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 Posted: Fri May 12th, 2017 02:51 am
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Superstar wrote: 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.
No doubt Brunzell was signed just to screw Verne. I'm not aware of much of a Hogan-Blair connection though, and I'd like to hear about that. Who did Hogan really bring in other than Beefcake?  I've heard Honky Tonk Man, but I think that's people buying into his storyline entrance (he was very briefly a babyface and Hogan's "friend"). I'm not aware of a real history between them, although they did apparently become friends in the WWF and Hogan got him his WCW job. 



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 Posted: Fri May 12th, 2017 02:58 am
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I never liked them. To me, they didn't look like a good match together. And I couldn't stand their mask gimmick. To me it was silly especially because brunzell was so much bigger than Blair. I never thought they had a shot with a run of the belts.

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 Posted: Fri May 12th, 2017 01:21 pm
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Blair was a friend of Hogan's but I'm not sure he was part of Hogan's clique, which wasn't really obvious until the 1990's. That would be Beefcake, Jimmy Hart, and the Nasty Boys.



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 Posted: Fri May 12th, 2017 02:12 pm
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broke wrote: Blair was a friend of Hogan's but I'm not sure he was part of Hogan's clique, which wasn't really obvious until the 1990's. That would be Beefcake, Jimmy Hart, and the Nasty Boys.
That was after they became friends in the WWF though. 



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 Posted: Fri May 12th, 2017 02:49 pm
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I always figured HTM was a friend of jimmy's due to jimmy's history with Memphis.



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broke wrote: Blair was a friend of Hogan's but I'm not sure he was part of Hogan's clique, which wasn't really obvious until the 1990's. That would be Beefcake, Jimmy Hart, and the Nasty Boys.
When Hogan first came in, he was really tight with Dr. D.  I think Dr. D was the "go between" that got Hogan and Vince together in the first place.  He was friends with Blair from Tampa, Beefcake from Memphis and then AWA, I think he was even friends with Jimmy Hart and he's the one that got them to call Hart in Memphis.  There wasn't really much of a clique back then, but Hogan and Beefcake went everywhere together from basically 1980-2000.



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I dont think Brunzell was snatched like others were back then. Brunzell went to Verne and asked for a raise. Verne said he wasnt worth the money that he wanted and then i think Jim called Hogan or something like that. Jim said if Verne had given him the raise he would have stayed.

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As a kid in the mid-eighties I liked​ them because you usually get a high quality match. Only drawback was even then I knew they were not going to be a top tier team so it didn't matter if the Bees won or lost a match, ultimately it didn't mean much.

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I love the bees. One of my favourite tag teams ever. Not many people can make squashes as entertaining as them.

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Can someone point me to a half-decent match where they used the mask gimmick. Have vague childhood memories that my grandad found it hilarious.



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Kriss wrote: Can someone point me to a half-decent match where they used the mask gimmick. Have vague childhood memories that my grandad found it hilarious.

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The actual "bee" gimmick was stupid for a teen in the '80's.

They would have done better by using the Killer B's as a loose nickname not so literal.


I was surprised there was not some type of reference to buzzing or a stinger. 

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Papa Voo wrote: The actual "bee" gimmick was stupid for a teen in the '80's.

They would have done better by using the Killer B's as a loose nickname not so literal.


I was surprised there was not some type of reference to buzzing or a stinger. 

They flapped their arms around and buzzed at some point. 



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Papa Voo wrote: The actual "bee" gimmick was stupid for a teen in the '80's.

They would have done better by using the Killer B's as a loose nickname not so literal.


I was surprised there was not some type of reference to buzzing or a stinger. 


They also messed around with quite a few wardrobe gimmicks that just looked really awful.  There was a short period when they were wearing solid black spandex tights underneath the yellow/black bee trunks, which made them look like ballerinas.  For another period, they were wearing black and yellow high top basketball shoes instead of traditional wrestling boots, and at one point they were wearing black/yellow socks and, I think, even tried baseball stirrups at one point.  They were experimenting with some crazy stuff, and most of it looked brutal.
I liked them though.



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 Posted: Mon May 15th, 2017 06:15 am
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Papa Voo wrote:
I was surprised there was not some type of reference to buzzing or a stinger.

There was in their finishers.  Blair used the top rope buttsplash which Vince called the stinger, and they also used the flying buttbutt (asinine move) dubbed the bee sting.



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