Best wishes to Barry Windham, a.k.a the Widowmaker

As some of you may have heard, former WWF Tag Team Champion Barry Windham has run into some serious health problems.

Windham was found collapsed on his family ranch by relatives on October 26. He had a heart attack, and may have suffered a stroke, also. Wrestling columnist Mike Mooneyham interviewed Blackjack Mulligan, Windham’s father, who noted, “It was a very close call … we almost lost him.” Windham is now facing a long recovery at a rehabilitation facility.

I would have thought most WWF fans would remember Windham from his two reigns at Tag Team Champion with Mike Rotundo in 1985, but I’m surprised to say that a fair amount of the Internet searches that bring visitors to my site are from people looking for information about Windham’s other WWF alias, the Widowmaker.

The Widowmaker had the makings of a great gimmick in 1989 — my friends and I were pysched to hear Windham was on his way back in from the NWA — but for whatever reason, the gimmick crashed and burned.

Windham had great runs in the NWA, too, and was part of the best version of the Four Horsemen with Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, and Arn Anderson.

Here’s hoping Windham makes a speedy and safe recovery.

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