Can You Name These Classic 1980s Wrestling Stars From An Image?

By: J. Scott Wilson

Can You Name These Classic 1980s Wrestling Stars From An Image?
Image: Miguel Discart via Wiki Commons

About This Quiz

Are you ready to show this quiz what you’re made of? I said: Are! You! Ready?!

If your answer is yes (and it had better be), then good, you’ve already taken the first step towards proving what a badass pro wrestling aficionado you really are. The pro wrestling scene in the US flourished during both the 80s and the 90s (the Golden Age of Wrestling). Everyone from kids to adults was hooked to their TVs, wanting to know firsthand what extravagant spectacle was in store for them this week. This surge in popularity of wrestling in the 80s is partially due to developments in media distribution and technology; like broader access to pay-per-view and cable television. However, charismatic promoters like Vince McMahon also played a part in getting people interested in the fights and stories. Speaking of stories, who can forget the intricate sagas that were woven around charming and compelling fighters; like “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, and Andre the Giant?

So, no matter if you consider yourself as being a heel or a face, all that matters is this – do you think you’ve got what it takes to beat this quiz? Are you the cream of the crop, well are you?!

Steve Austin Who is this fightin' man?
Steve Austin
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin was a bombastic, beer-drinking, head-thumping man of the people. He operated equally well as hero or heel.
Mr. Perfect
Ted DiBiase
Hillbilly Jim

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Gorilla Monsoon Who is this king of the mat?
Mr. Perfect
Mr. Perfect or Curtis Michael Hennig holds the 7th longest AWA World Heavyweight Champion title in history.
George Steele
Andre the Giant
Demolition Crash

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Ultimate Warrior Can you name this muscle man?
Rick Rude
Brutus Beefcake
Mr. Perfect
Ultimate Warrior
Ultie was an odd character, full of bombast and semi-intelligible commentary. And face paint, of course.

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Iron Sheik Who is this wrestling icon?
Boris Zhukov
Hillbilly Jim
Iron Sheik
This caricature of a Middle Eastern bad guy was often paired with other heels like Volkoff to really get the boos going. The '80s were a strange decade.
Tatanka

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Fabulous Moolah Can you name this wrestling star from just one image?
Stacy Keibler
Fabulous Moolah
The Fabulous Moolah was the godmother of today's female wrestlers, stemming from an age when the ladies were supposed to be tough rather than model-pretty.
Nicole Bass
Victoria

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Dusty Rhodes Can you name this '80s wrestler?
Diamond Dallas Page
Dusty Rhodes
Dusty was a really odd character. He'd show up to the ring in Vegas-style satin robes and affect a very dandyish appearance, then beat the stuffing out of guys far more fit than he was.
Ric Flair
Shawn Michaels

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Brooklyn Brawler Think you can identify this wrestling champ?
Black Bart
Ric Flair
Randy Savage
Brooklyn Brawler
The Brawler was a heel named Steve Lombardi before he tried to invent this character, but it never caught on very well.

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Ted DiBiase Can you recall the name of this wrestling champ?
Ted DiBiase
Ted, the "Million Dollar Man" was a physical wreck, but he would "pay" to have other wrestlers do his dirty work. He did have "The Million Dollar Dream" submission move, which was pretty nifty.
Arn Anderson
Curt Hennig
Dusty Rhodes

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Roddy Piper Who is this bruiser?
Roddy Piper
Easily my all-time favorite, Rowdy Roddy was a bagpipe-playing lunatic who doubled as a movie star in flicks like "Hell Comes To Frogtown" and "They Live."
Rick Rude
Brutus Beefcake
Randy Savage

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Randy Savage Can you name this wrestler from just one image?
Brutus Beefcake
Greg Valentine
Curt Hennig
Randy Savage
Randy "Macho Man" Savage was tremendously entertaining, and even earned a role in the first "Spider-Man" movie, playing a wrestler named Bone Saw McGraw. He was also a voice actor in Disney's animated film, "Bolt," believe it or not!

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Rick Rude Remember the name of this old-school wrestler?
Lex Luger
Ultimate Warrior
Mr. Perfect
Rick Rude
"Ravishing" Rick Rude is, to me, memorable for one thing: He had the best "pain face" in the business. He'd hold his back and grimace in a way that made you think he was near death.

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Rick Martel Can you name this muscle man?
Randy Savage
Rick Martel
Was there a better head of '80s hair than Martel's? I noticed he never took on Brutus the Barber ...
Rick Rude
Owen Hart

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Hillbilly Jim Who is this wrestling icon?
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Hillbilly Jim
Hillbilly Jim was a naked attempt to cash in on the popularity of Jim Duggan, but he never quite resonated with the WWF fans.
Big Boss Man
Demolition Crash

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Jake "The Snake" Roberts Who is this king of the ring?
Bret Hart
Rick Rude
The Undertaker
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Jake didn't really LOOK like a wrestler - more like a biker hanging around outside a country bar. But somehow he made it to the top echelon, and it was always fun when he brought his python out of its burlap sack.

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Hulk Hogan Which 1980s wrestling star is in this image?
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
Macho Man Randy Savage
Ravishing Rick Rude
Hulk Hogan
It's no stretch to say that the WWF wouldn't have reached its apex without the Hulkster. Every kid had at least one of the yellow shirts, although their moms got annoyed when they ripped them off.

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Jimmy Snuka Remember the name of this wrestler?
Haku
Tama
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Jimmy was the master of the top-rope launch maneuver, often going from turnbuckle to turnbuckle to throw himself at much larger opponents.
Tonga Boy

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Greg Valentine Can you recall the name of this wrestling champ?
Greg Valentine
Valentine was the master of the figure-four leg lock, which is surely equal to being CEO of a Fortune 500 company on a resume.
Mr. Perfect
Roddy Piper
Bam Bam Bigelow

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Bret Hart Can you name this wrestling star?
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Rick Rude
Bret Hart
Bret was a fierce talent, with physical prowess to match a bombastic personality. His signature "Sharpshooter" move was always a crowd pleaser.

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Jim Duggan Think you can identify this wrestling champ?
Hillbilly Jim
Jim Duggan
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan was one of my favorites, a 2x4-toting redneck who at times seemed impervious to pain. It's been quite a life for this man, who was a member of the chess club in high school.
Sheepherder Ray
Koko B. Ware

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Koko B. Ware Which 1980s wrestling star does this picture show?
Junkyard Dog
Koko B. Ware
Koko was never that great a wrestler, but his penchant for exotic birds and flamboyant ring personality made him a crowd favorite right up until he was (almost always) pinned.
Lex Luger
Dustin Rhodes

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Don Muraco Who is this bruiser?
Koko B. Ware
Don Muraco
Don didn't have much of a persona, but he made up for that with what might well be the largest set of pectoral muscles in history.
Ted DiBiase
Mil Mascaras

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Ricky Steamboat Who is this king of the ring?
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Ricky Steamboat
Ricky was another of the high-flying competitors of the WWF, more at home on the top turnbuckle than on the mat itself. He used to spit flame before and after matches.
Tatanka
Koko B. Ware

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Paul Orndorff Remember the name of this wrestling icon?
Tatanka
Paul Orndorff
Wrestling as "Mr. Wonderful," Orndorff famously teamed up with Hulk Hogan to take on King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd.
King Kong Bundy
Boris Zhukov

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Pat Paterson What's the name of this wrestling star of the '80s?
Ric Flair
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Pat Patterson
Pat was an old-school brawler from the days before spangly tights. He appealed to the older generation, but didn't last too long in the flashy '80s.
Jimmy Snuka

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Tito Santana Can you name this wrestling star from just one image?
Mil Mascaras
Haku
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Tito Santana
Tito was not the biggest or the strongest, but his sheer acrobatic athleticism kept him at the top of the talent list for years.

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Junkyard Dog Do you know the name of this '80s wrestler?
Koko B. Ware
Tito Santana
Charles Atlas
Junkyard Dog
I once ran into JYD in the Atlanta airport. He was a polite and gentlemanly fellow, and had his famous steel neck chains in a carry-on satchel.

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Bad News Brown Who is this fightin' man?
Junkyard Dog
Tama
Hurricane
Bad News Brown
A professionally trained judoka, Bad News Brown wasn't a heel, but he was the angriest dude in the WWF. As Allen Coage, he was the first African American to win an Olympic medal in judo, at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games.

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Terry Gordy Select the correct name of this '80s wrestler.
Ted DiBiase
Shawn Michaels
Dusty Rhodes
Terry Gordy
Terry was another member of the Fabulous Freebirds, a big, hulking redneck type often seen in a Confederate flag T-shirt.

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Michael Hayes What's the name of this wrestling star of the '80s?
Michael Hayes
Michael never made a huge name for himself solo, but as part of the Fabulous Freebirds he was a huge star. Ever seen "Highlander"? That's the Freebirds in the ring in the beginning!
Owen Hart
Bret Hart
Dustin Rhodes

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Tony Atlas Who is this king of the mat?
Tony Atlas
Tony was another old-line wrestler who made the transition to the flashy '80s. His physique was flawless, but he didn't have the flashy image that the '80s demanded.
The Undertaker
Haku
Randy Savage

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Andre the Giant Remember the name of this wrestling icon?
Andre the Giant
If you don't know Andre from wrestling, you might recognize him from "The Princess Bride." He was quite a cultured fellow!
Hulk Hogan
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Junkyard Dog

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Nikolai Volkoff Which 1980s wrestling star is in this image?
Nikolai Volkoff
The Russians were the global bad guys in the '80s, so Volkoff made waves as a beefy, doughy heel.
Boris Zhukov
The Iron Sheik
Hillbilly Jim

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Dino Bravo Remember the name of this old-school wrestler?
Big John Studd
Dino Bravo
Dino's life after wrestling may have been more interesting than his time in the ring. Related by marriage to the Canadian mob, he allegedly got involved in smuggling and was killed when he crossed the wrong people.
Iron Sheik
Jesse Ventura

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Demolition WWE Can you name this wrestler from just one image?
Bam Bam Bigelow
The Four Horsemen
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Demolition
Demolition was one of the most impressive tag teams (later trios) in the WWE, despite the fact they had pronounced beer bellies in the ring.

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Killer Khan Select the correct name of this '80s wrestler.
Yokozuna
Andre the Giant
Killer Khan
The history of WWE ethnic wrestlers is largely one of caricature and stereotype, and Khan fit that bill perfectly.
Nikolai Volkoff

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Arn Anderson Do you know the name of this '80s wrestler?
Arn Anderson
As an original member of The Four Horsemen, Arn was part of one of the biggest gangs in the early WWE. He's now an author, believe it or not.
Ric Flair
Ole Anderson
Matt Windham

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Jesse Ventura Name this '80s wrestler.
Big John Studd
George Steele
Dusty Rhodes
Jesse Ventura
Jesse rode Arnold Schwarzenegger's coattails into the movie business before jumping to politics, even becoming governor of Minnesota. Pretty good for a guy who called himself "The Body."

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Ivan Putski Which 1980s wrestling star does this picture show?
Ivan Putski
Ivan was about as wide as he was tall, but the Polish Hammer could really deliver a blow with the best of them.
Nikolai Volkoff
Boris Zhukov
Big Boss Man

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Akeem Can you name this wrestling star?
King Kong Bundy
Bam Bam Bigelow
Hurricane
Akeem
Formerly known as One Man Gang, Akeem the African Dream was a middling talented giant whose favorite moves involved dropping his porcine bulk onto supine opponents.

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Ron Bass Can you name this '80s wrestler?
Ron Bass
Bass adopted a fairly generic "outlaw" personality, entering the ring to the sound of a bullwhip cracking. He had his greatest success tag teaming with his brother Don before going solo.
Black Bart
Barry Windham
Ted DiBiase

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