THE KILLER BEES
B. Brian Blair is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation as one half of the tag team The Killer Bees in the 1980s.
When Blair signed with the WWF for a third time he was not just used as “enhancement talent” any more, instead, he was teamed up with Jim Brunzell to form The Killer Bees. The teaming of Blair and Brunzell was suggested by Hulk Hogan.
The team had a special gimmick referred to as “Masked Confusion” where both wrestlers pulled out identical masks during the match to confuse their opponents and usually win their matches that way. The Masked Confusion idea was given to Blair by Billy Red Lyons who had used it in Maple Leaf Wrestling.
They constantly challenged for the WWF World Tag Team Title but never won it, although the fans were thoroughly behind them. Their biggest feud in the WWF was against The Hart Foundation, Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart who they wrestled somewhere between “300 and 600” times according to Blair himself. T
The Bees also had a running feud with the Funks (Hoss, Terry and Jimmy Jack). They faced Hoss and Jimmy Jack Funk in front of 70,000 people at The Big Event in Toronto (A card headlined by Hulk Hogan and Paul Orndorff). Later in 1988, The team was split without any reason, and they both ended up competing in the singles division.
“Jumping” Jim Brunzell is best known for being one half of The Killer Bees in the 1980s.
Brunzell signed to wrestle with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as they continued their national expansion. He was paired with another WWF newcomer, B. Brian Blair (though, Blair had already wrestled in the WWF before) as The Killer Bees.
The Killer Bees were faces, but were original as the first faces to wear masks and switch places behind the referee’s back. Brunzell and Blair had moderate success in the WWF. They feuded with such teams as The Hart Foundation as well as the Funks, Jimmy Jack Funk and Hoss Funk, whom they faced in front of over 74,000 fans at The Big Event.
Their stay was also highlighted with a match against Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik as part of WrestleMania III, and a win at the inaugural Survivor Series on Thanksgiving Day 1987. The Killer Bees teamed together until they were separated off-screen by the management team.