most of the guys from the 70s to the 90s, especially NWA guys, were guys that you could be breaking a pool cue across somebody in a bar fight. hell, scott hall killed a guy. it made their promos (that weren't written by failed soap opera and sitcom writers) feel real, ie austin, sandman, or magnum ta would really punch a guy in the face.
those are the exact type of guys who look like they work in a body shop who'd smash a beer bottle across your forehead then leave on their old harley before the cops showed up.Where did this myth come from that 80's wrestlers were all badasses who looked like they'd destroy you? A lot of them just look kinda chubby tbh lol.
I think a lot of people look at the 80's through rose tinted glasses tbh, I was there. The reason guys like Warrior and Hogan stood out so much for me back then was a lot of other wrestlers seemed like someone's Dad or Uncle in comparison. A large number of those wrestlers were big, yes, but they weren't huge scary intimidating dudes, they were more like heavyset regular dudes in their underwear lol.