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An oddity about Stampede wrestling was despite the fondness of the Hart Brothers by the fans, Stampede seemed to churn out better villains. I'm not sure if it was the endless hours on the back roads in the winters of western Canada or the "aromatic" exhibition auditorium awaiting everyone every Tuesday night, but whatever it was Stampede brought out the best in wrestling's villains. Personally, I feel Stu Hart worked very hard at protecting his territories  balanced image. With several of his sons in the ring, he needed to avoid accusations of patronage. To avoid this, Stampede's villains rose to the challenge.

Few took the challenge, kicked it in the mouth, stuffed it sideways down his opponents throat then did Bad News Allen. Straight ahead violence at 200 mph non stop. Bad News didn't stop till his opponent was lying face down in a pool of blood or tears. Brass knuckles, chains, lead pipes, fire extinguishers, garbage cans, and in one infamous night in 84 a fork. Bad News smashed his way to four North American Heavyweight championships in the 1980's.

He left scars on his opponents faces that remain to this day. I still remember getting chills when I remember a 92 WWF interview with Bret Hart and instantly recalling how he got the set of scars over his right eye. Three words. Bad. News. Allen. The ironic thing was Bad News never needed the foreign objects. He had incredible athletic ability in the martial arts coming into Stampede.  After winning the Bronze medal in the 1976 summer Olympics as well as several medals at the Pan-Am games in Judo, Bad News carefully combined the martial arts with Stampede's reckless wrestling style. However he went beyond other medal winners who stepped in the ring. He added an incredible amount of anger towards the Hart family. This made him unstoppable.

Bad News entered Stampede in the early 80's after training in Japan and immediately took aim at Stampede's top prize. The North American Heavyweight strap held at the time by Stu Hart's pride Bret Hart. Bret was already in a family war with J.R. Foley's army. Foley kept Bret on his toes week after week with assault after assault. Bad News presented a new assault on the championship. Unsure of Stampede and not willing to trust anyone right away Bad News went on alone spurning Foley's army early in his career.  Bad News tried something different then Foley's run in tactics in order to get title shots (however don't be mislead.  More...

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