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
Main display featuring signed photos, magazines & more.
Bob Orton/Don Muraco signed photo
Signed tag team photo of "Cowboy" Bob Orton and The Magnificent Muraco.
"Leaping" Lanny Poffo
"Leaping" Lanny Poffo signed promo.
Captain Lou Albano
Captain Lou Albano signed 8 x10.
Jake & Cheryl Roberts signed photo
8 x 10 signed by Jake "The Snake" Roberts and his then-wife Cheryl.
Fabulous Rougeau Brothers
8 x 10 photos signed by Outback Jack.
Referee Rita Marie
Signed 8 x10 of the first female referee Rita Marie who worked from 1984-1986. Photo from the International Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame "Trailblazer" award.
Lord Alfred Hayes
Lord Alfred Hayes signed photos.
Signed photo of "The Mighty" Hercules.
Strike Force photo signed by both members Tito Santana & Rick Martel.
Signed Hillbilly Jim photo.
Paul Bearer with WWF Champion The Undertaker. Signed by Both.
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
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
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 Elite Vince McMahon figure including "What a maneuver" tagline.
WWF Display Part 2
More WWF items on the outer part of the display.
Classic WWF Display Part 3
Autographed photos just outside the main display
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
1st ever WWF home video release "Best of the WWF Volume 1".
Ricky Steamboat Photfile
Signed 8 x10 Photofile of Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat with the WWF Intercontinental Title.
Jake Roberts Signed Photofile
Jake "the Snake" Roberts signed 8 x 10 photofile
Bret Hart WWF Title Promo
WWF Promo photo signed by Bret "Hitman" Hart as WWF Champion.
Yokuzuna WWF Title Promo
WWF Promo photo signed by Yokozuna with the WWF Title.
Mean Gene Okerlund
Signed 8 x 10 of legendary announcer/interviewer, "Mean" Gene Okerlund.
Koko B. Ware/Butch Reed
Custom WrestleMania 3 photo signed by "the Birdman" Koko B. Ware & "The Natural" Butch Reed.
Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff
Signed photo of The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff with the WWF Tag Team 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 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
LJN action figure poster signed by "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. Formerly on display at Pro Wrestling World in Allentown, PA.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan Topps
Topps WWE Legends trading card signed by "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.
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 1988 Promo Photo. Signed by The Powers of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian) and Demolition (Ax & Smash)
Classy Freddie Blassie promo
WWF promo photo signed by legendary manager "Classy" Freddie Blassie.
Jesse Ventura SummerSlam Promo
Summerslam 1988 promo signed by Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
Roddy Piper & VinceMcMahon photo
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper during his announcer days & Vince McMahon. Signed by Roddy Piper.
WWF Magazine Aug/Sept 1986
WWF Magazine August/September 1986. Signed by King Kong Bundy.
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
Photo signed buy legendary manager Mr. Fuji.
Big John Studd autograph
WWF Superstars Magazine page signed by Big John Studd.
George The Animal Steele
Signed photo of George "The Animal" Steele
The Magnicent Muraco
Signed photo of "The Magnificent" Don Muraco.
Dream Team Signed Photo
Signed photo of the original "Dream Team" Greg "The Hammer" Valentine & Brutus Beefcake.
Killer Bees Signed Photo
Signed photo of The Killer Bees, B. Brian Blair & Jumpin' Jim Brunzell.
Jimmy Hart w/Honky Tonk Man
Signed Promo photo featuring "The Mouth Of The South" Jimmy Hart & The Honky Tonk Man
Kim Chee & Kamala
WWF Promo Photo of Kim Chee and "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala. Signed by Kamala.