OT- all-time favorite wrestlers

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  1. superjohn

    superjohn

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    I was obessed with wrestling as a kid and was lucky to grow up during the golden age and meet several of these dudes. Jake the Snake Roberts, Rowdy Roddy Piper and the Junkyard Dog were my three favorites. My older brother was obsessed with the Von Erichs and would practice all their moves on me.
     
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  2. tzznandrew

    tzznandrew Some dude

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    I was a big fan of the obvious for my age (Hogan, Savage when young, later: Austin).

    Then there was a phase in high school where I was so into it that I started to feel like I understood the craft. I sought out and bought tapes on eBay of Steamboat, Foley, etc. Loved Jericho, Benoit, Angle (to name just a few who I thought were especially good in the ring).

    I remember the moment I gave up watching it regularly, too. I was still watching into freshmen year of college, and Shawn Michaels jumped up out of a wheelchair. I had been moving away from it subtly for a little while, but that, for some reason, just did it. I was out.
     
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  3. RichCTBB

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    I was always partial to Rocky Johnson. He executed the sunset flip like no other. I was also a fan of Bob Backlund (whom I see quite often in Glastonbury) and Jimmy Snuka for his high flying style.

    Watching wrestling is one of the favorite memories of my childhood. I remember how they used to put a big red X across the screen if the match turned bloody. Mean Gene Okerlund and Lord Alfred Hayes.good times!!
     
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  4. InKembaITrust

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    Undertaker hands down
     
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  5. husky99

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    4 horseman. Jimmy super fly, road warrior
     
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  6. walker11

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    Rey Mysterio, Sting, Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
     
  7. CTBasketball

    CTBasketball Arguably the Perfect Man...

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    Easy. Antonio Inoki.
     
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  8. Deepster

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    The 16x world champ. Stylin' and profilin'. The Nature Boy, Ric Flair.

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
     
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  9. RichZ

    RichZ Methuselah's older brother

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    Uhm, let's see -- the last time I watched wrestling was, uhm oh yeah -- Haystacks Calhoun. All 600# of him. There was also an even bigger guy who went by the name Happy Humphrey, who in addition to being about 800 pounds, had an uncanny facial resemblance to the cartoon character Humphrey Pennyworth from the Joe Palooka comic strip, and wanted to use that name, but couldn't come to terms with Ham Fisher or the newspaper syndicate that owned the rights to the strip.

    Calhoun and Humphrey wrestled each other about once a week. Or that's what it seemed like, as my grandfather sat there yelling at the TV every time wrestling was on in the '50s/early '60s.

    And that is every single thing I know about wrestling.
     
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  10. Chin Diesel

    Chin Diesel Power of Love

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    Andre The Giant
    Jimmy Superfly Snuka
    Von Erichs
    Road Warriors
    Steiner Brothers
    Dusty Rhodes
    Tony Atlas
    Sgt Slaughter

    I was faing away by the time Hogan, Piper and Hart hit the scene.

    When WCW had the NWO in the mid-90's I had a slight resurgence and then it died.
     
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  12. husky99

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    Dusty Rhodes was the man
     
  13. Dove

    Dove Vance comin'

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    Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
    Adrian Adonis (not Adorable Adrian)
    Randy "Macho Man" Savage
    Rowdy Roddy Piper
    Ultimate Warrior
    Austin 3:10
    The Rock

    Val Venus cracked me up.

    Loved Freddie Blassie

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  14. Northbound

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    Big John Stud
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    Macho Man
    The Body
    George "The Animal" Steele
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  15. August_West

    August_West Resident Champion

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    He's the top for me. By far

    And then
    Don Muraco
    Barry Windham
    Tully Blanchard
    Nikita Koloff
    Magnum TA
    Bob Backlund
    EARLY Road Warriors
    Ricky Steamboat
    Roddy Piper
    Dusty Rhodes
    Shawn Michaels
    Scott Hall
    Harley Race
    Genricho Tenryu
    Bruiser Brody
    Abdullah the Butcher
    Terry Funk
    Ricky Morton
    Kurt Angle
    Brock lesnar
     
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  16. August_West

    August_West Resident Champion

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    How many times did he put the claw on you?

    Are you familiar with von Erich's story? 5 of 6 brothers now dead 3 by suicide
     
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    Ultimate Warrior! 80's/90's wrestling was the best! Warriors return at WM8 is still the greatest return in wrestling history! Before the internet, before the hype, he was known to be gone from the WWF (will never be WWE to me) and returned a year later out of nowhere at WM8 to save Hogan. The man!
     
  18. DogBoy

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    Indian Chief Jay Strongbow
    Moondogs Rex and King
    Wild Samoans Afa and Seka
    Tony Atlas
    Lex Luger
    Ravishing Rick Rude
    Rick and Scott Stiener (Big Papa Pump)
    Paul Orndorf
    The Grand Wizard of Wrestling
    Taru Tanaka and Mr. Fugi
     
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  19. DogBoy

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    Blackjack Mulligan
     
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    Gorilla Monsooon
     
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  21. Waquoit

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    The Unpredictable Johnny Rodz
     
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  22. Waquoit

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    Here's the Classy One singing his chart-topping song "Pencil Neck Geek"
     
  23. Excalibur

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    Bret Hart
    Piper
    Ultimate Warrior
    Jake the Snake Roberts
     
  24. traitor71

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    Some great names listed here. I always loved Ric Flair and Macho Man Savage. What really made wrestling back then were the interviews and bits these guys would record. I saw someone list Don Muraco, which made me think of this one.

     
  25. traitor71

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    And one more just for laughs.

     
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  26. Deepster

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    Every July, my friend and I go to Saratoga for the weekend. And every year, when we pass through a town called Malta, we say "From the Isle of Malta.....Baron Miguel Siiiiiicluna!"
     
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  27. Fairfield_1st

    Fairfield_1st Sitting on this Barstool talking like a damn fool

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    That was mostly when Blackjack Mulligan put on the Claw. That was great Saturday morning TV.
    At UConn in the mid to late 80's we put a couch and some chairs outside the dorm (Fairfield) and watched Greg "The Hammer" Valentine beat "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin in a Loser Leave Town match. Then we went to Ted's. I think it was Spring Weekend. Garvin's big move was the stupid Garvin Stomp. Uugh!
    Favorites of mine that I didn't see mentioned above are:

    Quick Draw Rick McGraw
    Polish Hammer Ivan Putski
    Mil Mascaras - I saw very little of him, but he was one of the original high flyers
    Georgeous George - Only saw clips of him, but he was a trend setter and his schtick was copied by many
    Magnum TA
    Tully Blanchard
    Captain Lou
    Mick Foley
     
  28. Edward Sargent

    Edward Sargent Sargelak

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    Eduardo Carpentier The Flying Frenchman, Bobo Brazil and the Coco Butt, Haystacks Calhoun and later Bruno Samartino. I was carried around the ring by the Flying Frenchman on my birthday at the Home Oiler's Arena in Norwalk many moons ago!
     
  29. bobbygt

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    Andre the Giant
    Junkyard Dog
    Special Delivery Jones
    Ricky the Dragon Steamboat
    Koko B Ware

    As a kid, I only liked the 'good' guys!
     
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  30. Fairfield_1st

    Fairfield_1st Sitting on this Barstool talking like a damn fool

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    Forgot to add him to my list. My greatest memory is SD reversing and then giving the Heart Punch to Stan The Man Stasiak.
     
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