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As the son of wrestling promoter and former American Wrestling Association star Joe Blanchard, Tully Blanchard was involved in professional wrestling at a quite young age. He began selling programmes and refreshments at the arenas at the age of ten, and worked as a referee when he was older. Blanchard attended West Texas State University, where he played American Football, first as a Starting Quarterback and then as a Defensive end, alongside fellow future wrestlers Tito Santana and Ted DiBiase. After graduating, he trained as a wrestler and eventually wrestled for Southwest Championship Wrestling (SCW), where he additionally held a number of backstage production and creative positions. Blanchard was quite successful in SCW, teaming regularly with Gino Hernandez in one of the better heel tag teams as "The Dynamic Duo", and holding both the World and Tag Team titles. Eventually Hernandez left for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) and Blanchard began wrestling with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Mid-Atlantic promotion. [+]