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This is a blog I'd wanted to write for a long time, but just never sat down to do it. Then I read today that the 25 year anniversary of Magnum T.A.'s car accident was on October 14. Twenty-five years. I can't believe it's been that long.
Quick history lesson, for fans who weren't around in the mid-1980's or have never heard of Magnum T.A. let me explain. Terry Allen was one of the most popular stars in the NWA. I'd say it's safe to say he was second only to Dusty Rhodes in terms of top babyfaces in the company back then. When I started watching, he had just won the U.S. Title from Wahoo McDaniel and had defended it against Kamala at the Great American Bash. I still remember marking out when he hit his finisher, the belly to belly suplex.
|The "I Quit" match|
After phasing out of the Blanchard feud, Magnum transitioned into a program with the big, burly Russian Nikita Koloff. That lead to a best of seven series between to the two over the U.S. title. That's because Magnum had been stripped of the belt for conduct unbecoming a champion and clotheslined then NWA president Bob Geigel.
Sadly, Magnum never wrestled again, but is fortunate to be alive. He worked hard to rehab and was able to walk to the ring in 1987 and be in the corner of Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff (who turned face in T.A.'s absence) as they won the Crockett Cup Tag Team Tournament.
Now I'm not saying Sting wouldn't have risen to the occasion, but had Magnum been around, that would have been one less babyface spot open at the top of the card. But then again, there was a pretty intense wrestling war going on between Crockett Promotions and Titan Sports. Vince McMahon could have very easily signed the former U.S. champ to the WWF. Imagine that...
|Magnum in 2007 (from WWE.com)|
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