The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

Over 11.5K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

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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  • Hulk Hogan
    5,026 votes

    Undoubtedly, one of the most recognizable figures in wrestling history, Hulk Hogan absolutely dominated the '80s WWE scene. With his iconic catchphrase, "Whatcha gonna do, brother?", Hogan captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide, becoming a household name in the process. His unparalleled charisma and showmanship propelled him to numerous title reigns, including being a six-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion. Hogan's unforgettable rivalries with the likes of Andre the Giant and Randy Savage helped define an era and cemented his status as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

  • Randy Savage
    5,148 votes

    A true legend of the '80s WWE, "Macho Man" Randy Savage was known for his flamboyant attire, distinct voice, and intense in-ring presence. No one could forget his great matches against the likes of Hulk Hogan and Ricky Steamboat, which showcased his incredible athleticism and skill. A two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, Savage was also the first wrestler to win the prestigious King of the Ring tournament. His vibrant personality and undeniable talent made him an icon of professional wrestling and one of the best of his generation.

  • Roddy Piper
    3,916 votes

    "Rowdy" Roddy Piper was the quintessential bad guy who fans loved to hate. His sharp wit and penchant for controversy made him one of the most compelling WWE superstars of the '80s. Known for his legendary "Piper's Pit" talk show segment, which often led to epic brawls, Piper's impressive promo skills were unmatched. The Scottish-born wrestler was never afraid to push the envelope and his iconic feud with Hulk Hogan culminated in the main event of the very first WrestleMania, solidifying his place in wrestling history.

  • André the Giant
    4,160 votes

    Standing at an incredible 7 feet 4 inches tall and weighing over 500 pounds, André the Giant was truly a sight to behold. His immense size and strength made him an unstoppable force in the ring, resulting in a 15-year undefeated streak. Though his in-ring accomplishments were impressive, it was André's kind-hearted nature and larger-than-life personality that endeared him to fans all over the world. A one-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, André's legendary feud with Hulk Hogan culminated in their iconic WrestleMania III match, forever etching his name in wrestling lore.

  • Bret Hart
    4,009 votes

    Known as "The Hitman," Bret Hart entered the wrestling scene in the '80s as a core member of the Hart Foundation alongside his brother-in-law, Jim Neidhart. A technical mastermind, Hart's in-ring prowess quickly earned him a reputation for excellence, and he would go on to become a two-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Neidhart. As the decade came to a close, Hart started to find success as a singles competitor, setting the stage for his future domination of the wrestling world in the '90s. His dedication to the craft and sheer talent make him one of the greatest superstars of the '80s and beyond.

  • A true phenomenon of the '80s wrestling scene, The Ultimate Warrior was known for his boundless energy, intense promos, and unforgettable entrance music. His larger-than-life persona captivated audiences, making him an instant fan favorite. In his relatively short WWE tenure, The Ultimate Warrior managed to capture both the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the WWF World Heavyweight Championship - a testament to his immense popularity. His memorable battles with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage further cemented his status as one of the greatest superstars of the '80s.