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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1
2,625 519
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1952-11-15

2
1,610 602
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1946-05-19

3
1,657 543
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-08-11

4
1,217 465
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1957-07-02

5
1,346 420
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1954-04-17

6
1,269 477
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1955-05-30

7
945 416
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1958-03-28

8
1,243 421
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

9
1,058 420
Rick Rude is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1958-12-07

10
1,371 741
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1943-05-18

11
958 353
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1954-01-18

12
872 644
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1943-04-11

13
809 226
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-02-28

14
924 735
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1949-08-14

15
660 367
Jim Duggan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1954-01-14

16
842 414
The Iron Sheik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1940-03-15

17
761 345
Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1952-12-13

18
874 484
Tito Santana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-05-10

19
731 560
Bob Orton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1950-11-10

20
635 437
Greg Valentine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1951-09-20

21
592 320
Jim Neidhart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1955-02-08

22
505 307
George Steele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added 1937-04-16

23
561 223
Big Boss Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added 1963-05-02

24
439 381
Barry Darsow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1959-10-06

25
506 321
The Honky Tonk Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-01-25

26
424 432
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1949-09-10

27
407 368
Bill Eadie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 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
552 231
Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1962-11-27

29
472 335
King Kong Bundy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1957-11-07

30
609 229
Sgt. Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 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
587 169
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
endofthelinejoel added 1965-07-22

32
507 253
Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1951-07-15

33
455 246
Brutus Beefcake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1957-04-21

34
277 27
The Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Eric Stenger added 1965-03-24

35
298 44
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Eric Stenger added 1949-02-25

36
461 288
Paul Orndorff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1949-10-29

37
447 265
Big John Studd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1948-02-19

38
219 64
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
David Gwost added 1945-10-12

39
268 379
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1956-05-07

40
375 300
Thomas Billington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1958-12-05

41
361 281
Haku is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added

42
330 277
The Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1958-09-06

43
391 292
Hillbilly Jim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1952-07-05

44
351 265
Nikolai Volkoff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1947-10-14

45
266 152
Bobby Heenan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
andy-lautenschleger added 1944-11-01

46
211 262
Koko B. Ware is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
mileena added Koko B. Ware

47
324 241
Rick Martel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1956-03-18

48
242 319
The Warlord is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1962-03-28

49
270 310
One Man Gang is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1960-02-12 - Perhaps even more memorable as "The African Dream" Akeem.

50
206 130
Kamala is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Gary Concialdi added 1950-05-28