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In 1977, he started training to be a wrestler with the legendary Hiro Matsuda in Florida. Blair debuted in late 1977 with Eddie Graham’s Florida Championship Wrestlingwhere he usually worked as a "face" (good guy). Blair made his professional debut in a tag-team facing Pat Patterson and Ivan Koloff in a losing effort. One of Blair’s early opponents was another Matsuda student who had just begun working as "The Super Destroyer" (Hulk Hogan).
After gaining experience all over the world Blair returned to his roots, Florida Championship Wrestling. On July 11, 1982, Blair beat Jimmy Garvin for the NWA Florida Championship and defended it successfully against such legends such as Stan Hansen and Bruiser Brody. After a wild match against Brody in August the title was held up and Blair soon left the promotion.
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