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Old 07-11-2012, 01:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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North America, not in order:

- Ric Flair
- Ricky Steamboat
- Dusty Rhodes
- Randy Savage
- Tully Blanchard
- Bob Backlund
- Sgt. Slaughter
- Terry Funk
- Wahoo McDaniel
- Harley Race

HMs: Barry Windham, Magnum TA, Sting, Jerry Lawler, Ricky Morton, etc.
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1. Ric Flair
2. Jerry Lawler
3. Dusty Rhodes
4. Hulk Hogan
5. Nick Bockwinkle
6. Randy Savage
7. Roddy Piper
8. Stan Hansen
9. Sgt Slaughter
10. Ricky Steamboat

Suprised at how many of you are leaving off Bockwinkle. The AWA was still very much a top three until the late 80's and Bockwinkle carried the torch.

Also I don't think Funk breaks into this top ten. From what I remember, he was traveling alot in Japan early in the 80's before he spent a brief time buried in the WWF, and did not re-emerge as a national star until like 1988. I maybe wrong on this.

Same goes for guys like Sting who broke out too late in the decade to merit consideration. And guys like Backlund who dissapeared after losing the belt in 84. He spent most of the decade off the radar.

The Road Warriors as a team have to get some HR. As does JYD who really dominated the Mid-South. Mr Wrestling 2 was still on the top of his game until like 86 or so...so maybe he would rate higher than some of the guys being mentioned.

Oh and hardly anyone has mentioned Kerry Von Erich....I think he's a candidate as well.

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Old 07-13-2012, 03:19 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Jumbo
Funk
Flair
Lawler
Steamboat
Savage
DiBiase
Morton
Hansen
Santana

Not sure if that's my order but it's close. Really wanted to name-drop Duggan, Adonis or Reed too but I couldn't do it.
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Jumbo
Funk
Flair
Lawler
Steamboat
Savage
DiBiase
Morton
Hansen
Santana

Not sure if that's my order but it's close. Really wanted to name-drop Duggan, Adonis or Reed too but I couldn't do it.
But you did name drop Sanatana and Morton.... To each his own.
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Eh, Ricky Morton revolutionized tag team wrestling in the United States and can play face-in-peril better than anyone. Tito Santana is one of the best babyfaces of all-time from an in-ring perspective and was a helluva tag team guy too. I stand by those picks.
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Eh, Ricky Morton revolutionized tag team wrestling in the United States and can play face-in-peril better than anyone. Tito Santana is one of the best babyfaces of all-time from an in-ring perspective and was a helluva tag team guy too. I stand by those picks.
But top ten of the entire decade?

Sanatana never ever carried a company. I really don't think there is a need to debate him, he's not even well...I don't know maybe top 30, if that?

Morton, dude how in the heck did he revolutionize tag team wrestling? He learned the biz from Jerry Jarrett who btw did actaully play the face-in-peril better than anyone in his day. Guys had been doing the hot tag thing for 50 years before Morton, some just as well, some better. Look he was great no doubt, but top ten? Funny I always thought if anyone revolutionized tag teams in the 80's it was the Road Warriors.

You have a right to your own opinion I am not saying your wrong I am just finding the logic behind these two hard to believe. Sounds to me like you grew up a fan of them....and that's okay. I would like to debate.

You are telling me you take Ricky Morton and Tito Santana over...Bockwinkle, Piper, Rhodes, Race, Brody, Von Erich, Slaughter, The Road Warriors, Ventura, Orndorff, Andre...I just find that hard to believe....but it's your opinion. Great discussion, don't mean to come across rude....I just really like list.

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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?
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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.

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Santana on the other hand, were just going to agree to disagree.
I can see people arguing with me on Santana. I took shit for other guys that I have talked about in the past too, like One Man Gang or King Kong Bundy. But I am curious how much Tito Santana you have seen?

I think the biggest difference between our lists is that I'm putting most of my emphasis on ring work, which is why I'm not a big Slaughter or Piper fan. The heat they got? Off the charts. And Slaughter was a hell of a brawler. Same with Road Warriors. They were poor workers. Massive heat, uber pops & looked great with ridiculous power moves...but, eh, I like the art aspect of wrestling more I guess than the showmanship.

Nick Bockwinkle, I just haven't seen enough of his stuff, honestly. Andre, as mentioned, I just fuckin' forgot somehow, even though I champion him all the time. He should be on my list (probably in place of Steamboat).

EDIT: Maybe it's a cop-out for me to put Jumbo on there too. He was great but he sticks out like a sore thumb in a thread full of just North American workers.
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