WWE The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s  

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The '80s. The "Golden Era" of wrestling. Why was it so great? Probably because of these WWE (then WWF) Superstars. And that's probably why this list exists. Because it is worth talking about the greatest WWE Superstars of the 80s forever. It's like Hulkamania, YOU CAN'T STOP IT, BROTHER! IT DOESN'T DIE! It's like the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior. THE SPIRIT OF THE WARRIOR WILL RUN FOREVER!!! It's the greatest WWE Superstars of the '80s! They're the cream of the crop! Dig it?! OOOOHHHHHHH YYEEEEEEEAAHHHHH!!!

This generation of wrestlers made professional wrestling a global phenomenon and for that we all owe them a debt of gratitude. Unless you aren't a fan of wrestling. In which case, you can leave. Why are you here?

Anyway, I'm lookin' at you, Rankers. I'm staring you down right through the videoscope, completely ignoring whatever Mean Gene just asked me... Who do you think is the top WWE wrestler of the 1980s? Vote for your favorite now or I'll find you and put you in the camel clutch! While you're at it, go ahead and vote for the top WWE wrestlers currently in the ring.

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2,565 480
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Randy Savage 1952-11-15

2
1,553 570
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
André the Giant 1946-05-19

3
1,570 517
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hulk Hogan 1953-08-11

4
1,161 439
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Bret Hart 1957-07-02

5
1,292 404
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Roddy Piper 1954-04-17

6
1,231 459
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jake Roberts 1955-05-30

7
1,184 398
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

8
907 390
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Mr. Perfect 1958-03-28

9
1,028 404
Rick Rude is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Rick Rude 1958-12-07

10
1,339 718
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jimmy Snuka 1943-05-18

11
925 335
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Ted DiBiase 1954-01-18

12
780 213
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Ricky Steamboat 1953-02-28

13
857 616
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Harley Race 1943-04-11

14
910 707
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Bob Backlund 1949-08-14

15
824 396
The Iron Sheik is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
The Iron Sheik 1940-03-15

16
632 357
Jim Duggan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jim Duggan 1954-01-14

17
732 333
Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Junkyard Dog 1952-12-13

18
852 467
Tito Santana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Tito Santana 1953-05-10

19
720 536
Bob Orton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Bob Orton, Jr. 1950-11-10

20
570 306
Jim Neidhart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jim Neidhart 1955-02-08

21
617 419
Greg Valentine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Greg Valentine 1951-09-20

22
486 290
George Steele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added George "The Animal" Steele 1937-04-16

23
453 318
King Kong Bundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
King Kong Bundy 1957-11-07

24
421 364
Barry Darsow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Demolition Smash 1959-10-06

25
409 410
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Don Muraco 1949-09-10

26
483 306
The Honky Tonk Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
The Honky Tonk Man 1953-01-25

27
391 352
Bill Eadie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Demolition Ax 1947-12-27 - Main Eventer as "The Masked Superstar" in the early 80s and legendary tag team champion as "Demolition Ax in the late 80s.

28
527 215
Big Boss Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added Big Boss Man 1963-05-02

29
522 221
Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Davey Boy Smith 1962-11-27

30
581 221
Sgt. Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Sgt. Slaughter 1948-08-27 - Before he returned as an Iraqi sympathizer in 1990, he was a huge star for the WWF in the early 80s.

31
544 160
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
endofthelinejoel added Shawn Michaels 1965-07-22

32
480 243
Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Jesse Ventura 1951-07-15

33
430 256
Big John Studd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Big John Studd 1948-02-19

34
431 238
Brutus Beefcake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Brutus Beefcake 1957-04-21

35
444 275
Paul Orndorff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Paul Orndorff 1949-10-29

36
256 38
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Eric Stenger added Ric Flair 1949-02-25

37
226 27
The Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Eric Stenger added The Undertaker 1965-03-24

38
194 52
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
David Gwost added Dusty Rhodes 1945-10-12

39
260 361
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hercules 1956-05-07

40
378 279
Hillbilly Jim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hillbilly Jim 1952-07-05

41
361 287
Thomas Billington is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Dynamite Kid 1958-12-05

42
351 267
Haku is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Haku

43
315 267
The Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added The Barbarian 1958-09-06

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254 137
Bobby Heenan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
andy-lautenschleger added Bobby Heenan 1944-11-01

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339 254
Nikolai Volkoff is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Nikolai Volkoff 1947-10-14

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200 244
Koko B. Ware is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
mileena added Koko B. Ware

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314 226
Rick Martel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Rick Martel 1956-03-18

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236 302
The Warlord is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added The Warlord 1962-03-28

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264 293
One Man Gang is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added One Man Gang 1960-02-12 - Perhaps even more memorable as "The African Dream" Akeem.

50
241 350
Bad News Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Bad News Brown