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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-15-2012, 02:05 AM
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Re: The Top 10 Wrestlers Of The 80's?

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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.
Answering your question first...I was a huge wrestling fan in the 70's and 80's. I have dozens of old video tapes from various territories in boxes in my closets. I was a smart mark before the term came to life, and I saw loads of Tito....even before his WWF run, when he was working the territories....where he rarely main evented as well . I saw him live dozens of times against various opponents. I saw a match with him a Butch Reed in Nashville that was very, very good. I wish the WWF had not abandoned their Butch Reed push.

Good observation, as far as work rate and I will give you that. Sanatana was one heck of a worker. But the thread "greatest of the 80's" to me, encompasses so much more than work rate or Hogan would not be on anyone's list. If it were greatest workers then sure I would consider him for the top 20. It just sounds to me like he's a personal favorite of yours, and when making a list like this it is hard not to mention our personal favs. Thus I debated putting Mr. Wrestling 2 on mine although it is forgotten how huge he was, he would not be in the Top Ten of the decade, 70's maybe. I simply started this whole debate because of all the names anyone listed Santana stuck out like a sore thumb, at least to me.

BTW I too champion the One Man Gang, very under-rated big man. Don't take to much crap for that, most wrestling "historians" acknowledge how great he was.

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Re: The Top 10 Wrestlers Of The 80's?

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Okay, so the Jerry Lawler thread got me thinking, the 80's was a fantastic decade and there were a tonne of great wrestlers/personalities during that era. Pretty hard to rank a list but, what are your top 10 wrestlers of the 80's? In order if you can.

My List

1. Ric Flair
2. Randy Savage
3. Jerry Lawler
4. Ricky Steamboat
5. Harley Race
6. Barry Windham
7. Bob Backlund
8. Ted DiBiase
9. Jake Roberts
10. Sting

Honourable mentions: Roddy Piper, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Magnum TA, Hulk Hogan & Dusty Rhodes

My Top 10:

1.Hulk Hogan
2.Andre the Giant
3.Ric Flair
4.Randy Savage
5.Dusty Rhodes
6.Bob Buckland
7.Roddy Piper
8.Ted DiBiase
9.Jerry Lawler
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1.Hulk Hogan
2.Andre The Giant
3.Ric Flair
4.Antonio Inoki
5.Dusty Rhodes
6.Bob Backlund
7.Randy Savage
8.Legion Of Doom
9.Bruiser Brody
10.Roddy Piper

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Re: The Top 10 Wrestlers Of The 80's?

So based on earlier comments I had to do this, gave it a lot of thought

Eevryone has their own opinions, but some guys who did little in the 80's are getting way too much consideration, anyways just for fun...the top 50.

1. Ric Flair
2. Hulk Hogan
3. Dusty Rhodes
4. Andre
5. Jerry Lawler
6. Nick Bockwinkle
7. Randy Savage
8. Roddy Piper
9. Stan Hansen
10. Sgt Slaughter
11. Ricky Steamboat
12. Hawk
13. Animal
14. Harley Race
15. Kerry Von Erich
16. Tully Blanchard
17. Terry Funk
18. Ted Dibiase
19. Jimmy Snuka
20. Junkyard Dog
21. Brusier Brody
22. Arn Anderson
23. Jesse Ventura
24. Barry Whindham
25. Michael Hayes
26. Iron Sheik
27. Jake Roberts
28. Bob Backlund
29. Sting
30. Magnum T.A.
31. Nikita Koloff
32. Paul Orndorff
33. Ricky Morton
34. Ultimate Warrior
35. Masked Superstar
36. Dick Murdoch
37. Rick Martel
38. Dr. Death Steve Williams
39. Rick Rude
40. Bobby Eaton
41. Terry Gordy
42. Kevin Von Erich
43. Kevin Sullivan
44. Butch Reed
45. Tito Santana
46. Billy Jack Haynes
47. Hacksaw Duggan
48. Gino Hernandez
49. Stan Lane
50. Ronnie Garvin

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Re: The Top 10 Wrestlers Of The 80's?

No one could make a perfect list but I'd go with:

Jerry Lawler
Ric Flair
Jumbo Tsuruta
Chigusa Nagayo
Nick Bockwinkle
Tatsumi Fujinami
Robert Fuller
Randy Savage
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