Growing up in the 80's I watched a lot of wrestling. As I became older and wrestling went to being a comic book it lost the allure of being a soap opera for men, but those memories will always be there. Back than wrestling was bigger than it ever was. The 80's were the best time in wrestling history. Had the NWA, AWA and WWF all going strong. The regional's like World Class, Mid-South, Stampede were all top notch. Sure, people will argue how big it is today with the money involved and the TV ratings, but I disagree. From my point of view there is one type of wrestler in my mind that is the reason wrestling was bigger pre-Cable; the "jobber". Back in the day you would watch wrestling on Saturday or Sunday morning with a whole card of big names destroying cats like Steve Lombardi, Rene Goulet and Iron Mike Sharpe. At the end of the card you might get lucky and see a Greg Valentine vs SD Jones (WWF) or a Black Bart vs Sam Houston (NWA), but for the most part they had the eyeballs without having star vs star from top to bottom. Wrestling in the modern form they have to keep pushing it further and further and putting all the big names on the card against each other. Shit, I even remember going to Cobo or the Joe and seeing a live card that would consist of the following:Mid level star vs jobber for the first few matchesUpper, but not champion, for the middle level matches before and right after the intermissionA women or midget matchA tag team title match or a 6 man tag with big namesThe main event would involve a title or two big stars (Tito vs Greg for the IC Belt or Hogan vs Dr. D)Back in the 80's, there was more luster in waiting to see the big names duke it out. Also, with all the regional areas all packed with great names, it was a big thing to see the Road Warriors from the AWA take on the Koloffs from the NWA. All of the things that made wrestling great are gone now. I love to watch classic wrestling and see Studd and Andre or Flair and Dusty.
But on to my favorite wrestler of all time. The nod from JD would have to go to the man himself:
Ric Flair. It would be years before I would see Ric Flair live on TV. When I was a kid we would get all the wrestling magazines and read about this Flair guy down South, the Von Erich's in Texas or Kevin Sullivan in Florida. This was pre-cable, so depending on the region you live there was no way to ever see any of these guys. I still remember when we first got cable and watching TBS and seeing Flair talking smack and beating everyone down with the Four Horseman. His battles with Magnum TA, Dusty and Nikita Koloff were all classic. I know we have a good group of older school cats (some like Marco I am sure go back to Bruno and Dick the Bruiser), so who was your favorite wrestler growing up?
Dustin Beaver. LOL
Professor Turo Tanaka
dick murdock and terry funk
Chief J Strongbow
(That's my 16 year old Nephew's Stage Name) Yes He does shows on the Easr Coast and the little shit made about 14 Grand last year doing this. I shit you not.
was watching some 80s wrestling last night and thought I would give this thread a bump..
"The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase along with his sidekick Virgil
I use wrestling mannerisms in all my handycap Well I got the whooooooo! From The nature boy, whe I talk to the book n about the book I do it razor Ramon style, but bro when I do my pose down after I make y picks, Specially if I had a few Its "THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR" thas kicking around upstairs "LOAD THE ROCKET WITH THE FUEL! LOAD THE ROCKET WITH THE FUEL!" God Im so hung over why did I wake up so early,
tough one, but i'd have to say jimmy super fly snuka, or rowdy roddy piper. favorite tag team would be a toss up between the british bulldogs and the road warriors.
I LOVE WRESTLING AS MUCH AS SPORTS WAGERING!!!!
MY FAVS ARE STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN,THE ROCK,DX HHH,SHAWN MICHEALS XPAC,BAD ASS BILLY GUNN,AND THE ROAD DOG JESSIE JAMES, THE NATION OF DOMINATION,WHICH CONSISTED OF THE ROCK,FAROOQ(RON SIMMONS...DAM!!!)D-LO BROWN,MARK HENRY,AND THE GODFATHER(I CAN'T THINK OF HIS OTHER NAME),KAMALA"THE UGANDAN HEADHUNTER",JAKE"THE SNAKE"ROBERTS,BATISTA,AX AND SMASH"DEMOLITION",THE JUNKYARD DOG,THE ROCKERS SHAWN MICHAELS AND MARTY JANNETY,THE NATURAL DISASTERS EARTHQUAKE AND TUGBOAT,RAZOR RAMON,AND DIESEL(KEVIN NASH)
True wrestling fan here!!!! All time Favorite--NATURE BOY RIC FLAIR!!! WOOOOO! Tag Team -- ROAD WARRIORS!!! Just there entrance music would get me excited!! Dont watch too much now but my 6 yr old loves it! Remeber when i was a youngster going to the old RFK stadium to see STARCADE or THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH!!! Caught a flight with Dusty Rhodes flying into BWI airport once! Tapped Hogan on his back In Baltimore when he was with NWO! I sometimes wish i could get back into it like i use too!!! I guess thats what are kids are for !!!!
I loved the old Nikita matches with Ric Flair. The real classic ones were the Koloffs vs. Road Warriors. That era was a great time to be a wrestling fan.
Easy baby.... Nature Boy RICK FLAIR. WOOOOOOOO.
Figure 4 hurts like hell if it's performed correctly. Can definately break someone's leg. Love Submissions.
Oh man what a thread. I must dust off my Hulk and Macho Man Randy Savage toys. Lets not forget the soulful tones of "Mean" Gene Okerlund. What about Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and the beautiful Miss Elizabeth. What icons Rowdy Roddy Piper - yes Hot Rod, or Mr Wonderful Paul Orndorff, the Ravishing One Rick Rude or Jake the Snake and Damien. Man what memories. Shit just jogged the memory how about those 24 inch pythons?