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The 1980s were a magical time, not only for pop culture but for professional wrestling as well. Thanks in no small part to Vince McMahon, the industry received its first mainstream exposure from the likes of MTV, Saturday Night Live and Sports Illustrated.
By the time WrestleMania was introduced in 1985, there was no looking back for many wrestling fans (yours truly included in that). And while there were definitely lots of big names competing in the National Wrestling Alliance and American Wrestling Association... this list focuses on the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE).
In selecting the Top 50 WWF Stars Of The 1980s, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories looked at the following criteria:
How prominent was the star in the WWF between the years 1980 and 1989 (e.g. excluding what they may have accomplished elsewhere)?
Were they involved in memorable matches and angles?
Did they win any WWF championships during this time (not crucial, given announcers and managers on this list, too)?
Are they often associated with the 1980s wrestling scene?
Note: While celebrities such as Cyndi Lauper and Mr. T were arguably among the biggest stars driving the Rock & Wrestling Era, we've excluded them because they were more special guests than they were WWF stars.
Ready? Here we go!