"Double A" Arn Anderson


Height: 6'0"

Weight: 255 lbs

Real Name: Martin Lunde

DOB: 9/20/1958

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota (or Rome, Georgia)

Other Names: Marty Lunde (NWA), Super Olympia (NWA Southeast), "Double A" Arn Anderson(NWA/WCW), "The Enforcer"(WCW)

Wrestler Since: 1982

Finishing Maneuvers: Spine Buster, Gourde Buster

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #27(1996), #24(1995), #31(1994), #24(1993), #19(1992), #9(1991)

Other Related Websites:
The Four Horsemen - Rollercoaster Bio
Brain Busters - Rollercoaster Bio
The Enforcers - Rollercoaster Bio
Arn Anderson - Cagematch Bio
Arn Anderson - Online World of Wrestling
Arn Anderson - Wikipedia Bio

History:

Marty Lunde has lived one of the most underrated wrestling careers in pro wrestling history. Always shadowed by one star or another, Lunde still showed himself as one of the greats again and again, helping form one of the greatest stables around.

Lunde began wrestling in 1982 under his real name. He began his career, as most do, as a jobber, wrestling and losing to various opponents. But he slowly improved, earning the fans in various NWA divisions. He teamed some with Matt Borne and others, but did not catch on then. Lunde then began wrestling in the Southeast as Super Olympia, tagging with Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs). The two teamed together, both masked and unmasked, and held the Southeastern Tag-Team Titles together 3 times throughout 1984. When Anderson and Stubbs split in late '84, Anderson joined the Tennessee Studs, going on to win the Southeastern Tag belts one more time, this time with Pat Rose as his partner. After losing the titles, Arn moved on, heading to Georgia (which was slowly merging with the Mid-Atlantic region to form WCW), where his "uncle" Ole Anderson wrestled (the two are not blood relatives). After a brief 'family' feud, the two teamed together as the New Minnesota Wrecking Crew.

Arn joined Ole in attacking Ole's tag-team partner, Thunderbolt Patterson. Ole then gave Arn the tag-team belt that Thunderbolt had been wearing. The two later defeated Patterson and Manny Fernandez to make the title change official. The New Minnesota Wrecking Crew would retain the tag belts for almost a year, until an injury to Ole. Arn Anderson also started in on the slowly-forming WCW, defeating Wahoo McDaniel at the beginning of '86 to become the NWA World Television Champion, winning the tournament after the Andersons put Dusty Rhodes out of commission (earning them the name "Bone Busters"). Anderson would hold the belt for 9 months before losing it to Rhodes. This was the beginning of the IV Horsemen.

In May '86, Ole and Arn Anderson joined forces with Tully Blanchard, Ric Flair, and their manager J.J. Dillon. Dillon coined the name "the Four Horsemen". The group soon became the biggest heel group around, with massive feuds against Rhodes, Ole Anderson (when the others kicked him out in favor of Lex Luger, who was also later kicked out), and others. Throughout this period, Arn Anderson became the main attacker, and started to be called the Enforcer. In September '87, Anderson and his partner Blanchard defeated the Rock 'n' Roll Express to earn the NWA World Tag-Team Titles. They held them for 6 months before losing them to Luger and Barry Windham. This did not last long, as, after Windham betrayed Luger and joined the Horsemen, Anderson and Blanchard easily won the belts back. A few months later, the two were defeated by the Midnight Express, and Anderson and Blanchard headed for the WWF.

As The Brain Busters, Anderson and Blanchard were managed by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. They quickly became stars in the federation, feuding with the Rockers and Strike Force, among others. In July '89, the Brain Busters defeated Demolition to win the WWF Tag-Team Titles, joining a short list of people who have won both the WCW and WWF Tag titles. They held the belts for a few months, before Demolition reclaimed them. At the end of '89, after a questionable departure by Blanchard (failed drug test?), Anderson headed back to his old stomping ground.

Arn returned to WCW with a vengence, coming out with his "uncle" Ole to aid Ric Flair against Gary Hart and his stable. These three men, along with Sting, seemed to reform the IV Horsemen. But when Sting would not relinquish a title shot against Flair, Arn and the others 'kicked' him out of the Horsemen, replacing him with Sid Vicious. Shortly after his return, Arn won the Television Title once again. He held the title for almost a year before dropping it to Tom Zenk. A little over a month later, Anderson regained the title, holding it for another few months before Bobby Eaton defeated him. Soon after, Ric Flair left for the WWF, breaking the IV Horsemen up again.

Anderson, after a brief time on his own, soon signed on with the Dangerous Alliance, a stable under the power of Paul E. Dangerously. Anderson and Larry Zbysko teamed up to win the WCW Tag Titles, defeating Rick Steiner and Bill Kazmeier. They would later lose the titles to Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes. Shortly thereafter, Zbysko was tossed from the Alliance. Undaunted, Anderson started teaming with his old nemesis, Eaton. The two won the tag straps in January '92 and held them for four months before losing to the Steiner Brothers. Then the Dangerous Alliance crumbled, once again leaving Anderson stableless.

Anderson then started a 'dark' time in his wrestling career, being regulated to midcard status, where he feuded with Erik Watts and his former enemy-turned-partner Eaton, among others. During this time, Anderson had a minor knee injury that put him on the shelf for a short time. Anderson followed Eaton to Smokey Mountain Wrestling for a brief period. But Anderson soon returned to WCW, when Ric Flair returned. The IV Horsemen reformed, with Ole, Arn, Ric, and Paul Roma taking the fourth spot. Anderson and Roma took the tag-team titles in August '93, but only held them for a short time, losing them to the Nasty Boys. Paul Roma's time in the IV Horsemen was also brief.

In October '93, Anderson began a new feud, with Sid Vicious. However, this feud was not scripted by a booker. Sid apparently visited Anderson one night at his hotel room, where a fight broke out. Both wrestlers were taken to the hospital with scissor stab wounds (Arn 20, Sid 4). Sid, who was the agressor in the incident, was later fired from WCW. Anderson was out of action for 2 months, recovering. During this period, the IV Horsemen again dispersed. When Anderson came back, he wrestled on his own for a while, then joined Robert Parker's "Studs". He feuded with Dustin Rhodes, whom he betrayed during one of their tag-team matches at a PPV. Rhodes would come out on top in the feud, however. In January '95, continuing his good luck during the first month, Anderson defeated Johnny B. Badd for his 5th WCW TV Title reign. He was later defeated by the Renegade.

In early '95, the IV Horsemen again reformed, this time with Arn, Flair, Chris Benoit, and Brian Pillman. However, the group was not as strong as it had been. Anderson and Flair began having problems with each other, and fought at Fall Brawl '95. Surprisingly, Anderson came out on top during this match. Flair enlisted Sting's help against Anderson and Pillman, but this turned out to be a ruse, as Flair, Anderson, and Pillman all attacked Sting. Another feud was renewned for a few months. Anderson and Flair reunited, and continued their deceitful ways, getting Steve "Mongo" McMichael to betray his tag partner, Kevin Greene, and instead join the Horsemen. Soon after, the threat of the nWo appeared, and Anderson and Flair rallied the Horsemen against them. However, Arn Anderson's career was about to take a disasterous turn.

In April '97, Anderson underwent surgery on his back. Three vertabrae were fused, with some being removed. This left his left arm much weaker than it once was, as well as severely weakening his back. For months, speculation was rampant about his future. On August 25th, 1997, during a Monday Nitro, as Flair and the Horsemen were trying to get Curt Hennig as the 4th member, Anderson reappeared, coming to the ring.... where he announced his retirement. In what is considered one of the most emotional speeches in wrestling history, Anderson talked about the fans, and about he always gave it his all. He also talked Hennig into becoming his replacement. Unfortunately, Hennig was an nWo plant, betraying the Horsemen and basically causing their dissemble.

For a while, Anderson mainly worked in the back. He would appear occasionally with Flair at house shows, but usually used his talents elsewhere. When Flair left WCW temporarily in '98, Anderson stayed deep in the background. In June '98, Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael began coming out, asking Anderson to reform the Horsemen to fight the nWo. Anderson refused, despite pleas from J.J. Dillon, Dean Malenko, and others. But when Flair returned to WCW in the later months of '98, Anderson brought the group together, making Benoit, Malenko, McMichael, and Flair the "new" Horsemen.

Anderson was the manager of the new Four Horsemen until their break-up, then stuck with Ric Flair through good times and bad. The Enforcer has appeared in the ring occassionally, always working for Ric Flair's side. He reappeared during David Flair's breakdown, trying to help him recover his 'sanity'. Anderson also joined a brief squad of former wrestlers against Vince Russo, but soon faded away again. Double A's presence is still felt in WCW, though. He has recently resurfaced, again working against Russo, and David Flair, who turned his back on his father. Anderson even wrestled a match against David, landing the Spinebuster on his partner, Crowbar, before getting overwhelmed by Russo's regime. It was a brief glimpse back at a great wrestler. Anderson would appear occassionally for different storylines, but never remained for more than one show, being a non-factor in the rest of the Turner-ran WCW.

In June '01, the WCW wrestlers began invading the WWF, launching various sneak-attacks. With the help of new WCW owner Shane McMahon (and his mother), it was announced that there would be WCW matches on Raw, Smackdown, and Heat. At the first-ever WCW match on WWF television, Arn Anderson appeared along with Scott Hudson as the WCW announcers. With this, Double A has managed to stay part of the wrestling business, and looks to have another career in front of him behind the mic.

(Under Construction)

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (32 - 50, 2 Draws, 2 NCs, 2 DCOs, 1 DDQ)
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (November '82) = Marty Lunde lost to Mike Sharpe.
- NWA Mid-South North American Title Tournament (March '83) = Marty Lunde was beaten by Mr. Olympia, who eventually won the tournament.
- GCW Georgia Title Tournament (June '83) = Arn Anderson beat Mark Hill, then lost to Mr. Wrestling II. Larry Zbysko won the tournament.
- Southeastern Title Tournament (March '84) = Anderson lost in the first round to Robert Fuller.
- WCW Great American Bash '85 = Arn and Ole Anderson retained the Nat'l Tag Titles, defeating Dick Slater and Buzz Sawyer.
- WCW Starrcade '85 = Arn and Ole Anderson Billy Jack Haynes and Wahoo McDaniel.
- First Annual Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Tag-Team Tournament Cup (April '86) = Anderson and Tully Blanchard, getting a bye the first round, lost to the Fantastics.
- AWA/NWA Rage In A Cage (April '86) = Anderson lost a Steel Cage match to Dusty Rhodes.
- WCW Great American Bash (July 5, '86) = Arn and Ole Anderson defeated Sam Houston and Nelson Royal.
- WCW Great American Bash (July 26, '86) = Arn and Ole Anderson fought to a draw with the Rock-n-Roll Express.
- NWA Central States Title Tournament (November '86) = Anderson defeated Dave Peterson, then lost to the eventual winner of the tournament, Sam Houston.
- WCW Starrcade '86 = Arn and Ole Anderson were defeated in a Steel Cage match by the NWA Tag Champs, the Rock-n-Roll Express.
- Second Annual Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Tag-Team Tournament Cup (April '87) = Anderson and Kevin Sullivan lost to the Armstrong brothers.
- WCW Great American Bash '87 = The Four Horsemen (Anderson, Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Lex Luger, and J.J. Dillon) were beaten by the Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, and Paul Ellering.
- WCW Starrcade '87 = Anderson and Tully Blanchard retained the NWA Tag belts, via DQ, over the Road Warriors.
- WCW Clash of the Champions I (March '88) = Anderson and Tully Blanchard lost the NWA Tag Titles to Lex Luger and Barry Windham.
- Third Annual Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Tag-Team Tournament Cup (April '88) = Anderson and Tully Blanchard defeated Kendall Windham/Italian Stallion and Bobby Fulton/Tommy Rogers, only to lose in the finals to Sting and Lex Luger.
- WCW Clash of the Champions II (June '88) = Anderson and Tully Blanchard fought to a Double DQ with Sting and Dusty Rhodes. Anderson and Blanchard retained the NWA Tag straps.
- WCW Great American Bash '88 = Anderson and Tully Blanchard retained the NWA tag belts, fighting to a draw with Sting and Nikita Koloff.
- WWF Survivor Series '88 = The Brain Busters (Anderson & Tully Blanchard), the Bolsheviks, Demolition, the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers & the Conquistadors fought in an "Elimination" Match against the Hart Foundation, the Powers of Pain, the Young Stallions, the British Bulldogs & the Rockers. The Powers of Pain were the 'survivors'.
- WWF Wrestlemania V ('89) = The Brain Busters defeated Strike Force.
- WWF Summerslam '89 = The Brain Busters defeated the Hart Foundation.
- WWF Survivor Series '89 = The Brain Busters, Andre the Giant, Haku, and Bobby Heenan fought in an "Elimination" Match against The Ultimate Warrior, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, and the Rockers. The Warrior's team 'survived'.
- WCW Clash of the Champions X (February '90) = In a Steel Cage Match, Arn, along with Ole Anderson and Ric Flair, defeated The Dragon Master, Buzz Sawyer, and the Great Muta.
- WCW WrestleWar '90 = Arn and Ole Anderson lost to the NWA Tag Champs, the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XI (June '90) = Anderson was pinned by "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff.
- WCW Great American Bash '90 = Anderson, Barry Windham and Sid Vicious lost, via DQ, to the Junkyard Dog, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, and El Gigante.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '90 = Anderson and Ric Flair fought to a Double Countout with the NWA Tag Champs, Doom.
- WCW Starrcade '90 = Anderson and Barry Windham fought to a No-Contest with the NWA Tag champs, Doom, in a Street Fight match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XIV (January '91) = Anderson and Barry Windham defeated the Youngbloods.
- WCW Superbrawl I ('91) = Anderson was defeated by Bobby Eaton, who won the WCW TV Title.
- NJPW Starrcade '91 in Egg Dome (March '91) = Anderson & Barry Windham beat Masa Saito & Masa Chono.
- WCW Great American Bash '91 = Anderson and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff were defeated in a "Steel Cage" Match by Rick Steiner and Missy Hyatt.
- WCW World Tag-Team Title Tournament (June-September '91) = Anderson and Larry Zbysko defeated Tracey Smothers/Steve Armstrong, Firebreaker Chip/Todd Champion, and Rick Steiner/Bill Kazmier to win the tournament and the titles.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XV (June '91) = In a "Loser Leaves Town" tag match, Anderson and Barry Windham defeated Brian Pillman and El Gigante.
- WCW U.S. Title Tournament (August '91) = Anderson lost to Sting, who eventually won it all.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XVI (September '91) = Anderson and Larry Zbysko defeated Rick Steiner and Bill Kazmeier to win the vacant Tag Titles.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '91 = Anderson and Larry Zbysko, the WCW Tag Champs, defeated Firebreaker Chip and Todd Champion.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XVII (November '91) = Anderson and Larry Zbysko lost the Tag titles to Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes.
- WCW Starrcade '91 = Anderson and Lex Luger defeated Terrance Taylor and Tom Zenk. Later that night, Sting won the "2-ring Battle Royal" made up of the tag-team winners.
- NJPW Starrcade in Egg Dome '92 (January) = Anderson & Larry Zbysko beat Michiyoshi Ohara & Shiro Koshinaka.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XVIII (January '92) = Anderson, Larry Zbysko, and Bobby Eaton lost to Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes, and Ron Simmons.
- WCW Superbrawl II ('92) = Anderson and Bobby Eaton won, via DQ, over the Steiner Brothers, retaining the Tag belts.
- WCW WrestleWar '92 = Anderson, Steve Austin, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Bobby Eaton and Larry Zbysko were defeated in a Wargames Match by Sting, Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Barry Windham.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XIX (June '92) = Anderson and Bobby Eaton were defeated by Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes, getting taken out of the Tag-Team Tournament. Later that night, the Headhunters (Anderson and Bob Cook) lost to Hiro Hase and Akira Nogami.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 11, '92) = Anderson & Steve Austin beat Tatsutoshi Goto & the Super Strong Machine.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 12, '92) = Anderson was pinned by the Super Strong Machine.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XX (September '92) = Anderson and Bobby Eaton defeated Dick Slater and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '92 = Anderson, Bobby Eaton and Michael Hayes were beaten by Johnny Gunn, Tom Zenk, and Shane Douglas.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXI (November '92) = Anderson and Bobby Eaton were beaten by Erik Watts and Kensuki Sasaki.
- SMW Bluegrass Brawl (April '93) = Anderson & the Rock 'n' Roll Express lost a Triangle Street Fight to the Heavenly Bodies. The other team was Dutch Mantel, Robert Fuller, and Jimmy Golden.
- WCW Slamboree '93 = Anderson was defeated by the NWA World Champ, Barry Windham.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXIII (June '93) = Anderson and Ric Flair defeated the NWA/WCW Tag Champs the Hollywood Blondes in a Three Falls match. However, since one of the falls was a DQ, the belts did not change hands.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXIV (August '93) = Anderson and Paul Roma won the WCW Tag-Team Belts from Steve Austin and Steven Regal.
- WCW Fall Brawl '93 = Anderson and Paul Roma lost the WCW Tag-Team Titles to the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Superbrawl IV ('94) = Anderson lost to Steven Regal, who retained the TV Title.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '94 = Anderson and Dustin Rhodes lost to Bunkhouse Buck and Terry Funk, due to Anderson betraying Rhodes.
- WCW Fall Brawl '94 = In the Wargames match, Anderson, Bunkhouse Buck, Terry Funk, and Robert Parker were beat by the Nasty Boys and the Rhodes.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '94 = Anderson lost to Dustin Rhodes.
- WCW Starrcade '94 = Anderson was defeated by then-TV champ, Johnny B. Badd.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXX (January '95) = Anderson retained the TV Title, defeating Johnny B. Badd.
- WCW Superbrawl V ('95) = In a Dark Match, Anderson retained the TV Title over Johnny B. Badd in a "Lumberjack" Match.
- WCW Uncensored '95 = Anderson lost a "Boxer-vs-Wrestler" Match to Johnny B. Badd.
- WCW U.S. Title Tournament (April-June '95) = Anderson lost in the first round to Sting, who went on to win the title.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June 14, '95) = Anderson, Steve Austin & Mike Enos were beaten by Akira Nogami, Takayuki Iizuka, & Junji Hirata.
- WCW Slamboree '95 = Anderson retained the TV Title, defeating Alex Wright.
- WCW Great American Bash '95 = Anderson lost to TV Title to the Renegade.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXI (August '95) = Anderson and Ric Flair lost a Handicap match to Big Van Vader.
- WCW Fall Brawl '95 = Anderson defeated Ric Flair.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '95 = Anderson and Brian Pillman lost, via DQ, to Ric Flair and Sting, when Flair turned on Sting.
- WCW World War III '95 = Anderson was involved in the three-ring Battle Royale, which was won by "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Superbrawl VI ('96) = Anderson and Kevin Sullivan fought to a No-Contest.
- WCW Uncensored '96 = Anderson was involved in a Tower of Doom match against Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage, who won the match.
- WCW Slamboree '96 = Anderson and Eddie Guerrero were defeated by Ric Flair and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Great American Bash '96 = Anderson and Ric Flair won over Kevin Greene and Steve McMichael, after McMichael betrayed his partner.
- WCW Bash at the Beach '96 = Anderson and Chris Benoit lost to the Giant and Kevin Sullivan.
- WCW Hogg Wild '96 = Anderson, in a Dark Match, defeated Hugh Morrus.
- WCW Fall Brawl '96 = Anderson, Ric Flair, Lex Luger, and Sting lost the Wargames match to Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and the nWo Sting.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '96 = Anderson was forced to submit to Lex Luger.
- WCW U.S. Title Tournament (November '96) = Anderson and Lex Luger fought to a Double Count-Out. Eddie Guerrero won the tournament.
- WCW World War III '96 = Anderson competed in the three-ring Battle Royale, which was won by the Giant.
- WWE WrestleMania XXVIII (April 1, '12) = The Four Horsemen (Anderson, Tully Blanchard, JJ Dillon, Ric Flair, & Barry Windham) were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Title Summary:
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champions w/ Jerry Stubbs (1/15/1984 - 3/1984)
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champions(2) w/ Jerry Stubbs (3/1984 - 6/1984)
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champions(3) w/ Jerry Stubbs (7/16/1984 - 8/1984)
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champions(4) w/ Pat Rose (9/1984 - 10/1984)
- NWA (Georgia) Nat'l Tag-Team Champions w/ Ole Anderson (4/28/1985 - 2/1986)
- WCW Television Champion (1/04/1986 - 9/09/1986)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champions w/ Tully Blanchard (9/29/1987 - 3/27/1988)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champions(2) w/ Tully Blanchard (4/20/1988 - 9/10/1988)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champions w/ Tully Blanchard (7/18/1989 - 10/02/1989)
- WCW Television Champion(2) (1/02/1990 - 12/04/1990)
- WCW Television Champion(3) (1/07/1991 - 5/19/1991)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champions(3) w/ Larry Zbysko (9/05/1991 - 11/19/1991)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champions(4) w/ Bobby Eaton (1/16/1992 - 5/03/1992)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champions(5) w/ Paul Roma (8/18/1993 - 9/19/1993)
- WCW Television Champion(4) (1/09/1995 - 6/18/1995)

PWI Achievement Awards: (3 wins, 1 1st RUs, 0 2nd RUs, 3 3rd RUs)
- 1983 Rookie of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up
- 1987 Feud of the Year (Four Horsemen vs. Superpowers & Road Warriors)
- 1987 Match of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (War Games/The Match Beyond)
- 1988 Tag-Team of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Brain Busters)
- 1989 Tag-Team of the Year (Brain Busters)
- 1991 Tag-Team of the Year (Anderson & Larry Zbysko)
- 1996 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (War Games)