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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.


!!! Adrian Adonis (Keith A. Franke) 1982-1987
* AlliterativeName
* CampGay
* FinishingMove: Good Night, Irene (Sleeper)
* GorgeousGeorge: Specifically, a homage of Wrestling/ExoticAdrianStreet.
* RealMenWearPink: And makeup.
* RedBaron: "Adorable"
* SissyVillain
* TagTeam: The North-South Connection with Dick Murdoch.
* TalkShowWithFists: "The Flower Shop," until "Rowdy" Roddy Piper destroyed it.
* TraumaticHaircut: Gave Brutus Beefcake one, but he retaliated by shaving Adonis bald..
* UnderwearOfPower

!!! Wrestling/GeneralSkandorAkbar (James Wehba) 1976

!!! Wrestling/AndreTheGiant (André René Roussimoff) 1973-1991

!!! Spiros Arion (Andres Labrakis) 1966-1975, 1977-1978
* TheApprentice: To Wrestling/BrunoSammartino. They were the last-ever [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-t.html WWWF United States Tag Team Champions]].
* CarpetOfVirility
* ForeignWrestlingHeel
* RedBaron: "Golden Greek".
* UnderwearOfPower

!!!Tony Atlas (Anthony White) 1983-1987, 1990-1991, 2008-2010
* AllAmericanFace: His most famous gimmick, as "Mr. USA".
* AnnoyingLaugh
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Of course. It's his freaking last name!
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: He was the first man to pin Hulk Hogan. Actually Hogan had his foot on the bottom rope but the referee didn't see.
** Note this was when Hogan was still a heel, and had not yet become a GodModeSue.
* RedBaron: "Mr. USA"
* UnderwearOfPower
* UrExample: He and Rocky Johnson were the first black tag team champions, defeating the Wild Samoans.
* VitriolicBestBuds: His relationship with Abraham Washington developed into this.

!!! Wrestling/BobBacklund (Robert Lee "Bob" Backlund) 1977-1984, 1992-1997, 2000, 2007

!!! Johnny Barend (John R. Barend) 1962-1963
* CatchPhrase: "Mirror, mirror in my hand, who's the handsomest in the land? I am, Handsome Johnny Barend."
* CoolShades
* GrailInTheGarbage: The original WWWF Heavyweight title belt worn by Buddy Rogers and a tag team title belt were discovered in his attic after he passed away.
* RedBaron: "Handsome"
* SmokingIsCool
* UnderwearOfPower

!!! Dino Bravo (Adolfo Bresciano) 1977-1978, 1986-1992
* TheBrute
* CanadaEh
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: "USA is not okay."
* HumanShield: A non-lethal example from Wrestlemania IV; Bravo pulled the referee in front of himself to bock an attack from his opponent DonMuraco. This got Bravo defeated by disqualification.
* TheMafia: The nephew of a Canadian crime boss in RealLife and him crossing the {{Trope Namer|s}} is the suspected reason behind his murder.
* RedBaron: "Canada's Strongest Man"
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Bravo left the company for about a year when a match in Canada against HulkHogan was suddenly cancelled. When Bravo heard the cancellation was because the WWF feared the Canadian crowd might cheer him and boo Hogan, Bravo was apparently pissed about it.
* SuplexFinisher: He called his finisher the Side Suplex, even though it was actually a reverse sidewalk slam.
* TagTeam: The New Dream Team, with [[Wrestling/GregValentine Greg "The Hammer" Valentine]]
* UnderwearOfPower
* WorldsStrongestMan: After he lifted 715 pounds, allegedly (Wrestling/JesseVentura helped him with the lift).

!!! Wrestling/BoboBrazil (Houston Harris) 1963-1968, 1976-1977, 1984

!!! [[Wrestling/SteveLombardi The Brooklyn Brawler]] (Steve Lombardi) 1983-2016

!!! Wrestling/BruiserBrody (Frank Donald Goodish) 1976-1977

!!! [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Bad News Brown]] (Allen James Coage) 1978-1979, 1988-1990

!!! Wrestling/HaystacksCalhoun (William Dee Calhoun) 1958, 1964-1965, 1968-1969, 1973-1976, 1978, 1979

!!! Wrestling/TheCrusher (Reggie Lisowski) 1963, 1986, 1987, 1988


!!! Dominic [=DeNucci=] 1967-1972, 1974-1982
* AlliterativeName
* BadassTeacher: Taught Wrestling/MickFoley, Shane Douglas and and the late Brian Hildebrand how to wrestle.
* CunningLinguist: Speaks English, French, Spanish, and Italian.
* FinishingMove: [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning The Airplane Spin]]

!!! Wrestling/{{Ted DiBiase}} (Theodore Marvin "Ted" [=DiBiase=], Sr.) 1979, 1987-1996

!!! Johnny De Fazio (John De Fazio) 1962-1985
* RedBaron: "Jumpin"
* RetiredBadass: After he left the wrestling world he became active in the United Steelworkers of America (eventually becoming the union's director in Pennsylvania) and is a councilman in Pittsburgh.
* UnderwearOfPower
* UrExample: The first smaller wrestler of note to dominate as a champion winning the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/newjapan/wwf-j.html WWWF/WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship]] four times in five years.

!!! Wrestling/JackieFargo (Henry Faggart) 1956, 1957, 1963, 1967

!!! Wrestling/PamperoFirpo (Juan Kachmanian) 1972

!!! Tatsumi Fujinami (藤波 辰爾, Fujinami Tatsumi, 1978-1985)
* BruceLeeClone: 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 Creator/BruceLee.
* RedBaron: "Honoo no Hiryu" ("Dragon of the Flame")
* SignatureMove: Dragon Sleeper and Dragon Suplex
* SuplexFinisher: Dragon Suplex
* UrExample: Innovated the Dragon Sleeper and the Dragon Suplex, he also was the first IWGP Tag Team Champion with Kengo Kimura.
* WrestlingFamily: His son Leona competes for the [=Dradition=] promotion in Japan.


!!! Tony Garea (Anthony Garcia) 1972-present
* ActionSurvivor
* DemotedToExtra: As a WWE road agent.
* UsefulNotes/NewZealand
* UnderwearOfPower
* WrestlingFamily: His brother, John Garea, who wrestled in the NWA.
* UnderwearOfPower

!!! Wrestling/EddieGilbert (Thomas Edward Gilbert Jr.) 1982-1984

!!! Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham (Eldridge Wayne Coleman) 1975-1978, 1982-1983, 1986-1988

!!! Wrestling/EddieGilbert (Edward Gossett) 1959, 1960, 1964. 1965, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973)

!!! Wrestling/StanHansen (John Stanley Hansen) 1976-1977, 1980, 1981

!!! Larry Hennig (Lawrence Henry Hennig) 1965,1973-1974
* AxCrazy: The reason behind his nickname.
* BadassBeard
* TheBrute
* FinishingMove: The Axe (Clothesline)
* RedBaron: [[TheyCallHimSword "The Axe"]]
* WrestlingFamily: Father of [[Wrestling/CurtHennig Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig]] and grandfather to [[Wrestling/CurtisAxel Joe "Curtis Axel" Hennig]] (formerly Michael [=McGillicutty=] of Wrestling/TheNexus) and Amy Hennig.

!!! Wrestling/HulkHogan (Terry Gene Bollea) 1979-1980, 1983-1993, 2002-2003, 2005-2007, 2014-2015

* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, Wrestling/BobBacklund and Tony Atlas.
* CurbStompBattle: 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.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: 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. Wrestling/AndreTheGiant 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.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: He made his WWE debut in 1979 as a heel managed by Wrestling/FreddieBlassie 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 Wrestling/TedDiBiase 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.
* FinishingMove: 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 Wrestling/VinceMcMahon chuckled, ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' ... which actually came to pass(!)), and would one day be a movie star. Shortly thereafter, Hogan boasted of a supposed friendship with Creator/SylvesterStallone 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 Wrestling/BobBacklund 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.
* LineOfSightName: In his Terry Boulder days he was being interviewed alongside Creator/LouFerrigno. The host looked at them and proclaimed Boulder was "bigger than [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]]!" The name stuck for the rest of his career.
* NWordPrivileges: 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.
* SmugSnake: His persona fit this to a "T" -- he was the greatest and was going to prove it.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Even in the early 1980s, he was determined to show up both his manager, Freddie Blassie, and his opponents.
* TakeThatCritics: From the very git-go, Hogan was determined to make his critics -- among them Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, Wrestling/BrunoSammartino and Wrestling/BobBacklund 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.
* TotallyRadical: ''Dude.''
* UnderwearOfPower: Hogan's famous yellow trunks.
* UnskilledButStrong: 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 Wrestling/BobBacklund to the limit before winning by countout.

!!! Wrestling/BarryHorowitz 1981-1983, 1997-1990, 1991-1997

!!! [[Wrestling/KingCurtisIaukea King Curtis Iaukea/The Wizard]] (Curtis Iaukea) 1966, 1972-1973, 1986-1987

!!! Wrestling/AntonioInoki (born 猪木寛至, Inoki Kanji) late 1970s - early 1980s

!!! Wrestling/TheIronSheik (Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri) 1979-1980, 1983-1987, 1988, 1991-1992, 1996-1997

!!! Rocky Johnson (Wayde Douglas Bowles) 1983-1984
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.
* {{Badass|Family}} WrestlingFamily: Son-in-law to Peter Maivia, a member of the Samoan wrestling family and his son is [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]].
* CanadaEh
* FinishingMove: Boston Crab
* ItRunsInTheFamily
* RedBaron: "The Soulman"
* UrExample: He and Tony Atlas were the first black tag team champions, defeating the Wild Samoans.
* WrestlingFamily

!!! Wrestling/KillerKhan (小沢 正志 Ozawa Masashi;, Masashi Ozawa) 1980-1982, 1987

!!! Wrestling/IvanKoloff (Oreal Perras) 1963, 1969-1971, 1975-1976, 1978-1979, 1983

!!! Killer Kowalski (Władek (later Walter) Kowalski) 1957-1958, 1962-1964, 1968-1970, 1974-1977
* AlliterativeName
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.
* BadassTeacher: Taught Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, Wrestling/PerrySaturn and Wrestling/KofiKingston how to wrestle.
* CanadaEh
* FinishingMove: The Claw
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* RedBaron
* TagTeam: Under masks with Wrestling/BigJohnStudd as the Executioners.
* UnderwearOfPower

!!! Ernie Ladd (Ernest Ladd) 1964, 1968-1970, 1972, 1975-1976, 1978, 1980-1981
* AfroAsskicker
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.
* TheGiant: He was likely the biggest man in professional football when he played the game. There were plenty of professional wrestlers larger than him however.
* LargeHam: "YIK YIK YIK, YOK, YOK YOK!"
* PetTheDog: When doing commentary.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He had some elaborate nicknames for his opponents that would likely get him tossed off the air nowadays.
* RageQuit: He was famous for taking count out losses.
* RedBaron: "Big Cat"
* ScaryBlackMan
* SitcomArchNemesis: "Andre The Dummy"
* UnderwearOfPower
* UrExample: The first professional football player to take up pro wrestling, which he did during the off season.

!!! Wrestling/RickMartel (Richard Vigneault) 1980-1982, 1986-1995

!!! Mil Máscaras (Aaron Rodríguez) 1972–1973, 1977–1978, 1981, 1997
* AlliterativeName
* CoolMask
* JackOfAllStats
* MaskedLuchador
* MeaningfulName: His Name is "A Thousand Masks" in Spanish
* NoSell: Has been accused of this by Billy Graham, Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/MickFoley
* UrExample: He was the inspiration for several luchardores and Japanese masked Wrestlers like [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]] and the original Tiger Mask, Wrestling/SatoruSayama. He also was the first to use the flying cross chop.
** He was the first wrestler allowed to wear a mask at Madison Square Garden (the New York State Athletic Committee forbade masked athletes).
* WrestlingFamily: Brother to Dos Caras and Sicodélico and uncle to Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and Sicodélico, Jr.

!!! Wrestling/{{Chief Wahoo McDaniel}} (Edward [=McDaniel=]) 1965-1968

!!! Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon (Robert James "Gino" Marella) 1959-1999

!!! Wrestling/PedroMorales 1959, 1963-1964, 1970-1974, 1980-1982, 1986-1987

!!! [[Wrestling/CurtHennig Mr. Perfect]] (Curtis Michael "Curt" Hennig) 1982-1984, 1988-1996, 2002

!!! Wrestling/DonMuraco (Donald Muraco) 1981-1988

!!! Paul Orndorff (Paul Parlette Orndorff, Jr.) 1983-1987
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
* BerserkButton: Fans were encouraged to taunt him by calling him Paula.
* FinishingMove: Piledriver
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* PowerStable: The Heenan Family
* RedBaron: "Mr. Wonderful"
* UnderwearOfPower
* UngratefulBastard: To Hulk Hogan
** Many fans felt Hogan was a complete {{Jerk|ass}} to Orndorff and that Paul was completely justified when he turned on Hulk.

!!! Bob Orton (Robert Keith Orton) 1982, 1984-1987, 2005-2006
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
* RedBaron:
** "Cowboy"
** "TheAce" and "The Bodyguard"
* RingOldies
* SuplexFinisher: Specifically, a superplex.
* WrestlingDoesntPay: A wrestling cowboy, not that's ever in short supply in WWE.
* WrestlingFamily: With his father, Bob, Sr., brother Barry and son [[Wrestling/RandyOrton Randy]].

!!! Wrestling/KenPatera 1977-1978, 1980, 1984-1985, 1987-1988

!!! Pat Patterson (Pierre Clermont) 1979-2004
* AlliterativeName
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.
* CanadaEh
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: For [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] in the Wrestling/AttitudeEra.
* FinishingMove: Atomic Drop
* PowerStable: Wrestling/TheCorporation and the [=McMahon=]-Helmsley Regime
* {{Retcon}}: The tournament where he supposedly became the first Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion never happened.
* StraightGay
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Gerald Brisco as Vince [=McMahon=]'s stooges in Wrestling/TheCorporation.
* UnderwearOfPower
* UrExample: Was the first [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]].
* YesMan: To Vince [=McMahon=] in the Wrestling/AttitudeEra.

!!! Ivan Putski (Josef Bednarski) 1976–1987
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Putski isn't a real Polish name.
* PecFlex
* RedBaron: "Polish Power"
* UnderwearOfPower
* WrestlingFamily: His son Scott, who wrestled for the company in 1997 and Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 1998-1999.

!!! Wrestling/AntoninoRocca (Antonino Biasetton) 1952–1963,1975–1977

!!! Johnny Rodz (Johnny Rodriguez) 1967-1985
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.
* BadassTeacher: His trainees include [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys D-Von Dudley]], Wrestling/TommyDreamer, Wrestling/{{Tazz}}, and Wrestling/HughMorrus.
* FinishingMove: Diving headbutt.
* {{Jobber}}: For most of his WWWF career.
* RedBaron: "The Unpredictable"
* UnderwearOfPower

!!! Wrestling/BuddyRogers (Herman Gregory Rohde, Jr.) 1961-1963, 1982

!!! [[Wrestling/PlayboyBuddyRose "Playboy" Buddy Rose]] (Paul Perschmann) 1982-1985, 1990-1991


!!! Mr. Saito/Masa Saito (斎藤 昌典, Saitō Masanori) 1981–1984
* BeardOfEvil
* ForeignWrestlingHeel
* RedBaron: "Mr.".
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: For Professor Tanaka as Mr. Fuji's tag team partner.
* UnderwearOfPower
* UrExample: Innovated the [[SuplexFinisher Saito Suplex]].

!!! Wrestling/BrunoSammartino (Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino) 1959-1988

!!! Wrestling/TitoSantana (Mercedes Solis) 1979-1980, 1983-1993

!!! Mikel Scicluna 1965–1970, 1972, 1975–1983
* CombatPragmatist: They don't give just anyone the name "master of the foreign object".
* ImprobableWeaponUser: A roll of coins.
* UsefulNotes/{{Malta}}
* RedBaron: "Baron".
* UnderwearOfPower

!!! Wrestling/LarrySharpe (Larry Weil) 1974, 1977-1982, 1985

!!! Wrestling/IronMikeSharpe 1983-1995

!!! [[Wrestling/EdFarhat The Sheik]] (Edward George Farhat) 1964-1969, 1973-1974

!!! Wrestling/SgtSlaughter (Robert Remus) 1980-1984, 1990-2002, 2005-2009

!!! [[Wrestling/JimmySnuka Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka]] (James William Reiher Snuka) 1982-1985, 1989-1992, 1993, 1996, 2008, 2009

!!! Stan Stasiak (George Stipich) 1971-1979
* AlliterativeName
* CanadaEh
* FinishingMove: The BearHug, the Heart Punch
* PartsUnknown: "Buzzard Creek, OR"[[note]]There ''is'' a Buzzard Creek in Oregon, but it is just that, a body of water, not a town.[[/note]]
* RedBaron: "The Man"
* UnderwearOfPower
* WrestlingFamily: His son is former [=WWE=] and Wrestling/{{WCW}} wrestler, Shawn Stasiak.

!!! Wrestling/GeorgeSteele (William James Myers) 1968-1970, 1972, 1976, 1984-1988, 1998-1999

!!! Chief Jay Strongbow (Joseph Luke Scarpa) 1970–1977, 1979–1984, 1993–1994
* ActionSurvivor
* CaptainEthnic
* LeotardOfPower
* RedBaron
* [[NiceHat Nice Headdress]]

!!! Wrestling/BigJohnStudd (John William Minton) 1982-1986, 1989

!!! Wrestling/KevinSullivan 1975-1977

!!! Toru Tanaka (Charles "Charlie" J. Kalani, Jr.) 1967–1968,1969–1970,1971–1974,1977–1978
* AlliterativeName
* BaldOfEvil
* ForeignWrestlingHeel
* RedBaron: "Professor"
* UnderwearOfPower

!!! Wrestling/GregValentine (John Wisniski, Jr.) 1978-1981, 1984-1992, 1993-1994

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

!!! Larry Zbyszko (Lawrence "Larry" Whistler) early 1974-1980
* DeceptiveDisciple: To Bruno Sammartino.
* RedBaron: "The New Living Legend"
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Officially, his last name is spelt Zby'''sz'''ko, but is sometimes misspelled like Zby'''s'''ko or Z'''ybys'''ko.
* UnderwearOfPower
* WrestlingFamily: Married into the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation Gagne]] family.