Idiots Guide: Legendary 20th Century Wrestling Characters

In the hallowed days before professional wrestling exploded into the performance drug enhanced, multi-billion dollar sport/entertainment/business that it is today, early fans were treated to some of the more outlandish, colorful, and memorable characters who ever had the pleasure of throwing themselves across it’s dingy mats. The days when steel cage matches often led to bloodshed, and battle royals created broken bones. Prior to wrestlings move into the world of cable broadcasting, a fan would have to catch matches on one of the local channels, usually late at night and outside of the prying eyes of parents. In the late 1970’s and throughout the early 1980’s professional wrestling was a form of entertainment that attempted to portray reality, while being dramatically scripted at the same time. The clandestine use of razor blades and blood packets were enough to captivate my 5th grade person, and the larger than life drama persuaded my first entertainment addiction. My pre to early teen years were consumed by some of these outrageous characters. This list highlights some of the more interesting wrestling heroes of yesteryear.

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#20.   André the GiantAndre-the-Giant

World Wrestling Federation (WWF), WWF World Heavyweight Champion, WWF Hall of Fame 1993

#19.   Eddie Guerreroeddie guerrero

Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

#18.   Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat ricky-steamboat

American Wrestling Association (AWA), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), World Wrestling Federation (WWF)

#17.  ‘The Nature Boy’  Ric Flair Ric Flair

The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

#16.   George ‘The Animal’ SteeleGeorge Steele

WWF, Wrestlemania IV Battle Royal, Saturday Night’s Main Event

#15.  Jake ‘The Snake’ Robertsjake-the-snake-roberts

World Wrestling Federation (WWF), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW)

#14.  Bob Backlund Bob Backlund

WWWF/WWF Champion, WWE World Heavyweight Champion, WWE Hall of Fame 2013

#13.  The Iron Sheik Iron Sheik

WWF World Heavyweight Champion  1983

#12.  ‘The American Dream’  Dusty RhodesDusty Rhoades

3 – Time NWA World Heavyweight Champion

#11. ‘The Magnificent’ Don Muracodon-muraco

(WWF) World Wrestling Federation (1981 – 1988), WWF Intercontinental Champion, King of the Ring (1985). WWE Hall of Fame 2004

#10.  Bruno SammartinoBruno-Sammartino

11 year  World Wrestling Federation (WWWF/WWF) Champion

#9.   The Junkyard Dog junkyard-dog

Mid-South Wrestling (MSW), World Wrestling Federation (WWF)

#8.  Sgt. Slaughter sgt-slaughter

National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), American Wrestling Association (AWA), World Wrestling Federation (WWF), WWF World Heavyweight Champion, 2 -Time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, WrestleMania VII

#7.  Dino Bravodino-bravo

World Wrestling Federation (WWF)   1985–1992

#6.  The Ultimate Warrior The-Ultimate-Warrior

World Wrestling Federation (WWF) 1987 – 1991 World Championship Wrestling (WCW)

#5.   Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snukajimmy Snuka

World Wrestling Federation (WWF), (ECW) Eastern Champion Heavyweight Champion

#4.  ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piperroddy-piper

World Wrestling Federation (WWF), World Championship Wrestling (WCW)

#3.  Harley RaceHarleyRaceInterview

National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), American Wrestling Association (AWA), World Wrestling Federation (WWF), World Championship Wrestling (WCW)

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World Championship Wrestling (WCW), World Wrestling Federation (WWF), WrestleMania

#1.  Randy ‘Macho Man’ SavageRandy-Savage

World Wrestling Federation (WWF), World Championship Wrestling (WCW)

 

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