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I was thinking today that I really would enjoy banter on this...

I will post some and you guys comment, add ommisions, and disagree.
Feel free to add your own wrestlers and list

Ric Flair
1. Dusty Rhodes: The rivalry that defined the NWA during the 80's
2. Ricky Steamboat: Just a classic set of matches that took both of them to a new level
3. Terry Funk: They had multiple runs in three different decades, my favorite was their early 90's WCW fued. But they were rivals for decades and always compared.
4. Harly Race: Thier matches over the NWA title were legendary, Race probably was more responsible than anyone for Flair's success (aside from Flair himself)
5. Hulk Hogan: although their fued was almost 10 years too late they were constantly compared against each other.
HM: Magnum TA, Jack Brisco, Sting, Kerry Von Erich


Hulk Hogan
1. Roddy Piper: The fued that launched WM, and the entire Rock and Wrestling era
2. Andre: To that point in history the defining moment of Hulkamania, and one of the top five moments in wrestling history.
3. Randy Savage: Their rivalry was classic for that era. I only wish they had given Savage more wins.
4. Paul Orndorff: Hogan's biggest threat for years, and big time rival
5. WCW: His NWO was huge as we all know
HM: Sgt. Slaughter, King Kong Bundy, Ultimate Warrior, Sting


Andre
1. Hulk Hogan: above
2. Big John Studd: Andre did not fued often before Hogan, he was more of a traveling act loaned out by the WWF, but this was one of his first real fueds
3. Killer Kahn: Kahn was given credit for breaking Andre's leg, this was a big deal in the late 70's. The revenge match was epic.
4. Jake Roberts: Like I said Andre did not have a lot of real fueds until Hogan so even though this one was probably just a blip on a great career it was a top five rivalry for Andre
5. Ken Patera: Patera played a large role in the Studd fued
HM: Don Leo Jonathon, Ernie Ladd

and two of my favs....

Jerry Lawler
1. Bill Dundee: The classic rivalry that spanned three decades
2. Jimmy Hart: No one brought out the best in Lawler than Hart and his revolving door of first family members.
3. Andy Kauffman:
4. Dutch Mantell: Like Dundee, he and Lawler swpped back and forth from heel/face another long standing rival
5. Jackie Fargo: The fued that gave Lawler the title "King of wrestling".
HM: Jimmy Valiant, Nick Bockwinkle, Austin Idol, Rocky Johnson

Sgt Slaughter
1. Iron Sheik: Probably one of the greatest rivalries of all time
2. Hulk Hogan: It was not just their fued but the backstage rivalry that denied Slaughter the top spot in the WWF in 84. Slaughter has been on record saying he was promised the belt but Vince backed out when Hulamania was born, which contributed to his leaving.
3. Pat Patterson: A classic WWF fued, Patterson's last
4. Ricky Steamboat: Not given enough credit, their fued along with Kernodle and Youngblood was probably the hottest angle in Mid Atlantic history.
5. Wahoo McDaniel; They fueded over the US Title for years.
HM: Bob Backlund, Jay Youngblood, Ray Stevens

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I would like to add Sting to Flair and Iron Sheik to Hogan. Sting-Flair was huge that it was the one last time match between them before WCW closure and without Iron Sheik, Hulk-a-mania is born statement would have been meaningless for he garnered so much hate which got converted to love for the man who could beat him.
 

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Sting

1. Ric Flair---I'm sure many will agree that the feud with Flair is really what put Sting on the map. One of my favorite feuds/rivalries, as took place in 3 different decades and was the perfect way to close the chapter of WCW, it's 2 original and biggest stars working 1 final match, finishing off a rivalry that lasted nearly 13 years.

2. Vader---Became WCW's big attraction after the departure of Flair. Some of the better matches in WCW in 92-93 but also provided those horrendous beach skits with Sid & Davey Boy.

3. Rick Rude---Started originally from Sting's feud with the Dangerous Alliance. Provided the last rivalry for Rude, who shortly retired after winning the belt from Sting in Japan.

4. Great Muta---Planted the seeds for Sting joining the Horsemen and his eventual main event push.

5. Hulk Hogan---Became WCW's savior during the rise of the NWO. Short feud that was teased in 1995, which was the precursor to the Hollywood character Hogan would debut in 1996.

HM: Lex Luger, 4 Horsemen, Cactus Jack
 

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Nice to see you guys add to the discussion but please pay attention. We're talking about classic stars, meaning guys who you don't see threads made on in other sections.


Damn, can't never have an old school conversation without somebody bringing up Austin or Rock.
 

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Terry Funk

Jack Brisco -heated, intense bloody rivalry
Dusty Rhodes- legendery arm-break angle
Jerry Lawler-"mah eye you bastard!!"
Ric Flair - one of my top 5 feuds ever
Cactus Jack- so much blood, all over the world

and thats not even mentioning battles in Japan with the likes of Abbie, or many more brutal ECW feuds (Raven, Sabu etc)
 

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Sting

1. Ric Flair---I'm sure many will agree that the feud with Flair is really what put Sting on the map. One of my favorite feuds/rivalries, as took place in 3 different decades and was the perfect way to close the chapter of WCW, it's 2 original and biggest stars working 1 final match, finishing off a rivalry that lasted nearly 13 years.

2. Vader---Became WCW's big attraction after the departure of Flair. Some of the better matches in WCW in 92-93 but also provided those horrendous beach skits with Sid & Davey Boy.

3. Rick Rude---Started originally from Sting's feud with the Dangerous Alliance. Provided the last rivalry for Rude, who shortly retired after winning the belt from Sting in Japan.

4. Great Muta---Planted the seeds for Sting joining the Horsemen and his eventual main event push.

5. Hulk Hogan---Became WCW's savior during the rise of the NWO. Short feud that was teased in 1995, which was the precursor to the Hollywood character Hogan would debut in 1996.

HM: Lex Luger, 4 Horsemen, Cactus Jack
Good list, maybe could have added Eddie Gilbert during his initial face turn
 

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I'm kind of out of the loop on Eddie Gilbert, as I didn't get to watch UWF, although I've seen some of his work from ECW in 1993.


On the topic of Eddie Gilbert, do you think he could have made an impact on the wrestling scene had he not passed away young? From what I understand, he had an intelligent mind for wrestling.
 

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I'm kind of out of the loop on Eddie Gilbert, as I didn't get to watch UWF, although I've seen some of his work from ECW in 1993.


On the topic of Eddie Gilbert, do you think he could have made an impact on the wrestling scene had he not passed away young? From what I understand, he had an intelligent mind for wrestling.
His best work was probably in UWF but i will never forget him running over Lawler with his car.

Yes Gilbert was a wrestling prodigy his dad Tommy was a southern territory mainstay and Gilbert spent his childhood writing notebook after notebook of angles and storylines. He was certainly an influence on some of the great and not so great bookers of the era; Heyman, Watts, Mantell etc.. I think he probably would be booking TNA right now if he had lived.
 

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Not sure if these are ranked, but if they are I would definitely have Andre as Hogan's greatest feud.

Jake 'The Snake' Roberts:

1. 'Ravishing' Rick Rude. Two of my all time favourites. Rude uncovering Roberts' wife spray painted on his pants, Rude trying to give Roberts' wife the Rude Awakening, Roberts de-kegging Rude in the ring, the DDT vs Rude Awakening match, this feud was great.


2. 'The Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase. This feud lasted a year starting at WM V and ending at WM VI, the promo work of both men was brilliant and Roberts returning at the Royal Rumble was a great moment and then Roberts stealing the Million Dollar belt.


3. 'Macho Man' Randy Savage. Savage being bitten by the snake is an iconic moment and the promo work of both these men is top notch. Roberts slapping Elizabeth is always memorable and then Roberts putting over Savage and setting up the feud with Undertaker.

4. Rick 'The Model' Martel. This probably wouldn't be so high up on other people's list but I always really liked this feud. Martel spraying cologne into Roberts eyes and 'blinding' him and then Roberts wearing the contacts, although it was cartoon like, it made sense and then that lead to the blindfold match at Wrestlemania 7, which is one of my personal favourite matches of all time, if you are a fan of psychology and working the crowd, watch it.

5. Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat. This feud really put Roberts on the map, bringing a darker side to the WWE, the matches were pretty good and the Komodo Dragon was a pretty cool thing for Steamboat to bring in. Yet again the booking made sense.

What I love about this era is that almost every feud ended and immediately started a new feud, branching the wrestlers off. Now feuds are so stop start it is hard to keep track, the feuds back then flowed naturally.
 

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Ok. Here is mine:

Rick Rude:
1) Sting
2) Ric Flair
3) Jake The Snake Roberts
4) Road Warriors
5) Ricky Steamboat

I may be wrong here regarding the feuds for most of the stuff I know about him came from youtube and research for forgotten legend series but he is my favorite wrestler and this below card is responsible for getting me to interested in the past.

 

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I was thinking today that I really would enjoy banter on this...

I will post some and you guys comment, add ommisions, and disagree.
Feel free to add your own wrestlers and list

Ric Flair
1. Dusty Rhodes: The rivalry that defined the NWA during the 80's
2. Ricky Steamboat: Just a classic set of matches that took both of them to a new level
3. Terry Funk: They had multiple runs in three different decades, my favorite was their early 90's WCW fued. But they were rivals for decades and always compared.
4. Harly Race: Thier matches over the NWA title were legendary, Race probably was more responsible than anyone for Flair's success (aside from Flair himself)
5. Hulk Hogan: although their fued was almost 10 years too late they were constantly compared against each other.
HM: Magnum TA, Jack Brisco, Sting, Kerry Von Erich
I'd replace Jack Brisco on the HM list with Lex Luger. Flair-Luger was a tremendous rivalry in the late 80s-early 90s.

Here's a couple of mine...
BRUISER BRODY
1. Abdullah the Butcher: If a promoter had made this match with a box of cereal at stake...it would have been every bit the bloodbath as any other of their encounters.
2. "Crusher" Jerry Blackwell: When the Mountain of Stone Mountain, Georgia (himself 475 pounds) battled the 320-pounder from New Mexico, it was a classic battle.
3. Carlos Colon: He and Brody had some great matches in Puerto Rico, Carlos was way more than just Carlito's dad.
4. One Man Gang: One of the very few men who could stand toe-to-toe with Brody.
5. Ric Flair: Brody and Flair had some classic matches, including one night I remember when Flair lost the NWA World title to Brody, only for the Dusty finish to take place and the referee had to go back after Brody was heading down the aisle to let him know he didn't win the title. The chase afterwards was hilarious.

FABULOUS FREEBIRDS
1. The Von Erichs: Without question, one of the greatest feuds ever.
2. The Road Warriors: Superclash I in Chicago, September 1985, as the Freebirds come to the ring with the Confederate flag painted on their faces...helped push the Road Warriors to face status.
3. Devastation, Inc.: World Class and the UWF helped push the envelope back then with heel vs. heel matches. It was especially fun to watch Gordy vs. Killer Khan
4. The Steiners...Took place years after the heyday of the Freebirds, but still some impressive encounters.
5. The Rock n Roll Express...One of the more underrated feuds...they had some great matches in the Mid-South and later in WCW.
 

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Not sure if these are ranked, but if they are I would definitely have Andre as Hogan's greatest feud.

Jake 'The Snake' Roberts:

1. 'Ravishing' Rick Rude. Two of my all time favourites. Rude uncovering Roberts' wife spray painted on his pants, Rude trying to give Roberts' wife the Rude Awakening, Roberts de-kegging Rude in the ring, the DDT vs Rude Awakening match, this feud was great.


2. 'The Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase. This feud lasted a year starting at WM V and ending at WM VI, the promo work of both men was brilliant and Roberts returning at the Royal Rumble was a great moment and then Roberts stealing the Million Dollar belt.


3. 'Macho Man' Randy Savage. Savage being bitten by the snake is an iconic moment and the promo work of both these men is top notch. Roberts slapping Elizabeth is always memorable and then Roberts putting over Savage and setting up the feud with Undertaker.

4. Rick 'The Model' Martel. This probably wouldn't be so high up on other people's list but I always really liked this feud. Martel spraying cologne into Roberts eyes and 'blinding' him and then Roberts wearing the contacts, although it was cartoon like, it made sense and then that lead to the blindfold match at Wrestlemania 7, which is one of my personal favourite matches of all time, if you are a fan of psychology and working the crowd, watch it.

5. Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat. This feud really put Roberts on the map, bringing a darker side to the WWE, the matches were pretty good and the Komodo Dragon was a pretty cool thing for Steamboat to bring in. Yet again the booking made sense.

What I love about this era is that almost every feud ended and immediately started a new feud, branching the wrestlers off. Now feuds are so stop start it is hard to keep track, the feuds back then flowed naturally.
Good list but Piper/ Hogan is a solid number 1 in any Hogan list. Their rivalry still exsist today
 

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Guess I'll add another.

The Steiners

1. The Outsiders---Biggest feud of the Steiner's career.

2. Doom---I remember as a kid, this being a pretty good feud and was my first exposure to the Steiner Brothers. Couldn't wait for The Clash Of The Champions to see Doom/Steiner Brothers.

3. Sting/Luger---Another great rivalry after the Steiner's returned to WCW when Luger & Sting where tag team champs.

4. The Road Warriors---Another rivalry from my childhood and briefly after The Steiners returned. Arguably, the top 2 tag teams of all time.

5. Harlem Heat---Still remember those matches from Nitro, as well as the 3 way with Sting & Luger as champs, that saw Nash & Hall show up and Harlem Heat managing to win the belts.
 

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Hogan:

Bobby The Brain Heenan - He sums up a lot of the guys thrown at Hogan in the 1980s. Members of Heenan's stable were challenges to Hogan starting in the AWA with Nick Bockwinkel, Ken Patera, Bobby Duncam, etc. Then in WWF the main ones were Studd, Bundy, Orndorff, Andre, and even Flair when he first arrived.

Vince McMahon - always arguing over money, get pissed at each other for years, then do business again and start the cycle anew. Not a kayfabe rivalry, but important nonetheless.

Piper - perfect villain for Hogan to help boost the MTV and pop culture explosion of Hulkamania and the WWF.
 

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Two more...a couple of tag teams...

The Road Warriors

1. The Russians: No matter what combo of Russians the NWA threw at them this was a hot fued as the Koloff/Kruschev team especially Nikita were the first team where there was some doubt as to the outcome.
2. The Horsemen: The Warriors played a large role during the Flair/ Dusty fued. Hawk even gained some title shots at Flair.
3. Demolition: Although their fued was brief, fans really wanted to see the originals demolish the copycats.
4. Midnight Express: The Skywalkers foes, had a pretty good little rivalry.
5. The Freebirds: Already mentioned in the Freebird list but this fued was the AWA's attempt at bringing a legit team for the Warriors to fued with.
HM: The Fabulous Ones, Nasty Boys, Idol and Lawler, Bruiser and Crusher, Warlord and Barbarian

The Fabulous Ones

1. The Moondogs: Just pure bloodbaths, my favorite was when old Jackie Fargo came back for a night to brawl with the Dogs.
2. The Sheepherders: A classic fued that took place over a full decade in different territories and included 5 different Sheepherder teams.
3. Dirty Rhodes (Roger Smith)/ Don Bass: Bass and Rhodes worked as several different hooded tag teams that all lost loser leave town matches after hot fueds with the Fabs, only to reappear as a "different" masked combo. The Interns, Assasins and A-Team.
4. The Rock n Roll Express: Although they actually only wrestled once the rivalry was always in the mind of fans. They were the first two of the wave of pretty boy tag teams to hit the territories in the 80's. The Fabs were for older fans (ladies), the RNR intended for younger audiences.
5. The New York Dolls aka Rick McGraw and Troy (Dream Machine) Graham; This was the Fabs first major fued and storyline and the Dolls were perfect foils.
HM: The Road Warriors, Lawler and Dundee, The Grapplers/ Dirty White Boys

Would love to see maybe Walk-In do a Bruno Sammartino list?

Guess I'll add another.

The Steiners

1. The Outsiders---Biggest feud of the Steiner's career.

2. Doom---I remember as a kid, this being a pretty good feud and was my first exposure to the Steiner Brothers. Couldn't wait for The Clash Of The Champions to see Doom/Steiner Brothers.

3. Sting/Luger---Another great rivalry after the Steiner's returned to WCW when Luger & Sting where tag team champs.

4. The Road Warriors---Another rivalry from my childhood and briefly after The Steiners returned. Arguably, the top 2 tag teams of all time.

5. Harlem Heat---Still remember those matches from Nitro, as well as the 3 way with Sting & Luger as champs, that saw Nash & Hall show up and Harlem Heat managing to win the belts.
Agree with this although I would put the Varsity Club in there somewhere.
 

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Guess I'll add another.

The Steiners

1. The Outsiders---Biggest feud of the Steiner's career.

2. Doom---I remember as a kid, this being a pretty good feud and was my first exposure to the Steiner Brothers. Couldn't wait for The Clash Of The Champions to see Doom/Steiner Brothers.

3. Sting/Luger---Another great rivalry after the Steiner's returned to WCW when Luger & Sting where tag team champs.

4. The Road Warriors---Another rivalry from my childhood and briefly after The Steiners returned. Arguably, the top 2 tag teams of all time.

5. Harlem Heat---Still remember those matches from Nitro, as well as the 3 way with Sting & Luger as champs, that saw Nash & Hall show up and Harlem Heat managing to win the belts.
Great list. The Steiners' rivalry with the Miracle Violence Connection (Terry Gordy & Steve Williams) certainly deserves mention. Those were in my opinion some of the best matches the Steiners had in WCW, or any company for that matter. The term smash mouth wrestling is overused in wrestling today but their matches personified it. Great mat-wrestling mixed with impressive power moves, and brawling in every encounter these four me had together.
 

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Randy Savage

1. Hulk Hogan
This year olng rivalry is one of the greatest slow burn wrestling angles of all time. From Randy Savage taking the title at Wrestlemania 4 in the tournament finals, the rest of 1988 was a fantastic example of brilliant storytelling. The friendship and then jealousy issues between Savage and Hogan was told brilliantly, and the way Savage reverted to his crazy, paranoid old self was brilliantly acted. This whole storyline, right up to Wrestlemania V, was amazing.

2. Jake 'The Snake' Roberts
Two men operating at the peak of their potential. Roberts brought a sauve and psycotic darkess to the angle whereas Savage played all out crazy. The pay off matches weren't as great as the storyline, which is a shame, but the feuds gets bonus points for provoking some incredible fan reactions (the snake bite on Savage, Roberts slapping Elizabeth). Compelling stuff.

3. Ultimate Warrior
Savage and Sherri asking Warrior for a title shot, Warrior refusing and Savage fucking him over to cost him the title was a great way to build to their epic showdown at Wrestlemania. These two were such charasmatic performers that their chemistry in the ring was electrifying. You genuinely couldn't look away whenever these two were together. Their match at Wrestlemania 7 is also Warrior's best ever match, hands down.

4.Ric Flair
Their rivalry in early 1992 coincided with the time that I fell in love with WWF. I loved Flair's OTT performances, Savage's jealousy and the way the angle was played out over such a long period of time (almost a full year). Their animosity towards each other was portrayed so convincingly over their feud that I believe they could've been having their back and forth matches based on it for years, if both men had stayed with WWF. Their WCW matches were also pretty good.

5. DDP
Savage excelled in lengthy rivalries and his eight month classic with DDP is fondly remembered as the best of his WCW work. He never fully lived up to his potential in WCW until this barnstorming feud. It's the only WCW that I can rewatch and still care about.

It's a shame that Savage never remained with the WWF. They totally misused him. In 1993-1994 he did nothing, whereas he could've been raking in the big bucks in main event feuds with Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker and even a Hulk Hogan feud in mid-1993.
 
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