Ole Anderson, Member of The Original Four Horsemen Dies at 81 as WWE Mourns His Loss

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    The world of wrestling has been shocked by the sudden demise of Ole Anderson, who was one of the founding members of The Four Horsemen.

    Ole Anderson Image Credits WWE Official Website 2
    Ole Anderson, Image Credits- WWE Official Website

    World Wrestling Entertainment announced the news on their website with a wholehearted statement.


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    WWE Remembering Ole Anderson: Wrestling Legend

    The statement read:

    Ole’s hard-nosed style and gruff demeanor helped define the group as one of the greatest stables in sports-entertainment history. Trained by WWE Hall of Famer Verne Gagne, Anderson was a prolific and decorated tag team wrestler, most famously alongside Arn Anderson in The Minnesota Wrecking Crew.”

    When the duo then joined forces with Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard and manager J.J. Dillon, they established the iconic stable known as The Four Horsemen.”

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    During their legendary run, The Four Horsemen feuded with the likes of Dusty Rhodes, The Rock ‘N Roll Express, The Road Warriors, and many more. The group set a standard of style, attitude and success that has inspired every stable that followed.”

    WWE extends its condolences to Anderson’s family, friends, and fans.”

    Heartfelt Tributes for Ole Anderson

    Alan Robert Rogowski was the real name of Ole Anderson as he retired from the ring in 1987. In 1990, following his retirement, Ole became the head of WCW booking committee.

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    Ole Anderson’s passing is a somber moment or the wrestling world,” former wrestler Ricky Morton wrote on Instagram.

    Ole was not just a colleague; he was a formidable opponent, a respected veteran, and a part of wrestling history. Our battles in the ring were intense, and the memories we created together will always be cherished.”

    Morton added: “While his passing leaves a void in the wrestling community, Ole Anderson’s legacy will live on through the impact he made on the sport and the memories he shared with fans and fellow wrestlers alike.”

    Ole Anderson Image Credits Reddit
    Ole Anderson, Image Credits- Reddit

    I Am Forever Thankful To Ole And Gene For Bringing Me In To Crockett Promotions As A Cousin,” fellow Horseman Ric Flair wrote on X (Twitter).

    It Launched My Career. I Will Be Grateful Forever For You Giving Me The Opportunity To Become Who I Am Today. We Didn’t Always Agree With Each Other, But The Honest To God Truth Is You & Gene Started Me. Rest In Peace My Friend!”

    SmackDown’s General Manager expressed and tweeted, “Godspeed, Ole Anderson. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Grateful for your myriad contributions to our sport. Rest well, sir.” 

    Dave Meltzer, famous professional wrestling report expressed, “Sorry to hear about the death of Ole Anderson.  One of the major characters in pro wrestling of the ’70s and ’80s.  Excellent talker and a great heel.”

    Tommy Dreamer, WCW hardcore legend expressed and tweeted, “I watched him wrestle thousands of times He was great at his job Heel or babyface RIP Ole Anderson.”

    All Elite Wrestling (AEW) demonstrated their respect towards the late Ole Anderson and expressed, “AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of the legendary Ole Anderson. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and his fans.” 

    Who Was Ole Anderson?

    On September 22, 1942, Alan Robert Rogowski entered the world in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., the hometown of Brock Lesnar.

    Original Four Horsemen Image Credits TMZ
    Original Four Horsemen, Image Credits- TMZ

    Ole Anderson, was a reputed figure in the world of professional wrestling. Anderson didn’t just excel as a wrestler but he also served as a head booker, referee and promoter. He belonged from the respected Anderson family, who had made a significant impact in professional wrestling.

    Alan Robert Rogowski began his wrestling career with the American Wrestling Association (AWA) promotion under the alias Rock Rogowski in 1967.

    Later on, he became a Jim Crockett Promotions member and joined hands with the gimmick brothers Gene Anderson to form the iconic tag team known as The Minnesota Wrecking Crew.

    Anderson found himself in heated rivalries with legendary figures such as Dusty Rhodes, Jerry Brisco, Ric Flair, Jack Brisco, and countless others throughout his extensive career. Additionally along with his wrestling endeavors, Anderson played a very important role in booking and backstage operations.

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