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Demolition’s Ax On How He Would Like To Be Remembered

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Bill ‘Ax’ Eadie has opened up about his run with Demolition as well as how he would like to be remembered by the legacy he’s left behind.

While many will only know Eadie as one half of the most popular tag teams of all time, the star had been around the business decades before donning the war paint and built an unforgettable legacy for himself prior to strapping on the leather attire.

For various promotions, Eadie competed as The Paramedic, Bolo Mongol, The Masked Superstar and of course one of his most famous non-Demolition gimmicks, Super Machine, alongside Giant Machine (Andre the Giant), Big Machine (Blackjack Mulligan) as well as, on a rare occasion, Hulk Machine (Hulk Hogan).

His championship cabinet heaves with accolades. Alongside his three WWF Tag Team Championships, Eadie also holds the distinction of NWA American Heavyweight Champion, NWA World Tag Team Champion, NWA World Television Champion and a four time NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion to name but a few.

Now, the legend has sat down with Bill Pritchard of WrestleZone to talk about his time as Ax and how he would like to be remembered:

“Well, I just want everybody to know that I was an honest guy. I never tried to cheat anybody or step on anybody’s toes. I let my performance in the ring and my interviews set the tone for my characters, whether it was Masked Superstar or Ax. When you talk to the guys I think that they realize and they’ve voiced to me quite often that I worked hard in the ring and I wasn’t trying to kill or squash anybody, I was trying to make money and provide for my family.”

As Ax, alongside partner Smash, the star had many stand-out moments between the ropes. Defeating Strike Force to capture their first WWF Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania IV, their excellent SummerSlam war with The Hart Foundation, their babyface turn against Mr. Fuji and Powers of Pain at the 1988 Survivor Series or the rivalry with The Heenan Family which elevated them to the next level.

However, when asked about a specific memory which he believed was the highlight of his career, Eadie couldn’t pick just one:

“Well, I don’t have one. I think it would be unfair to narrow it down [because] we had several good teams to work with. We had good matches with the [British] Bulldogs, we had good matches with [Rick] Martel and Tito [Santana], we had good matches with the Hart Foundation. A lot of those teams, how could you not have good matches with them? We were fortunate, and like you said earlier with that timeframe, I really believe that with the exception of Hogan, the tag teams drove the company. There were so many good tag teams to work with—[Jim] Brunzell and Brian Blair, Haku and Andre, Warlord and Barbarian, you can go on and on and on, the Rockers. For God’s sake, any of them could have been a main event anywhere and any one of them could have been champions. Tully [Blanchard] and Arn [Anderson] came in later too, so it would be an injustice [to pick one]. I think we had good matches with almost anyone we worked with, and that’s not bragging, I just feel comfortable saying it.”

Whether people remember him under a mask or behind the face paint, Bill Eadie will go down in history as one of the greatest tag team performers as part of one of the most famous duos in history.

Demolition are right up there with the likes of The Road Warriors, The Steiner Brothers and even The Four Horsemen as wrestling’s greatest team.

Credit for the interview and transcription: WrestleZone