The son of former American Wrestling Association star Joe Blanchard was involved in pro wrestling at a young age, selling programs and refreshments at arenas at 10, and working as a referee when he was older.
After college, he wrestled for Southwest Championship Wrestling (SCW), teaming with Gino Hernandez as “The Dynamic Duo,” and holding both the World and Tag Team titles. Both left the SCW, Blanchard going to the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Mid-Atlantic promotion.
With manager Baby Doll by his side, Blanchard engaged in epic feuds with Wahoo McDaniel, Magnum T.A. and Dusty Rhodes. It was the latter feud that led to his forming an alliance with Ric Flair, Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson. They would be known as the Four Horsemen.
The group would dominate the next few years, holding numerous titles. Blanchard would become the NWA World Television Champion (twice), NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, NWA National Heavyweight Champion, and NWA World Tag Team Champion (twice) during that time.
Blanchard left the NWA for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in October 1988. However, troubled by increasing alcohol and drug abuse, Blanchard became a born-again Christian on Nov. 13, 1989, and reportedly has a prison ministry.
Blanchard made a few appearances, but would soon retire from full-time wrestling to become a preacher. He wrestled infrequently in the ’90s, with his most notable matches being a bout with Terry Funk at WCW Slamboree 1994 that ended in a double-disqualification, and a time-limit draw with then Extreme Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas in 1995.
On Jan. 29, 2005 at “WrestleReunion,” Blanchard lost to Jeff Jarrett in a match in which he was said to look well-conditioned.
In 2006, he appeared in a minor league wrestling program in Gloucester, Va., along with Four Horsemen manager J.J. Dillon. It was before that show that he greeted a few fans and signed this lovely plate.
On March 31, 2012, Tully Blanchard was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Four Horsemen.
This Stars & Stripes plate measures 10-3/4 inches in diameter. It is perfect for hanging or standing up on a plate tri-pod. It comes with a notarized certificate and tamper-proof matching numbers on the plate and certificate.