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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2,530 461
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Randy Savage 1952-11-15

2
1,525 550
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
1,529 503
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hulk Hogan 1953-08-11

4
1,131 422
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Bret Hart 1957-07-02

5
1,258 394
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Roddy Piper 1954-04-17

6
1,206 442
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jake Roberts 1955-05-30

7
1,155 387
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

8
887 372
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Mr. Perfect 1958-03-28

9
1,324 695
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jimmy Snuka 1943-05-18

10
1,007 391
Rick Rude is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Rick Rude 1958-12-07

11
901 323
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Ted DiBiase 1954-01-18

12
755 205
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Ricky Steamboat 1953-02-28

13
851 593
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
899 688
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Bob Backlund 1949-08-14

15
803 386
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
619 343
Jim Duggan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jim Duggan 1954-01-14

17
709 324
Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Junkyard Dog 1952-12-13

18
842 458
Tito Santana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Tito Santana 1953-05-10

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713 525
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
559 296
Jim Neidhart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jim Neidhart 1955-02-08

21
609 406
Greg Valentine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Greg Valentine 1951-09-20

22
471 282
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
444 310
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
414 352
Barry Darsow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Demolition Smash 1959-10-06

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401 399
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Don Muraco 1949-09-10

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470 298
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

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383 343
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
517 209
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

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509 215
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
566 217
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.

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530 154
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
endofthelinejoel added Shawn Michaels 1965-07-22

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466 236
Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Jesse Ventura 1951-07-15

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418 249
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
418 231
Brutus Beefcake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Brutus Beefcake 1957-04-21

35
432 267
Paul Orndorff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Paul Orndorff 1949-10-29

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233 33
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
205 23
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

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253 353
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hercules 1956-05-07

39
177 49
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
David Gwost added Dusty Rhodes 1945-10-12

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369 273
Hillbilly Jim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hillbilly Jim 1952-07-05

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355 279
Thomas Billington is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Dynamite Kid 1958-12-05

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344 262
Haku is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Haku

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311 259
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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244 133
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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330 249
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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193 236
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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307 220
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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234 294
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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262 284
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.

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237 344
Bad News Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Bad News Brown