If We Give You the Real Name of an ’80s Wrestler, Can You Give Us Their Ring Name?

By: Amanda Monell
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The Ultimate Warrior James Brian Hellwig was known for his brightly colored painted mask and even brighter costumes. What is his ring name?
The Undertaker
Kane
Sting
The Ultimate Warrior
Back in the 1980s, many wrestlers would stroll towards the ring, but the Ultimate Warrior charged the ring, setting the energy for the match. He was so quick that when he wrestled against Honky Tonk Man in 1988, he won the Intercontinental belt in around 30 seconds.

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Andrew the Giant Even though Andres Rene Roussimoff had a nickname of "The Eighth Wonder of the World," he had a winning streak of 15 years! Who was he known as in the ring?
Andre the Giant
What made Andre the Giant so tall? As a child, Andre the Giant was affected by a rare disease called acromegaly. Though typically found in middle-aged adults, this disease is a hormonal disorder that results from the pituitary gland producing too much of the growth hormone.
The Honky Tonk Man
Million Dollar Man
Lex Luger

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"Ravishing" Rick Rude Can you tell us who Richard Erwin Rood is known as in the ring?
Ric Flair
Rick Steiner
"Ravishing" Rick Rude
When it comes to playing the game on all fronts, "Ravishing" Rick Rude was a master. Often wearing the faces of his opponents on his tights, he would get into his opponents' heads while mocking their flabby bodies and disrobing, showing off his physique and earning the love of the ladies at the events.
Rick Martel

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Iron Sheik What was Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri's ring name?
Sgt. Slaughter
The Sultan
The Iron Sheik
Even though he was known for his rivalry with Sgt. Slaughter, The Iron Sheik had a match that would help drive wrestling into the mainstream during the 1980s. When he defended the WWE title that he'd earned a month prior, Hulk Hogan defeated him, giving Hogan his first belt of many.
Nikolai Volkoff

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Greg "The Hammer" Valentine This wrestler, known on the street as Jonathan Anthony Wisniski, was part of a dynasty. Who was he?
Honky Tonk Man
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
When you're part of a wrestling family, it's often hard to step out of the shadows of your predecessor to make a few strides of your own. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine took his famous father's (Johnny Valentine's) legacy and made it his own by winning both tag-team and individual titles.
Jesse "The Body" Ventura
Jake "The Snake" Roberts

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The Million Dollar Man Who was Ted DiBiase known as in the ring?
Mr. Perfect
Honky Tonk Man
The Million Dollar Man
With his immense wealth, the Million Dollar Man would often stick wads of money into his fallen opposition's mouths. In addition to this, he created his own title (which was never recognized by the WWE) and purchased the contract for a wrestler called The Deadman, who later became The Undertaker.
The Undertaker

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Fabulous Moolah Do you know who Lillian Ellison is in the ring?
Lita
Rockin' Robin
Fabulous Moolah
Even though some of her male counterparts have been able to hold a title for more than a year, the Fabulous Moolah held the Women's Championship for 28 years! It was in 1984 when Wendy Richter ended Fabulous Moolah's reign in a bout that aired on MTV. Richter's Manager? Pop Princess Cyndi Lauper.
Sensational Sherry

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Junkyard Dog Do you know Sylvester Ritter's ring name?
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Junkyard Dog
Many wrestlers have had the opportunities to play other sports, and Junkyard Dog was no exception; in the late '70s, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. His ability to work on teams helped him land several tag-team belts.
Honky Tonk Man
Sgt. Slaughter

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George "The Animal" Snooka When in the ring, William James Meyers was known for snacking on turnbuckles. Who was he?
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
George "The Animal" Steele
Unlike his persona in the ring, George "The Animal" Steele was anything but a savage. When he wasn't in the ring, he was a teacher in his hometown of Madison Heights, where he would coach football.
The British Bulldog
Dusty Rhodes

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Lex Luger What is Lawrence Wendell Pfohl's ring name?
Lex Luger
With an amazing body and moves that would make the best technician green with envy, it was no surprise that Lex Luger earned the nickname "The Total Package." He then won the United States Championship three times with the last time being the most memorable; he held onto the title for over 500 days!
Larry "The King" Lawler
Larry Zbyszko
Larry Stephens

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The Honky Tonk Man Who was Wayne Farris known as in the ring?
The Million Dollar Man
The Honky Tonk Man
With his Elvis Presley-style jumpsuit and pompadour, it should have been no surprise that The Honky Tonk Man was going to make a big splash in the WWE. He did, but only after taking a break, which was when the character evolved to becoming the baddie we know and love today.
"Ravishing" Rick Rude
Bam Bam Bigelow

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King Kong Bundy Do you know what Christopher Alan Pallies's ring name is?
King Kong Bundy
When "Wrestlemania 2" debuted in 1986, King Kong Bundy wrestled against Hulk Hogan, and because Bundy's performance as a heel was so good, everyone had to root for Hogan, which helped create Hogan's face persona. Outside of the ring, the two remained friends until Bundy's death in 2019.
Razor Ramon
The Honky Tonk Man
The Million Dollar Man

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Mr. Perfect What was Curt Hennig's ring name?
Mr. Perfect
After his Mr. Perfect days, Curt Hennig went by his given name in the ring, where he was a heel who would constantly flip0flop between WCW's Four Horsemen and the villainous NWO.
Honky Tonk Man
The Million Dollar Man
Dino Bravo

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Koko B. Ware Along with Frankie the Parrot, James Ware would fly into the ring. Do you know his ring name?
Honky Tonk Man
The Undertaker
Koko B. Ware
Even though Koko B. Ware never possessed a belt, this Hall of Famer was an amazing singer. He performed "Piledriver," the title track of the second album that the WWE released in 1987.
Big Boss Man

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Jimmy "Superfly" Snooka Do you know who James Wiley Smith was in the ring?
King Tonga
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
If you've ever wondered how tough of a wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was, check out a skit he did with Roddy Piper. It involved a coconut that both parties believed to be hollowed out; Piper hit Snuka in the head with it and caused a feud to ignite between the two.
Bam Bam Bigelow
King Kong Bundy

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Shawn Michaels Can you tell us who Michael Shawn Hickenbottom was in the ring?
Sting
The Ultimate Warrior
Shawn Michaels
Even though he became a part of the WWE family in the '90s as a solo act, Shawn Michaels got his start as part of a tag team called The Midnight Rockers. If you watch some of their footage, you'll notice that they have team moves, which wasn't seen often prior to their debut.
Honky Tonk Man

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Big John Studd Can you tell us who John William Minton was also known as?
John Cena
Johnny Valentine
Big John Studd
One of Big John Studd's main opponents was a fellow Goliath, Andre the Giant. In the first Wrestlemania, it was a clash of the titans where the two massive men competed in a $15,000 Bodyslam Challenge, which Andre won.
John Morrison

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Virgil Who was Mike Jones in the ring?
Hulk Hogan
Virgil
Even though he was somewhat known in wrestling, Jones wouldn't become the fan-favorite that he was until 1987, when he became The Million Dollar Man's bodyguard, Virgil. His job was simple: soften the opposition so his boss could take the win.
Koko B. Ware
The Million Dollar Man

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Rowdy Roddy Piper Who is Roderick George Toombs also known as?
"Ravishing" Rick Rude
Rowdy Roddy Piper
With his larger-than-life personality, Rowdy Roddy Piper was part of the reason why people tuned into wrestling week after week. As he was one of the most wicked villains in wrestling history, fans would go wild when his bagpipes started to play.
Macho Man Randy Savage
Randy Orton

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Ric Flair With 16 champion belts, there's no doubt that Richard Morgan Fliehr has become a legend. Who is he?
Ric Flair
Ric Flair isn't the only Flair to win bling in the ring. His daughter, Charlotte, has paved the way for women's wrestling in the WWE: She has held eight belts, and when Flair found out, he was one proud papa, telling fans that she was "no longer Ric Flair's daughter," but he was "Charlotte Flair's dad."
Rick Steiner
Rick Martel
"Ravishing" Rick Rude

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Brian Knobbs Do you know who Brian Yandrisovitz is in the ring?
Honky Tonk Man
Brian Knobbs
As part of The Nasty Boys, Brian Knobbs was known as one of the most hardcore teams in wrestling in the 1980s. One of their earliest rivalries was between The Midnight Rockers, which featured Shawn Michaels.
Shawn Michaels
The Million Dollar Man

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Scott Steiner With his massive muscles, Scott Rechsteiner was best known for wrestling with his brother. Who was this wrestler?
Scott Hall
Bam Bam Bigelow
Scott Steiner
When you think of tag teams in wrestling, the Steiner Brothers should make the list as one of the best. They are the only team to hold three belts from three different organizations (WWE, WCW and IWGP).
Honky Tonk Man

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King Tonga What was Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita's ring name?
Honky Tonk Man
King Tonga
As a fierce competitor, King Tonga started his training at the age of 10 in Japan, where he learned how to sumo wrestle. These skills helped him transition into the pro-wrestling circuit, where he eventually changed his name to Haku.
Jimmy Snuka
Dino Bravo

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Bam Bam Bigelow Scott Charles Bigelow, known for his massive physique and head tattoos, is also known as who?
Scott Hall
Bam Bam Bigelow
If you wanted to watch brutal wrestling, you would turn to ECW, the franchise that utilized broken bottles, razor wire and Singapore canes as only a few props that wrestlers could use on one another. And to be the champion, that's a whole new game, which was what Bam Bam Bigelow brought to the WWF in 1987.
Scott Steiner
The Warlord

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Brutus Beefcake Often armed with decorated hedge shears, this wrestler had a thing for collecting hair. Who was Edward Harrison Leslie in the ring?
"Ravishing" Rick Rude
Brutus Beefcake
Sometimes nicknames are born when you're in the ring, which is the case in the creation of Brutus Beefcake's nickname "The Barber." After Roddy Piper defeated Adrian Adonis in a Hair vs. Hair match during Wrestlemania III, Brutus helped Piper cut Adonis' hair, earning him that nickname that night.
The Honky Tonk Man
Bam Bam Bigelow

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Sting Without his facepaint, we're betting you couldn't pick Steve Borden out of a line up as a pro wrestler. Who is he?
The Undertaker
Sting
If you watched WCW back in the 1990s, you'd be familiar with a Sting who was darker with black and white face paint and black trenchcoat; however, in the 1980s, Sting was a surfer with bright blonde hair and gold tights.
Kane
The Ultimate Warrior

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Sgt. Slaughter As one of the patriotic wrestlers of the 1980s, this wrestler was known as a nasty drill sergeant. Who is Robert Rudolph Remus?
Colonel DeBeers
General Adnan
Sgt. Slaughter
At the height of his career, Sgt. Slaughter had a unique decision to make. Should he stay with the WWE and wrestle or become part of the G.I. Joe Universe? It took maybe a millisecond for Slaughter to decide that he was going to hang with Joe, Duke and the other recruits.
Colonel Mustafa

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Macho Man Randy Savage Randy Poffo, the son of another wrestling figure, Angelo Poffo, was often escorted to the ring by the lovely Miss Elizabeth. Who is this wrestler?
Randy Winn
Randy Orton
Randy Moss
Macho Man Randy Savage
When Macho Man Randy Savage first entered the ring in the 1970s, he was known as "The Spider" and had a costume similar to Spider-Man. In the 2002 movie "Spider-Man," Savage portrays Bone Saw McGraw, a wrestler who stands it the way of Peter Parker and $3000.

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Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat Even though he had a wrestler's name at birth, Richard Blood chose to add a little fire to his name. What is his ring name?
"Ravishing" Rick Rude
Ric Flair
Rick Steiner
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
With his hard-working ethic and incredible physique, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat was not only beloved among the fans but his peers as well. It is that work ethic that brought him out of retirement in 2009, where he wowed the fans in a series of bouts with Chris Jericho.

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Jake "The Snake" Roberts Never without his pet Damian, Aurelian Jake Smith Jr. brought fear into the ring; what is his ring name?
The Honky Tonk Man
Million Dollar Man
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
In addition to his cunning and snakelike personality, Jake "The Snake" Roberts also inspired another trend in the 1990s. During a bout between Stone Cold Steve Austin and himself, Austin mocked Roberts's quoting of the Bible, creating his own verse "Austin 3:16." The rest is history.
Grizzly Smith

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Rockin' Robin A daughter of wrestling legend Aurelian "Grizzly" Smith, Robin Deinse Smith knew she could make her way in the ring. Who was she in the court?
The Fabulous Moolah
Lita
Sensational Sherri
Rockin' Robin
When it came to the Smiths, Rockin' Robin wasn't the only one in the ring. Her half brother Aurelian Jake Smith Jr. was also a bit of a thing; he ruled the ring as Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

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British Bulldog He was often accompanied by his dog Matilda. David Smith is also known as who?
Sgt. Slaughter
Lex Luger
British Bulldog
When he returned to WWE in the 1990s alone after his partner suffered an injury, the British Bulldog was a double threat. He could hold his own in the ring, winning the European and Hardcore Championships and winning the World Tag Team Championship with Owen Hart.
Sting

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Hillbilly Jim Who did James Morris become when he entered the ring?
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
Hillbilly Jim
Hillbilly Jim had a sweet introduction into the WWE. As an admirer of Hulk Hogan's moves and heroic persona, Hillbilly Jim would often protect those he'd ally himself with a loyalty that few wrestlers display.
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Big John Studd

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Big Boss Man With his nightstick, Raymond W. Traylor Jr. would often bring justice to WWE rings. Who was he also known as?
George "The Animal" Steele
Big Boss Man
After he debuted in the late 1980s, Big Boss Man was approached by The Million Dollar Man, who wanted to purchase his contract. Because he turned him down and stuck by his morals, Big Boss Man became beloved by fans.
Sgt. Slaughter
British Bulldog

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Sensational Sherri This wrestler, also known as Sherri Schrull, managed Macho Man Randy Savage. Who is she?
Ember Moon
Chyna
Sensational Sherri
Even before setting foot in the WWE ring, Sensational Sherri had three belts from the AWA. When she arrived at the WWE, her first fight was against her trainer, the Fabulous Moolah, who was defending the Women's Championship Belt.
Madusa

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Nikolai Volkoff Do you know who Josip Hrvoje Peruzović was in the ring?
Boris Zhukov
Sgt. Slaughter
Nikolai Volkoff
As the evil Russian master villain, it would only be natural that Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik joined forces to further their nefarious agendas, and in the first Wrestlemania, they beat U.S. Express and won the World Tag Team Championship.
The Iron Sheik

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Hulk Hogan As one of the most notable faces in 1980s, Terry Gene Bollea brought a goodness into the ring which no one has been able to do since. What is this hero's ring name?
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Lex Luger
Hulk Hogan
In the 1990s, when Hulk Hogan transitioned from the WWE to the now-defunct WCW, he flipped the script. Instead of playing a hero, he was a villain who recruited other baddies together to create the NWO. Why? He figured his fans were getting bored of his heroic persona.
Ric Flair

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Dynamite Kid Who is known Thomas Billington outside of the ring?
Dynamite Kid
As part of The British Bulldogs, the Dynamite Kid had nothing but the stars to reach for; however, it wasn't in the cards. After leaving the WWE with his partner Davey Boy Smith, he suffered a back injury that ended his career.
British Bulldog
Davey Boy Smith
Steven Regal

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Dusty Rhodes A son of a plumber, Virgil Riley Runnels Jr. would often strut the ring in polka-dot tights. What's his ring name?
Dustin Rhodes
Cody Rhodes
Dusty Rhodes
Because he had a less-than-stellar physique and wasn't much of a technician, Dusty Rhodes used his charisma to get people to their feet, and by being true to who he was and where he came from, he was given the nickname "The American Dream" and that made fans adore him.
Cody Runnels

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The Road Warrior As part of one of the most brutal tag teams in wrestling history, Joseph Michael Laurinaitis would be hard to recognize without his apocalyptic shoulder pads. Who was he known as?
Rick Steiner
Road Warrior Hawk
Road Warrior Animal
Even before setting foot on the WWE stage, The Road Warriors were some of the most intimidating and successful tag teams in wrestling, with five different titles, excluding a WWE Hall of Fame Induction.
Davey Boy Smith

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