Can You Name These 1980s Wrestling Stars from a One Sentence Description?

By: Stella Alexander
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"Hulkamania is running wild, brother!" Before Triple H and the WWE, there were two H's dominating the world of wrestling. Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest names when it comes to wrestling, but there were tons of other wrestlers who rose to fame during the 1980s. From Randy Savage to Bret Hart, can you name these 1980s wrestling stars from one sentence?

The world of professional wrestling began in 1952 when Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt founded the Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. After Vince McMahon founded Tidal Sports, Inc. in 1979, Jess McMahon would sell this company to his son,  and he would shape the wrestling world into what it is seen as today. The 1980s would bring a slew of wrestlers to the then World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and would become known as the Golden Age of wrestling. This time period introduced Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka. While these were just a few of the stars of the decade, many of them were known beyond their personas. In the ring, they were known for finishing moves like "The Hitman's" sharpshooter or a powerful leg drop. 

While the WWF, now called the WWE, continues to live on, there's a reason the '80s are called the Golden Era. From household favorites to the leaders in the ring, can you name these 1980s wrestling stars? Let's find out!

At 7'4", he was the 8th wonder of the world.

During his professional wrestling career, Andre the Giant was billed as the 8th wonder of the world. He began his wrestling career at the young age of 18 and joined the WWF in 1973. He was the very first wrestler inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1993.

A Demolition star who came down like a steel blade

Born Bill Eadie, Ax was a professional wrestler well-known for being half of the duo, Demolition. He began his professional wrestling career in 1973 with the NWA before moving to the WWF (then WWWF).

Born James Reiher, he was "Superfly!"

Born James Reiher, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka began his professional wrestling career in the 1970s. He was brought to the WWF in the 1980s wave by Vince McMahon. He was known for his finishing move, the Superfly Splash, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

Often called "El Matador," you'd want to avoid his flying forearm smash.

Tito Santana began his professional wrestling career after being drafted to the Kansas City Chiefs. His professional wrestling career began in 1977 and he would join the WWF in 1979. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

With tons of money in the bank, this wrestler was "The Million Dollar Man."

Ted Dibiase began his professional wrestling career in 1975. In 1979, he joined the WWF for a short time before moving on to NWA. In 1987, he returned to the WWF as "The Million Dollar Man." DiBiase was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

This "Magnificent" wrestler was the first King of the Ring.

Don Muraco began his professional wrestling career with the AWA in 1971. He would join the WWF in 1981 where he adopted the nickname "The Magnificent Muraco." he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

This robe-wearing "Nature Boy" takes off his feathered robe when he gets in the ring.

Ric Flair began his wrestling career in 1972 and had a 40-year career. He has wrestled for the NWA, WCW and WWE. He is two-time inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Beware the Cross-Face Chickenwing.

Bob Backlund began his wrestling career in college before deciding to become a professional athlete. He joined the AWA in 1973 and would move on to the NWA and WWF. Backlund was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

This "handsome" wrestler joined the WWF ring with bleached blond hair.

Harley Race began his professional wrestling career in 1965 in the AWA. He would move on to the NWA before joining the WWF under the management of Bobby Heenan. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

You won't miss the green tongue of "The Animal."

Born William Myers, "The Animal" went by the name George Steele in the ring. He began his professional wrestling career after being scouted by Bruno Sammartino. He was known for his finishing move, the Flying Hammerlock. Steele was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.

A sharpshooter from "The Hitman" was sure to leave you down for the count.

Known as Bret "The Hitman" Hart, the professional wrestler started his career in 1976 before moving to the WWF in 1984. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

"The Italian Strongman" who held the WWWF belt for 12 years.

Bruno Sammartino began his wrestling career in 1959 when he joined the WWWF. While he spent most of his career there and held his belt for a record holding 12 years, he appeared in the WWF in 1980, 1981 and 1986.

This painted faced was known as a "fighter."

The Ultimate Warrior began his professional wrestling career in 1985. The wrestler moved on to the WWF in 1987. Billed as the Ultimate Warrior, he would later officially change his name to Warrior. Warrior was inducted into the Hall of Fame three days before his death in 2014.

"Mr. Wonderful" was an NFL draftee before becoming a wrestler.

"Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff was drafted to the NFL before beginning his professional wrestling career. When the didn't pass the physical, he took his talents to wrestling in 1976. He joined the WWF in 1983 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

"Hacksaw" was already ready for his Three-Point Stance Clothesline.

Jim Duggan was drafted to the professional football team, the Atlanta Falcons, before beginning his professional wrestling career. He joined the WWF in 1987. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

A flying elbow drop was the finisher of this "Macho Man."

Ohhhhh yeahhhhh! Randy Savage was a pro wrestler who was nicknamed "Macho Man." He began his professional wrestling career in the early 1980s and appeared in the WCW and WWF. The wrestler died in a car accident in 2011 and was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.

He sounds like an ape.

King Kong Bundy began his professional wrestling career in the early '80s and gained a permanent position on the WWF in 1985. He would continue his career into the late '80s before leaving the WWF and returning in 1994.

This British wrestler was a "Bulldog."

Davey Boy Smith was a British wrestler who was also called "British Bulldog." Often teamed with The Dynamite Kid, he would later embark on a solo career. The wrestler died in 2002 from a heart attack.

He sounds like he belongs in the army.

Born Robert Remus, Sgt. Slaughter began his professional wrestling career with the NWA. In 1980, he joined the WWF before joining the AWA in 1985. He would later return to the WWF in the '90s.

Why make mistakes when you can be "flawless" like this wrestler?

Mr. Perfect was born Curthis Henning. He began his professional wrestling career in 1980 in the AWA. He joined the WWF in 1982 and after leaving in 1984, he returned in 1988 until he retired in 1996. He passed away in 2003 and was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

A head full of hair and thick 'stache, this wrestler was "ravishing."

Known as "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Rude joined the WWF in 1987. He was known for his popular entrance of disrobing after kissing a "seemingly random" woman in the crowd. The wrestler passed away in 1999 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

This "Heartbreak Kid" might put you to sleep with his sweet chin music.

Shawn Michaels began his WWF career in 1988 as part of the duo, The Rockers. He would go on to successful solo career in the 1990s and on. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

Wearing a keffiyeh, this wrestler liked his Camel Clutch chinlock.

Iron Sheik was one of the first wrestlers into Vince McMahon's first wave. After joining the WWF in 1979, he would leave a year later only to return in 1983. He was a Hall of Fame Class of 2005 inductee.

Once called the "Masked Canadian," this rowdy wrestler wore a kilt.

Roddy Piper began his professional wrestling career in 1973 with the American Wrestling Association. He would have a five year run with the NWA before moving to the WWF in 1984. Roddy Piper was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also a king of the "B" movies, starring in "They Live" and "Hell Comes to Frogtown," among others.

With a chain around his neck, he might "thump" you.

Born Sylvester Ritter, Junkyard Dog started his professional career in the early 1980s. He would join the WWF in 1984. Ritter died in car accident in 1998 and was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

You don't want a backhand chop from "The Dragon."

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat began his professional wrestling career in 1976 with the AWA. He would join the WWF in 1985 with the nickname "The Dragon." Steamboat was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

He could be "The Brain" or "The Weasel."

Born Raymond Louis Heenan, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan began his wrestling career in 1969 with the AWA. He first joined the WWF as a manager before returning to the ring. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

This "cowboy" is part of a wrestling dynasty.

"Cowboy" Bob Orton began his professional wrestling career in 1972. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Bob Orton, Sr. Orton, Jr.'s son, Randy Orton, is a current WWE star. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

"The Snake" often slithered into the ring with a boa.

Jake Roberts began his professional wrestling career in 1974. In 1986, he would move on to the WWF where he stayed until 1992. Called "The Snake," he often brought a boa or cobra into the wrestling ring with him. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.

He might fire you in the workplace but slam you in the ring.

Big Boss Man began his professional wrestling career in 1985. He would join the WWF in 1988 and was known for his finisher, the Bossman Slam. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

Male or female, "whatcha gonna do" as this wrestler's "brother?"

Probably one of the most famous wrestlers ever, Hulk Hogan began his professional wrestling career in the late '70s. He was then brought to the WWF after a stint with NWA. Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.

February 14 is important to "The Hammer."

Greg "The Hammer" Valentine began his professional career in 1971. Following in the footsteps of his father, Johnny Valentine, he bounced between the NWA and WWF. He is a Hall of Fame Class of 2004 inductee.

He LOVED Elvis.

The Honky Tonk Man was a professional wrestler who styled his appearance after Elvis. He began his professional wrestling career in 1978 before joining the WWF in 1986.

Demolition's own Blacktop Bully and Repo Man

Born Barry Darsow, Smash was one half of the tag team, Demolition. He joined the NWA in 1985 before joining the WWF in 1987.

When he wasn't in the ring, "The Body" starred in films like "Predator."

Jesse Ventura served in the Navy for 6 years before starting his professional wrestling career. Beginning in 1975, Ventura would wrestle until 1984 when he began experiencing health issues. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. He was also the governor of Minnesota for a short, bizarre time.

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