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The New Breed

There are a lot of things that happened in Greensboro that I really should mention. One tag team that really stood out was The New Breed, consisting of two excellent wrestlers named Sean Royal and Chris Champion.

The fact that they were together only a very short period, maybe one year or so, still stings, but they made quite an impression on me. Both guys could wrestle and both could really hold their own in an interview.

Why these guys never got a major push still shocks me because they they could have been the guys that replaced the Rock and Roll Express as the best face tag in the country.

 I really don't know if you even remember these guys but they were very young and athletic in the late eighties in WCW. They wore these really cool colorful tights and came to the ring to the Beastie Boys song, "You have the right, to fight, to party!"

For that time, that was a very hip current tune to play and it brought in a younger crowd that WCW was lacking at that time.

 But for some reason, they were never given a chance to catch on. Their first big feud was against the Rock and Roll Express which made good sense, booking wise. The old vs the new - these matches were first class and should have been the feud that pushed them up the ladder. But it didn't.

I was sitting front row in Greensboro and all the guys loved the New Breed's look and interview skills. We all were wearing Hawaiian shirts and stood and sang the Beastie Boy entrance music. The crowd cheered for the Rock and Roll Express but The Breed really stole the show. And they did it with one move.

 One move that was one of the ballsiest things I had ever seen.

   Chris Champion was beating on Ricky Morton and tossed him to the floor. As he pounded on Morton, he draped him over the barricade railing, then ran back into the ring and climbed to the top rope.

It was then that I noticed that the ring had been set up off center with about twenty feet of room to the right side. Champion stood on the top rope ring pole and turned and led us in a chant of, "We Have The Right To Party!"

 Then Champion put one foot on the top rope and one foot on the ring pole and leaped all that distance hitting Morton in the back. Morton sold this move by flipping into the crowd.

 Chris Champion landed on his knees.

 Let me repeat that.

He landed on his knees!

 Champion and Royal both ran over to where we were sitting and led us in more cheers.

That move still gives me chills whenever I talk about it. I still do not know how he did it without getting badly hurt. Champion was wearing kneepads but he landed on solid concrete with no give at all.

 To this day, I miss those two guys and I wish they had more of a chance to tear more houses down. I remember them having a short run with the Road Warriors and I am sure that with their ability at taking huge bumps, those matches must have been awesome.

Soon after this short feud, Chris Champion was in a car wreck and one of his arms was broken. Sean Royal was left on his own as a single but soon left the business. Champion tried to wrestle as a single with the "robot machine" cast but never really got any attention. Champion then went on to other characters but he never really made much of a splash.

 In a perfect world we should all be talking about their new DVD collection right now but it was not to be.

 

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