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25 signs you are a 1980s WWF wrestling fan

Many of us who liked 80s pro wrestling and watched such WWF shows as Championship Wrestling and Prime Time Wrestling (the precursor to the WWE’s Raw) have grown nostalgic for those golden days. After hours and hours of scientific research, I have concluded that you may be a WWF pro wrestling fan from the 1980s if:

  • [adinserter block=”1″]25. The first twins you saw in wrestling were the Hebner referees after Earl screwed Hulk Hogan out of the WWF Championship in 1988.
  • 24. You actually cared that the Honky Tonk Man had the longest Intercontinental Championship reign, and…
  • 23. …you remember seeing Ultimate Warrior end the near-15-month tenure in 30 seconds at the first SummerSlam.
  • 22. You feel Ted DiBiase Sr. far outshined Ted DiBiase Jr.
  • 21. Randy Savage’s double axe-handle from the top rope to the floor was the coolest high-flying move you had ever seen.
  • 20. You loved watching Saturday morning TV wrestling, even if almost every single match was a squash.
  • 19. You thought Jimmy Snuka was the coolest dude in wrestling in 1982.
  • 18. Jerry Lawler wasn’t the real king of wrestling in your eyes; it was clearly Harley Race or Haku.
  • 17. Your holy trinity included Capt. Lou Albano, Classy Freddie Blassie, and the Grand Wizard.
  • 16. You got pissed when someone bled in an angle on the syndicated shows and the WWF blocked the screen with a big red X.
  • 15. You can hum the theme song for Saturday Night’s Main Event.
  • 14. You would have killed the Iron Sheik if Sgt. Slaughter hadn’t already kicked his ass.
  • 13. The late Frankie Williams’ appearance on Piper’s Pit plays in your mind on occasion.
  • 12. You know which prelim wrestler was Unpredictable, which used a loaded black forearm pad, and which hailed from the Isle of Malta.
  • 11. You remember when it was common for the crowd to loudly chant “boring”during bad matches, usually ones that involved Barry O.
  • 10. The Hart Foundation’s matches with the British Bulldogs remain classic bouts to you.
  • [adinserter block=”2″]9. You recall when Rick Rude hit on Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ wife.
  • 8. You winced when the WWF debuted the silly blue steel cage to replace the traditional chain link cage in 1986.
  • ]7. You know where the occipital protuberance is thanks to Gorilla Monsoon.
  • 6. You recall a newly bald Superstar Billy Graham ripping apart Bob Backlund’s WWF Championship belt.
  • 5. You know two men were called “King Kong”: Bundy and Mosca.
  • 4. You still think WrestleMania III was the best WWF/WWE show ever.
  • 3. You know who Joe McHugh, Hoss Funk, and Jose Luis Rivera are.
  • 2. You realized years later that “Quick Draw” Rick McGraw didn’t die of natural causes.
  • 1. You remember how almost every pay-per-view main event ended with the big boot and leg drop.

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Scott Wallask
Scott Wallask has followed wrestling for 30 years and writes about growing up watching the WWF in the 1980s on his blog the Boston Garden Balcony.


  1. My wrestling company based out of Dunkirk, NY has had Hacksaw, Jim Duggan, Tatanka, and others from the 80’s appear at our shows. Hacksaw only charged 50% of his normal fee when we did a breast cancer benefit show. Chris Chavis (Tatanka) was also amazingly nice and didn’t gouge us on his fee either. he came back on three consecutive shows because he liked it so much. As a cancer survivor he said it was a no brainer and he’d be there. Next year we’re having Piper at our spring show. I can’t wait. AND to the idiot who said the 90’s owned the 80’s? Dream on dude…up until 97 the 90’s sucked balls for wrestling, those in the industry officially call it “The Suck Era”.

  2. There might have been other theme songs for Saturday Night’s Main Event but the one I remember was “Obsession” by Animotion.

  3. You know you weren’t a fan of wrestling in the 70’s after coming home from school with a headache because a classmate gave you a Dusty!!!

  4. British Bulldogs were the bomb! One of my fav tag teams. Jimmy Snuka flying over the top also. Loved me some 80s wrasslin’. Before someone told me it was FAKED. I was devastated when I knew. ugh.

  5. The “Macho Man” Randy Savage/Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat feud that had the famous leap by Savage from the top turnbuckle onto the floor hitting Steamboat with the timekeeper’s bell while Steamboat’s throat was over the metal fence separating the ring area from the crowd and then their classic Wrestlemania III match is still one of the best all-time feuds in pro wrestling history.

  6. Even though I could never stand Hacksaw Jim Duggan (the idiot tried starting a “USA, USA” chant at the Wrestlemania held in Toronto), I’m sure I’m not the only one who grew up in or near New York who calls (or in my case, still calls) the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx the Hacksaw Jim Duggan Expressway. (The Major Deegan Expressway is on Interstate 87, which runs north-south and also passes by Glens Falls, NY, Jim Duggan’s hometown.)

  7. Hulk Hogan and Macho Man interviews were awesome. Pipers eye pokes, Flairs flops. Hogan was probably my favorite his Fee Fi FO Fum Giant interview with Mean Gene was Epic Let tell you something Mean Gene. The comedy was great the wrestling was so bad it was good. I still remember when the Ultimate Warrior beat down the Honky Tonk man. To much to list here I’m hitting youtube next, that was a fun time, you get up on Saturday Morning and it was the Three Stooges followed by WWF wrestling.

  8. The jobbers were the highlight of the 80’s for me. Steve Lombardi, Barry Horrowitz, Iron Mike Sharpe, SD Jones, etc. these guys made all the “superstars” look great. Every match on TV was a squash until Saturday Nights Main Event. It was great. And Piper’s Pit with that Jabroni was fantastic, classic.

    • Iron Mike Sharpe remains my all-time favorite jobber wrestler; I’m still annoyed the WWF didn’t give “Canada’s Greatest Athlete” a push (and I’m not even from Canada). He grunted as much as some of the top women’s tennis players today.

  9. Is this a list for an 80s wrestling fan or 80s WWF fan? Because I couldve swore Jerry Lawler the man that has won over 150 titles in his career was the King since the seventies.

  10. Magnificent Muraco getting the Superfly splash off the steel cage was my first "Holy Shit!" WWF moment. Or how crazy was Terry Funk's debut beating the crap out of the ring attendent when he put on Funk's cowboy hat.

  11. How could any list of jobbers be complete without Dave Barbi from King of Prussia, PA????

    But, yes, those were the golden years. With Jesse the Body on the Microphone, how could it be anything but great?

  12. A good point about Muraco and I should have noted him in the list. The match where he brought the sub to the ring and ate it while beating on a jabroni was one the funniest things I've seen in wrestling. That idea would work today, too.

  13. No Magnificent Muraco! He actually held the ropes open for me to challenge him in the mid-80s at a local event. From first row of the balcony section of the arena, I plunked him with a squashed orange juice carton prior to his match. Needless to say I passed on the challenge. I was only 12, and there was still that possibility that Wrestling could be real…at least real enough for me to get crushed.

  14. Wrestlemania 3 IS the best WWF/WWE show ever. I still remeber seeing that event via closed circuit television (anyone else remember that?) at our local YMCA.

  15. Man, I preferred the blue cage.

    Also, Honkey sucked, although Warrior wasn't better. For me, the ultimate IC Champs are still Savage, Steamboat, Perfect and Razor (although the other two were more early '90s)

    • I remember seeing pics of the same structure in a match between The Sheik vs. George Steele in PWI and I thought it was the coolest thing. Years later I saw it at WrestleMania 2 and thought differently lol.


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