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return of the now bi-weekly Yay Or Nay For The Hall of Fame.
for the change is simple, for with the WWE brand split and SmackDown
moving to Tuesday nights, it kinda throws my week off in regards to
how I plan out certain blogs and video commentaries. Plus all the big
heavy hitters I wanted to discuss I’ve already gone over… so what
I have left is a lot of mid-card acts with even more questionable
chances for Hall of Fame consideration.
the case of Billy Jack Haynes. For those of you who may not know,
Haynes is consider to be one of the more… flaky of wrestlers in the
1980s. Breaking in 1982 after being trained by Stu Hart, Haynes
wrestled for a about two months in Stampede Wrestling, with nothing
of note happening other than he would team with Bruce Hart and Jim
Neidhart a handful of times before heading down to Oregon and Pacific
was always a natural connection with Haynes and the state of Oregon,
since he’s from there and is often associated with the State, he
had Oregon printed on his trunks for a good while for crying out
loud,… and while I can find record of him teaming with Stan Stasiak
and was involved in matches for the NWA PNW Tag Titles in 1983… and
going 60 minutes with NWA Champion Ric Flair, there is not much of
record I could find other than mentions of a feud with Rip Oliver
that ran through most of that year before Haynes headed down to
Championship Wrestling From Florida
in Florida in 84 saw Haynes get a DQ loss to Flair, battles with Ron
Bass, Black Bart, Superstar Billy Graham, The Guerrero brothers…
and even capturing the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title, this period was
clearly a highlight for him, but he would head back up to Oregon
towards the end of the year, where he would clash quite a bit with
Rip Oliver and then seemingly out of the blue getting a couple of
match with the WWF in November of that year when the promotion was in
the middle of its expansion and signing everyone in sight.
is where things get a little weird, Haynes had two matches with the
WWF that year… and is said to have walked out of the promotion…
he could go down to World Class in Dallas… and walk out… he would
have a cup of coffee in Mid-South… and eventually end up doing a
tour with New Japan in 1985 that seemed to stabilize his career, but
nothing of note came out of it.
would head back to Oregon again, and stay around longer, capturing
the Pacific Northwest Tag Titles with Ricky Vaughn and getting
another crack at the NWA World Title held by Ric Flair while also
appearing down in Florida and teaming with Wahoo McDaniel and facing
Rick Rude, while also clashing with Rip Oliver again… in betweel
all of this Haynes got booked at Starrcade 85, temaing with McDaniel
and losing to NWA National Tag Team Champions Arn and Ole Anderson.
Following a tourh with New Japan in early 1986, Haynes would head to
the WWF for the longest stint of his career.
in the company in June of 86, Haynes was giving a solid push right
off the bat with wins over The Moondogss, Steve The ‘Brooklyn
Brawler’ Lombardi, Rene Goulet and other members of the WWF’s
jobber to the stars, even having a solid showing in the 86 King of
the Ring that was won by Harley Race. Everything for Haynes was on
the upswing, he even got a chance for the Intercontinental
Championship on an early episode of Wrestling challenge… losing to
Randy Savage, but rebounding with wins over Bob Orton, The Iron Shiek
and others… while at the same time being put in an extended rivalry
with Hercules Hernandez that saw the two having a lot of draws and
trading wins at WWF live events which would lead to a match at
Wrestlemania 3 and a series of chain matches (bouts were both men
were tied together at the wrist by a long chain) at WWF live event.
Following this, Haynes would still see quite a number wins, but a lot
of draws, some decent wins and an increase in the amount of times he
would during the rest of his tenure with the WWE, really not doing
much until he started teaming with Ken Patera and feuding with
Demolition to early 1988.
records are sketchy from what happened next in Billy Jack’s career
after leaving the WWF, but I do know he ran his own promotion for a
time in Oregon, the Oregon Wrestling Federation, that didn’t last
long and saw the state athletic commission using the performance bond
he had to post to pay the wrestlers.
wouldn’t see regular action again until 1989 with a tour with New
Japan, a brief return to Pacific Northwest Wrestling and a stint in
the abysmal Universal Wrestling Federation in 1990 before going to
WCW until a new persona, ‘Black Blood’ that really didn’t go
anywhere in 1991 but he was associated with Kevin Sullivan’s stable
at the time. He would hang around some of the indies in the early 90s
before ending up in the USWA as for a heel run that many held a high
regard for, as the most over heel in all of wrestling that year ,
wining the USWA Heavyweight and Southern Heavyweight titles, and
unifying them for a time before retiring in 1996.
then, Haynes has been virtually forgotten, outside of trying to sue
the WWE for ‘egregious mistreatment of its wrestlers for it’s own
benefit’ and other nonsense… and that was thrown out of court…
in short order.
just hitting the high points… Haynes had a very forgetable career,
he bounded around, hitting his home region several times, and while
he was popular and drew enough to get into prominent spots… he
never really broke through to being a high profile wrestler… hell
you can ask the most hardcore wrestling fans, and you’d be hard
pressed to find anyone who’ll mention anything about him beyond
question on if he’d ever get into the WWE Hall of Fame is… even
with excluding the bogus lawsuit he filed… Haynes is really is just
someone who doesn’t have a non-WWE resume to give his career a leg
to stand on. If he had a longer run Florida or even a real lengthy
run up in Oregon, or had more than just short stints in Mid-South and
World Class where he could pad up his career.
he’s just a footnote at best in the history of pro wrestling… and
it’s resounding nay to his chances to be in the WWE Hall of Fame.