With all do respect to Robert Aitken, my writing colleague, there are better wrestlers in the 1980s that came out of other organizations besides the WWF.
I know Hulk Hogan brought everything mainstream and led the Rock & Wrestling connection to everyone's attention and Wrestlemania set the world on fire.
Before all this happened, the NWA was a better product with better wrestlers and the AWA was able to present a brand in the Midwest and the the northern states like Minnesota that was crisp and regional and cool.
Names like Bockwinkle and Martel and the Road Warriors were cool and hip. And before the bolted to the WWF, names like Piper and Sgt. Slaughter and Greg Valentine were successful in the NWA.
It is all a matter of perspective and opinion. This will spark a debate. I want it to. As a fan for the past 35 years and a writer who covered it in South Carolina, I seen some great things. I want old school wrestling, but I will take what we have now.
So let the debate begin...