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

J. Scott Wilson

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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?!

Which 1980s wrestling star is in this image?

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.

Who is this king of the ring?

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.

Remember the name of this wrestling icon?

If you don't know Andre from wrestling, you might recognize him from "The Princess Bride." He was quite a cultured fellow!

Who is this wrestling icon?

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.

Can you name this wrestler from just one image?

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!

Can you name this muscle man?

Ultie was an odd character, full of bombast and semi-intelligible commentary. And face paint, of course.

Who is this fightin' man?

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin was a bombastic, beer-drinking, head-thumping man of the people. He operated equally well as hero or heel.

Who is this bruiser?

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."

Can you name this wrestling star from just one image?

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.

Can you recall the name of this wrestling champ?

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.

Remember the name of this wrestler?

Jimmy was the master of the top-rope launch maneuver, often going from turnbuckle to turnbuckle to throw himself at much larger opponents.

Who is this king of the mat?

Mr. Perfect or Curtis Michael Hennig holds the 7th longest AWA World Heavyweight Champion title in history.

Remember the name of this old-school wrestler?

"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.

Who is this king of the ring?

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.

Can you name this '80s wrestler?

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.

Who is this wrestling icon?

Hillbilly Jim was a naked attempt to cash in on the popularity of Jim Duggan, but he never quite resonated with the WWF fans.

Do you know the name of this '80s wrestler?

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.

Can you recall the name of this wrestling champ?

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.

Name this '80s wrestler.

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."

What's the name of this wrestling star of the '80s?

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.

Remember the name of this wrestling icon?

Wrestling as "Mr. Wonderful," Orndorff famously teamed up with Hulk Hogan to take on King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd.

Think you can identify this wrestling champ?

The Brawler was a heel named Steve Lombardi before he tried to invent this character, but it never caught on very well.

Who is this bruiser?

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.

Do you know the name of this '80s wrestler?

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.

Can you name this wrestling star from just one image?

Tito was not the biggest or the strongest, but his sheer acrobatic athleticism kept him at the top of the talent list for years.

Can you name this muscle man?

Was there a better head of '80s hair than Martel's? I noticed he never took on Brutus the Barber ...

Which 1980s wrestling star is in this image?

The Russians were the global bad guys in the '80s, so Volkoff made waves as a beefy, doughy heel.

Who is this fightin' man?

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.

Can you name this wrestler from just one image?

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.

Select the correct name of this '80s wrestler.

The history of WWE ethnic wrestlers is largely one of caricature and stereotype, and Khan fit that bill perfectly.

Which 1980s wrestling star does this picture show?

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.

Can you name this wrestling star?

Bret was a fierce talent, with physical prowess to match a bombastic personality. His signature "Sharpshooter" move was always a crowd pleaser.

Think you can identify this wrestling champ?

"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.

What's the name of this wrestling star of the '80s?

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!

Who is this king of the mat?

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.

Remember the name of this old-school wrestler?

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.

Which 1980s wrestling star does this picture show?

Ivan was about as wide as he was tall, but the Polish Hammer could really deliver a blow with the best of them.

Select the correct name of this '80s wrestler.

Terry was another member of the Fabulous Freebirds, a big, hulking redneck type often seen in a Confederate flag T-shirt.

Can you name this wrestling star?

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.

Name this '80s wrestler.

Pete Maivia is the grandfather of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He had tattoos that covered his legs that symbolized a high chief status in the ancient Samoan culture.

Can you name this '80s wrestler?

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.

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