Can You Identify These Famous Wrestlers From a GIF?

By: Gavin Thagard
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About This Quiz

If you are looking to reach superstar status, look no further than the world of wrestling, because few sports promote their stars quite like a wrestling company, which is built all around star power. How familiar are you with some of the biggest names in the wrestling business? Are you enough of a wrestling fanatic to name these wrestling stars from a GIF? Here's a quiz where you can find out. 

Thanks to the rise of the WWE, first to a national brand in the '80s and later to a global brand in the following decades, wrestlers have their faces posted all over our television and computer screens. For the most loyal wrestling fans, those faces are as familiar as that of an uncle or cousin, and sometimes, even more familiar. 

From early superstars like Harley Race and Ric Flair to current top-notch competitors of the squared circle like Daniel Bryan and Sasha Banks, this quiz covers the most famous wrestlers to ever lace up their boots. Do you think you can land enough blows to get a high score?

When you are ready to find out the limits of your wrestling IQ, dive into this quiz and prove your worth. 

After a few years of wrestling for the AWA, Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE as a babyface in 1983. Hogan quickly skyrocketed to the top of the company, winning his first WWE Championship the year after he returned. Fans recognized that "Hulkamania" was here.

"Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?" Well, wrestling fans in the early 2000s certainly got a good whiff because The Rock was at the height of his career and was giving some of the most electric promos in sports entertainment.

One of the biggest wrestling names in the business during the late '90s, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin won over fans by feuding against his corporate bosses. Those fans looked up to "The Rattlesnake," as he was called, because he said and did whatever he wanted.

No wrestler on earth could match the intensity of "Macho Man" Randy Savage. As great on the mic as he was in the ring, Savage proved that he was truly "the cream of the crop," as he liked to say.

Shawn Michaels started his career off as part of the tag team known as The Rockers. However, knowing his future was in the singles division, Michaels betrayed his partner, Marty Jannetty, in 1992, beginning his rise to superstardom.

Bret Hart's career will forever be associated with the Montreal Screwjob, where the "Hit Man" lost a match to Shawn Michaels despite not tapping out. Hart was so angry after the match was called that he spit in the face of Vince McMahon, the owner of the company.

Often called "The Nature Boy," Ric Flair didn't earn the title until he defeated the original "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers in 1978. The victory propelled Flair's career forward, launching him into championship contention as he reigned over the wrestling world for the next two decades.

Standing well over seven feet tall, Andre was a giant even among the wrestlers he competed against. However, the same body that made him the biggest draw in the sport eventually betrayed him, leading to his early death at the age of 46.

Traditionally, WrestleMania has been the biggest wrestling event of the year, and after years of performing on the biggest stage, The Undertaker has become one of WrestleMania's biggest stars. "The Dead Man" is often credited for his undefeated streak, where he went 21-0 before finally losing at WrestleMania XXX.

If you wanted to know if Eddie Guerrero was up to something, you just had to wait for that signature grin to cross his face. From using illegal weapons during a match to tricking his adversaries into eating toxic burritos, the man known as "Latino Heat" always had something up his sleeve.

Though he didn't win every match, there was no wrestler on earth who could keep Harley Race down for too long. Instead, it took two nearly life-ending car crashes to bring this legend's career to a halt in 1995.

Daniel Bryan spent years of his career in the WWE as the underdog, failing to reach main event status during his early tenure. However, he always managed to win over fans, which forced the WWE to push Bryan to the top of the company.

With the departure of stars like "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock, John Cena was left to lead the WWE into the future. That's exactly what this babyface did, winning more WWE Championships than any other wrestler in history.

With wrestling moves that could fill a manual on technique, it's no wonder that Curt Hennig earned the nickname "Mr. Perfect." This star made a huge splash when he joined the WWE, as he went undefeated during his first year in the company.

Though Ricky Steamboat's match against Randy Savage is often cited as the best of his career, his feud with Ric Flair in the WCW is usually what he's best remembered for. With contrasting personalities, the two wrestlers made excellent rivals, and both of them could put on five-star matches with ease.

Known for being over virtuous, fans loved to hate Kurt Angle, who they viewed as arrogant and quick-tempered. This relationship between Angle and fans eventually led to chants of, "You suck" anytime he came to the ring.

Despite being at the height of his career, CM Punk left the WWE due to medical concerns that he thought the company mishandled. His criticism of the company eventually led to a lawsuit, where WWE Dr. Chris Amann sued Punk for defamation.

Fans who fell in love with Mankind will certainly remember his Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker, where Mankind took some of the most dangerous bumps in the history of wrestling. During the match, he was twice thrown from the top of the cage, including a choke slam through the cage.

Roddy Piper wasn't just a gifted performer, but he was also great at creating heat with other wrestlers on the mic. Recognizing this, the WWE gave Piper his own interview segment known as Piper's Pit, where he often talked trash to wrestlers he was supposed to be interviewing. He was also the king of the B movies in the '80s, with epics like "Hell Comes to Frogtown."

Billed as "The Ninth Wonder of the World," Chyna accomplished a lot of firsts for female wrestlers in the business. Aside from defeating Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental Championship, Chyna was the first woman to qualify for the King of the Ring tournament and to be named the number one contender for the WWF Championship.

Brock Lesnar took several short departures from the WWE to compete in mixed martial arts, where he put together a 5-3-1 record. "The Beast" even headlined two UFC events, UFC 100 and UFC 116.

During the Attitude era, Jeff Hardy rose to the top of the tag team division beside his brother, Matt, as The Hardy Boyz. Alongside other tag teams like The Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian, The Hardy Boyz revolutionized the industry with their famous Table, Ladders and Chairs matches.

Sgt. Slaughter surprised the entire wrestling world when he turned heel by taking an anti-American stance and claiming to be an Iraqi sympathizer in 1990. During this period, Slaughter won his only WWE Championship before losing it to Hulk Hogan, America's hero.

Jake Roberts is best remembered for carrying a snake to the ring that he named Damien. Roberts wasn't afraid to use his pet snake to intimidate opponents either, even unleashing Damien on "Macho Man" Randy Savage during their famous feud.

Booker T was the WCW World Heavyweight Champion when the company went under in 2001, but that didn't slow this superstar down as he made the transition to the WWE. He eventually left the ring to take on the role of a commentator, though he'll always be remembered for his famous spinaroonie.

If you want to know how to debut a character, look no further than Kane's entrance at Badd Blood: In Your House. Interrupting a Hell in the Cell match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, Kane ripped the door to the cell off its hinges, confronting his brother in the ring and costing him the match.

Edge had real-life heat with Matt Hardy after stealing Hardy's girlfriend, Lita, who Hardy had been dating for years. This heat was used in a storyline between the two, with Hardy eventually losing in a Money in the Bank match that forced him to leave "Monday Night Raw" for "WWE Smackdown."

After the collapse of the WCW, many of the big names from the company went to the WWE, the biggest wrestling promotion left. However, Sting refused to make the initial transition because he didn't like the way those other WCW stars were being treated by their new employer.

Despite a successful push in WWE, Kevin Nash bolted from the company to join WCW, which offered him considerably more money. Nash, along with other former WWE stars like Scott Hall, helped WCW compete against WWE for viewership during the late '90s in what became known as the Monday Night Wars.

Well past his prime, The Iron Sheik returned to wrestling in 2001 when he competed in a Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-Seven. The match featured 19 wrestlers known for their unique gimmicks, with The Iron Sheik walking away with the victory after eliminating Hillbilly Jim.

Mark Henry crushed opponents with his bear-like grip before delivering his signature move, the world's strongest slam. The strength required to deliver this powerful finisher came from years of competitive weightlifting, where Henry won several competitions, including the "World's Strongest Man" competition in 2002.

After winning her fourth Women's Championship in 2006, Lita looked to retire from wrestling with the title in hand, but she had one final match against Mickie James during Survivor Series. In a bout that lasted eight minutes, Lita ultimately lost after James delivered a tornado DDT on her.

Dubbing himself "The Legend Killer," Randy Orton stampeded through Hall of Fame wrestlers during his early years in the WWE. One of the biggest legends "The Viper" brought down was Shawn Michaels, who he pinned at Unforgiven after knocking Michaels out with a pair of brass knuckles.

Starting his career in 1998, A.J. Styles made a name for himself in smaller promotions and on the independent circuit, where he was recognized for his technical ability and highflying style. After finally making his WWE debut at Royal Rumble, Styles began a feud with future tag team partner Chris Jericho.

Traditionally, lucha libre wrestlers never removed their masks because they wanted to maintain the mystery of the wrestler behind the mask, but they often put their mask on the line in heated feuds. That was the case for Rey Mysterio, who lost in a hair vs mask match in the WCW to Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.

Sasha Banks has been one of the primary competitors during the development of the women's division in WWE, which began in 2015 and is known as the women's revolution. Since then, she has continued to lead the division by competing in matches like the first women's Hell in a Cell match in 2016.

The Great Khali, or Dalip Rana in real life, was the first wrestler out of India to sign a contract with the WWE. After leaving the company as a performer in 2014, Rana returned to his home country, where he stayed attached to the business, training future stars from India.

Junkyard Dog was a fan favorite during his tenure in both Mid South Wrestling and in the WWE. His popularity increased after he defeated "Macho Man" Randy Savage in the finals of a 16-man tournament at The Wrestling Classic in 1985.

A star in the 1990s, Owen Hart often wrestled under the name The Blue Blazer, a gimmick character known for his goofy antics. Sadly, Hart, dressed as The Blazer, died during a stunt where he fell to the ring as he was being lowered from a zip line. It was one of the most tragic days in wrestling history.

The daughter of one of the greatest champions in wrestling history, Ric Flair, Charlotte Flair has proven she's a worthy competitor in her own right. After moving from "NXT" to "Raw," Flair quickly earned a place at the top of the women's division when she became the inaugural WWE Women's Champion at WrestleMania 32.

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