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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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2,354 354
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Randy Savage 1952-11-15

2
1,382 473
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
1,284 457
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hulk Hogan 1953-08-11

4
997 354
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Bret Hart 1957-07-02

5
1,107 384
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jake Roberts 1955-05-30

6
1,103 362
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Roddy Piper 1954-04-17

7
989 342
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

8
1,225 620
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jimmy Snuka 1943-05-18

9
794 314
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Mr. Perfect 1958-03-28

10
925 340
Rick Rude is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Rick Rude 1958-12-07

11
824 280
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Ted DiBiase 1954-01-18

12
872 614
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Bob Backlund 1949-08-14

13
815 520
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
541 305
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
726 351
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
655 179
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Ricky Steamboat 1953-02-28

17
795 412
Tito Santana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Tito Santana 1953-05-10

18
625 294
Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Junkyard Dog 1952-12-13

19
689 463
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
566 364
Greg Valentine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Greg Valentine 1951-09-20

21
410 251
George Steele is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added George "The Animal" Steele 1937-04-16

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22
382 309
Barry Darsow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Demolition Smash 1959-10-06

23
370 353
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Don Muraco 1949-09-10

24
355 301
Bill Eadie is listed (or ranked) 24 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.

25
492 259
Jim Neidhart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Jim Neidhart 1955-02-08

26
407 268
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
455 190
Big Boss Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added Big Boss Man 1963-05-02

28
482 198
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
389 280
King Kong Bundy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
King Kong Bundy 1957-11-07

30
453 190
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
445 128
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
382 235
Paul Orndorff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Paul Orndorff 1949-10-29

33
372 225
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
406 214
Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Jesse Ventura 1951-07-15

35
356 203
Brutus Beefcake is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Brutus Beefcake 1957-04-21

Famous People with the Same Real Name

36
231 307
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hercules 1956-05-07

37
110 29
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
David Gwost added Dusty Rhodes 1945-10-12

38
119 13
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Eric Stenger added Ric Flair 1949-02-25

39
110 8
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
318 228
Haku is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Haku

41
315 251
Hillbilly Jim is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Hillbilly Jim 1952-07-05

42
323 247
Thomas Billington is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Dynamite Kid 1958-12-05

The Greatest WWE Superstars of All Time

43
289 230
The Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added The Barbarian 1958-09-06

44
156 201
Koko B. Ware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
mileena added Koko B. Ware

45
243 246
One Man Gang is listed (or ranked) 45 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.

46
289 220
Nikolai Volkoff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Nikolai Volkoff 1947-10-14

47
208 110
Bobby Heenan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
andy-lautenschleger added Bobby Heenan 1944-11-01

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276 194
Rick Martel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Rick Martel 1956-03-18

49
219 311
Bad News Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Bad News Brown

50
309 294
Koko B. Ware is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Koko B. Ware