Most pro wrestlers from the 1980’s would be outcasts if they were transplanted to 2011 WWE. However, some guys would remain great, or even do better if they worked for Vince McMahon in 2011. Here is a list of six wrestlers from the 1980’s that would be awesome in 2011.
Ravishing Rick Rude
The chiseled body of “Ravishing” Rick Rude belongs in WWE 2011. The man was an absolute God of muscle and fitness. There has never been a more sculptured wrestler than Rick Rude. In the 80s, Rick Rude had everything it took to be a champion. In 2011, those same attributes are still revered. He was tall, dark, and handsome. He had a great body, and he was an extremely skilled wrestler. If Rude were in WWE today, he would be at the top of the card feuding with guys like John Cena and Triple H.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Although Jake “The Snake” Roberts didn’t have an unbelievable body like Rick Rude, he always remained in shape. And Roberts was very tall. But Roberts was ahead of his time when it came to promos. Today, wrestling promos are scripted. In the 80s, Roberts promos were better and more poetic than today’s contrived bull. Jake had an evil streak and was really good at being hated. Bringing out a snake with him in 2011 may be out of the question, but a serious contender for the Intercontinental Championship would not be.
The Warlord had muscles in places you didn’t even know you had. He was a massive man with little wrestling skill. This could be attributed to his muscle mass. The man was mobile, but not very agile. In 2011, he would take the same route as other big muscle guys. He would start as someones bodyguard, and then become a wrestler. It’s a tired storyline, but has been very successful in the past with guys like Kevin Nash and Batista.
Andre The Giant
Andre The Giant was the 80s version of The Big Show and Great Khali. Except, at least in the early 80s, Andre could move pretty well. Additionally, he wasn’t just a big guy. He was a legit giant. He suffered from gigantism, which means he never stopped growing. In 2011, Andre The Giant would be a bigger spectacle than he was in the 80s. Vince McMahon has gotten better at promoting his superstars. Andre would likely be involved in several films and television deals. He had a giant appeal.
The lovely Miss Elizabeth gimmick would still work in WWE today. The only difference is, she would have to wear short skirts and bikinis. No different from what she was doing during the tail end of her WCW career. Elizabeth was a very beautiful woman. Vince wouldn’t let a little sweetheart like her get away.
Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig
There is a reason he was called Mr. Perfect. Curt Hennig had everything. He was charismatic, had a great physique, and he could wrestle. In fact, he was one helluva wrestler. In the 1980s, Mr. Perfect wasn’t the biggest guy, which is why he was kept in the mid card position. But in 2011, he would rival guys like Randy Orton and Christian. There is no doubt, if Mr. Perfect was running wild in 2011, he could be Heavyweight Champion.