The Enforcers (professional wrestling)

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The Enforcers
Arn Anderson Aug 2014.jpg
Larry Zbyszko HOF.jpg
Tag team
Members See below
Heights 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) – Anderson[1]
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) – Zbyszko[2]
Combined
weight
500 lb (230 kg)
Debut 1991[3]
Disbanded 1992[3]
Promotions WCW[3]

The Enforcers were a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko who worked for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1991 and 1992. Together they held the WCW World Tag Team Championship and were voted the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tag Team of the Year in 1991.

History[edit]

The Enforcers (named for Anderson's nom du guerre in The Four Horsemen) were formed when Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko started teaming in the summer of 1991 in WCW.[3] Scott Steiner was injured in June and the WCW World Tag Team Championship had become vacant because the Steiner Brothers (Scott and Rick Steiner) were not able to defend the title within the 30-day window.[4] The Enforcers were entered into the tournament for the titles and made it to the finals against Rick Steiner and Bill Kazmaier at Clash of the Champions XVI: Fall Brawl on September 5, 1991.[5] The Enforcers were known for their dirty tactics and did not fail to deliver upon that at the Clash. They attacked Kazmaier with one of his weights during a power lifting demonstration at the beginning of the Clash.[3] When the match came, they took advantage of his injured ribs and won the titles.[4]

They then began a feud with Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes and broke Windham's hand in an out of ring attack before Halloween Havoc started on October 27, 1991.[3] Windham and Rhodes had just arrived for an interview in Windham's car and the Enforcers slammed his hand in his car door as he was getting out of the vehicle.[3]

This injury came just before they were supposed to get their title match against the Enforcers at Clash of the Champions XVII on November 19, 1991. Nobody knew who Rhodes would get for a partner until just before the match when the returning Ricky Steamboat came out. The Enforcers lost the titles to them at the Clash.[4][6]

After this Clash, the Dangerous Alliance was formed, with Anderson and Zbyszko as members.[3] New manager Paul E. Dangerously paired Anderson with Bobby Eaton, ending the Enforcers' run as a tag team, before teaming up one last time for New Japan Pro Wrestling's January 4 Dome Show in 1992, defeating the team of Shiro Koshinaka and Michiyoshi Ohara.[7]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Online World of Wrestling profile". 
  2. ^ Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Cawthon, Graham (2014). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 4: World Championship Wrestling 1989-1994. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343. 
  4. ^ a b c d "WCW World Tag Team Championship Title History (1991-2001)". Wrestling Title Histories by Royal Duncan & Gary Will. Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Clash of the Champions XVI". Pro Wrestling History. September 5, 1991. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Clash of the Champions XVII". Pro Wrestling History. November 19, 1991. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Super Warriors in Tokyo Dome". ProWrestlingHistory.com. January 4, 1992. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 

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