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http://highspots.tv/mid-atlantic-legends-fanfest-2014-weekend-pass/

Mid Atlantic Legends Fanfest 2014 – Weekend Pass How to Order: Simply click on the “Buy Now” button below. You will be redirected to PayPal to authorize your payment. You will then be brought back to Highspots.tv where you will need to register for an account if you do not already have one. If you already have an account, you will then login.
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Mid Atlantic Legends Fanfest 2014 WEEKEND PASS – $29.99  






The “Weekend Pass” gets you into ALL the special events happening at the Mid Atlantic Legends Fanfest this year!  Watch LIVE or OnDemand!
Scheduled to include:
Thursday (July 31)
  • 7pm Eastern Time – “All The Dream’s Men” Q&A Dusty Rhodes with JJ Dillon, Tully Blanchard, Kevin Sullivan, Magnum TA and more

  • 10pm Eastern Time – “The Jim Cornette Experiece

Friday (August 1)
  • 7:30pm Eastern Time – “Hall of Heroes” Awards Ceremony

Saturday (August 2)
  • 8pm Eastern Time – Live Wrestling!

Sunday (August 3)
  • 4pm Eastern Time – Live Wrestling!

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Welcome to PWInsiderElite.com’s coverage of the Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest’s panel discussion “Al The Dream’s Men” looking at the panel’s experiences and memories working with Dusty Rhodes.

JJ Dillon is the panel host with Magnum TA, Kevin Sullivan, Tully Blanchard and Barry Windham sitting in. They noted it would be a discussion as if they were in the locker room amongst the boys but will take fan questions early.

Dillon discussed how early in his career, he was working for The Shiek’s territory and faced The Texas Outlaws as one of the talents who would put over the stars coming in. Tully noted that Dusty started in Texas and Joe Blanchard booked him into his first main event. Tully said he was playing football at the time, so he didn’t have any real contact with Dusty at the time.

They noted that Tully and Dusty both went to West Texas State University and discussed a lot of the pro wrestlers who came from that school. Bruiser Brody’s name got a big round of applause.

Kevin Sullivan noted that hw grew up in Boston and at the time there were two territories there that co-existed. He said that the company with TV would run the Boston Garden every few weeks and used the big names from national TV as well as their own TV stars. He said the other company ran smaller towns and went to the vacation towns in the summer season. He said the first time he saw Dusty he was wrestling Frank Scarpa for the World title in the Boston Arena. He said he believed Rhodes was billed as Buddy Rodgers. Also on the card was Rufus R. Jones billed as Hobo Brazil.

Dillon said that once you’ve received a certain level of success, how someone breaks in is often forgotten and discarded. Guys are so happy to have made it that it’s rarely ever discussed. He said that when The Texas Outlaws split, Dusty went to Florida and was not s fan favorite. The turning point in his career was his babyface turn against Pat Song and Gary Hart. Hart’s name got a huge round of applause.

Dillon talked about his own career getting started in Charlotte and wrestling Gene Anderson in his first match at the Park Center. He said at the same time, Dusty was turning and joining Eddie Graham and Mike Graham ad began his journey as “The Anerican Dream.”

Windham said he first met Dusty when he was ten years old in 1970 in Austin, Texas when he was helping his father backstage. Magnum said he had been in Florida for several months when Dusty just blew in. He said to have the friendship at the beginnings of “everything” was special and talked about how lucky he was to travel alone so much with Dusty. He said they had a friendship that was unique since it was before he became a star as Magnum TA and said Dusty gave him a lot of time and opportunity to improve.

Magnum said that Dusty was a mentor and taught him a lot about the philosophy of the business. He said that Dusty was bigger than life. He told a story about some of the adventures they had together including jumping on a moving freight train.

Sullivan said that everyone sitting here was very lucky. He said that learning the psychology that was one-off from Eddie Graham. He talked about the importance of Eddie Graham as a promoter and went into his background learning under the Funks and how Graham, who only had a seventh grade education, was a genius who rubbed off on Bill Watts, Dusty and himself. He said that lots of guys learned that booking wasn’t as easy as you’d think it was.

Dillon talked about going to Florida and being asked to work in the office by the Funks and when Dusty came in to take over the booking, Dusty asked him to stay on. He said that Dusty was a big picture guy while he was something of a details person. Dillon said that he couldn’t do what Dusty did but felt they complimented each other.

When Dusty made the deal to come to Charlotte for the Crocketts, he invited Dillon to come with him. He said that Dusty turned the company around. Dillon said that last year, he watched the Crockett documentary, he watched it and saw a lot of opinions that had never been spoken about. He noted that the first thing Ted Turner did when they bought Crockett Promotions and turned it into WCW, they fired Dusty which shows what they thought his involvement in the end of Crockett Promotions was.

Kevin said that Dillon doesn’t get enough credit for everything that be brought to the table. He said that Eddie Graham was involved with having Dillon being Dusty’s assistant. He said that before it was the Dusty finish, it was the Eddie Graham finish. He told a story about overusing the finish and said that Dillon would often keep Dusty balanced and kept him from doing the same thing all the time. He said that Dusty did over-do it with that finish.

Tully was asked if Dusty gets a bad rap. He responded, “They shouldn’t have gotten rid of me and Arn.” Dillon talked about the chemistry of the early Four Horsemen and how they worked and drew money. They praised Dusty as the leader of the babyfaces helping the Horsemen. Tully talked about how what a great athlete Dusty was and how he suggested that Dusty, who had been beating everyone in 30 seconds, needed to show he could go 20 minutes and felt that really enhanced Dusty’s credibility. He said they then went to the thing where Dusty stole Baby Doll.

They talked about the attack they filmed on Dusty in the parking lot. They noted it was only a one camera shoot and they received so much flack because of it. Tully said that the Horsemen happened because they were doing multi-man tag matches to not give away all the main event singles matches and it clicked. After Arn said “Four Horsemen on an interview, it went BOOM!” Tully said that it’s still discussed today because it was generated by the fans, not by the promotion.



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Sullivan talked about how Magnum TA’s accident changed everything because they had to rush Lex Luger up and hold his hand and Nikita needed to be changed babyface and that if the accident might not have happened, Magnum might have continued to grow and mature before everyone’s eyes and became the top guy. He said that if Magnum hadn’t been hurt, it might be Vince McMahon sitting here talked about how close he was to taking everything over.

They talked about the credibility of the titles back in the day. They noted the champions’ jobs were to make the local stars and challengers and make them mean more when they were done. He said Windham was one of the last champions to be able to do that. Tully told a story of being out of shape and embarrassed when he wrestled Dory Funk Jr. and was out of breath with Funk telling him “Get up kid” 20 minutes in when they needed to go 60. He said that changed his career and made him work harder because he never wanted to be in that position ever again.

They discussed some of Dusty’s ego. He said there were times the boys complained to JJ, asking why he didn’t tell Dusty to protect the heels. He said that while he was in a good relationship with Dusty, it wasn’t one where he could voice that. He said one day he went to Jim Crockett Promotions. He said that he told Crockett that he had a little problem and told him that Ric Flair is very frustrated and unhappy and would make Crockett aware of the situation. He said that Crockett would go into Dusty’s office and they would talk behind closed doors. Crockett would then invite Flair over for dinner so he could vent and explain. He said that Flair would feel better and they would get better for a little while. The big picture was that no one wanted business to suffer.

Sullivan asked about a story of The Rock N’ Roll Expess’ tour once outdrawing Dusty’s tour when they ran the same night. Dillon said that he wouldn’t deny Dusty had a huge ego, but that’s not a story that he’s ever heard…but wouldn’t be shocked if it was true.

Barry said that there is no one else in the world like Dusty and he has a huge ego because he’s a larger than life personality. He said that he loves Dusty but at times, it was detrimental to business.

Magnum discussed the night he and Dusty went out to drink in NYC when Magnum was told about getting the NWA title. He said that Dusty toasted to “his friend and greatest competitor” in Magnum because Dusty was having such a hard time letting go of the top babyface spot because deep down, Dusty knew if he lost it and it took off, Dusty wouldn’t get back there.

Sullivan said it was almost like Cain and Abel with Dusty the creative force and Dusty the performer battling. He said without the ego and the personality driving him, it never would have worked. Windham joked that no one could ever imagine Dusty “on third.” He joked abut wrestling Dusty in front of 22 fans in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Windham noted that when The Rock N’ Roll Express outdrew Dusty, it was against the Horsemen. The panel discussed what a great talent and performer and talker Dusty was.

The idea of Dusty being worthy as the NWA champion was brought up. They all agreed he was. Tully said the money was made in the heels defending it, but at some point, the hero had to win or else it hurt their credibility. Sullivan said that Dusty vs. Superstar Graham drew big money for the WWWF and that they were one of the things used to camouflage how other champions like Pedro and Bruno were really doing.

They talked about Dusty working in the WWF in polka dots. He said Dusty took what they gave him and he made it work. Sullivan said that they tried to embarrass Dusty but he took his talent and rose above it.

Dillon said they are guys who knew Dusty for a long, long time and worked hard to get where he was. He said that Dusty was a good, good guy and a family man. They’ve been honest about some negative aspects but by and large, if this is the final Fanfest, it’s appropriate that Dusty is the final headlining guest, because he’s an icon of the business.

They opened the floor for questions.



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A fan asked about the Battle of the Saddle in Florida. JJ Dillon said it was taken from an old prospector storyline in a TV series.

Tully was asked about the Horsemen vs. The Midnight Express feud. Dillon said you had two of the best tag teams of all time and if you tie them up in one match, you have all these babyface teams sitting without someone to dance with. He said as a long term thing, it’s not the most productive use of the talents since they can draw so much money with others. Sullivan said that the longer you stayed with it, the more one of them were going to end up babyfaces.

Kevin Sullivan was asked about the birth of the Prince of Darkness character. He said he was a Roman Catholic from Boston and was an altar boy. He said he had been able to travel overseas and took that from some of the cultures there. Dillon noted that Kevin Sullivan being linked with Mark Lewin, a great storyteller with mystique, really helped. Lewin made $123,000 to Mickey Mantle’s $30,000 during that time period.

The panel was asked about Jim Barnett. Dillon said that he was one of the power players in the business and was well connected with the TV players and station managers at the time. Vince McMahon was smart to have Barnett as part of the inner circle as they did the national expansion.

A fan asked about whether the NWA and the WWF were approached about wrestling being a legitimate sport ever. Sullivan said it’s been a work since the gladiator days when they used pig intestines for juice and effect. Dillon said they took great pride in what they did because when something looks so real, it becomes real. There were fans in many markets who came religiously weekly because they expected the wrestlers as athletes, since the wrestlers commanded that respect with their hard work. Tully said that some commissions wanted to govern it as a real sport so it could be taxed, which is why WWF decided to come out and say it was sports-entertainment. Dillon said people were upset he said that but he can’t say that fans didn’t stop coming. Things in life just change.

Tully said that when they were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and that was a pretty big deal. Dillon said it was one of the goosebump moments of his life.

The Magnum vs. Tully feud in 1985 was discussed. Dillon said that when the titles meant something and that was the reason you were trying to win matches, that raised everyone’s stock. Tully said that was the catalyst to build to the personal issues between the two with TA’s quest to get the belt back grew and formed from that. If the belt didn’t mean anything, the personal thing would have been short-lived instead of long-term and remembered.

Dillon brought up TA’a accident and said that had he not been such a great athlete, he never would have survived. Dillon told a story about he, Ric Flair and Tully Blanchard being snuck into the hospital at 2 AM and seeing him on a machine that rotated so his body fluids couldn’t settle and his head held in place. He said he was a man that they knew, respected and loved and because of the nature of the business and the travel, it could have been any of them. Sullivan said that TA truly had intestinal fortitude.

Sullivan told a story of wrestling Dusty on a Christmas Day when people believed in a loser leaves town match. The referee was knocked out and a Santa Claus who was giving out toys, helped Sullivan and knocked out Dusty so Sullivan could pin him. He said a guy in the balcony yelled, “F*** Santa” and jumped out of the balcony trying to get at them.

Someone asked Sullivan why he didn’t get along with Chris Benoit. Sullivan said, “I made him the World champion. What else could I have done?”

Magnum closed out telling a story about being late to TV. He was woken up and rushed to get there and when he got there, everyone was staring at him waiting to do the show. Magnum said he was never late ever again in his life.

Barry Windham said everyone on this panel worked really hard and that’s why wrestling in their era was so believable.

Sullivan said if you go back in time, this was a celebration of Dusty, the good, the bad and the ugly and the good was much grander than the other parts. He said there are stupid remarks and Dusty sometimes doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He told Magnum of a story where Eddie Graham had to go get Dusty because HE was late!

Tully said that since this is the last Fanfest, he wanted to note that these things wouldn’t be fun without the fans. He wished everyone a great weekend and said he was so amazed and touched by how many fans came to see he and TA earlier and how all of them realized that he never said I Quit in the cage.

Dillon said that they all owe thanks to the fans because without them, none of them would have been anyone in the business.



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Thanks for the recap....good stuff

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The Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest held their annual Hall of Heroes banquet last night with a sold-out dinner that, for the first time, sold overflow tickets for fans to watch the awards ceremonies.

Honored at the dinner:

*Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson and JJ Dillon, who were inducted by surprise guest David Crockett. Three amazing speeches from the core of the Horsemen.

*The Poffo Family, represented by Lanny Poffo, with a singer performing in honor of Randy “Savage” Poffo’s memory. Lanny had some "blue" humor and also got choked up talking about his father, Angelo Poffo.

*Boris Malenko, who was inducted by Bill Eadie. Joe Malenko made a surprise appearance to accept and had an awesome speech paying tribute to his father.

*Ox Baker, who was inducted by ceremony host Shane “Hurricane” Helms, who did an amazing job all night. Ox was his usual colorful self.

*Gerald Brisco, who was inducted by Danny Miller. Miller prepared a long speech about Brisco's credentials. Brisco came off very humble and pushed everyone to support their local independents.

*Tommy Young, who was inducted by Jim Cornette. Cornette told some great stories and Young was absolutely great.

The wife and son of Wahoo McDaniel were in attendance, as was Jackie Crockett. It was a really special night.



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