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WWE is currently witnessing a very rough patch due to its dwindling family members. Just six months after the passing of the late and great Bray Wyatt, WWE has now lost Ole Anderson. Born Alan Robert Rogowski, Anderson was a prominent figure in the global pro wrestling scene and a co-founder of the Four Horsemen stable. He sadly passed away on 26th February, 2024

Ole Anderson made every role he played into a piece of art, be it heel or babyface. The prominent pro wrestler was able to make a name for himself despite mostly being seen as a tag team figure. Here is the complete legacy left behind by someone, who was truly, a Horseman of pro wrestling.

The insurmountable era of Ole Anderson

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Ole Anderson 81 years old, was trained by WWE Hall of Famer Verne Gagne and achieved great success as a tag team wrestler. He notably teamed up with Arn Anderson as The Minnesota Wrecking Crew. When the pair teamed up with Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, and manager J.J. Dillon, they formed the famous group called The Four Horsemen. Earlier today WWE confirmed the sad news of Anderson’s demise

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As reported by PW Insider, Anderson had been courageously battling multiple sclerosis in recent years and had been receiving hospice care for several weeks prior to his passing. The Four Horsemen engaged in feuds with legends like Dusty Rhodes, The Rock ‘N Roll Express, The Road Warriors, and other notable opponents throughout their renowned era. 

The ensemble established a benchmark in style, attitude, and success that has served as inspiration for every subsequent stable. After retiring from his pro wrestling career, Anderson served as a booker for Georgia Championship Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions. He famously clashed with Vince McMahon about the acquisition of GCW in 1984.

Anderson eventually joined WCW’s leadership staff but remained true to his promise about McMahon, allegedly declining to take part in documentaries and WWE Hall of Fame events, holding onto the resentment from McMahon’s acquisition of territories. Sadly, however, he has now departed from this world. While fans mourn his demise, so do several WWE legends. In fact, Nature Boy Ric Flair himself expressed his sorrow over his former buddy’s death.

Ric Flair and other WWE legends mourn the passing of El Horseman

Sharing a tweet on X, Ric Flair wrote, “I Am Forever Thankful To Ole And Gene For Bringing Me Into Crockett Promotions As A Cousin. It Launched My Career. I Will Be Grateful Forever For You Giving Me The Opportunity To Become Who I Am Today. We Didn’t Always Agree With Each Other, But The Honest To God Truth Is You & Gene Started Me. Rest In Peace, My Friend!” The versatility and the life of Ole Anderson was also celebrated by WWE legend and pro wrestling promoter Tommy Dreamer.

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Dreamer noted, “I watched him wrestle thousands of times. He was great at his job. Heel or babyface. RIP Ole Anderson.” The lamp of his life may have been extinguished after 81 years. However, his contribution and his memories will forever live on in the hearts of fans and pro wrestlers alike.

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