Number 50 s a bit of a strange one, but it does speak to the popularity of The Junkyard Dog during his WWF run in the mid-1980's. This was a baby blue T-shirt with the word Junk Yard Dog in black lettering, and a drawing of JYD's head atop of an actual dog's body. The perfect shirt to grab them cakes with.
Um..... Canadian Bulldog's World is doing a list on SHIRTS now?
Bear with us for a moment and we'll explain why.... With the possible exception of event programs (a medium that went the way of the dodo many years ago), wrestling shirts are one of the first and most enduring pieces of wrestling memorabilia around. Chances are, every wrestling event you've been to in the last 30 years, there's been some sort of t-shirts available for sale.
And Canadian Bulldog's World (as per our slogan) is your scrapbook for wrestling merchandise and memories. We've done tons of Top 50 lists on memories - but only one or two on merch.
This list is, obviously, a lot less formal than some of our past selections, given.... well, who can definitely rank a bunch of clothing? Right? So this list is more in good fun than anything else.
In selecting the Top 50 Wrestling Shirts, we looked at the following criteria:
Can you recognize who the performer is from viewing the shirt?
Has the design endured (or will it endure) the test of time?
If you look on eBay and other merchandise collecting websites, how likely is this shirt likely to appear there?
Again.... this isn't an exact science, but we thought it might be fun to look back at some of the best shirts over the past three decades or so. We'd love to know if you, personally, owned any or all of these. If you'd like to be a part of this conversation, Tweet us at @canadianbulldog using the hashtag #Top50, or leave a comment below.
Ready? Here we go!
When Hulk Hogan returned to the WWF in 2002, the powers that be saw him as a heel.... which maybe lasted three months before fans began cheering him again. To capitalize on this nostalgia boom, the merch makers adapted Hogan's classic Hulk Rules tee with the word "STILL" in between to show he was still a top draw.
Hulk STILL Rules
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Some of the most successful shirts are those that a wrestler (or in this case, manager) always wears to the ring, which Captain Lou Albano certainly did. Albano's plain white shirt featured a caricature of The Guiding Light on the front, possibly to remind fans that he was a larger-than-life peronsality in this business.