There is only one man in professional wrestling who has stood at the edge of the Apocalypse and been able to wield the powers of The Four Horsemen. His name is James J. Dillon. He’s the master strategist who commanded and led Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, and Ole Anderson, into the history books, along with the other Horsemen who have followed in their footsteps. It takes a great man to lead great men into battle, and that is a true testament to his extraordinary skills as a manager. For half a century and counting, his contributions to the sport have included, not just manager, but referee, wrestler, executive, and most importantly, wrestling fan.
This is a conversation I had with J.J. Dillon about his book, “Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls: From McMahon to McMahon”, where he discusses his journey into the wrestling industry. It’s close to a one hour interview that touches on breaking into the wrestling business, as well as his relationship with Bruno Sammartino and his experiences with Haystacks Calhoun. This was a marvelous experience for me as a wrestling fan because, despite his celebrity, this was just like reminiscing with a close friend about the good old times. Among the list of topics that came up were the days of territories and the insider perspective of “dirt sheets” back in the 1980’s. We also conversed about over the top personalities such as The Original Sheik and “King Kong” Bruiser Brody. There is a lot of excellent nostalgia covered, and it’s highlighted by memories of the National Wrestling Alliance and the formation of The Four Horsemen. J.J. Dillon asks that you please support the Cauliflower Alley Club and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. http://www.jjdillon.com/