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Lists the various WWE wrestlers active during the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) Era, from April 29, 1963 through January 23, 1984. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.

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Adrian Adonis (Keith A. Franke) 1982-1987

General Skandor Akbar (James Wehba) 1976

André the Giant (André René Roussimoff) 1973-1991

Spiros Arion (Andres Labrakis) 1966-1975, 1977-1978

Tony Atlas (Anthony White) 1983-1987, 1990-1991, 2008-2010


Bob Backlund (Robert Lee "Bob" Backlund) 1977-1984, 1992-1997, 2000, 2007

Johnny Barend (John R. Barend) 1962-1963

Dino Bravo (Adolfo Bresciano) 1977-1978, 1986-1992

Bobo Brazil (Houston Harris) 1963-1968, 1976-1977, 1984

The Brooklyn Brawler (Steve Lombardi) 1983-2016

Bruiser Brody (Frank Donald Goodish) 1976-1977


Bad News Brown (Allen James Coage) 1978-1979, 1988-1990

Haystacks Calhoun (William Dee Calhoun) 1958, 1964-1965, 1968-1969, 1973-1976, 1978, 1979

The Crusher (Reggie Lisowski) 1963, 1986, 1987, 1988


Dominic DeNucci 1967-1972, 1974-1982

Ted DiBiase (Theodore Marvin "Ted" DiBiase, Sr.) 1979, 1987-1996

Johnny De Fazio (John De Fazio) 1962-1985


Jackie Fargo (Henry Faggart) 1956, 1957, 1963, 1967

Pampero Firpo (Juan Kachmanian) 1972

Tatsumi Fujinami (藤波 辰爾, Fujinami Tatsumi, 1978-1985)

  • Bruce Lee Clone: Had the looks when younger. In fact, while wrestling in United States, regional promoters used to ask him seriously if he was a relative to Bruce Lee.
  • Red Baron: "Honoo no Hiryu" ("Dragon of the Flame")
  • Signature Move: Dragon Sleeper and Dragon Suplex
  • Suplex Finisher: Dragon Suplex
  • Ur-Example: Innovated the Dragon Sleeper and the Dragon Suplex, he also was the first IWGP Tag Team Champion with Kengo Kimura.
  • Wrestling Family: His son Leona competes for the Dradition promotion in Japan.


Tony Garea (Anthony Garcia) 1972-present

Eddie Gilbert (Thomas Edward Gilbert Jr.) 1982-1984

"Superstar" Billy Graham (Eldridge Wayne Coleman) 1975-1978, 1982-1983, 1986-1988

Eddie Gilbert (Edward Gossett) 1959, 1960, 1964. 1965, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973)


Stan Hansen (John Stanley Hansen) 1976-1977, 1980, 1981

Larry Hennig (Lawrence Henry Hennig) 1965,1973-1974

Hulk Hogan (Terry Gene Bollea) 1979-1980, 1983-1993, 2002-2003, 2005-2007, 2014-2015

  • Arch-Enemy: André the Giant, Bob Backlund and Tony Atlas.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Want to see Hogan in a pure squash match, where his opponents put up absolutely no resistance? Watch any of his matches from his 1979-1981 run and you'll see plenty.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Even in his heel run, it was incredibly difficult to defeat Hogan cleanly — that is, squarely in the center of the ring and with both shoulders on the mat at the three count. André the Giant is known to have scored one decisive pinfall win, but his most famous pinfall win during the WWWF Era — their August 1980 match at Shea Stadium — was disputed, as Hogan clearly kicked out of Andre's pinfall attempt (after Andre delivered his patented seated senton splash) before the three-count was registered. Tony Atlas also owns several pinfall wins over Hogan ... but all of them were Hogan placing his foot on the rope before three and the referee failing to notice.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: He made his WWE debut in 1979 as a heel managed by Freddie Blassie and wearing blue tights, kneepads and trunks; these alternated with a singlet. And had a full head of hair. Also, his trademark use of the word "daddy" instead of "brother." And his post-match flexing would draw boos instead of huge cheers.
    • Also, how weird is it to see Ted DiBiase cheered and Hogan booed? Hogan's first main-event caliber opponent was DiBiase (in fact, Hogan's first match at Madison Square Garden was against a clean-shaven, humble DiBiase) ... and indeed, many of these matches weren't too different than the far-more famous encounters they'd have in the late 1980s into the 1990s.
  • Finishing Move: The nigh-infamous Leg Drop, originally used as a way for Hogan to take pressure off a dodgy knee, eventually became the finisher we all know. During his heel run, he also used a crooked-arm clothesline (the "Ax Bomber," which was his primary finisher in Japan and a secondary finisher in the United States) and the over-the-shoulder bodybreaker (which he rarely used after his face turn).
  • Foreshadowing: Several promos from 1980 highlight this, including "Classy" Freddie Blassie noting that Hogan would one day grace the cover of large-circulation magazines (a skeptical Vince McMahon chuckled, MAD ... which actually came to pass(!)), and would one day be a movie star. Shortly thereafter, Hogan boasted of a supposed friendship with Sylvester Stallone and that he was going to be a leading character in Rocky III' ... and lo and behold it happened!
    • During Hogan's epic 1980 match against Bob Backlund for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship (at the Philadelphia Spectrum), play-by-play announcers Dick Graham and Kal Rudman remarked that they had the feeling they were seeing a future world champion. Rudman even admitted that Hogan — for his wrestling ability and determination to dethrone Backlund — gained many new fans that night.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: In his Terry Boulder days he was being interviewed alongside Lou Ferrigno. The host looked at them and proclaimed Boulder was "bigger than The Hulk!" The name stuck for the rest of his career.
  • N-Word Privileges: Anyone who has continued to follow Hogan's battle with Gawker after the release of video footage in 2015 of him using racial slurs may have forgotten a promo he once cut in early 1981, in anticipation of his feud with Tony Atlas, where he called Atlas a "jungle monkey" and other racist names.
  • Smug Snake: His persona fit this to a "T" — he was the greatest and was going to prove it.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Even in the early 1980s, he was determined to show up both his manager, Freddie Blassie, and his opponents.
  • Take That, Critics!: From the very git-go, Hogan was determined to make his critics — among them André the Giant, Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund eat their words that he was nothing more than hot air. While he didn't quite accomplish it during his 1979-1981 go-around, he surely would in time ... and there were plenty of signs that he was more than capable of backing up his boasts with action.
  • Totally Radical: Dude.
  • Underwear of Power: Hogan's famous yellow trunks.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Hogan showed signs that he could be a good wrestler, even in the WWF, but he was usually fairly sloppy and awkward in his attempts to be a technical wrestler. An aversion came during a memorable 1980 match at the Philadelphia Spectrum, where he took Bob Backlund to the limit before winning by countout.

Barry Horowitz 1981-1983, 1997-1990, 1991-1997


King Curtis Iaukea/The Wizard (Curtis Iaukea) 1966, 1972-1973, 1986-1987

Antonio Inoki (born 猪木寛至, Inoki Kanji) late 1970s - early 1980s

The Iron Sheik (Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri) 1979-1980, 1983-1987, 1988, 1991-1992, 1996-1997


Rocky Johnson (Wayde Douglas Bowles) 1983-1984


Killer Khan (小沢 正志 Ozawa Masashi;, Masashi Ozawa) 1980-1982, 1987

Ivan Koloff (Oreal Perras) 1963, 1969-1971, 1975-1976, 1978-1979, 1983

Killer Kowalski (Władek (later Walter) Kowalski) 1957-1958, 1962-1964, 1968-1970, 1974-1977


Ernie Ladd (Ernest Ladd) 1964, 1968-1970, 1972, 1975-1976, 1978, 1980-1981


Rick Martel (Richard Vigneault) 1980-1982, 1986-1995

Mil Máscaras (Aaron Rodríguez) 1972–1973, 1977–1978, 1981, 1997

Chief Wahoo McDaniel (Edward McDaniel) 1965-1968

Gorilla Monsoon (Robert James "Gino" Marella) 1959-1999

Pedro Morales 1959, 1963-1964, 1970-1974, 1980-1982, 1986-1987

Mr. Perfect (Curtis Michael "Curt" Hennig) 1982-1984, 1988-1996, 2002

Don Muraco (Donald Muraco) 1981-1988


Paul Orndorff (Paul Parlette Orndorff, Jr.) 1983-1987

Bob Orton (Robert Keith Orton) 1982, 1984-1987, 2005-2006


Ken Patera 1977-1978, 1980, 1984-1985, 1987-1988

Pat Patterson (Pierre Clermont) 1979-2004

Ivan Putski (Josef Bednarski) 1976–1987


Antonino Rocca (Antonino Biasetton) 1952–1963,1975–1977

Johnny Rodz (Johnny Rodriguez) 1967-1985

Buddy Rogers (Herman Gregory Rohde, Jr.) 1961-1963, 1982

"Playboy" Buddy Rose (Paul Perschmann) 1982-1985, 1990-1991


Mr. Saito/Masa Saito (斎藤 昌典, Saitō Masanori) 1981–1984

Bruno Sammartino (Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino) 1959-1988

Tito Santana (Mercedes Solis) 1979-1980, 1983-1993

Mikel Scicluna 1965–1970, 1972, 1975–1983

Larry Sharpe (Larry Weil) 1974, 1977-1982, 1985

Iron Mike Sharpe 1983-1995

The Sheik (Edward George Farhat) 1964-1969, 1973-1974

Sgt. Slaughter (Robert Remus) 1980-1984, 1990-2002, 2005-2009

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (James William Reiher Snuka) 1982-1985, 1989-1992, 1993, 1996, 2008, 2009

Stan Stasiak (George Stipich) 1971-1979

George Steele (William James Myers) 1968-1970, 1972, 1976, 1984-1988, 1998-1999

Chief Jay Strongbow (Joseph Luke Scarpa) 1970–1977, 1979–1984, 1993–1994

Big John Studd (John William Minton) 1982-1986, 1989

Kevin Sullivan 1975-1977


Toru Tanaka (Charles "Charlie" J. Kalani, Jr.) 1967–1968,1969–1970,1971–1974,1977–1978


Greg Valentine (John Wisniski, Jr.) 1978-1981, 1984-1992, 1993-1994

Nikolai Volkoff (Josip Nikolai Peruzović) 1968, 1970-1971, 1974, 1976-1977, 1979, 1984-1990, 1991-1992, 1994-1995


Larry Zbyszko (Lawrence "Larry" Whistler) early 1974-1980