WWE Legend Bruce Prichard on Nature Boy: “He Was Allergic to Success”

Published 01/04/2022, 12:11 AM EST

Shawn Michaels defended the WWE Intercontinental Title against the ‘Other Nature Boy’ Buddy Landel back in the day. However, among the two, the WWE Universe only knows about one name today, while the other is rarely spoken about.

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During a conversation with Conrad Thompson, Bruce Prichard detailed why Buddy Landel is never mentioned. He focused on why Landel could never reach the peak he potentially could have.

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“You know, Buddy Landel was his own worst enemy. That’s right baby, I said it. Buddy was allergic to success. Anytime that Buddy got a little bit of success, he would always just fail. I don’t know how else to say it, but every time Buddy got right to that, you know, the next step is gonna be peak and you’re gonna be the guy, he would fall. And then, he found a way to blame everybody else.”

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WWE Superstars never compared themselves to Buddy Landel

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The Nature Boy gimmick is not limited to Ric Flair. Others, such as Buddy Rogers and Buddy Landel, worked that gimmick as well. However, when younger superstars worked that gimmick, they would always compare themselves to anyone but Landel.

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“Buddy had the charisma, he had the look. There was something about him that p*ssed people off. He cut great promos as well. So, if everybody that did that Nature Boy gimmick and everybody’s going to be compared to Ric Flair and they’re all going to be compared to Buddy Rogers. They didn’t compare Buddy to them. They were p*ssed off at him and in a good heat kind of way.”

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He may not be a huge part of WWE anymore, but he will always be a part of WWE’s history. Buddy Landel tragically passed away at the age of 53 in 2015.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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