Heavyweight Champion ~ 1982
B. Brian Blair is one of the most athletic
and technically sound wrestlers in the ring and one of the most
well liked and respected stars out of the ring.Brian is a natural
athlete, but believes that talent can only take you so far. Brian
is dedicated to mental and physical training and lettered in
four sports at Tampa Bay Tech High School in Florida. Brian lived
on his own from the time he was 15. To earn money as a youth,
Brian sold sodas at University of Tampa football games where
he enjoyed watching another superior athlete, Paul Orndorff play
running back for the Spartans. Both would go on to successful
wrestling careers, including the WWF.
An excellent athlete, with God given ability,
Brian had the opportunity to enter his chosen sport early. Before
his junior year in college, he accepted an offer from Tampa icon,
Eddie Graham, to join Tampa-based Championship Wrestling from
Florida. He started with Eddie Graham's Florida Championship
Wrestling office and was was trained by several stars, including Hiro
Matsuda. Brian's first professional match was an inauspicious
debut in a tag-team match against two all-time greats, Ivan Koloff
and Pat Patterson.
It was a much more confident and seasoned
B. Brian Blair that returned home to Florida than the raw rookie
the fans had seen a mere two years earlier. Brian proved that
you can come home again when he beat Jimmy Garvin for the Florida
State Heavyweight championship July 11, 1982 in Orlando.
Brian had proven he was a great technical
wrestler but the question was could he take care of himself against
overpowering brawlers. Blair answered those questions by successfully
defending the championship against both Stan Hansen and Bruiser
was chosen by Vince McMahon Jr. to join the WWF for its expansion
as a national promotion. Brian was part of the first "wrestling
boom" in the 80s. His St. Louis match against Paul Orndorff
is considered a classic.
In the locker room, he is one of the most
liked and respected wrestlers by his peers.
Brian is now a candidate for the Hillsborough
County Commission. He says its time to give back as
he was in the ring, B. Brian Blair will be tough to beat!