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In today's wrestling, a turn from good guy to bad guy or vice versa is not uncommon. There is generally no logical explanation, other than those in charge of creativity, are at a loss of creativity. There is no build up, and most of the turns we see today are just an old school plot device thrown together. It wasn't always this way. In fact, in our day, a turn was something. It was special. One either wound up extremely disappointed when his/her favorite turned bad, or cheered wildly when a bad guy seen the error of his ways and joined the good side. Babyface and heel: what were they? These are Kayfabe Memories and we had good guys or bad guys; the way it should be.

Like what was alluded to in the introductory paragraph, a turn should elicit some strong emotions. It should leave a fan seething and chomping at the bit for the good guy to enact his revenge. That is exactly the emotions that fed me when Bob Armstrong did the inexplicable act of turning on "The Tennessee Stud" Ron Fuller. Mad, you better believe me and thousands of other Southeastern Championship Wrestling fans were mad. Why would Bob Armstrong do this? What possible explanation could this man have for committing the ultimate sin? He turned on Ron Fuller, and we were incensed.

At the time, Bob Armstrong was one of the top three most popular wrestlers in Southeastern. He was the reigning Southeastern Heavyweight Champion and number one contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, held by "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. However this time, when Flair made his title defense in Mobile, AL, it was "The Tennessee Stud" Ron Fuller who was getting the title shot. Armstrong's attitude showed some slight changes. There was an air of bitterness in his interviews, but it wasn't much to pay any attention to. He was, after all, going to serve as special guest referee for this World Championship match, and we knew that Ron was going to get a fair shake.

OK, now we move to Saturday. Only those in Mobile knew what happened a few short nights before. Everyone tuned into Southeastern Championship Wrestling anticipating that maybe "The Tennessee Stud" is the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Then the opportunity to see the footage came, Ron had Flair reeling. Then he locked in the infamous "Fuller Toe Hold." "Oh yeah," myself, and I'm sure thousands of others were yelling in unison. Bob was in position to make the call. He asked Flair if he wanted to concede, and just at the moment when it should have been time to celebrate a new champion: BAM. Huh? Out of the blue, "The Bullet was born." The special guest referee, who was supposed to provide his best friend a fair shake in his quest for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, started dropping elbows on "The Tennessee Stud." I am quite certain that there were tens of thousands of fans watching at home who did what I did: cursed Armstrong and threw their soda towards the television. How could you do that Bob Armstrong?  More...

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