After I completed my previous top 25 lists covering the 1990s and the 2000s, I thought about doing one more list with the '80s, but there are already two of those that have been published recently. So I decided to explore an unknown zone for me and to tackle an era I didn't witness, the '60s and the '70s.
I started to watch wrestling around the age of nine, and it was in the middle of the '80s so I had to do extensive research to complete the following slideshow.
In the process, I discovered countless wrestlers I hadn't heard about or I didn't really know. I also discovered many gems of the WWWF era before it became the WWF.
As for any similar list, I considered many factors to rank the wrestlers. However, since I didn't watch wrestling in those great days, I could hardly evaluate the in-ring abilities, the charisma and the mic skills. For some, it was obvious because there's a lot of footage available, but for some others, very little stuff could be found.
To build the list, I had to rely mostly on reading and assumptions in regard to what I could actually watch. So, I took in consideration the impact, the popularity, the legacy and the "it" factor when I could.
I also considered the longevity with the WWWF, a point not very important after the early '80s and the death of the territories concept. Back in the days, most wrestlers moved from one territory to another, or in other words, there was no promotion exclusivity.
Now, with no more introduction, let's travel back in time when pro wrestling was absent from the mainstream media and when it caused actual riots on many occasions.