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5 Favourite Old School WWF Wrestlers

Paul Benson
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:19 IST

Ted DiBiase: Everyone had a price for the Million Dollar Man
Ted DiBiase: Everyone had a price for the Million Dollar Man

WWE has existed for over 50 years and has greatly evolved as a company and a show over those decades.

There was a time in WWE when the vast majority of its roster had larger than life gimmicks. Old school WWE events were filled with plumbers, vikings, correctional officers, hockey players, magicians, Voodoo priests and arrogant millionaires to name just a few.

It was a millionaire who was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s and early 1990s. It was all gimmick, but the "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase was given a character that he states was an extension of his boss, Vince McMahon.

Not only did DiBiase play the gimmick on television, but he also lived it offscreen too, as McMahon paid for his limousine travel to and from hotels, first-class air travel, as well as the expensive clothes he sported onscreen. McMahon wanted to convince the masses that the DiBiase character was genuine.

It's hard to imagine McMahon putting that same investment into one of his characters today and that is one of the many reasons why nostalgia and the old school WWE is so celebrated by the WWE Universe in 2018. Not only does old school wrestling remind them of their youth, it also reminds onlookers of the great possibilities that exist within wrestling.

WWE loves its own history of course and routinely celebrates it by inviting its former stars back for major shows, particularly Wrestlemania, and putting on its Hall of Fame event each Wrestlemania weekend.

The WWE Hall of Fame is a celebration of WWE's past and this slideshow looks at five Hall of Famers who are well remembered for being stars of WWE's old school.

Relive with SK, some of sports entertainment's favourite old school superstars.


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#5 Big Boss Man

Big Boss Man: Had great success as an opponent and ally of Hulk Hogan
Big Boss Man: Had great success as an opponent and ally of Hulk Hogan

Hailing from Cobb County, Georgia, Ray Traylor joined the then-WWF in June 1988 and was given the gimmick of a prison guard.

It was a perfect fit for Traylor who had previously worked as a corrections officer before he entered the wrestling business.

Decked out in a bright blue prison guard outfit with a nightstick and with an uplifting entrance theme penned by Jim Johnstone, Boss Man was one of the most memorable performers of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Boss Man's best run in WWF came between 1988 and 1990 when he was an opponent of Hulk Hogan and then one of his buddies when he turned babyface prior to Wrestlemania VI.

Boss Man's place in WWE history was assured when he was inducted into the 2016 class of the WWE Hall of Fame.

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Published 21 Dec 2018, 00:28 IST
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