I started watching wrestling in 1986 when I was six years old, so of course I loved Hulk Hogan. Andre the Giant was one of my favorites, until the heel turn, of course. I also really loved George "The Animal" Steele, perhaps even more than the Hulkster if I stopped and thought about it. I wanted him to steal Elizabeth from that bastard Randy Savage so bad... (Of course, once they turned Savage and I was "allowed" to cheer him, he became my favorite wrestler in the world.)
Oh, and just to bust out a bit of early smark tendicies, I idolized Ricky Steamboat (I only started watching NWA when I read in Pro Wrestling Illustrated that he was feuding with Ric Flair there who, at the time, was only a name I knew from Pro Wrestling Illustrated as being "NWA's Hulk Hogan".) and was insanely into the short-lived Can-Am Connection, to the point that back in second grade, when we played wrestlers at school, I was always - always - Tom Zenk.
"That's my problem - I'm too frank. That's why my mother shoved me down the stairs. But then she is fat."
I started watching in the early 80's and the only wrestling available was Portland Wrestling. Rowdy Roddy Piper has always been my favorite through the good and the bad and the god awful.
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Then: Ventura, Moondogs, Iron Mike Sharpe, Johnson/Atlas, Snuka, Graham, King Kong Bundy, Andre, and The Samoans. I always wished that I could have watched some of the southern feds and enjoyed The Horsemen and Von-Erich way back when, also.
I remember being absolutely amazed as a small boy going to my first show in Shreveport, LA (late 1960's) with the sheer size of Haystacks Calhoun (obsessedwithwrestling.com) - it was even better when he and his 99 pound tag partner beat whichever masked bad guys they fought that night.
Switching from a tight Man to Man to a loose Zone...
As a kid, I was always a fan of the arrogant heels. Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, and Ted DiBiase were my favorite, probably DiBiase being on top of the list.
However, I was also a fan of Ultimate Warrior. I question why every day, and I just chalk it up to being a dumb kid. I CAN honestly say, however, that I was not a fan of Hulk Hogan. Why? Because my brother suggested he might be on steroids and I could not support him. Yet, I was still a fan of Warrior. I guess I figured he was "au naturale" (or however the hell you say that).
EDIT: I also remember liking Dino Bravo for a short period of time. I can not explain that one at all.
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Never 'Wiener of the Day', and is actually quite bitter about it.
No one has outright said Hulk Hogan. So I will. Hulk Hogan. He is the reason I loved wrestling. Ultimate Warrior too. I remember being absolutely torn in half during that Wrestlemania. (6?) I could not afford PPV's but my dad let me call the WWF Hotline or whatever it was called for up to the date PPV results. My dad was more excited that Warrior won that one than I was. Later, Undertaker. And finally I grew up and just plain loved wrestling. I still get excited about Hogan but enjoy the Benoit/Guerrero/Angle stuff as well.
I started watching wrestling in the late '70s, early '80s. I really liked Baron Von Raschke. Then it was the Road Warriors. From their music, to their entrance, to the total beatdown they would administer, they were awesome. Also, Arn Anderson. I think he was highly underrated. He was a great technical wrestler, knew how to brawl, and totally ruled on the microphone.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts! He's the one that caused me to find NWA/WCW after his jump from the WWF(E). He always rocked with the theme and he looked like he was ready defeat his opponent quickly. The DDT finisher always RULED.
J.J. Dillon: "I'd rather flip burgers at McDonald's than work for Vince McMahon again." July 3, 2004 New Era Of Wrestling