Being a fan of the WWE as a child came with numerous benefits. The product still felt real, it was awesome to cheer on your favorite larger-than-life Superstars, and the WWE merchandising department was always churning out new products. Visiting the WWE toy aisle was an awesome experience, especially around Christmas time when new products would be fully stocked.
If you were a WWE fan as a kid, then there were likely all kinds of presents you wanted as a child. Whether you grew up in the Hulk Hogan era, the mid-1990s era, or the Attitude Era, there were so many awesome items to look forward to. Now it’s time to relive those glory days and revisit some of the best WWE gifts you wanted as a child. These gifts range from some unique toys, board games, and classic WWE merchandise.
Did Santa Claus make your wish come true and deliver these presents under the tree or were you forced to put your parents in a headlock and hope for them on your next birthday!? Share your WWE Christmas memories and then see if you can still find some of these items packed away in your home.
15 Wrestling Buddies
Finally, the WWE made it cool for young boys to have stuffed animals. Wrestling Buddies were not ordinary stuffed animals; they were over-sized and rugged toys that could truly transform a child into a WWE Superstar. Wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, and The Legion of Doom each got their own wrestling buddy design. They were easy to pull, stretch, and manipulate the stuffed toys while role-playing as a WWE wrestler. If you didn’t have a sibling to wrestle around with, this was the ultimate replacement and something that wouldn’t tattle to your parents for holding a Boston Crab submission on for too long.
14 Hulkamania Workout Set
Hulk Hogan was huge in the late 1980s – both in popularity and size. Children could attempt to bulk up like Hogan with the Hulkamania Workout Set. Not only did this set include dumbbells, a jump rope, and hand grip, but you could dress up like Hogan with the included headband and wrist bands. An exercise poster guide showcased Hogan performing all types of workout moves and proper techniques for children to follow. An audio cassette tape includes verbal instructions and some great music to workout to.
13 WWE Coloring Books
Getting a coloring book for Christmas was basically like getting a pair of socks… unless it was an official WWE coloring book that is. Several versions were released in the 1980s and 1990s. These books featured coloring page portraits of Superstars, in-ring illustrations, and several puzzles to solve between the coloring.
12 WWE SmackDown! PlayStation Video Game
Lets face it, aside from WWE WrestleFest, early wrestling games were clunky and boring. You couldn’t do much but punch and kick, while the graphics were sub-par disappointments. This completely changed with the release of WWE SmackDown! on the original PlayStation system. SmackDown came just in time for the Attitude Era and the game featured more arcade-style action than traditional simulated wrestling games.
11 Damien the Snake
Jake “The Snake” Roberts was an amazing character for children to grow up watching. One of the best parts of watching him perform occurred when he would pull out his snake Damien and lay it across his fallen opponents. The WWE decided that the whole snake thing was a huge money-maker and released a Damien the Snake toy.
10 Bone-Crunching Action Figures
The Hasbro line of WWE figures was awesome to collect, but offered very little in the form of play. Each figure was limited in movement and could only perform one trademark move. The hard plastic pieces would also easily break off. The WWE action figure line completely changed with the introduction of the Jakks-Pacific Bone-Crunching action figures. These figures were made with a softer plastic, added more points of articulation, and were bigger than the Hasbro counterparts.
9 WWE Bed Sheets
Childhood bed sheets were the ultimate representation of your interests and hobbies. While many kids were sporting a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bedspread, wrestling fans got to own their very set of WWE bed sheets. The set that was released in the early 1990s featured Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, The Legion of Doom, The Big Bossman and, oddly enough, The Bushwhackers.
The pops of color and neon designs were on par with 90s style and it was a great way to decorate a child’s bedroom. If you were going to get bed sheets for Christmas, then these were the ones you wanted.
8 WWE Raw is War Monster Ring
In the late 1990s, WWE toy makers finally understood the types of products that children wanted. This was showcased with the monster sized WWE Raw is War wrestling ring. The toy ring featured stretchy ropes, plastic turnbuckles, and stickers used to emulate the Raw design. The massive size of the ring allowed you to easily fit all of your wrestlers inside. This made it ideal for emulating large Royal Rumbles or Survivor Series style matches.
7 WWE Microphones
Cutting a WWE promo as a child only felt legitimate if you were carrying around a replica microphone (or a remote). Original versions of WWE microphones were nothing more than a formed piece of plastic with a cheap echo effect at the top. Later models would feature a speaker to increase voice volume and also featured triggered sound effects. Microphones could play audience cheers, ring bells, or comments from the commentators. Some models were designed specifically towards WWE Superstars and actually featured voice clips from the wrestlers.
6 WWE Lunchboxes
Through the years, WWE has followed many product trends and the lunchbox craze was one of them. When plastic lunchboxes were all the rage, WWE got in on this with official Thermos releases. Early versions would only feature Hulk Hogan, but later versions would expand to include more stars in the company.
5 Hulk Hogan Toothbrush Set
No kid likes to brush to their teeth, but things are made a lot easier when Hulk Hogan is helping you out with the process. The official Hulk Hogan toothbrush set featured an electronic toothbrush with two different heads. One head was red and the other was yellow to represent his trademark colors. The best part about this product was the electronic talking Hulk Hogan statue that also acted as a stand for the kit.
4 WWE VHS Board Game
Remember VHS tapes? Remember board games?! Well, you got the best of both worlds with the WWE VHS board game. In the game, players would have to travel around the board in an attempt to win WWE matches and collect as many championships as possible. The game play was a little confusing, but it didn’t matter because most kids that got this gift would simply just watch the VHS tape that was included in it.
3 Replica Title Belts
You could feel like a real WWE Champion by owning a replica title belt. Foam belts were released for the WWE Championship, Tag Team Championship, and Intercontinental Championship. These belts were an awesome Christmas gift and the best way to start a small wrestling league with your friends. It felt special to raise that title high, no matter how light or cheap it felt.
2 WWE Magazine Subscription
Why just get WWE presents on Christmas morning when the gifts could spread throughout the entire year. A WWE magazine subscription was the ultimate Christmas present. Not only would you have an issue to read on Christmas morning, but it would be exciting to see one in your mailbox each month. The classic version of the WWE magazine featured a lot of great highlights including fan profiles, PPV recaps, and WWE Superstar posters. WWE Superstar interviews were always fun because they stayed in character and would help further storylines.
1 WWE VHS Tapes
Owning a piece of WWE history used to be done with VHS tapes. Remember when WrestleMania was so long that it had to be distributed on two VHS tapes? Those were the days. It was great to own a WWE VHS. Not only could you get old PPVs as a Christmas gift, but WWE also released several compilation tapes that had a random assortment of awesome matches. In the 1990s, these tapes would also include exclusive video codes. Not only would you get codes for WWE games like In Your House, but they supplied codes for games like NBA Jam.
A wrapped WWE VHS tape could easily be seen under the tree. The best anticipation was guessing what event or documentary you would get to open on Christmas morning. For many fans, those tapes were played until VHS tracking could no longer help eliminate fuzziness or lines. Nowadays, kids will probably just get a WWE Network subscription card.
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