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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!
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2,421 397
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Randy Savage 1952-11-15

2
1,429 501
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
1,370 471
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hulk Hogan 1953-08-11

4
1,036 382
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Bret Hart 1957-07-02

5
1,158 376
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Roddy Piper 1954-04-17

6
1,135 408
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jake Roberts 1955-05-30

7
825 328
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Mr. Perfect 1958-03-28

8
1,048 356
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

9
1,256 659
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jimmy Snuka 1943-05-18

10
951 360
Rick Rude is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Rick Rude 1958-12-07

11
832 543
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Harley Race 1943-04-11

12
848 291
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Ted DiBiase 1954-01-18

13
881 641
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Bob Backlund 1949-08-14

14
567 321
Jim Duggan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jim Duggan 1954-01-14

The Best WWE Superstars of the '90s

15
691 189
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Ricky Steamboat 1953-02-28

16
750 365
The Iron Sheik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
The Iron Sheik 1940-03-15

17
811 432
Tito Santana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Tito Santana 1953-05-10

18
651 307
Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Junkyard Dog 1952-12-13

19
699 488
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
584 382
Greg Valentine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Greg Valentine 1951-09-20

21
383 371
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Don Muraco 1949-09-10

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22
518 271
Jim Neidhart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jim Neidhart 1955-02-08

23
433 267
George Steele is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added George "The Animal" Steele 1937-04-16

24
394 325
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
367 317
Bill Eadie is listed (or ranked) 25 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.

26
430 277
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
411 292
King Kong Bundy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
King Kong Bundy 1957-11-07

28
518 204
Sgt. Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 28 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.

The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

29
477 196
Big Boss Man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added Big Boss Man 1963-05-02

30
473 199
Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Davey Boy Smith 1962-11-27

31
476 142
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
428 222
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
401 248
Paul Orndorff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Paul Orndorff 1949-10-29

34
241 326
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hercules 1956-05-07

35
395 232
Big John Studd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Big John Studd 1948-02-19

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36
381 214
Brutus Beefcake is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Brutus Beefcake 1957-04-21

37
168 18
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Eric Stenger added Ric Flair 1949-02-25

38
133 41
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
150 15
The Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Eric Stenger added The Undertaker 1965-03-24

40
326 241
Haku is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Haku

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334 260
Thomas Billington is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Dynamite Kid 1958-12-05

42
297 243
The Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added The Barbarian 1958-09-06

The Greatest WWE Superstars of All Time

43
333 262
Hillbilly Jim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hillbilly Jim 1952-07-05

44
170 218
Koko B. Ware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
mileena added Koko B. Ware

45
306 234
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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227 121
Bobby Heenan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
andy-lautenschleger added Bobby Heenan 1944-11-01

47
250 264
One Man Gang is listed (or ranked) 47 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.

48
226 326
Bad News Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Bad News Brown

49
287 207
Rick Martel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Rick Martel 1956-03-18

50
315 313
Koko B. Ware is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Koko B. Ware