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Jerry Stubbs & Arn Anderson: Nothing Fancy, Just Great
- Jeff Luce
would like to thank everyone, especially Vince Fahey, for their patience
while awaiting the latest Kayfabe Memories Southeastern article. I did
have some problems with my Microsoft Office program that I have finally
straightened out. So, without further ado, I present to you, for your
reading pleasure, this month's Kayfabe Memories Southeastern article.
of professional wrestling’s best tag teams that does not receive the
credit it deserves is Jerry Stubbs and Arn Anderson. They had some
hellacious battles with and against each other. I do not remember how long
their entire program lasted together, but it was long by wrestling
standards, maybe just over a year or so. I can not say for certain that
the entire episode was planned out from start to finish, or if the
Southeastern bookers played it out by fan reaction. Nonetheless, what we
received was perfect in every sense of the word.
Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs) was a long time fan favorite in Southeastern, but he turned bad during a series of bouts with Col. Buck “The Man from Drop in U.S.A” Robley. It started with a good guy vs. good guy match on TV. They wrestled cleanly, but as the match wore on, things got more intense and they began throwing the rules out the window. If memory serves me well, I believe Robley may have partially torn Olympia’s mask, which precipitated Olympia to go off. Anyway, the fans seemed to side with Robley. Robley’s goal from that point forward was to expose Olympia’s “chrome dome.” It did not happen that way. Within a span of about three weeks, Olympia was thoroughly entrenched as the number one bad guy, and Robley was gone. This is the only time I can think of that Stubbs, as Olympia was a heel. Like I have stated before, when Stubbs went bad, the mask came off.
Meanwhile, another masked man calling himself Super Olympia came into the area. The fans were a bit leery of him at first, but eventually he caught on. He was a good guy. There was not any interaction between Super Olympia and Mr. Olympia at first, but this would soon change.
Mr. Olympia began a feud with Robert Fuller, in which he blinded Fuller. Mr. Olympia was aligned with Jos Leduc at this time. With Fuller out, friends of Robert Fuller began to come in. The masked El Lobo came in to team with another Fuller ally, Jacques Rougeau. El Lobo turned on Rougeau and joined up with Mr. Olympia and Leduc. This led to Rougeau teaming up with Super Olympia. Rougeau and Mr. Olympia even had some outstanding singles bouts. Super Olympia began joining Rougeau in his corner for these matches.
One particularly outstanding moment came when Robert Fuller came out of nowhere on TV and jumped Mr. Olympia while Leduc and Mr. Olympia were double teaming Jacques Rougeau. In the midst of the altercation, Fuller was able to pull off Mr. Olympia’s mask. It was to no surprise he was Jerry Stubbs. Everyone knew that already.
Somehow, and for the life of me I can not remember the angle exactly, Mr. Olympia was able to use an imposter Super Olympia in an attempt to soil Super O’s good name. It worked, and Super Olympia had to work really hard to clear his good name.
Eventually Super Olympia turned on Jacques Rougeau and joined up with Stubbs. Super O and Rougeau went around the horn, with Rougeau eventually unmasking him and revealing him to be Arn Anderson.
Now with Super Olympia turning bad and being exposed as Arn Anderson, one of, if not the best tag team in Southeastern wrestling’s history was born. More...