Actually, Andre should be on there and I thought he was, but the rest? Yeah, I stand by that. The name on mine that I question the most is Steamboat, honestly, not Morton or Santana. And I would certainly put Santana or Morton up against Piper or Slaughter, both of whom you listed. Different strokes.
I don't think "carrying a company" has anything to do with it, really. We going to start naming Von Erichs or Freebirds?
That's fair, like I said I am not trying to slam you.
I think you can make a case for Morton, but in no way do I see him over anyone that I listed especially Bockwinkle, Dusty Rhodes, or the Road Warriors and including Slaughter and Piper. Slaughter was in arguably the two hotest fueds of the decade. He sold out buildings all over in the Atlantic territory then repeated the same feat in the WWF. People base Slaughter in the 80's soley on his WWF run, when in reality he was the top heel in the Mid-Atlantic region for a couple of years. Piper....don't forget his fued with Valentine in the NWA before he poured gasoline on the WWF with his Hogan fued that gave birth to WM 1. As for Santana he was a curtain jerker at WM. Santana as far as I know never drew based on his name alone. His case is hard to make. His top runs were his fueds with Muraco, Valentine, and later his last big fued with Butch Reed.....none of which sold out buildings as far as I know. He spent most of the 80's in the WWF where he was behind; Hogan, Slaughter, Andre, Snuka, and eventually JYD, Steamboat, Savage, Ultimate Warrior and Jake Roberts. He was never pushed higher than any of those faces. In his heyday, during his biggest runs he was still at best for brief periods of time the fourth biggest face they had. He was basically on the same level with Putski, Hacksaw, and Tony Atlas. Even in his run with Rick Martel in Strikeforce, That in itself showed that he was not big enough to stand out on his own, it felt like a demotion. And really they were overshadowed by the Bulldogs, Hart Foundation and even Demolition.
As far as carrying the company, I think it is a fair baramoter of how well a wrestler drew, how over he was. Unless you were the owner, or booker the guys who made it to the top and generated ticket sales worked main events. They carried the company. Every guy I listed did this in the 80's. I admit, The Rock n Roll Express did do this at times, and Morton worked lots of main events, but you joked about the Freebirds and Von Erich's, but I consider Morton on their level. If I were ranking the top 50 stars of the 80's they would all be around the same number....not Mike and Buddy Roberts of course
. But I will give you credit, after considering maybe Morton is not that big of a reach. You won me over. I still don't think he's top ten but top 20 okay. Santana on the other hand, were just going to agree to disagree.