Bulky muscles, giants among men, flamboyant outfits; the 1980s was certainly an interesting and fun time for wrestling fans. As the sport grew from a local form of entertainment to a worldwide phenomenon, a few crowd favorites rose to the top of the entertainment world. How well do you know the top wrestling talent from the 1980s? Here's a quiz where you can find out!
Various eras can lay claim to being the Golden Age of wrestling, but the '80s undoubtedly brought about a boom in the wrestling industry. Television helped encourage this rise in popularity, but it was the stars who made the sport appealing to fans around the world. From Andre the Giant to Hulk Hogan to Ric Flair, wrestling stars cut the greatest promos against their opponents, antagonized opposing fans, and inspired their followers. If any era can lay claim to being the Golden Age of wrestling, the '80s deservedly owns that right.
Did you grow up in the 1980s when wrestling was on the rise? Do you remember who performed in the biggest feuds or who won the most titles? Get started with this quiz and put your wrestling knowledge to the ultimate test!
What did Randy Savage call himself?
In 2002, Randy Savage hit the big screen when he had a cameo in "Spider-Man" starring Tobey Maguire. Savage participated in a stunt during the movie that left him with nerve damage in his neck for the rest of his life.
Who was Randy Savage married to?
When Randy Savage first came to the WWF, a storyline followed multiple managers trying to attract him to sign with them. However, Savage chose Miss Elizabeth who was his wife in real life.
Who did Randy Savage defeat in the finals of a 14-man tournament to win his first WWF World Heavyweight Title?
After Randy Savage was moved to a commentator role in the WWF, he decided to leave the company to join the WCW in 1994. The WCW was the main rival to the WWF, and the move launched a war for viewers between the two companies.
What was Hulk Hogan's signature move?
In the '80s, there was no bigger wrestling star than Hulk Hogan. Hogan was known for his cartoonish persona and child-friendly attitude.
Who did Hulk Hogan team up with at the first-ever WrestleMania?
Mr. T was a poor wrestler in the ring but a huge hit on television. His match at WrestleMania I led to a boxing match at WrestleMania II against Roddy Piper.
Who did Hulk Hogan slam at WrestleMania III?
WrestleMania III was held at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. According to the WWF, it was the largest indoor event in North American history at the time with a crowd of over 90,000.
What was the tag team between Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan called?
Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan had a fierce rivalry before they finally united into a tag team. For most of the rivalry, Hogan was the baby-face, and Savage was the heel.
What was the name of Roddy Piper's interview segment?
The quick-witted Roddy Piper was one of the greatest heels in the history of wrestling. His sharp tongue earned him an interview segment in 1984, which would lead to many conflicts throughout his WWF career.
Who managed Rick Rude while he was at Championship Wrestling from Florida?
Percy Pringle would eventually become the great Paul Bearer. In the '90s, Bearer became famous after managing both the Undertaker and Kane in various storylines.
Which stable did Rick Rude join when he first came to the WWF?
The Heenan Family was run by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan who was excellent at creating villainous characters. His first client in the WWF was Big John Studd.
Who did Rick Rude win the Intercontinental Championship from at WrestleMania V?
The Ultimate Warrior was known for his physique and intense energy. Much of his in-ring persona was developed during his time as a bodybuilder which he started at a young age.
What was the name of the tag team between Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart?
The Hart Foundation helped establish the tag team division in the 1980s. They won the Tag Team Championship twice before Bret Hart moved on to star in the singles division.
What was Bret Hart's nickname?
Bret Hart was one of the greatest technical wrestlers to ever take to the squared circle. For his gifts, he was often referred to as "the excellence of execution."
Who carried a snake to the ring?
Jake Roberts had a famous feud in the '90s with Randy Savage. During the feud, Roberts let his snake bite Savage during a storyline that left fans in awe.
What was Jake Roberts' signature move?
Jake Roberts was originally pitched as a heel in the WWF as the company thought he couldn't get over with fans. However, that proved false when a feud with Hulk Hogan was canceled because the company saw how popular Roberts was with the crowd.
Andre the Giant faced Big John Studd in what type of match at WrestleMania I?
Big John Studd started a feud with Andre the Giant over who was the true giant of wrestling. The feud culminated with Andre slamming Studd at WrestleMania I.
What was Junkyard Dog's real name?
Before joining the WWF, Junkyard Dog became a fan favorite while working under NWA Mid-South Wrestling. His most famous feud in the company was with the Fabulous Freebirds who once blinded him with hair cream.
What did Randy Savage use to defeat Ricky Steamboat at the Wrestling Classic in 1985?
The Wrestling Classic in 1985 featured a 16-man tournament that included legendary wrestlers from Tito Santana to Paul Orndorff. Randy Savage met Junkyard Dog in the finals of the tournament with Junkyard Dog walking away with the victory.
What title did Ricky Steamboat win from Randy Savage at WrestleMania III?
Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat were two of the greatest in-ring performers to ever come through the wrestling world. It's no wonder then that their bout at WrestleMania III is still considered one of the greatest matches of all time.
King Kong Bundy faced Hulk Hogan in which type of match at WrestleMania II?
In the early part of his career, King Kong Bundy wrestled for the World Class Wrestling Association in Texas. He was originally called Big Daddy Bundy but was later reintroduced as King Kong Bundy.
What was the tag team between Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid called?
One of the most talented wrestlers of his era, Dynamite Kid was forced to retire early due to a spinal injury. The injury would eventually leave him paralyzed.
Which famous Japanese wrestler did Dynamite Kid feud with in New Japan Pro Wrestling?
The feud between Dynamite Kid and Tiger Mask started when Tiger Mask defeated Dynamite Kid in a match that shocked fans everywhere. Further matches between the two helped establish a place for smaller wrestlers in a world of giants.
What did Terry Funk carry to the ring?
Terry Funk revolutionized wrestling with his hardcore approach to the sport. He is one of few wrestlers who continue to perform into their 70s.
The Iron Sheik was billed as being from where?
Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, or the Iron Sheik, was actually born in Iran and even served in the Iranian military. He left the country before the Iranian Revolution in the late '70s.
What was the name of the Iron Sheik's signature move?
Hulk Hogan won his first WWF World Heavyweight Championship from the Iron Sheik after breaking out of his Camel Clutch. The victory helped launch Hogan's career as an American hero.
Who did the Iron Sheik team up with at WrestleMania I to win the WWF Tag Team Championship?
Nikolai Volkoff was billed as a villain from Russia during stints in the WWF. However, the wrestler was actually from Croatia.
What was Ric Flair's nickname?
Ric Flair received his nickname from Buddy Rogers who was the original "Nature Boy." Rogers passed the name to Flair after Flair defeated him in a match.
Who did Ric Flair defeat to win his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship?
Ric Flair is a "limousine ridin', jet flyin', kiss stealin', wheelin' dealin', son of a gun," or so he calls himself. Undoubtedly, he is one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step into the squared circle, evident by his lengthy career.
What was the name of the alliance between Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, and Tully Blanchard?
The Four Horsemen were known for two things: winning and bragging about it. They named themselves after the four horsemen of the apocalypse because of how much havoc they could wreck.
When did Sting and Ric Flair have their first match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship?
Sting and Ric Flair had a great feud that helped launch Sting's career. He would go on to become the face of the WCW throughout the '90s.
Hawk and Animal made up which tag team?
An impressive tag-team duo, the Road Warriors were known for wearing face paint and shoulder pads. They often used a double-team maneuver known as the Doomsday Device to defeat their opponents.
What was the ring name of Edward Leslie?
Edward Leslie's biggest match was at Starrcade 1994 when he went by the ring name The Butcher. He headlined the event against Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
Which WrestleMania was billed as "The Mega-Powers Explode"?
The biggest storyline leading up to the match between Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage was which corner Miss Elizabeth would choose. She decided to play the odds and chose a neutral corner.
What was Greg Valentine's nickname?
Greg Valentine was trained to wrestle by the legendary trainer Stu Hart, the father of Bret Hart. Stu also trained wrestlers such as Billy Graham, Chris Jericho, and Edge.
What tag team was Shawn Michaels part of in the '80s?
Shawn Michaels became one of the stars of the singles division in the '90s and '00s. Some of his greatest feuds were with the Undertaker, Chris Jericho, and of course, Bret Hart.
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