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Tully Blanchard To Compete For First Time Since 2007

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Former WWF Tag Team Champion Tully Blanchard has announced that he will return to active competition for the first time since 2007 on March 3, 2021.

On the February 17 edition of AEW Dynamite it was revealed that the tag team specialist would lace up his boots for the first time in fourteen years to partner FTR in a 6-Man Tag Team Match against Jurassic Express. The bout will be the legend’s first match for a main stage promotion since he competed for the National Wrestling Alliance in 1997.

One of the most competent and famous doubles performers in the history of the industry, Blanchard was a founding member of the original Four Horsemen alongside partner Arn Anderson who he jumped from Jim Crockett Promotions to World Wrestling Federation with in 1988.

However, following several notable feuds with The Rockers and ending the historic WWF Tag Team Championship reign of Demolition, Blanchard was released from the WWF prior to the 1989 Survivor Series after testing positive for cocaine. The departure also nixed a deal he had to return to World Championship Wrestling.

Following the ordeal, Blanchard plied his trade in the AWA, NWA – which had separated from WCW – ECW and even NJPW before working the indies in the late nineties and arriving in All Elite Wrestling in the present where he currently plies his trade as the manager of FTR and Shawn Spears.

Tully Blanchard was more than just a solid tag team wrestler. The star was a proficient singles star in the eighties with reigns as NWA National Television Champion and NWA United States Champion under his belt, not to mention the scorching rivalries with Magnum TA, Dusty Rhodes and Horsemen leader Ric Flair over the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.