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Warlord and the Barbarian (The Powers of Pain) and Mad Man Pondo Vs. Vampiro, Nosawa and Violent J of ICP at the 2006 Gathering of the Juggalos part 2 The Barbarian and The Warlord were put together as a tag team called the Powers of Pain by Ivan Koloff and Paul Jones in the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions in late 1987.
Jones and Koloff put them together to feud with the Road Warriors. They laid the Road Warriors out during a bench press contest between the teams and won the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Titles (with Koloff) from the Warriors and Dusty Rhodes.
They feuded for months and then left the NWA while still champions when they refused to do scaffold matches in which they would have to fall off the scaffold into the ring.
They went to the WWF in June 1988 and were faces managed by The Baron and were initially one of the most popular attractions in the federation. They feuded with Demolition (Ax & Smash) for the WWF World Tag Team Titles. They became the heels in the feud when Mr. Fuji turned on Demolition at Survivor Series 1988 and aligned himself with the Powers of Pain.
They failed to win the titles and were eventually split up in 1990, with the Barbarian being managed by Bobby Heenan, while the Warlord paired up with the Doctor of Style, Slick. The double turn between them and Demolition was seen to many as the catalyst of their sudden loss of popularity and subsequent push down the card.