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Cheesy WWF Promo Photos of the ’80s/’90s, And Their MMA Counterparts [GALLERY]

Our friends at With Leather just put together an incredible/awful collection of cheesy WWF promo photos from the late ’80s and early ’90s, and as we were browsing through some of these gems while drinking our coffee this morning, we couldn’t escape the eerie feeling that we’ve seen these faces elsewhere. The same snarling mugs, the same wacky personas — it’s obvious that some of our favorite MMA fighters owe a debt to these guys. So follow us back to pro wrestling‘s golden age, and allow us to make some startling comparisons.

Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart was the original…
Hillbilly Jim was the original…
Legion of Doom were the original…
Junk Yard Dog was the original…
Ultimate Warrior was the original…
The Honky Tonk Man was the original…
Tatanka was the original…
Big Boss Man was the original…
George “The Animal” Steele was the original…

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linzhanfw- September 8, 2012 at 10:30 am
dfdspom- September 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm
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Believe you will love it
linzhanfv- September 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm
coldbeer78- September 1, 2012 at 6:25 am
Brock Lesnar kinda looks like Brock Lesnar if you think about it...
Pen Fifteen- August 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm
Chris Tuscherer is like a slightly less obese Dusty Rhodes.
2Dogs- August 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm
Honky tonk coulda been Baroni too
kellyman- August 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm
This might not have blown up the comments section, but it's a real treat.
O Chan- August 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm
Is it me, or does it look like Wes Sims is pulling out for a money shot in his photo?
Dirt- August 31, 2012 at 10:41 am
Man, Look again @ Big Boss Man, That is Rich Franklin!!!
2DaDeath- August 31, 2012 at 9:55 am
Dont forget Yokozuno was the original... every Japanese fighter in the UFC.
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 10:11 am
Mr. Fuji > Yokozuna
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 9:52 am
BTW - Does anybody else want the Taxi Cab in the "Premium Rush" advertisement to just plow the dude on the bike so we can stop watching the commercial in the top right box.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Yes, I actually saw this masterpiece. And it sucked sweaty ballsac. Why you ask? Because the other movie I wanted to see was sold out and there were no other movies showing at that time.
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm
I can't believe that the re-release of "The Notebook" was sold out. Pretty shocking actually.
smellypiratehooker- August 31, 2012 at 9:35 am
Superfly Jimmy Snuka = Christine cyborg Santos
Get Off Me- August 31, 2012 at 9:26 am
Dana's got that look in his eyes Joe.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Love this.
MoshuDragon- August 31, 2012 at 9:00 am
More like Animal Steele = Dave Herman
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm
I tried guessing everyone before looking at their UFC counterparts. I also had Animal Steele pinned as Dave Herman.
SnakeJake- August 31, 2012 at 8:57 am
I think only 3 of them are dead. Road Warrior Hawk, JYD and Big Boss Man. But I could be wrong. The day is not over yet.
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 9:50 am
Are you telling me George the Animal Steele is still alive? I thought they found him dead of a turn-buckle over-dose back in 1998. But I could be wrong. The day is not over yet.
ReX13- August 31, 2012 at 8:51 am
BG is really turning out some good stuff lately. I'm guessing Baby Goldstein is sleeping through the night regularly?
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 8:46 am
Holy Shit - that cod-piece on Tatanka looks painfully tight.
Also - I think only 2 or 3 of the wrestlers shown is still alive. Coincidence?
Fried Taco- August 31, 2012 at 8:39 am
Started out right on, then was stretching it a bit, and finally at the end hit it perfectly, minus all the f-words.
rM- August 31, 2012 at 8:38 am
LOL I had that LOD picture when I was a kid.
ReX13- August 31, 2012 at 8:51 am
They'll always be the NWA Road Warriors to me.

Scaffold Match FTW!
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 10:13 am
What about those poseus "The Powers of Pain" that blatantly ripped off the RW/LOD. Those roid monkeys (The Warlord & The Barbarian) sucked.
ReX13- August 31, 2012 at 10:38 am
fucking WORD.
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 10:50 am
The fact that we both remember this random shit as well as Billy Jack Haynes, Cpl. Kirchner, Iron Mike Sharpe, Conquistador #1 AND #2 - just solidifies the fact that we are "old fucks."
Whatever - At least I don't have gray pubes . . . . . yet
ReX13- August 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm
Right before i enlisted in '08, i was working at a gas station in southeastern NC. i sold cigarettes to Ricky Morton. He still had the exact same hairstyle, looked like shit, and he's apparently still wrestling.
The12ozCurls- September 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm
Holy Shit! Randy the Ram-esque. Life imitating art or vice versa. Tell me he smoked non-filtered lung darts. If he smoked Capris or Virginia Slims I will throw up.