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
2,631 520
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1952-11-15

2
1,616 603
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1946-05-19

3
1,661 546
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-08-11

4
1,221 466
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1957-07-02

5
1,349 420
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1954-04-17

6
1,271 478
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1955-05-30

7
948 416
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1958-03-28

8
1,247 422
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

9
1,060 422
Rick Rude is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1958-12-07

10
1,373 743
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1943-05-18

11
962 354
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1954-01-18

12
872 646
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1943-04-11

13
810 226
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-02-28

14
926 735
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1949-08-14

15
660 368
Jim Duggan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1954-01-14

16
843 415
The Iron Sheik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1940-03-15

17
763 346
Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1952-12-13

18
874 485
Tito Santana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-05-10

19
733 561
Bob Orton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1950-11-10

20
635 438
Greg Valentine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1951-09-20

21
593 321
Jim Neidhart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1955-02-08

22
506 308
George Steele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added 1937-04-16

23
440 382
Barry Darsow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1959-10-06

24
561 224
Big Boss Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added 1963-05-02

25
506 322
The Honky Tonk Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-01-25

26
424 433
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1949-09-10

27
408 369
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
553 231
Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1962-11-27

29
473 336
King Kong Bundy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1957-11-07

30
610 229
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
588 169
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
endofthelinejoel added 1965-07-22

32
508 254
Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1951-07-15

33
455 247
Brutus Beefcake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1957-04-21

34
280 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
303 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
461 289
Paul Orndorff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1949-10-29

37
449 266
Big John Studd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1948-02-19

38
220 65
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
David Gwost added 1945-10-12

39
268 380
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1956-05-07

40
375 301
Thomas Billington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1958-12-05

41
361 282
Haku is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added

42
330 278
The Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1958-09-06

43
392 293
Hillbilly Jim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1952-07-05

44
351 266
Nikolai Volkoff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1947-10-14

45
267 153
Bobby Heenan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
andy-lautenschleger added 1944-11-01

46
211 263
Koko B. Ware is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
mileena added Koko B. Ware

47
325 241
Rick Martel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1956-03-18

48
242 320
The Warlord is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1962-03-28

49
270 311
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
209 130
Kamala is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Gary Concialdi added 1950-05-28