The 25 Greatest Wrestlers From the 1980s

Lauren Lubas

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Before you could smell what The Rock was cookin', you experienced the first-ever Royal Rumble. There is no doubt that the Golden Age of wrestling was the 1980s. Now, we aren't talking about that real wrestling stuff, where dudes wear unitards and headgear. We are talking about the one, the only, World Wrestling Federation (now known as World Wrestling Entertainment ... thanks to the World Wildlife Fund). The wrestlers were loud and their costumes were even louder. They oiled their bodies to look like they were sweating, and they grew their hair out for the sake of getting it pulled. This was pure entertainment, and it was glorious. It was basically a bunch of stuntmen doing stunts for an hour straight (some of which were incredibly dangerous) and led to injury). However, each week, we had these stuntmen in our homes. We bought dolls that were made in their image. We wore their shirts religiously. They were the greatest wrestlers of all time (if you don't consider the actual rules of real wrestling). 

If you have fond memories of the WWF, watching Hulk Hogan body slam Andre the Giant, or even seeing The Undertaker debut in 1984, your childhood was rich in the culture that became showmanship wrestling. It's time to take a stroll down memory lane. Check out these 25 greatest wrestlers of the '80s.

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