Sunday, January 31, 2016

Darius Rucker Puts the Minnesota Wrecking Crew in All-Time Top 5

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Ole and Gene Anderson
A few years ago, we posted a brief audio clip from "The Dan Patrick Show" radio broadcast where Patrick asked guest country music star Darius Rucker about his interest in pro wrestling.

Darius, a big Mid-Atlantic Wrestling fan going back to the early 1970s, ranked his top 5 greatest wrestlers of all-time and of course he had his long-time friend Ric Flair on the top of that list. But he also included a tag team in the list - Gene and Ole Anderson, the Minnesota Wrecking Crew.

That was a cool moment for me me personally, as the Anderson Brothers were among my favorites growing up as well. It was great hearing Darius mention their names in that list and on a national radio broadcast.

I thought I'd post that radio audio clip here again. Along with his all-time Top 5 greatest pro-wrestlers, Darius also mentions Mid-Atlantic legends Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson during the discussion with Dan Patrick.

(Audio clip also available on SoundCloud.)

Darius Rucker and Ric Flair
Darius was recently on Ric Flair's podcast "WOOOOO! Nation" and mentioned that he enjoyed reading the Mid-Atlantic Gateway and remembering all the great days of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. We obviously marked out a little bit for that. (Thanks also to our good friend Conrad Thompson, Ric's co-host, for generously plugging the Mid-Atlantic Gateway as well.)

After listening to the audio clip above, be sure to check out Darius's appearance on WOOOOO! Nation with Ric Flair and Conrad Thompson available for free download (along with all of Ric's other podcasts) at

Darius Rucker's current album is titled "Southern Style" and is available in stores and online at iTunes and Visit his website at