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 Posted: Mon May 15th, 2017 04:21 pm
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Midcarders at best. They never did much for me. I liked Brunzell much better than Blair though.



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 Posted: Mon May 15th, 2017 05:18 pm
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Blair and Brunzell as a team and Blair on his own were in the Herb Abrams UWF for a spell in the early 1990s, by which point no one cared about either of them, with the Killer Bees gimmick. They may not have called it that, but they certainly used it. There was a valet called the Queen Bee with Blair as a single or with the team for a TV taping or two before being dropped.

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tamalie wrote: Blair and Brunzell as a team and Blair on his own were in the Herb Abrams UWF for a spell in the early 1990s, by which point no one cared about either of them, with the Killer Bees gimmick. They may not have called it that, but they certainly used it. There was a valet called the Queen Bee with Blair as a single or with the team for a TV taping or two before being dropped.
They were known as Masked Confusion on any televised indy show, including the UWF. 

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 Posted: Tue May 16th, 2017 02:23 pm
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kargol wrote: 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.

I`ve seen the Bees wrestle many times yet never saw the double hip attack. Blair did use the move as it was one of his signatures.

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I remember they had two guys under Bee masks during IIRC a lumberjack match in Philly. They played heel lumberjacks...wasn't Blair and Brunzell from what I could see. Never got that one.
I assume they had left the area (Brunzell came back to job after that as a non-bee) but why trot out two masked "Bees" for a lumberjack match? playing heel-ish roles to boot?

Was just weird.



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Wasn't Blair & Brunzell. Don't think there was even anything locally to set up another match or anything like that. like you said, out of the blue and no explanation.

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I think the phony masked Bees were around January or February, 1988. During a match with DiBiase and Hogan (I think). I had heard that the kayfabe storyline was that DiBiase had paid two unknowns to sneak in as lumberjacks. I want to say one of the phony Bees was Steve Lombardi.

Junkyard Dog also did a stint as a "Bee", billed as "JYD Bee". "JYB" would've been a better choice, though.

I liked 'em, but I feel the problem with the Bees was that their WWF career, from start-to-finish, was a straight horizontal line. In terms of over-ness, position on the card, etc.

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khawk wrote:
I assume they had left the area (Brunzell came back to job after that as a non-bee) but why trot out two masked "Bees" for a lumberjack match? playing heel-ish roles to boot?

Weren't there hints right at the death of their run that they might be turning heel?  The masked confusion bit was a heel move but it was gradually becoming less of a face joke and more cheaty?

I think Brunzell had a terrific non-squash with Shawn Michaels where the crowd were genuinely thinking Brunzell would win.  This was some time after the KB run so many of them might have been unaware of his (and indeed Michaels') past.



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kargol wrote: khawk wrote:
I assume they had left the area (Brunzell came back to job after that as a non-bee) but why trot out two masked "Bees" for a lumberjack match? playing heel-ish roles to boot?

Weren't there hints right at the death of their run that they might be turning heel?  The masked confusion bit was a heel move but it was gradually becoming less of a face joke and more cheaty?

I think Brunzell had a terrific non-squash with Shawn Michaels where the crowd were genuinely thinking Brunzell would win.  This was some time after the KB run so many of them might have been unaware of his (and indeed Michaels') past.

If this was during the Rockers then a win over Michaels wouldn't have been a big deal yet.  It wouldn't have really meant anything until late 1992-early 1993. 

According to Wikipedia, Brunzell wrestled occasionally for the WWF until April 1993, when he lost to Damian Demento on Raw in his last match.  I have no recollection of him in the WWF past maybe 1989 at all - I mean not at all.

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 Posted: Tue May 16th, 2017 10:17 pm
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Brunzell in WWF post-88/89 was a job guy who would get offense. He went back to his old AWA color scheme for his trunks. Then I remember him showing up at Slamboree 93 in one of the legends matches.

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srossi wrote:

According to Wikipedia, Brunzell wrestled occasionally for the WWF until April 1993, when he lost to Damian Demento on Raw in his last match.  I have no recollection of him in the WWF past maybe 1989 at all - I mean not at all.

I'd say one TV "highlight" of Brunzell's run, post-1989, was a "feature match" on Prime Time Wrestling, circa July 1990. He teamed with Tito Santana and they faced Demolition for the tag team titles. Decent enough match, if I remember right. They were just out there to build up Demolition and their new 3-man tactics.

He also lost, cleanly, to a returning "Terrific" Terry Taylor on Prime Time, sometime in the fall of 1992. When he was on TV, he was usually introduced with all the fanfare of a jobber. That is, he'd already be standing in the ring as he was introduced, with no ring entrance.

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Jim Brunzell in his on and off jobber role from 1989 to 1993 rarely made the syndicated shows, but worked often at the house shows and the Prime Time exclusives. He was one of Ric Flair's first TV opponents in the WWF in the fall of 1991, if not the first entirely. He wore tie dyed tights along the lines of his old AWA High Flyers look. His Killer Bees past was never mentioned, but he was portrayed as a capable veteran and never made to look bad like he was one of the random jobbers that worked Superstars and Challenge.

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Did Brunzell have the best dropkick ever?

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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 08:50 pm
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srossi wrote:
If this was during the Rockers then a win over Michaels wouldn't have been a big deal yet.  It wouldn't have really meant anything until late 1992-early 1993. 


It was in 92-3, possibly on Raw.  Assumed it was a sort of favour to put those two together given their past and knowing they could pull off a PPV quality match.



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By the way, Blair's valet in the UWF I believe was his wife.



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