The 1980s was one of the most successful times in professional wrestling history. The WWE was then known as the World Wrestling Federation, and this decade helped form the business model of the sport today. Previously, there were regional promotions, as each territory had their own superstars and own champions. Vince McMahon took over his father's company and sought to bring in the best from surrounding territories, which ultimately drew many of them out of business.
In fact, today marks the 27th anniversary of the day known as "Black Saturday," when the WWF took the timeslot of WTBS, which had broadcasted Georgia Championship Wrestling's show "World Championship Wrestling" for the previous 12 years. This became the wrestling equivalent of "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" and was the first event in the timeline that had the World Wrestling Federation become the group that it is today.
Here is a group of 20 superstars who had become larger-than-life in this decade, be it in the WWF or in other competing promotions. All of these names are well-known, and, while they may not be your choices, they are a list of men who would be the pictures in this chapter of wrestling history.