So here we are on the official last day of 80's week here @ the House of Fun. And what a ride it's been.
I sincerely hope any and all of you that have actually read these trips down memory lane, enjoyed them and got you reminiscing about your own cherished childhood memories.
As I wrap up 80's week, I was trying to think of what to finish up on. At first it was going to be music, like maybe a Top 5 list of my favorite 80's songs. But really, trying to list only 5 is nowhere as easy it might sound, and by god it really shouldn't be or else you've never really listened to any 80's music at all.
So today, I'll do a Top 5 list anyways, but it'll be about a true passion of mine growing up: Professional Wrestling.
Yes, say what you will, but it was the shit back in the day, and it still is.
I'm picking my top 5 favorite WWF Baby faces(or good guys) and Heels(bad guys).
5). Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Jake The Snake was the shit back in the day! The pioneer and master of the dreaded DDT, Jake the Snake was a cool, customer, as cold and calculating as the very reptile he was nick-named after. His promos were very cool because unlike most promos by wrestlers, he didn't scream and yell. He very calmly and deliberately told you what he was going to do to you, mixing in popular catch phrases and song titles of the day in these promos. He was a master of psychology, playing mind games with his opponents, who only had to look in his corner to find his ever trusty pet snake, Damien lying in wait. After the DDT and win, Roberts would take Damien out of the bag, and drape the huge beast over his near-unconscious opponent. It was that little extra that made watching Roberts so exciting.
Oh and another cool factoid, Jake "The Snake" was accompanied to the ring during Wrestlemania 3 by the legendary rocker, Alice Cooper. Fucking cool indeed!
4). The Ultimate Warrior
3). "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
Ah yes, the Rowdy one.
The Hot Rod did start out as a vicious heel blessed with the gift of gab. He demonstrated his quick-witted mic skills on a regular basis with his hit "talk show segment" on WWF TV, called the "Piper's Pit."
This is mostly one of the things he's most famous for, as he would regularly belittle and insult his guests who were mostly good guys. One of the most famous examples is his 1985 interview with popular superstar "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, where Piper would insult Snuka, then attack him with of all things, a coconut. He clean bashed Snuka over the head with it, and from there Piper became the buzz of the WWF.
After a very popular most watched feud with the ever popular Hulk Hogan, Piper turned face due to the fans loving the very qualities about him that made him such a popular bad guy in the first place. And that's the Piper I remember watching.
One of my most favorite personal memories of watching Piper, was his Wrestlemania 5 appearance where he attacked the then popular and very controversial talk show host Morton Downey Jr. with a fire extinguisher after repeatedly blowing cigarette smoke in Piper's face despite Piper's repeated objections to it.
Piper to this very day is fondly remembered as a pioneer and true icon of the business during the 80's boom.
2). The "Macho Man" Randy Savage
Like Piper, The Macho Man Randy Savage also started out his career in the WWF as a heel. He was like a wild animal in the ring, attacking his opponents as soon as the bell rang. He'd use quick cheap shots or jump you from behind, but either way, he was very smart in the ring.
Accompanied by his manager(and then wife) the lovely Elizabeth, it didn't take long before Savage caught on with the fans, turning face in at the tail end of 1987, eventually winning a one night tournament for the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship @ Wrestlemania 4 in 1988.
He was definitely ahead of his time, with his humorous and sometimes nonsensical promos(probably fueled by the drug of choice back in the 80's, Cocaine) and his Arial attacks from the top turnbuckle, like his signature finishing move, The Flying Elbow Drop. He was a trend-setter for future smaller stature guys like Savage(most popular wrestlers and champions were in the high 200's-300 lbs) who only weighed around 236-8lbs.
Much later in his career during the late 90's he was probably best remembered for his popular Slim Jim commercials.
Either way, he was a true legend who'll be missed, especially in light of his untimely death in May of 2011.
1). Hulk Hogan
Shit, you'd probably have to look really far in the world to find someone who doesn't know who Hulk Hogan is. And that seems like a truly impossible task considering Hogan was the top guy and face of the WWF during the 80's.
Who growing up during that time period, doesn't remember the Hulkster telling his Hulkamaniacs to "Train, Say their prayers, and Eat their vitamins everyday"?
The irony being Hogan forgot to add to not forget your daily dose of steroids;)
Still no other wrestler alive and active during that time was as hugely popular and over with the fans like the Hulkster. It, along with his classic monumental Wrestlemania 3 match with Andre The Giant, is the reason why Hogan remains so popular to this very day and resonated so much with the kids at the time.
And that's why he's numero uno on the list.