Can You Identify These Wrestling Legends if We Make Them Look Like Kids?
By: Lauren Lubas
Image: Wikicommons by David Shankbone
About This Quiz
The '80s and '90s were dominated by professional wrestling. The muscled-up men and women of the WWE and WCW took over our screens on Monday night and showed us exactly what fake fighting should look like ... and sound like. Although it took a lot of heat for the fake fights, professional wrestling had a fan base that knew the showmanship involved in each match was so much more important than the blood splatter real fights would deliver. This showmanship brought on some of the most memorable characters that the world has ever seen. Some of them even went on to lucrative acting careers, while others continued working in the industry as announcers.
If you know your wrestling from the '80s, '90s and '00s, you could probably name any wrestler who ever entered the ring. While this may make you an expert in all things Royal Rumble, we have an even bigger challenge for you. Do you think you have what it takes to name these wrestlers if we give a little Photoshop touch to their images? We're going to turn 40 wrestling legends into babies. Do you think you can identify them? To help you out, we'll only use their stage names (or ring names).
Andre Roussimoff was born with gigantism, an excess of a growth hormone. Basically, his body didn't stop growing, and it took its toll on the wrestler's body. He died at a young age, but not before allowing Hulk Hogan to body-slam him.
Can you name this wrestler who was all about the bling ... and Slim Jims?
Macho Man Randy Savage
Oooh Yeah! Even if you don't remember Macho Man in the ring, you probably remember him from his other endeavors. These included Slim Jim commercials and a rap album ... which didn't make it too far, but was still pure cheesy gold.
Even though he goes by Dwayne Johnson these days, it took The Rock a little bit of time to shed his wrestling persona. He became one of the most well-known actors of the 2010s and is considered one of the coolest people in Hollywood.
Can you name this shirt ripper without his signature facial hair?
The Ultimate Warrior
Anyone who took part in Hulkamania knows a thing or two about the Hulkster. Not only did he wear signature yellow attire, he was one of the most famous wrestling personalities of the '80s and '90s. He body-slammed Andre the Giant one iconic match.
He's almost named after a comic book villain. Do you know who he is?
You may remember him as having one of the most perfect mullets of all time (feathered on top, long party style in the back). Lex Luger currently works as a consultant for WWE, but he was also the two-time Heavyweight Champion in the WCW.
We all know that wrestling is all about the showmanship, and no one brought it to the ring quite like Jake the Snake Roberts. His snake became a staple of his character, and he often used it to intimidate his opponents.
Not only was Steve Austin considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, his resume is longer than most in the industry. He works as an actor, speaker, host and producer these days.
Professional wrestling was never really considered a "pure" sport, but it was entertaining in every form. However, when Hacksaw Jim Duggan started introducing weapons in the ring, things got even more interesting and fans loved it.
Can you name this shiny wrestler with easy-to-remember initials?
Diamond Dallas Page
Starting his professional wrestling career at the age of 35 made Diamond Dallas Page the oldest rookie to ever step foot in the ring. However, he became one of the most memorable wrestlers, even being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Paul Levesque currently works as the executive vice president of talent for live events and creative at WWE, but before he "sold out" to the man, he was known as Triple H. This intense wrestler was considered one of the best in the '90s.
It takes all shapes and sizes to rule the wrestling ring (as long as all of those shapes and sizes are huge). Dusty Rhodes took on the ring in a way that few could follow, and afterward, he became a trainer.
Underwear, face paint and tassels connected to his arms ... this is most likely how you remember the Ultimate Warrior. He was great at smack talk and didn't mind getting his hands dirty when necessary.
Before his time in the ring, Sylvester Ritter (the Junkyard Dog) was a college football star and actually worked at a junkyard. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004, just six years after his untimely death.
He was 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed a whopping 390 pounds. This was no small man, and he owned the ring every time he stepped into it. The New Jersey native debuted in the ring in 1986 and worked the squared circle for 20 years.
T-shirts and kilts were the way to go with Rowdy Roddy Piper. This trash talker often got his stuff handed to him, but he kept coming back for more, because he was a legend, and fans loved seeing him. He's also a king of B-movies!
Even though he really didn't have a neck, Mr. Perfect was still pretty perfect in the eyes of many of his fans. He was part of nearly every wrestling company, including the AWA, the WWF, the WCW and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling until his untimely death in 2003.
She's one of the most famous female wrestlers. Do you know her name?
Considered the "Ninth Wonder of the World," Chyna was bold, beautiful and didn't take anyone's guff ... especially in the ring. Her wrestling career brought her into acting and modeling as well. She died of an overdose of alcohol and drugs in 2016.
In 2012, Edge (Adam Copeland) was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and for good reason. He was trained by Sweet Daddy Siki and Ron Huthison, and his work in the ring included both tag team and solo work.
He was the only Iranian-American to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. However, due to the Iranian hostage situation during his prime, the Iron Sheik used his homeland as a way to create a villain character that no one would ever forget.
Who is this wrestler who always had his face painted?
He rose to fame as half of the tag team duo known as Demolition, but you may remember him from his one-on-one days as Krusher Kruschev or Repo Man ... where he was just as crazy as the Smash persona he created.
Known for his barefoot wrestling style in the ring, Kamala played a bad guy who was supposed to be a headhunter from Uganda. He debuted in the WWF in 1984, and was managed by "Classy" Freddy Blassie, who was quite a character himself.
Who is this wrestler with frightening makeup ... but on a baby face?
Steve Borden might not seem like an intimidating name, but when you put on makeup that emulated "The Crow" and give deadpan stares to your enemies, things change a little bit. Change your name to Sting and get ready to put the hurt on your enemies, because you are one of the most intimidating wrestlers of all time.
If you watched professional wrestling in the 1980s, you remember Adrian Adonis for his bleached hair and blue eye shadow. he worked with the AWA and WWE (WWF at the time) until his untimely death in 1988.
Dave Bautista is probably most well known as one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but before his screen time, he was a professional wrestler for the WWE (WWF at the time). He was even the World Heavyweight Campion.