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 Posted: Thu May 11th, 2017 03:54 pm
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Ok time to break out the microscope and I thought it would be fun to talk about the mid-1980s tag team 'The Killer Bees'

The Killer Bees were comprised of Jim Brunzell and B Brian Blair. Both were solid wrestlers and good 'babyfaces'. Brunzell had perhaps the best dropkick I have ever seen.

As far as I know and can tell, Brunzell and Blair never teamed before arriving in the WWF.

Brunzell and Blair never won the tag team title but were frequently in the mix. Their notable feuds were with the Hart Foundation, Demolition, The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine [The Dream Team] and 'The Fabulous Rogeaus'

Although 'cast' as 'babyfaces'the Killer Bees were not above breaking the rules. It was not unusual, because Blair and Brunzell had similar builds, for one 'bee' to be thrown outside the ring with the other donning a mask and replacing his injured tag team partner with the ref not catching on a switch had been made.
 
The gimmick eventually went the comedy route with African-American
wrestlers Koko B Ware and SD Jones tagging with Brunzell/Blair and doing the mask/switch thing and the ref playing dumb. Fun stuff.

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Hated them. Sucked.

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They served their purpose as a midcard babyface tag team in the WWF that could have good matches against teams like the Hart Foundation. However, they were extremely bland even with the mask confusion gimmick and should not have been pushed any further. By the time they split up in 1ate 1988, the team had long since run its course.

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I thought the mask switches were very entertaining, but for the most part the Bees were pretty generic, babyface team. I'd put them a notch below Strike Force.

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Never could get past the idea of faces using a heel gimmick. Not one of my favourite tag teams.

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Loved the mask gimmick with SD and Koko



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A good team in an era of GREAT teams in the WWF. If they would have come five years earlier or five years later, their legacy would have been greater. Favorite match would have been their July '87 match when they beat the Hart Foundation on Superstars in a non-title match. I believe that was a pin on the Foundation, but I get that one confused with the Young Stallions win the same summer on Superstars, which may have been a reverse decision DQ win when Mr T came out as the enforcer ref.

I liked Brunzell more than Blair, but Tamalie said it right - they served their purpose.



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Blair was competent enough (he worked some really good matches in 84 where he put over Paul Orndorff) but what a bland personality.  
Really liked Brunzell but he was pushing 40 during that run.  They were probably better suited for the NWA in the late 80's.  Bees/Midnights would have been a fun enough 6 month run.



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I believe both had some singles matches before they were thrown together as a team seemingly based solely on the fact that their names started with a "B". Blair was always a strange signing, a bland undersized guy with little territory cred. Brunzell was more of a star based on his AWA run with Greg Gagne, and they put over his dropkick like a million bucks. Other than that, they were mainly cannon fodder for heel teams and were used to eat up 15-20 minutes on house shows a lot. I never saw them as a threat to the tag titles.



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Their window for the tag belts was limited because of the Bulldogs' push and eventual run in late '85 thru '86 and early '87. After Demolition was an anointed in early '88, nobody was going to beat them. The Bees only window was perhaps a quick run in summer '87, but WWF wasn't switching titles every six weeks back then.

The Bees would have been perfect US Tag Champs in the NWA or I-C tag champs if that existed.



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I didn't mind them, but they weren't anything special either.



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Thought Brunzell carried the team.



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Franchise wrote: Loved the mask gimmick with SD and Koko
Especially with Koko B Ware. Funny stuff.

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srossi wrote: I believe both had some singles matches before they were thrown together as a team seemingly based solely on the fact that their names started with a "B". Blair was always a strange signing, a bland undersized guy with little territory cred. Brunzell was more of a star based on his AWA run with Greg Gagne, and they put over his dropkick like a million bucks. Other than that, they were mainly cannon fodder for heel teams and were used to eat up 15-20 minutes on house shows a lot. I never saw them as a threat to the tag titles.I thought Blair was a "Hogan Guy" from Tampa.  And he got signed because Hulkster liked him.  And I'm pretty sure Hulkster liked Brunzell from his AWA days, but at that point in time Vince would have signed the entire AWA just to fuck Verne.



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