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Hulkamania : 80s Wrestling

March 9th 2008 23:03
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Hulk Hogan, Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage, Ultimate Warrior, Bret “Hitman’ Hart, Andre the Giant.
These were my heroes. Living legends.

Every chance I got I’d tune in to see the Hulkster stomp out some of my most hated enemies like Sgt. Slaughter, the Iron Sheik and the Undertaker.
And even though Hulk Hogan was drenched in Americana - after seeing him lift up a 500 pound giant and bodyslam him at Wrestlemainia III - I couldn’t help but jump aboard and cheer as he single-handedly saved the world, in and out of the ring.

Everyone talked wrestling in the school yard. We talked about The Rockers beating the Hart Foundation and how the Ultimate Warrior was the coolest dude on earth.
It was huge.

They had the same edge as KISS: Make-up, costumes; an ultra-persona. Plus they had a super hero physique. I think there is little doubt that the later ‘Attitude’ era was technically superior to the 'Golden' era, and we had new heroes to cheer for like Stone Cold, Goldberg and The Rock.
But like I’ve touched on before, we really seemed to have lost the spirit. I think Hulk said it best himself: ‘I won the match clean, and when I held the belt up, they booed me. They booed the good guy. I knew our era was over.”

No one wants the good guy to win anymore, and now it’s become more about the soap opera scripts than the hard hitting knocks.
Sure, when I watch an 80’s tag-team match it aint exactly the Hardy Boys VS the Dudley Boys, but there is a certain fond exuberance. I guess it’s like watching a Rocky fight – sure, sometimes it looks fake, and I know who’s gonna win in the end, but it’s hard not to get caught up.

The truth of the matter is that pro wrestling is a dirty and corrupt world full of drugs, money and violence. Since the recent Chris Benoit tragedy, people have started to raise their eyebrows. But the truth is it’s been going on forever. There have been more suicide deaths in wrestling than any other sport (if you call it that) and if they make it past that, they die young of heart attacks.
Hell, you can see Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts smoke crack in the wrestling doco Beyond the Mat(1999).
That’s the reality.
A true tragedy is the famous Von Erich family curse Really Long Link

In some way, this doesn’t take away from my childhood heroes; it just makes them more realistic. They really are living it hard in and out of the ring. Putting their minds and bodies on the line for something they truly love to do. That’s called blue-collar heroics.

I recently visited a friend whose young son is absolutely mad on wrestling; he knows the new guys and the old guys. But it was that spark in his eye that I recognized – he had Hulkamania! It reminded me of how I loved to watch the titans of good and evil clash, as if humanity depended on it.

Hogan slams Andre (Hogan actually ripped the muscle from his ribs and underarm doing this!)

The 80's 'Superstars of Wrestling' :
(feel free to suggest some others)
Its sad to note how many have died, and thats just the 80's guys.

Hulk 'Hulkster' Hogan
Randy 'Macho Man' Savage
Andre the Giant - RIP
Ultimate Warrior
Miss Elizabeth - RIP
Bret 'Hitman' Hart
British Bulldog/Davey Boy Smith - RIP
Owen Hart - RIP
Shawn 'Heartbreak Kid' Michaels
Ted 'the Million Dollar Man' DiBiase
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Ric 'Nature Boy' Flare
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Honky Tonk Man
Jesse "The Body" Ventura
Dusty Rhodes
Junkyard Dog - RIP
Tito Santana
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Earthquake - RIP
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Curt 'Mr Perfect' Hennig - RIP
Big Boss Man - RIP
the Bushwackers
Legion of Doom - RIP (Hawk)
Iron Sheik
Sgt Slaughter
Bam Bam Bigelow - RIP
Big John Studd - RIP
Rick Rude - RIP
Eddie Guerrero - RIP
Mike Von Erich - RIP
Chris Von Erich - RIP
Kerry Von Erich - RIP
Fritz Von Erich - RIP
David Von Erich - RIP

‘Whatcha gonna do, when Hulkamania runs wild on you!’


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Comment by Nomad

March 9th 2008 23:42
man wrestling is retarded... nah just jokin, i frigging well loved macho man randy savage, i'm thinkin bout changing my name... yep i'm doin it. hacksaw jim duggan was pretty funny too when he busted out the 2 by 4 and started stomping round the ring, yeah it aint like that anymore... ah well, the memories eh.

Nomad (Macho Man) aka Awesome Dude

Comment by Cibbuano

March 10th 2008 01:35
the Ultimate Warrior WAS the coolest...

Comment by Anonymous

March 10th 2008 03:23
I've loved wrestling for most of my life. Reading through that list brought back some great memories. It's about time Macho Man Randy Savage was inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

Comment by Bob Kovacs

March 10th 2008 07:59
Hey Jarrah,

Sorry to post it here, but perhaps someone could help me with these, so how do I do:

1. A header on the top. I suppose it has to be a JPG or similar picture, but in what part can I upload it?

2. Thumbnail type post list, like you have in your blog.

3. Messing with the arrangement of the page layout: where you can decide where to put the Orble and the blog specific column etc.

an extra:

4. Embedding youtube and other videos?

About Wrestling: believe it or not, around the turn to '90s I was a fan here in Hungary as well, when I could only see it on Sky and it's offspring TV's (British).

It was the Hulk Hogan, Warrior, Macho Man, Bret "the Hitman" Hart, The Birdman, Undertaker etc. era.

Warrior was my favourite (I was around 10 ) but now I sink deeply in the ground in shame when I think about my fanboy state back then.

Comment by Krystal

March 10th 2008 10:24
You've put a lot of effort into this post, Jarrah, but you've struck a chord, so well done.

Comment by Wally

March 10th 2008 12:38
Good days! Some great characters listed there.

Comment by Wooderbeen

March 10th 2008 22:30
Awesome post! I was 100% hooked and remember when Earthquake 'shattered' the Hilster's ribs... I was distraught. Lost it's lustre a touch when it became less about good versus bad!

Comment by Spennies

March 11th 2008 04:39
I was a huge fan as an 80s baby. But grew out of it as the sexuality and plot lines took over, rather than the simple winners and losers and the competition.

Mr.Perfect was one of my fav's.

Comment by Wayne F

March 11th 2008 07:00
I'm a huge wrestling fan and I still am today. I actually want to get involved writing for wrestling shows... it's like writing for soap opera people don't knock it the only difference is that you don't see people beating each other up with chairs.

I loved 80's wrestling but I was cheering on the bad guys instead of the good guys. I loved "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, Mr. Perfect, "The Model" Rick Martel and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. I loved Demolition probably one of my favourite tag teams of all time. And you had to love the loud mouthed managers at ringside, my favourite being Bobby Heenan.

Wrestling changed heaps now and it really sucks watching it today knowing how great it once was. It sucks even more knowing the majority of the wrestlers we all came to love died too suddenly as well

Nice article, bought back a lot of memories as well

Comment by HHH

March 11th 2008 12:54
So many have died!!

Miss Elizabeth!! Say it aint so!

Great blog, thank you so much.
I'll be thinking about this for days.

Comment by Jarrah

March 11th 2008 12:56
Miss Elizabeth was the biggest shock for me. I think I had a crush on her back in the 80's!
I still remember when her an Macho got 'married' ha ha.

And although I've known for a while - I was shattered about Mr Perfect, Big Boss Man and British Bulldog.
Its like watching your heroes die. Really sad stuff.
- Jarrah

Back to the Eighties

Comment by Macho Man

March 11th 2008 13:00
you'll get over it jarrah, i did.

Comment by Jarrah

March 11th 2008 13:12
You're cold Macho.

That was your ex-wife man. Damn.

Comment by Two Guys Sports

May 17th 2008 12:37
The 80s was the best decade ever! I am still a wrestling fan to this day (since 1979). It is my "guilty pleasure". Although with 5 million people watching WWE Raw every Monday night makes me feel a little less guilty about it.

If you haven't yet check out TNA Wrestling on Spike, Thursdays at 9ET


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