When it comes to famous wrestlers, the first thing that comes to mind are wrestling legends like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Andre The Giant, Sting, and many more. These names pop out because they are some of the most famous wrestlers in the world. In order to do those wrestling greats some justice, we have come up with the famouswrestlers.com list of famous wrestlers, to pay tribute to some of the biggest names in professional wrestling, and list some of their greatest accomplishments.
What is Famous Wrestlers .com About?
This website is dedicated to going back to the Golden age of professional wrestling, right after World War II, when Gorgeous George was one of the earliest famous wrestlers and had become a household name in the United States, to its decline in the 1970s, and its return to prominence in the 80s and 90s, thanks in part to the introduction of cable television, which allowed people to enjoy more programming options, one of which was professional wrestling.
The men that were given more credit for being responsible for the rebirth of professional wrestling in the 80s were Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant. At the time, Andre was one of the biggest babyfaces in professional wrestling, but because of his size, and the fact that the WWF was trying to push Hulk Hogan, he agreed to turn heel, in order to fight Hogan for the WWF championship, in a match that took place at Wrestlemania III (watch it on the WWE network). Hogan went on to win the match, after body slamming Andre The Giant, and applying hid signature leg drop, and the legend of Hulkamania grew from there.
While the WWF was the main draw in the 1980s, the National Wrestling Alliance was quickly emerging as a legitimate challenger to the WWF’s title, and the face of the company was non other than “The Nature Boy,” Ric Flair. Flair was just as important to the NWA as Hogan was to the WWF. Unlike Hogan, who told young Hulkamaniacs to eat their vitamins and drink their milk, Flair was the anti hero. Flair was an arrogant bleached blonde heel that was known for his outlandish interviews, his signature “Whoo!” taunt, and for always telling his opponents that “To be the man, you have to be the man.” The Charismatic Flair helped build the NWA, and give wrestling fan ban alternative to Hogan, who was the boy’s scout champion of the WWF.
Other famous wrestlers in the 1980s include “The Macho Man” Randy Savage, who made his debut in the WWF in 1985, and immediately competed with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat for the Intercontinental championship. At the time when Savage joined the company, most wrestlers had managers, most of whom were male, but he stood out because his manager was Miss Elizabeth, who would also be his love interest in some of his storylines, and his wife in real life.
After a few years as the Intercontinental Champion, Savage won the vacant WWF Championship at Wrestlemania IV, while teaming up with Hulk Hogan to form the “Mega Powers,” which was the WWF’s response to Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen in the NWA. The two men came together after Savage was attacked by the Honky Tonk Man and Hart Foundation, and Elizabeth begged Hogan to help him out. They would go on to feud with other heel stables, and eventually dissolved their partnership after Hogan carried an injured Elizabeth back to the locker room, during a match, which prompted Savage to claim Hogan was trying to steal her from him, and started a feud between the two wrestlers. Savage would eventually leave the WWF, and finish his career in the WCW.
By the end of the 80s, the wrestling landscape was changing again. Famous wrestlers such as Ric Flair had left the NWA, and joined the WWF, younger superstars who were members of tag teams in the 80s like Brett Hart and Shawn Michaels had started to make names for themselves as the new faces of the industry, and Vince McMahon, the CEO of WWF, was taking advantage of the political landscape.
One of the most famous wrestlers in the late 80s and early 90s was The Ultimate Warrior, he made his WWF debut in 1987, and by 1998, he won the Intercontinental championship from the Honky Tonk man. After winning the Intercontinental belt, he challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF championship, and became the only wrestler to hold both belts at the same time. Due to some contractual issues, the Warrior’s reign in the WWF didn’t last long, but he made a big impression in his short time in the company.
Shawn Michaels was a member of the The Rockers with Marty Jannetty in the 80s, but the tag team never accomplished much. By the 90s, Michaels decided to go his own way, which proved to be the right choice for him, as he went on to win the Intercontinental belt, the WWF championship belt, and become one of the biggest superstars in WWE history.
Unlike Michaels, Bret Hart had a lot of success as a tag team wrestler, he was a member of the Hart Foundation with Jim Neidhart, and won the Tag Team championship on several occasions, and when he finally decided to embark on a solo career, he won the Intercontinental championship and World Championship multiple times. Hart and Michaels helped to bridge the gap until the WWE Attitude era.
As the younger famous wrestlers were becoming big stars in the company, Vince McMahon tried to keep Hulk Hogan relevant, by having him in a feud against Sergeant Slaughter and The Iron Shiek, during Desert Storm, but the rivalry quickly petered out, and Hogan, who was once the biggest name in wrestling, jumped ship and joined the WCW.
Famous wrestlers Stone Cold Steve Austin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, ushered in the WWE Attitude Era, both came into the WWE during the mid 1990s, Austin quickly became a popular anti hero, like Macho Man Randy Savage before him, he was a heel that people loved and cheered, and he brought new life to an industry that many thought was slowly dying. The Rock caught on a few years after, after he ditched his babyface persona, and the two of them gave wrestling fans what is still considered as the best rivalry in the history of the WWE today.
Famouswresters.com will bring you a lot of information like this, the aim of this site is to celebrate the history of professional wrestling, and provide wrestling fans with information about some of the greatest wrestlers to step into the squared circle.