, which meant I had had it, but at no point did I test positive for it,” Anderson explained. “So what was going on in my bedroom for a week was absolutely COVID, and it was brutal. It was hard to deal with because all I could do — you go days without drinking water hardly because you can’t get it down.

“You go a week without food. It’s tough, so all I’m asking is listen to some common sense. Go the extra mile. For those of us that can do it, do something nice for a stranger. Do something nice for a family member. Do something nice for a friend and let’s get this thing knocked out.”

AEW EVP Cody Rhodes was on a recent episode of Talk Is Jericho where he chatted about “Go Big Show” and the process of filming the show. Rhodes also discussed his thoughts on AEW’s first year.

“Somebody asked me, grade it, and of course, as part of the company, you not gonna give it a bad grade, but I said A, and there’s room for an A+ because we know where we need to grow,” Rhodes said. “AEW’s first year, if it was its last year, thank gosh it wasn’t, it’s still been the greatest year of my life. Learned a lot of lessons and learned some hard lessons about the burdens of management. If you weren’t popular before, you’re definitely not going to be popular as you enter that space.

“It is surreal, the numbers. That’s why I love the data, and you’re great about the data, ‘The Demo God’. I love when [Chris] Harrington shows me this spreadsheet and talks about our international deals, and we’re having these calls. I was on the phone with Microsoft the other day. What am I doing? But then I know what I want. I know what we’re talking about, and that blows me away.

“I told Tony, ‘Do not give me this job unless you want me to really do the job, really embrace it,’ which would probably include pissing you off from time to time. He’s never been pissed at me, maybe he has, but that’s been the most exciting thing is the brain trust here amongst the talent, the EVPs, the management [and] the committee.”

Rhodes has been paired with WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson in his big matches. He noted that while on-screen he doesn’t do a lot, he praised his work behind the scenes.

“Arn’s out there with me by the ring pretty much doing jack s–t except holding his play card up, but what Arn does back here, my gosh,” Rhodes remarked. “I literally want to look at them like, ‘where you been?'”

He also praised everyone behind the scenes, and later, Jericho brought into perspective the youth movement mixed with that veteran presence. He noted that Cody is the same age as Dusty was when he took more of an executive role and that AEW President Tony Khan is the same age as Vince McMahon when he took control of WWE.

“I know one of the things when we first started was, well who’s running this place? Who’s the who’s the boss,” Jericho recalled. “Think about, I’m not sure how old Dusty was when he started taking more of a corporate side. I’m sure he wasn’t much older than you are right now (Cody confirms the exact same age), and Tony Khan is the same age that Vince McMahon was in 1982 when, guess what, he took over the WWF.

“So you can’t [say], ‘Oh, these guys are too young.’ This is the same age as your dad was and as Vince was. This is why our company, I think, thrives more because we have youthful set of views combined with the experience, combined with the passion and the desire.”

That reminded Cody of a piece of advice Konnan gave to him. He talked about how knowing what young people are into is part of AEW as a whole.

“Konnan of all people, I don’t speak to Konnan a lot, but he had told me his secret to success,” Rhodes revealed. “I asked him, ‘Any advice?’ His secret to success was always being around young people. Hey, I’m going to listen to hip-hop. Even if I don’t like it, I’m gonna listen to it. I want to know what they’re talking about, and that, to me, is the brightest part of the AEW current picture, the youth that is on the roster and the youth that is in the creative, the direction.”

Jericho has touted AEW’s performance in the 18-49 demo calling himself “The Demo God”. Rhodes discussed why that key demo is important and his goal to reach younger viewers.

“We joke about the demo, but it’s not a joke,” Rhodes noted. “There’s a potential, this is for any show, if you don’t look at that, you’re going to age out. One of the reasons I’ve turned my act around into a bit of a squeaky clean act is because it’s really not an act anymore. I want to engage a young fan base and not just the young and affluent and cool. I want to engage kids because the show has a lot of grittiness, a lot of violence [and] a lot of adult content. I want to make sure they know, hey, there’s guys doing right, and there’s guys doing wrong.

“That’s here too, just like all great wrestling shows when they’ve been great. The youth we have and the demo is really not a joke at all. Anyone who’s not scared and I’m not talking about our competitor. I’m talking about any show. If you’re not in the youth, in terms of if they’re not watching your show, you should absolutely be terrified. 50 plus means you’re losing your audience. Again, this is about TV in general not about WWE and not about AEW because we see all 50 shows.”

Jericho also asked Rhodes what AEW can improve upon. Rhodes noted one of Jericho’s complaints about similar storylines being featured on the same show where Taz was trying to recruit Will Hobbs and he was trying to recruit MJF. Rhodes noted that there should be more communication amongst everyone in the locker room to avoid those situations.

“To me, one of our biggest pros is also our biggest con, no pun intended. We have such freedom,” Rhodes stated. “So such freedom, sometimes, means that things are too similar on the same show. Well, this guy’s asking me to join Team FTW. Well, this group, they’re asking if he’ll join in this. So that’s one of those areas where that freedom is fun and pro, they’re not worried about the traditional rules. It’s punk rock, but also, you have to be disciplined so that it doesn’t desensitize the show.

“Eight times out of ten, we’ve got the flow right, but on nights that we have and it’s where our own freedom has been our biggest enemy, but I’d rather that than a sanitized C+ show. To me, the thing we need to work on the most is not taking the freedom for granted and maybe a little bit more of communication between the boys themselves. ‘Hey, I’m doing this. It doesn’t mean you can’t, but what else can you do? You’re super talented.’ I think that would go a long way.”

Scott Steiner‘s transformation into his “Big Poppa Pump” persona is one of the most drastic transformations we have seen in pro-wrestling. Arn Anderson recently discussed Steiner’s transformation into Big Poppa Pump on his podcast, ARN.

Arn Anderson is currently a part of AEW and is a Nightmare Family member as Cody’s advisor and the head coach.

While discussing Scott Steiner’s WCW career, Arn Anderson discussed his transformation into the Big Poppa Pump character. He said it was unlike any other transformation he’s seen. Anderson then discussed the Big Poppa Pump character and how well he did as a top heel in WCW.

“Now, when Scott became Big Poppa Pump, he was unrecognizable. I’d never seen a guy transform his body – he had huge arms and was in great shape when he was young, but he looked like a guy that could’ve went on the stage without any prior experience and won Mr. Olympia in bodybuilding.

“I’ve never seen anything like that in the business – a guy make that kind of change. He had that character, he had that rage and anger in him that was very real. Him in that role as the lead heel – it was a spectacle in and of itself. It was never lost on me. I would like at the guy and look at whoever else was watching with me and I would just go, ‘My God.’ That was about all I could get out because it was incredible. He was one thing in that era that you knew what you had.

Scott Steiner signed with WWE in 2002 after his contract with Time-Warner expired. He debuted at the Survivor Series PPV in MSG, taking out Matt Hardy and Christopher Nowinski.

Steiner then signed with the RAW brand and entered into a feud with Triple H. Steiner faced Triple H in two title matches, winning the first by DQ and losing the second match. The matches were a disappointment, and Steiner dropped down the card until his release in 2004.