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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2,568 483
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1952-11-15

2
1,556 571
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1946-05-19

3
1,575 518
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-08-11

4
1,165 442
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1957-07-02

5
1,297 405
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1954-04-17

6
1,233 459
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1955-05-30

7
1,188 400
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

8
910 391
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1958-03-28

9
1,031 404
Rick Rude is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1958-12-07

10
1,341 720
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1943-05-18

11
926 337
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1954-01-18

12
783 214
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-02-28

13
857 619
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1943-04-11

14
910 709
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1949-08-14

15
825 398
The Iron Sheik is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1940-03-15

16
634 357
Jim Duggan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1954-01-14

17
735 334
Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1952-12-13

18
854 468
Tito Santana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-05-10

19
721 538
Bob Orton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1950-11-10

20
571 307
Jim Neidhart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1955-02-08

21
617 421
Greg Valentine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1951-09-20

22
486 292
George Steele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added 1937-04-16

23
453 320
King Kong Bundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1957-11-07

24
422 365
Barry Darsow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1959-10-06

25
410 412
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1949-09-10

26
483 308
The Honky Tonk Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1953-01-25

27
392 353
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
528 216
Big Boss Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
muzziac added 1963-05-02

29
524 222
Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1962-11-27

30
582 222
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
545 161
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
endofthelinejoel added 1965-07-22

32
481 244
Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1951-07-15

33
431 257
Big John Studd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1948-02-19

34
432 239
Brutus Beefcake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1957-04-21

35
446 276
Paul Orndorff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1949-10-29

36
259 38
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Eric Stenger added 1949-02-25

37
228 27
The Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
Eric Stenger added 1965-03-24

38
196 53
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
David Gwost added 1945-10-12

39
261 362
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1956-05-07

40
378 281
Hillbilly Jim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1952-07-05

41
362 289
Thomas Billington is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1958-12-05

42
351 269
Haku is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added

43
317 267
The Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1958-09-06

44
254 139
Bobby Heenan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
andy-lautenschleger added 1944-11-01

45
339 256
Nikolai Volkoff is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1947-10-14

46
200 246
Koko B. Ware is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
mileena added Koko B. Ware

47
316 227
Rick Martel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
1956-03-18

48
237 303
The Warlord is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added 1962-03-28

49
264 295
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
242 351
Bad News Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s
prometheus2099 added Bad News Brown