Classic WWF

1985. A year that changed wrestling forever. While historians will debate whether this was for the better, one thing cannot be denied: Wrestling went mainstream. Having scooped up top talent from nay territories, this when Vince McMahon, Jr. went full steam ahead. The seeds were planted a year prior when Hulk Hogan fresh off national exposure from Rocky III won the WWF World Title from The Iron Shiek. With Hogan on top, fast becoming a household name, the build began for the first WrestleMania. The "Rock n' Wrestling Connection" was born with music star Cyndi Lauper being brought into the fold. The prelude to Mania, "The War to Settle The Score" featuring Hogan against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper aired on MTV  during the height of its popularity. WrestleMania was a huge success and the company only continued to grow setting an attendance record at WrestleMania 3.

The same year things exploded. Wrestling would return to network T.V.with Saturday Night's Main Event which brought a new standard of production values with it. Merchandising went to new levels with everything from dolls to T-shirts to cartoons to the famous (and much missed) WWF ice cream bars. Many adult fans, myself included name this as the era that brought them in. 

 

Classic WWF Wall

Classic WWF Wall

Main display featuring signed photos, magazines & more.

Lord Alfred Hayes

Lord Alfred Hayes

Lord Alfred Hayes signed photos.

Hercules

Hercules

Signed photo of "The Mighty" Hercules.

Strike Force

Strike Force

Strike Force photo signed by both members Tito Santana & Rick Martel.

Hillbilly Jim

Hillbilly Jim

Signed Hillbilly Jim photo.

taker

taker

Paul Bearer with WWF Champion The Undertaker. Signed by Both.

Gorilla Monsoon Elite Figure

Gorilla Monsoon Elite Figure

Gorilla Monsoon Elite action figure depicting his days as an announcer in the 1980s. "First time in the line" figure.

Bobby Heenan signed magazine

Bobby Heenan signed magazine

Signed WWF Magazine of all-time great manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. October 1987 issue famously flaunted by Heenan on an episode of Prime Time Wrestling

Vince (Mr) McMahon Elite

Vince (Mr) McMahon Elite

Elite figure depicting Vince McMahon during his time as an announcer on WWF television in the 80's.

Back of Vince McMahon Elite

Back of Vince McMahon Elite

Back of Elite Vince McMahon figure including "What a maneuver" tagline.

WWF Display Part 2

WWF Display Part 2

More WWF items on the outer part of the display.

Classic WWF Display Part 3

Classic WWF Display Part 3

Autographed photos just outside the main display

NJ Meadowlands Ticket Stub

NJ Meadowlands Ticket Stub

WWF ticket stub from the June 6, 1988 house show at the Brendon Byrne (Meadowlands) Arena in East Rutherford, NJ

Best Of The WWF Vol. 1

Best Of The WWF Vol. 1

1st ever WWF home video release "Best of the WWF Volume 1".

Ricky Steamboat Photfile

Ricky Steamboat Photfile

Signed 8 x10 Photofile of Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat with the WWF Intercontinental Title.

Jake Roberts Signed Photofile

Jake Roberts Signed Photofile

Jake "the Snake" Roberts signed 8 x 10 photofile

Bret Hart WWF Title Promo

Bret Hart WWF Title Promo

WWF Promo photo signed by Bret "Hitman" Hart as WWF Champion.

Yokuzuna WWF Title Promo

Yokuzuna WWF Title Promo

WWF Promo photo signed by Yokozuna with the WWF Title.

Mean Gene Okerlund

Mean Gene Okerlund

Signed 8 x 10 of legendary announcer/interviewer, "Mean" Gene Okerlund.

Koko B. Ware/Butch Reed

Koko B. Ware/Butch Reed

Custom WrestleMania 3 photo signed by "the Birdman" Koko B. Ware & "The Natural" Butch Reed.

Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff

Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff

Signed photo of The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff with the WWF Tag Team Titles.

British Bulldogs Tag Titles

British Bulldogs Tag Titles

The British Bulldogs, The Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith with the classic WWF Tag Team Titles. Signed by Dynamite Kid.

Wrestling Superstars Spring 1988

Wrestling Superstars Spring 1988

Wrestling Superstars March 1988 Featuring "The Legend of '67 vs. The Hulkster of "87". Signed by Bruno Sammartino & Hulk Hogan. This is the same copy formerly on display at Pro Wrestling World in Allentown, PA

Paul Orndorff Signed LJN Poster

Paul Orndorff Signed LJN Poster

LJN action figure poster signed by "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. Formerly on display at Pro Wrestling World in Allentown, PA.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan Topps

Hacksaw Jim Duggan Topps

Topps WWE Legends trading card signed by "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.

Topps Ted DiBiase card & relics

Topps Ted DiBiase card & relics

Topps WWE Legends card signed by "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and shirt relic

Survivor Series 88 Promo

Survivor Series 88 Promo

Survivor Series 1988 Promo Photo. Signed by The Powers of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian) and Demolition (Ax & Smash)

Classy Freddie Blassie promo

Classy Freddie Blassie promo

WWF promo photo signed by legendary manager "Classy" Freddie Blassie.

Jesse Ventura SummerSlam Promo

Jesse Ventura SummerSlam Promo

Summerslam 1988 promo signed by Jesse "The Body" Ventura.

Roddy Piper & VinceMcMahon photo

Roddy Piper & VinceMcMahon photo

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper during his announcer days & Vince McMahon. Signed by Roddy Piper.

Tony Atlas signed program

Tony Atlas signed program

Tony Atlas signed program. From the Madison Square Garden card held Monday February 15th 1982.

WWF Magazine Aug/Sept 1986

WWF Magazine Aug/Sept 1986

WWF Magazine August/September 1986. Signed by King Kong Bundy.

Randy Savage Display

Randy Savage Display

Randy "Macho Man" Savage display. Bandana behind the autograph is an original one from the 80s I actually wore at WrestleMania 5.

Mr. Fuji Signed Photo

Mr. Fuji Signed Photo

Photo signed buy legendary manager Mr. Fuji.

Jimmy Snuka & Capt. Lou Albano

Jimmy Snuka & Capt. Lou Albano

"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka & Capt. Lou Albano photos signed by Lou Albano.

Big John Studd autograph

Big John Studd autograph

WWF Superstars Magazine page signed by Big John Studd.

George The Animal Steele

George The Animal Steele

Signed photo of George "The Animal" Steele

The Magnicent Muraco

The Magnicent Muraco

Signed photo of "The Magnificent" Don Muraco.

Dream Team Signed Photo

Dream Team Signed Photo

Signed photo of the original "Dream Team" Greg "The Hammer" Valentine & Brutus Beefcake.

Killer Bees Signed Photo

Killer Bees Signed Photo

Signed photo of The Killer Bees, B. Brian Blair & Jumpin' Jim Brunzell.

Jimmy Hart w/Honky Tonk Man

Jimmy Hart w/Honky Tonk Man

Signed Promo photo featuring "The Mouth Of The South" Jimmy Hart & The Honky Tonk Man

Kim Chee & Kamala

Kim Chee & Kamala

WWF Promo Photo of Kim Chee and "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala. Signed by Kamala.

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