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WWE Champions (1963-1997)

Since 1963, holding the top championship title in the WWE has been a sign or respect and a representation of the wrestling organization. In addition, the holder of the top championship title received the biggest payday and was often seen in the wrestling card's main event. Although there have been "transition champions,*" for the most part the holder of the top title meant a long-term life change for the title holder. 

1. Buddy Rogers, 2. Bruno Sammartino, 3. Ivan Koloff,* 4. Pedro Morales, 5. Stan Stasiak,* 6. Superstar Billy Graham, 7. Bob Backlund, 8. The Iron Sheik,* 9. Hulk Hogan, 10. Andre the Giant*

11. Randy Savage, 12. Ultimate Warrior, 13. Sgt. Slaughter, 14. The Undertaker, 15. Ric Flair, 16. Bret Hart, 17. Yokozuna, 18. Diesel, 19. Shawn Michaels, 20. Sycho Sid 

Jake "The Snake" Roberts debuts in the WWF in 1986 [Videos]

With a voice and pattern of speech that expressed intensity, Jake "The Snake" Roberts began his professional wrestling career in the mid-1970s in wrestling territories in the southern United States of America. Roberts saw much success in different wrestling promotions from 1974 to 1986, but his largest success came in the World Wrestling Federation beginning in March 1986.

Jake "The Snake" Roberts with Jesse "The Body" Ventura
March 15, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs SD Jones
March 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs George Wells
April 7, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts interviewed by Jimmy Hart
April 12, 1986

"The Snake" Jake Roberts vs Denis Cyr
April 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
May 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts Interview
June 21, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts speaks with "The Magnificant" Don Morraco
July 21, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts Interview
July 27, 1987

Update on Jake "The Snake" Roberts
August 2, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs Sivi Afi
August 6, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts Interview
August 9, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts interview with Jose Armijo (in Spanish)
August 18, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts and "Macho Man" Randy Savage
September 7, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts speaks about the title he wants from Randy Savage
September 13, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts on TNT on the USA Network
September 17, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts interviews Hulk Hogan
October 11, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts interviews The Honky Tonk Man
October 26, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts interviews Hillbilly Jim
November 30, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs "The Rebel" Dick Slater
December 13, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts interviews "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
December 14, 1986

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs Hulk Hogan
December 30, 1986

The Honky Tonk Man wins the Intercontinental Championship from Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat [Videos]

In a match that was not planned prior to the day it occurred, The Honky Tonk Man defeated Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat for the WWF Intercontinental Championship on Tuesday, June 2, 1987. The Honky Tonk Man went on to hold the Intercontinental Championship for 454 days, eventually losing to the Ultimate Warrior at SummerSlam '88.

Promos from Ricky Steamboat and The Honky Tonk Man
Spring 1987

Ricky Steamboat vs The Honky Tonk Man
June 2, 1987 - Buffalo, New York (Orginal Broadcast)
Commentators: Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura 

The Honky Tonk Man celebrates after the victory

The Honky Tonk Man speaks about the rematch against Ricky Steamboat
July 1987

The Honky Tonk talks about the day of his title victory
Recorded in 2015

Ricky Steamboat discusses his reason for losing the belt
Recorded in 2013

The Iron Sheik - World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion [Videos]

From December 26, 1983, to January 23, 1984, the Iron Sheik (born Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri) held the World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship. Paired with the infamous Freddie Blassie as his manager, the Iron Sheik garnered immediate heat with his anti-American rhetoric and his famous line, "Iran number one!"

During his 28 day WWF Championship reign in late 1983 and early 1984, the Iron Shiek had a number of non-title matches as well as defended the WWF Championship 15 times. Major competitors for the title included older wrestlers at the end of their careers, Pat Patterson and Cheif Jay Strongbow. On a Monday night in New York City, the Iron Sheik eventually lost the title against Hulk Hogan, changing the course of professional wrestling forever.

Although the Iron Sheik's time as World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion was short, he played a significant role as the "evil villain" needed at the right time to be defeated by an all-American hero, Hulk Hogan.

The Iron Sheik defeats Bob Backlund
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Pat Patterson

The Iron Sheik with Ayatollah Freddie Blassie
Interviewer: Lord Alfred Hayes

The Iron Sheik defeats John Callahan (poor video quality)
Commentators: Vince McMahon and Gene Okerlund

The Iron Sheik with Ayatollah Freddie Blassie
Interviewer: Gene Okerlund

The Iron Sheik vs Denny Hill
Commentators: Vince McMahon and Gene Okerlund

The Iron Sheik vs. Tito Santana
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Dick Graham

The Iron Sheik defeated Mike Dorsett
Commentators: Vince McMahon and Gene Okerlund

The Iron Sheik with Ayatollah Freddie Blassie speak about Hulk Hogan
Interviewer: Gene Okerlund

The Iron Sheik with Ayatollah Freddie Blassie at Madison Square Garden
Interviewer: Gene Okerlund

WWF History: Dynamite Kid in the World Wrestling Federation [Videos]

Rest in Peace Dynamite Kid
December 5, 1958-December 5, 2018

On Piper's Pit
October 1984

Dynamite Kid vs Bret Hart
September 1985

Dynamite Kid vs Randy "Macho Man" Savage
November 1985

The British Bulldogs vs The Dream Team
April 1986

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat [Videos]

Born in New York in 1952, Richard Blood became one the best and most popular professional wrestlers in history, as Ricky Steamboat. Born to an English-American father and Japanese-American mother, Steamboat grew up in New York and Florida. After completing training with Verne Gagne, Steamboat began his professional wrestling career in 1976 with the American Wrestling Association. After years of success with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), Steamboat signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1985. While in the WWF, Steamboat was given the gimmick of "The Dragon" to play up his Asian heritage. In 1987, Steamboat won the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship but only held the title for a short period of time. Steamboat left the company in 1988 and returned to the NWA in 1989. From 1989 to 1994, Steamboat wrestled for several organizations including a brief return to the WWF in 1991.

During his career, Steamboat had numerous high-quality televised matches, including three well-known matches against Ric Flair in 1989. In what is considered one of the best matches in WWF history, Steamboat also had an amazing match with Randy Savage in 1987 at Wrestlemania III. Steamboat's quality of matches lasted up to his last major match in 1994 against "Stunning" Steve Austin. In what is perhaps one of his lesser known matches, Steamboat's match against Austin would cause him a career-ending injury when he suffered two herniated spinal discs.

For his contribution to the industry, Steamboat has been recognized in numouros Hall of Fames which include the following: Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996), Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum (Class of 2002), George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (Class of 2009), WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2009), and the National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame (Class of 2012).

Ricky Steamboat Interview with Gene Okerlund
March 1986

Ricky Steamboat confronts "Stunning" Steve Austin
WCW Saturday Night - July 23, 1994
Interviewer: Mean Gene Okerlund

WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Match with Steve Austin
Clash of Champions - August 28, 1994
Commentators: Booby Heenan and Tony Schiavone

WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
WRESTLEMANIA III - March 29, 1987
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
April 4, 2009

The Best of Owen Hart vs Shawn Michaels [Videos]

Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels were born months apart in 1965 and began their wrestling careers in the early 1980s. Coincidently both wrestlers would make their WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania V in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1989, however, Shawn Michaels and Owen Hart would have very different careers ahead of them.

While both wrestlers would be featured in numerous main event matches in the WWF, Owen would tragically die in the ring on May 23, 1999, shortly after his 34th birthday. Shawn would continue to be associated with the WWE for 30 years, becoming one of the best professional wrestlers of all time.

Below are a series of matches between Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels beginning in 1993 and ending in December 1997.

1993 Match

1993 Survivor Series Match

1994 Interview

1995 Match

1996 Matches

1997 Matches

Owen Hart - Wrestling Organization History
Stampede Wrestling (1983-1987; 1989)
New Japan Pro Wrestling (1987-1988)
World Wrestling Federation (1988-1989; 1991-1999)
Catch Wrestling Association (1990-1991)
Universal Wrestling Association (1991)
World Championship Wrestling (1991)

Shawn Michaels - Wrestling Organization History
National Wrestling Alliance (1984-1985)
Texas All-Star Wrestling (1985-1986)
American Wrestling Association (1986-1987; 1988)
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (1987; 1988-2000; 2002-2018)

History: WCW Saturday Night and WWF Monday Night Raw in November 1993 [Videos]

In 1993, the two major professional wrestling organizations in the United States, WWF and WCW, saw a lot of transformations: roster changes, organizational adjustments, audience shifts, and major title changes. By late 1993, both major professional wrestling organizations looked very different than they did in January 1993. For example, the early part of November 1993 saw both Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels on the sidelines for the WWF. Hogan's last official match for the WWF was August 6, 1993 in England and Michaels was suspended in September 1993 and would not return until late November. Ric Flair left the WWF in February 1993 and arrived in WCW later that month.

Ric Flair on WWF television in January 1993 and again on WCW later in the year.

In contrast, on November 6, the WCW had a full roster of stars in Ric Flair, Vadar, Steve Austin, Booker T, Paul Orndorff, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Sid Vicious, The Nasty Boys, Rick Rude, Harley Race, Davey Boy Smith (The British Bulldog), Cactus Jack (Mick Foley), Dusty Rhodes, Dustin Rhodes, Arn Anderson and with broadcasters Jesse Ventura, "Mean" Gene Okerlund, and Tony Schiavone, leading the way.

While the WCW roster was stacked with classic and new wrestlers, the WWF still had a lot to offer under Vince McMahon. As an example, the quality of video production remained with the WWF as illustrated in the videos showing WCW Saturday Night and Monday Night Raw episodes below.

WCW Saturday Night - November 6, 1993 (Part 1)

WCW Saturday Night - November 6, 1993 (Part 2)

WCW Saturday Night - November 6, 1993 (Part 3)

WCW Saturday Night - November 6, 1993 (Part 4)

WWF Monday Night Raw - November 8, 1993 (Part 1)

WWF Monday Night Raw - November 8, 1993 (Part 2)

WWF Monday Night Raw - November 8, 1993 (Highlight in HD)

WWF Monday Night Raw - November 8, 1993 (Part 3)

*Please note that both episodes can be seen in high quality on the WWE Network.

WWF History: Shawn Michaels in 1992 [50 Videos]

For the first time in seven years, Shawn Michaels wrestled as a full-time singles competitor in 1992. The 27 year old wrestler saw a lot of success in 1992, including capturing the Intercontinental Championship from the British Bulldog in October.

The Rockers met to discuss their differences at the Barber Shop
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, broadcast January 12, 1992)

Shawn Michaels prepares for the Royal Rumble
(Commentator: Mean Gene Okerlund )

Shawn Michaels vs Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs Rudy Gonzales
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect)

Shawn Michaels vs Kris Germany
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs Scott Hen
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect)

Shawn Michaels vs The British Bulldog
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Lord Alfred Hayes)

Shawn Michaels speaks with Raymond Rougeau about Virgil

The announcement that Shawn Michaels has left Madison Square Garden
 (Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, March 23, 1992)

Shawn Michaels vs "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawan Michaels and Sherri featured on USA Network's Up All Night
(Host: Rhonda Shear)

Shawn Michaels vs Dale Wolfe
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect)

Shawn Michaels vs Louis Spicolli + Bonus Promos
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs Louis Spicolli
(German Commentators)

Shawn Michaels vs Danny Kamo
(German Commentators)

Shawn Michaels vs Graig Brown
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Lord Alfred Hayes)

Shawn Michaels vs Randy Savage
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs George Anderson
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect)

Shawn Michaels and Sherri with Mean Gene Okerlund
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, May 1992)

Shawn Michaels vs Bob Wisseman
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs Glen Ruth
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels with Mean Gene Okerlund
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect, June 1992)

Shawn Michaels vs Ron Cumberledge
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels cuts a promo
(Commentator: Sean Mooney, June 1992)

Shawn Michaels vs Jason Speed
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair cut a promo on Bret Hart and Randy Savage
(Commentator: Sean Mooney, July 1992)

Shawn Michaels vs The Texas Tornado
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Lord Alfred Hayes)

Shawn Michaels vs Phil Apollo
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect)

Shawn Michaels vs Red Tyler
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs Tony DeVito
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs Ross Greenberg
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect)

Shawn Michaels vs Joey Maggs
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs Virgil
(Providence, RI - September 10, 1992)

Shawn Michaels vs Koko B. Ware
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Slick)

Shawn Michaels vs Steve Gillespie
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect)

Shawn Michaels vs Kevin Kruger
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Marty Jannetty surprises and confronts Shawn Michaels
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect)

Shawn Michaels vs Big Boss Man
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs The British Bulldog
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan)

Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels speak with Mean Gene Okerlund
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs Virgil
(Unknown Commentators)

Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels with Mean Gene Okerlund
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, December 1992)

Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty speak their minds
(Commentator: Sean Mooney, December 1992)

Shawn Michaels vs John Paul
(Commentators: Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels vs Kerry Davis
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty Face to Face Interview
(Commentators: Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, Bobby Heenan, Hillbilly Jim, Sgt. Slaughter)

Shawn Michaels vs Marty Jannetty
(Cow Palace - December 11, 1992)

Shawn Michaels vs Jim Bruzell
(Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan)

1985: The World Wrestling Federation's Historic Year [Videos]

The year was 1985, and the world of professional wrestling was about to change forever under the direction of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation.

In June 1982, Vince and his wife Linda finalized their purchase of the company that is now known as WWE (formerly the World Wrestling Federation or WWF). At first Vince McMahon attempted to expand his company by acquiring other wrestling organizations within the longstanding territory system, however, he met little success. Rather than physically expanding throughout the country, McMahon simultaneously set out to acquire the industry's top talent and expand his company's presence on television. Under McMahon's leadership, in less than three years the company would be in 95 percent of the households in the United States, making it the largest syndicated professional wrestling presence on television. The WWF was featured on cable television with popular programs like All American Wrestling, Tuesday Night Titans, and WWF Prime Time Wrestling. McMahon soon developed agreements with television stations that stated the WWF would pay five percent of the net receipts of each live event in the station's geographic area. This arrangement would encourage television stations to promote upcoming WWF live events, resulting in increased exposure for the WWF and continuous live event sellouts.

In 1985, the World Wrestling Federation's roster of wrestlers was developing into what would be the best in the industry. The centerpiece of the WWF roster was Hulk Hogan, a charismatic and larger than life character who had honed his professional wrestling skills since 1977 and had recently become the WWF World Heavyweight Champion in 1984. Hogan was the perfect mix of "Americana" with the morals of a good guy, but the aggressiveness of the "toughest guy in the room."

Hogan was an immediate hit with WWF fans, however, Hogan's intense rivalry with the wrestler known as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper helped the WWF overtake their competitors in 1985. Although Piper had made his mark in the wrestling business in the early 1970s, his addition to the WWF roster as a villain in 1984 propelled his career to new heights. Piper was obnoxious, quick-witted, aggressive, and at the forefront of a trend of popular bad guys. The combination of Hogan and Piper provided the perfect main-event atmosphere needed to make the WWF excel and grab the attention of the American mainstream.

Interviews with WWF Superstars
February 1985 - Oakland, California

On March 30, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live.

To highlight his wrestling organization with a marquee event and surpass his competitors, McMahon utilized his excellent marketing skills to showcase his product. On March 31, 1985, the WWF produced the wrestling entertainment mega-event known as WrestleMania, which would soon become an annual occurrence. The first WrestleMania was broadcast on 135 closed-circuit networks and featured celebrities like Liberace, Cindy Lauper, former Yankee manager Billy Martin, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali. WrestleMania also included A-Team and Rocky III actor Mr. T, who teamed with WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan to defeat the nefarious team of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff in the main event.

WrestleMania Promotional Video

World Wrestling Federation Logo Introduction

WWF Promotional Commercial from Australia

McMahon's strategy of combining professional wrestling, mainstream entertainment, and television exposure continued to build throughout 1985. Cindy Lauper's involvement with the WWF included multiple appearances at wrestling events and numerous WWF wrestlers appeared in her music videos. WWF dubbed its collaboration with Lauper, The Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection in 1984, a marketing move that would open doors for the WWF everywhere in 1985 from MTV to network television.

Cindy Lauper's Goonies 'R" Good Enough featuring WWF Superstars

The year 1985 also saw the WWF aggressively expanding its merchandising division, selling T-shirts, wrestling action figures, and home entertainment options. The WWF licensed LJN to produce its first-ever line of wrestling action figures. The first batch of action figures featured the likeness of Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, the Junkyard Dog, and the Iron Sheik. These WWF figures provided an ingenious and invaluable way to expose young fans to the new, more kid-friendly version of professional wrestling. T-shirt sales also grew tremendously with the popularity of the WWF. While the initial sale of T-shirts began at live events, a mail-order business soon became very profitable as the desire to display their favorite wrestlers boomed with the youth throughout Canada and the United States.

World Wrestling Federation Merchandise Catalog

With his previous success, McMahon created new and creative partnerships to further the WWF's impact on American culture. In the spring of 1985, the WWF released its first series of Video Home System (VHS) tapes through its new home video company Coliseum Video. During 1985, the WWF release 14 VHS tapes which included pay-per-view events, wrestler profiles, and compilations.

Match from Coliseum Video's The Best of WWF: Volume IV 

In April, highlighting the immense popularity of professional wrestling led by the WWF, Hulk Hogan was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. On May 11, after a 30-year professional wrestling absence from broadcast network television, WWF's Saturday Night's Main Event debuted on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) television network. Saturday Night's Main Event's three 1985 episodes brought in some of the best ratings for NBC during the 1985 television season.

Although the WWF had a lucrative deal with the USA Network cable television station, McMahon saw the need for more television exposure. While the WWF continued its partnerships with the Philadelphia Spectrum and its television network PRISM and the Madison Square Garden Network, it also entered into a valuable agreement with the Boston Garden and the New England Sports Network.

Advertisement for the WWF on the Madison Square Garden Network

On September 18, 1985, the animated series, Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling premiered on Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) television network to further extend WWF's exposure to children. The cartoon was broadcast on Saturday mornings and lasted for two seasons, with reruns airing until June 1987.

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling Cartoon Opening

To extend the music and wrestling connection, The Wrestling Album was released in November 1985, by the World Wrestling Federation. The album featured ten songs that mostly featured professional wrestlers singing. One of the exceptions was a track by Rick Derringer, "Real American," that became Hulk Hogan's theme music until he departed the WWF in 1993.

Hulk Hogan Theme, "Real American"

Land of 1000 Dances sung by the WWF Superstars

The WWF received a major superstar to its roster with the addition of "Macho Man" Randy Savage in June 1985. Some of the most memorable wrestlers of all-time made up the supporting cast of the WWF in 1985, like the Junkyard Dog, Tito Santana, Lou Albano, Paul Orndorff, Wendi Richter, Big John Studd, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and Andre the Giant.

Randy "Macho Man" Savage's WWF Debut

Randy "Macho Man" Savage on TNT on the USA Network

WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage
December 30, 1985

On July 2, 1985, with so much mainstream attention and all-star roster, the industry standard Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) and its sister publications reinstated world title recognition to the World Wrestling Federation in their magazines, after ignoring the wrestling promotion title since 1983. The power and impact of Hulk Hogan as world champion could not be ignored. This move by PWI symbolized that the WWF was a force to be recognized.

In 1985 the WWF and Vince McMahon took full advantage of the changing American society to become the leader of "Sports Entertainment" in a new Golden Age of Professional Wrestling.

1985 World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Roster
WWE Hall of Fame Members: Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy PiperAndre the Giant"Macho Man" Randy SavagePaul OrndorffWendi RichterTito Santana"Mr. USA" Tony AtlasGreg "The Hammer" ValentineBig John StuddRicky "The Dragon" SteamboatIron SheikNikolai VolkoffJunkyard DogBret "Hitman" HartDavey Boy SmithHillbilly JimJesse "The Body" Ventura,"Polish Power" Ivan PutskiRocky Johnson"Cowboy" Bob Orton"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka"Magnificent" Don MuracoGeorge "The Animal" SteeleBarry WindhamMike RotundoTerry FunkPedro Morales, Mr. Fuji, Mad Dog Vachon, Mil MascarasTop Superstars: Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Adrian Adonis, King Kong Bundy, Dynamite Kid, Ken Patera, Leilani Kai, Brutus Beefcake, Hercules Hernandez, Dino Bravo, King Tonga, B. Brian Blair, "Jumping" Jim Brunzell, Judy Martin, Dick Murdoch. Other Superstars: "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, Corporal Kirchner, Uncle Elmer, Danny Spivey, Paul Roma, Jim Powers, Wenona Little Heart, SD "Special Delivery" Jones, "Quick Draw" Rick McGraw, "Playboy" Buddy Rose, David Sammartino, George Wells, "Iron" Mike Sharpe, Tiger Chung Lee, Jose Luis Rivera, Luc Poirier, The Spoiler, Matt Borne, Moondog Spot, Moondog Rex, Cousin Junior, Barry O, Steve Lombardi, Mr. X, Salvatore Bellomo, Velvet McIntyre, Missing Link, Tony Garea, Rene Goulet.

Major 1985 World Wrestling Federation Events
February 18: The War to Settle the Score, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City
March 31: WrestleMania, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City
May 11: Saturday Night's Main Event, held at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York
July 8: King of the Ring, held at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts
August 26: Lutte vs. WWF, held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
September 5: Saturday Night's Main Event, held at Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey
November 2: Saturday Night's Main Event, held in Hershey, Pennsylvania
November 7: The Wrestling Classic, held at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois

Hulk Hogan vs "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
November 7, 1985

Interesting quotes about WWF's historic year, from the CBS SPORTS article, WWE in 1985: An Oral History 
  • "Mr. USA" TONY ATLAS (former WWE Tag Team Champion): What Vince would do, he would let another company spend the money to build you up. Then he would call you up, offer you more money and get you to leave the company that made you.
  • "Leaping" LANNY POFFO (WWE wrestler, 1985-1992 and brother of Randy "Macho Man" Savage): Nobody could overcome the inertia that they were starting. The only people that didn't admit that it was a phenomenon were the jealous people.
  • TITO SANTANA (former WWE Intercontinental Champion): I think everybody had mixed feelings when Vince started bringing big names into professional wrestling. The wrestlers ourselves, we didn't think we needed it. But Vince was thinking in a different way. He was thinking about giving us publicity with a different fan.
  • THE IRON SHEIK (former WWE Champion): [Speaking of WrestleMania] I know that Mr. McMahon, he have the vision to make the best show for the fans. New York always number one territory so when he tell the boys Muhammad Ali, the Liberace, Lauper, all them come to show, I know it become the best show of all time.
  • DON MURACO (former WWE Intercontinental Champion): That was really the start of the change. 1985 you could say was the beginning of the changing of professional wrestling into the new era with the merchandising and the dolls, and there was a wrestling cartoon.
  • BRUTUS BEEFCAKE: Vince was a marketing genius who was able to really put the greatest show on earth together. He was the man. I thank God for him every day that he put us all together and gave us an opportunity and put our faces out around the world.
  • DON MURACO: Vince had a brilliant mind. Took wrestling in a whole different direction. He made professional wrestling relevant as an entertainment industry, or a sport or however you want to look at it. He may be enjoying his billion. I hope he is. But I imagine he's still going over scripts and issues for the next SummerSlam.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) story about the WWF