Top 5 Old School Wrestling Heros
In the world of professional wrestling, the hero is the guy the audience gets behind and pays money to see them accomplish their goals and stop the evil bad guys. These heroes can do whatever they wish if the people still cheer for them and hand over their money to see the next big match. So here is our list of the Top 5 Old School Wrestling Heros!
They don’t make them like they used to.
#5 – Steve Austin
An anti-hero character that came along during the Attitude Era of the WWF in the late 1990s to stand up against the evil wrestling boss Vince McMahon. While Vince played the evil guy who held all the power, Steve Austin was against him as a beer-drinking, swearing, does-whatever-he wants hero that people got behind. No matter what the boss tossed Austin’s way to try and stop him from being the champion, Austin would kick and punch his way through it and come out on top.
The WWF business went really well until Austin himself wanted to turn bad and be a villain and he did so in front of his “home” crowd at the Astrodome in 2001. A lot of fans felt betrayed by the idea of Austin working with McMahon. Austin kept wrestling until 2003 before retiring as an active wrestler, but even to this day he still appears on WWE’s Wrestling, usually with a beer in his hand and ready to tell people what “The Bottom Line” is in a way that the audience has to cheer.
#4 – The Von Erich Brothers
All the wrestling sons of Dallas wrestling hero Fritz Von Erich who had been controlling the Dallas wrestling offices in the 1960s. Fritz made himself to be the top hero who lived in the Dallas area so local fans were prompted to cheer for him for decades.
In the 1980s Fritz was getting older so he hired his sons and made then the heroes of the area with David, Kevin, Kerry, Mike, and Chris all taking a turn as the area heroes and the fans accepted them wildly even after Frtiz retired in 1982. Unfortunately, the Von Erich sons are known just as much for the terrible way things ended starting with David’s death for an intestinal rupture in Japan in 1984.
After that each of the brothers except Kevin died under bad circumstances with Mike committing suicide in 1987, Chris committing suicide in 1991, and Kerry killing himself in 1993. It is a terrible story of the kids who were treated like stars and heroes in their heyday but ended terribly when that hero-worship had faded.
#3 – Junkyard Dog
The big hero for Bill Watts and Mid-South Wrestling based in Louisianna. Although starting in Memphis and then Canada, he started his push as a big favorite when he came to the Mid South territory and have a feud with the Fabulous Freebirds team in 1980. The rivalry involved the Dog getting blinded by the “Freebird Hair Cream” and with his eyes bandaged over, wrestling Freebird leader Michael Hayes inside of a steel cage with both men connected by a chain connected to their necks with dog collars. It had long been said that that match broke the attendance record of the Louisiana Superdome.
After that match, he spent much of his time as the top hero in Mid South Wrestling, as a strong African American star against often white opponents. His run ended is 1984 when he moved on the WWF (now WWE) and was the number two good guy behind Hulk Hogan.
#2 – Sting
Sting had been wrestling since 1985 but his biggest run as a top good guy came in 1996 when he was faced against Hollywood Hulk Hogan and the NWO group. The NWO brought in another wrestler to pretend to be Sting while the real guy felt betrayed by those that didn’t believe him and went on his own in a “Crow” like outfit.
He stayed that way for over a year until he was granted the big match against Hulk Hogan himself in December of 1997. He still portrayed the big hero of the WCW company even when WCW went out of business in early 2001 and was bought out by Vince McMahon and the WWF. He made a lot of appearances for the TNA wrestling company before making his long-awaited debut for the WWE in 2015 and a big match against Triple H but then retired after a neck injury soon after.
#1 – Hulk Hogan
Started wrestling in 1979 but was given the spot to be the big hero for Vince McMahon’s WWF (now WWE) in early 1984. Vince had plans for what he wanted to do having bought the company from his father and one of those plans was pushing Hogan as the top star and did it ever work!
With his professed, “The Three Demendsments” of “Train, say your prayers, and eat your vitamins” he became the popular hero in the WWF and a pop culture icon. Often he would find himself defending America in feuds with foreign bad guys like The Iron Sheik, Nicolai Volkoff, or Mr. Fuji or he would be pitted against wrestlers that had once been portrayed as his friends and turned on him like “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff or “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
Things began to turn around 1992 when the wave of 80’s Americana was fading and the high of the 1980’s wrestling boom had left. Hulk Hogan wasn’t getting cheered as much anymore and with the rumors that Hogan used steroids looming over wrestling and the WWF, Hogan left the company for a year before coming back for a return only for things to sour even worse for him and was fired for good from the WWF in the middle of 1993. He ended up traveling to the opposing WCW company. He did come back to the WWF in 2002 but nothing matched those days in the ’80s with Hulkamania leading the way.