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Top 5 pro wrestlers from the 80s

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I used to watch a lot of wrestling when I was in elementary school. Saturday mornings with my buddy Chris and a box of Fruit Rollups was always a good time. My interest for macho soap operas later waned in middle school, but I briefly rekindled my love for pro wrestling as a sophomore and junior in high school when WCW was at its peak. Call it a guilty pleasure. I haven’t watched it since.

While “the sport” is pure trash now (in the 80s it was only part trash), I still have fond memories of those fake-baked, bad actors with muscles and lots of fluorescent tights. Here are my favorites. Do share yours.

5. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

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I liked Superfly for one reason: the man got crazy air from the turnbuckles, like a mix between a luchador and Michael Jordan. It never got old watching this guy crash into fallen opponents from high above.

4. The Ultimate Warrior

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His war paint was ridiculous, and it would always crumble off with sweat as a match wore on, but I always got pumped seeing the Ultimate Warrior get pissed, shake his fist, and go crazy on someone. He was living proof that you’re never entirely out of a fight.

3. Randy “Macho Man” Savage

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Mach Man is crazy. He’s also trashy. But much like Superfly, he’d get mad air from the ropes and he talked like I thought every wrestler should: with a 2-packs a day growl. Plus, he had a hot girlfriend who doubled as his manager.

2. Hulk Hogan

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It’s impossible to make a list of top pro wrestlers and not include Hulk Hogan. Sure he was goofy, and his special move was a boring leg drop. But he could also rip a ridiculously thin tank top from his torso like it was nothing. And he beat Andre the Giant.

1. The “Nature Boy” Ric Flair

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Ric Flair is everything a wrestler should be: loud, conceded, arrogant, funny, and quick on his feet. “To be the man, you gotta beat the man,” and nobody beats him in terms of charisma. Wooooo!