Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Former wrestler Tully Blanchard to speak at Texas A&M-Kingsville

Peacock Auditorium - 03/27/14 - 03/27/14

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

It only took a quick flash of the four fingers that once symbolized wrestling’s Four Horsemen at a Dallas airport for Tom Martin, Executive Director of University Housing and Residence Life at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, to make a new friend.

Martin recognized former Horseman Tully Blanchard at the airport and showed the hand symbol made famous by the wrestling foursome in the mid-1980s. After a quick chat and later discussions, Martin invited Blanchard to visit A&M-Kingsville to talk to students and the public.

Blanchard will talk to various student groups during his visit next week, but will have a public lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Peacock Auditorium in the Biology Earth Sciences Building. Fans should come early for a meet and greet autograph session with Blanchard in the auditorium lobby at 5:30 p.m.

The former wrestler, who now works in prison ministry, will be on campus through Thursday, March 27, with sessions scheduled with student athletes, housing staff and other groups. 

About Tully Blanchard

As the son of the late Joe Blanchard, wrestling promoter and American Wrestling Association star, Tully Blanchard was involved in the family business from a young age, selling programs and refreshments at the arenas when he was 10. He worked as a referee when he was older.

He played football at West Texas State University alongside fellow future wrestlers Tito Santana and Ted DiBaise. After graduating, he trained as a wrestler and first wrestled for Southwest Championship Wrestling. He joined with Gino Hernandez as The Dynamic Duo and won both World and Tag Team titles.

Blanchard switched to the National Wrestling Alliance and in 1984, won the World Television Championship. In 1985, he feuded with Dusty Rhodes over the title, eventually losing it to Rhodes in the Great American Bash inside a steel cage.

After his dispute with Rhodes, Blanchard was in another feud with Magnum T.A., which escalated into a series of bloody and brutal matches.

In early 1986, he joined with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Ole Anderson to form the Four Horsemen. The group stayed together through 1987.

Blanchard left wrestling in 1989 and soon after became a born-again Christian, after battling drug addiction.

In 2010, Blanchard joined the International Network of Prison Ministries, where he serves on the Board of Advisors.


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