Can You Name These Classic 1980s Wrestling Stars From An Image?

By: J. Scott Wilson

It's no stretch to say that the WWF wouldn't have reached its apex without the Hulkster. Every kid had at least one of the yellow shirts, although their moms got annoyed when they ripped them off.

Jake didn't really LOOK like a wrestler - more like a biker hanging around outside a country bar. But somehow he made it to the top echelon, and it was always fun when he brought his python out of its burlap sack.

If you don't know Andre from wrestling, you might recognize him from "The Princess Bride." He was quite a cultured fellow!

This caricature of a Middle Eastern bad guy was often paired with other heels like Volkoff to really get the boos going. The '80s were a strange decade.

Randy "Macho Man" Savage was tremendously entertaining, and even earned a role in the first "Spider-Man" movie, playing a wrestler named Bone Saw McGraw. He was also a voice actor in Disney's animated film, "Bolt," believe it or not!

Ultie was an odd character, full of bombast and semi-intelligible commentary. And face paint, of course.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin was a bombastic, beer-drinking, head-thumping man of the people. He operated equally well as hero or heel.

Easily my all-time favorite, Rowdy Roddy was a bagpipe-playing lunatic who doubled as a movie star in flicks like "Hell Comes To Frogtown" and "They Live."

The Fabulous Moolah was the godmother of today's female wrestlers, stemming from an age when the ladies were supposed to be tough rather than model-pretty.

Ted, the "Million Dollar Man" was a physical wreck, but he would "pay" to have other wrestlers do his dirty work. He did have "The Million Dollar Dream" submission move, which was pretty nifty.

Jimmy was the master of the top-rope launch maneuver, often going from turnbuckle to turnbuckle to throw himself at much larger opponents.

Mr. Perfect or Curtis Michael Hennig holds the 7th longest AWA World Heavyweight Champion title in history.

"Ravishing" Rick Rude is, to me, memorable for one thing: He had the best "pain face" in the business. He'd hold his back and grimace in a way that made you think he was near death.

Ricky was another of the high-flying competitors of the WWF, more at home on the top turnbuckle than on the mat itself. He used to spit flame before and after matches.

Dusty was a really odd character. He'd show up to the ring in Vegas-style satin robes and affect a very dandyish appearance, then beat the stuffing out of guys far more fit than he was.

Hillbilly Jim was a naked attempt to cash in on the popularity of Jim Duggan, but he never quite resonated with the WWF fans.

As an original member of The Four Horsemen, Arn was part of one of the biggest gangs in the early WWE. He's now an author, believe it or not.

Valentine was the master of the figure-four leg lock, which is surely equal to being CEO of a Fortune 500 company on a resume.

Jesse rode Arnold Schwarzenegger's coattails into the movie business before jumping to politics, even becoming governor of Minnesota. Pretty good for a guy who called himself "The Body."

Pat was an old-school brawler from the days before spangly tights. He appealed to the older generation, but didn't last too long in the flashy '80s.

Wrestling as "Mr. Wonderful," Orndorff famously teamed up with Hulk Hogan to take on King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd.

The Brawler was a heel named Steve Lombardi before he tried to invent this character, but it never caught on very well.

Don didn't have much of a persona, but he made up for that with what might well be the largest set of pectoral muscles in history.

I once ran into JYD in the Atlanta airport. He was a polite and gentlemanly fellow, and had his famous steel neck chains in a carry-on satchel.

Tito was not the biggest or the strongest, but his sheer acrobatic athleticism kept him at the top of the talent list for years.

Was there a better head of '80s hair than Martel's? I noticed he never took on Brutus the Barber ...

The Russians were the global bad guys in the '80s, so Volkoff made waves as a beefy, doughy heel.

A professionally trained judoka, Bad News Brown wasn't a heel, but he was the angriest dude in the WWF. As Allen Coage, he was the first African American to win an Olympic medal in judo, at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games.

Demolition was one of the most impressive tag teams (later trios) in the WWE, despite the fact they had pronounced beer bellies in the ring.

The history of WWE ethnic wrestlers is largely one of caricature and stereotype, and Khan fit that bill perfectly.

Koko was never that great a wrestler, but his penchant for exotic birds and flamboyant ring personality made him a crowd favorite right up until he was (almost always) pinned.

Bret was a fierce talent, with physical prowess to match a bombastic personality. His signature "Sharpshooter" move was always a crowd pleaser.

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan was one of my favorites, a 2x4-toting redneck who at times seemed impervious to pain. It's been quite a life for this man, who was a member of the chess club in high school.

Michael never made a huge name for himself solo, but as part of the Fabulous Freebirds he was a huge star. Ever seen "Highlander"? That's the Freebirds in the ring in the beginning!

Tony was another old-line wrestler who made the transition to the flashy '80s. His physique was flawless, but he didn't have the flashy image that the '80s demanded.

Dino's life after wrestling may have been more interesting than his time in the ring. Related by marriage to the Canadian mob, he allegedly got involved in smuggling and was killed when he crossed the wrong people.

Ivan was about as wide as he was tall, but the Polish Hammer could really deliver a blow with the best of them.

Terry was another member of the Fabulous Freebirds, a big, hulking redneck type often seen in a Confederate flag T-shirt.

Formerly known as One Man Gang, Akeem the African Dream was a middling talented giant whose favorite moves involved dropping his porcine bulk onto supine opponents.

Pete Maivia is the grandfather of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He had tattoos that covered his legs that symbolized a high chief status in the ancient Samoan culture.

Bass adopted a fairly generic "outlaw" personality, entering the ring to the sound of a bullwhip cracking. He had his greatest success tag teaming with his brother Don before going solo.

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Are you ready to show this quiz what you’re made of? I said: Are! You! Ready?!

If your answer is yes (and it had better be), then good, you’ve already taken the first step towards proving what a badass pro wrestling aficionado you really are. The pro wrestling scene in the US flourished during both the 80s and the 90s (the Golden Age of Wrestling). Everyone from kids to adults was hooked to their TVs, wanting to know firsthand what extravagant spectacle was in store for them this week. This surge in popularity of wrestling in the 80s is partially due to developments in media distribution and technology; like broader access to pay-per-view and cable television. However, charismatic promoters like Vince McMahon also played a part in getting people interested in the fights and stories. Speaking of stories, who can forget the intricate sagas that were woven around charming and compelling fighters; like “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, and Andre the Giant?

So, no matter if you consider yourself as being a heel or a face, all that matters is this – do you think you’ve got what it takes to beat this quiz? Are you the cream of the crop, well are you?!

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