There was a WWWF and a WWF before there was a WWE. Believe it or not, there was a time when Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and John Cena were not the focal point of the wrestling universe.
Back in the 1970s, there were three main wrestling promotions; the WWWF, the AWA and the NWA. Each had its own world champion and their own superstars.
The WWWF/WWF was the brain child of Vince McMahon Sr., who used regional stars to create his own circus of stars in the northeastern part of the United States. He took a cast of characters that represented the common, hard-working people that made up the melting pot of America.
And fans ate it up.
Hulk Hogan did work in the WWF before he became the mega star in wrestling. McMahon Sr. wanted him to dye his hair red at first and pretend he was Irish.
It never came to fruition, but it set the table for what would become Hulkamania.
But before fans could get to Hulkamania, there was a group of tough, rugged and loved and hated wrestlers that made up this organization’s main roster.
Here is a look at 25 of the toughest wrestlers of the 1970s.