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random list: WWF edition

For no other reason than I'm avoiding work.

My favorite wrestlers/wrestling personalities from the early 1980's, when wrestling was fun and I wasn't ashamed to say I went to Wrestlemania II and I actually had some cheesy talking WWF figures.

  • Rowdy Rider Piper
  • Big John Studd
  • Andre the Giant
  • King Kong Bundy
  • George "The Animal" Steele
  • Nikolai Volkoff
  • The Junkyard Dog
  • The Iron Sheik
  • The Wild Samoans
  • Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
  • Mean Gene Okerlund

Favorite running gimmick: Piper's Pit
Least favorite thing: Hulkamania

Comments

"Elizabeth!"[/andre the giant voice]

I used to love the cartoon. I never missed it.

I go back to the days of Killer Kowalski and Haystack Calhoun. I remember watching on TV with my Grandfather. He'd jump out of his chair shouting, "It's fixed! I know it!" I would look up at him over my comic book with one arched eyebrow.

Let's not forget Roddy Piper's distinguished acting career.

Ah, to see Rowdy Roddy and Keith David beat the crap out of each other for 10 minutes again...cinematic gold!

I preferred 'Hot Rod' when he first appeared on Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (eventually WCW) -- seemed like the first guy I'd ever seen who could out-talk Ric Flair...

And I have trouble thinking of Nikolai Volkoff without remembering that horrible bit when he was Ted DiBiase's lackey wearing a suit covered with '¢' signs...

(/end wrestling geekage...)

I go back to the days when Nikolai Volkoff was Beppo Mongol.

For me, it will always be Chief Jay Strongbow and Ivan Putski. POLISH POWAH!!!

I loved "They Live"! I had such a huge crush on Rowdy Roddy - but then again, I was 11.

Michele,

It seems that that there is a Wild Samoan Training Center run by AFA. Only a painless $500 for the tryout, then $3,000-$4,000 for tuition (depending on whether we want to be wrestlers, managers, referees, or valets).

Let's do this thing.

Actual, functioning link.

How can you list the Iron Sheik without his arch-nemesis Sgt. Slaughter?

Was "The Undertaker" from that period? I really liked his acting - it reminded me of William Shatner (literally) on steriods.

Let us not forget The Fabulous Freebirds led by Michael "PS" Hayes.

Anyone remember this?

"I came to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I'm all outta bubblegum."

The funny thing is that the voice of Hulk Hogan in the animated series was done by Brad Garrett, now the loser brother on Everybody Loves Raymond.

In the early 80's I lived in Brooklyn Park, MN. That was before Jesse Ventura became the suburb's mayor. On the main drag there was a bar named "Mr Lucky" (I think. A lot of water under the bridge) Bobby "The Weasel" Heenan used to hang out there. His deal was to down a half dozen hot peppers followed by a pitcher of beer.
He wasn't a very friendly guy.
Don't know if you remember the WWF's Ken Patera, but he did 2 years for tossing a boulder through a McDonalds window.
His career kinda went down hill from there.

How about a shoutout to the losers?
Iron Mike Sharp
Steve Lombardi
and my favorite Barry O

All-AWA edition:

Jesse Ventura
Da Crusher
Baron von Raschke
Mad Dog Vachon
Lord Alfred Hayes and his Superdestroyers Mark II-III
Nick Bockwinkel
Verne Gagne
Buck "Rock & Roll" Zumhof
The Road Warriors
...and perennial loser George 'Scrap-Iron" Gadaski

What of the managers? The GRAND WIZARD OF WRESTLING!!

And worse. Much worse for a Dr. Demento geek. Forgetting Fred Blassie. Oh the shame!

Kamala, the Ugandan Giant
Leapin' Lanny Poffo (later "The Professor")

norbizness You Rock! That's just what I was going to add.

And the Von Eric brothers!

My favorite moment was when Macho Man supposedly beat the crap out of Hogan. Hogan was laying on a gurney while medical people ran around pretending to checking his pulse. They went to a commercial, and when they came back the camera was in Hulk's face and for a split second, caught his eye open and you could hear someone off camera whisper "we're on".

And JYD rocked.

Unfortunately, my favorite (Jake the Snake Roberts) is spending most of his time now hitting the business end of a crack pipe.

Oh, and no loser list is complete without the Mulkey Brothers. I thought I was white -- those two made me look like Nipsey Russell.

Michele,

Admit it -- you had a Hulk Hogan "Wrestling Buddy", didn't you? I can see you pimpslapping it across the living room screaming "What's my name, Hulkabitch? It's Michele...say it, SAY IT!"

I don't watch anymore. but my favorite
gimmick: NWO takes over WCW
least favorite gimmick: tie Vince's son buys WCW out from under him/Stephanie buys ECW

I'm with you Rowdy Roddy Piper was the best, and don't forget Piper's body guard Ace who seemed to have a permanent cast on his forever-broken arm.

I also liked Mean Jean Oakerland 'calling' the matches with Jesse The Body providing the color analysis.

LET ME TELL YA SOMETHIN MEAN JEAN!!!

What about Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka from the Isle of Tonga? No one could leap higher off the turnbuckles than him.

Greg:

One more from the AWA:
Vern's son Greg Gagne. After he quit wrestling, he became a car salesman. I got his card at the Mpls Auto Show in the early 90's, he was working at Metro Mitsubishi at that time.

Mike Sharp - Canada's answer to the boring no name guy!

Shame on me....I was at Wrestlemania IV.

I didn't have wrestling figure....my younger brother did....yeah that's the ticket.

Anyway they were those heavy rubber ones and actually alot of fun when stealing mom's excercise trampoline.

I've said too much...

Am I the only GLOW fan here? I had sexual fantasies about Colonel Ninotchka.

Nah, I loved GLoW. Remember when that one girl dislocated her elbow, and they replayed it like six hundred times?

No talk about Lou Albano?

C'mon, you gotta give some respect to Captain Lou!

Just because they haven't been mentioned yet and should be for their "after-the-win" antics... Brutus the Barber Beefcake and the Honkey Tonk Man.

In the playground, Brutus's sleeper hold was the easiest finishing move to play fake, although I was once put in the Demolition move by a couple of kids who were waaaay too into it.

you totally forgot Brutus the Barber Beefcake

Ah, I can't believe I forgot Brutus.

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