Getting over in the mid-card
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Re: Would Hulkamania Exist Without The Iron Sheik?
Hulk Hogan was arguably the biggest draw in wrestling outside of Andre The Giant when he was in AWA which is the reason why Vince McMahon resigned him in the first place and is why he tried to get Bob Backlund to turn heel as Vince McMahon was desperate to put the WWE title on Hulk Hogan. Bob Backlund flat out refused to turn heel so Vince McMahon came up with the compromise that he would lose the WWE title to The Iron Sheik in a controversial manner to look strong and then The Iron Sheik then lost the WWE title to Hulk Hogan a month or so later.
For me Hulkamania didn't really begin until Hulk Hogan was already WWE champion and probably in his feud with Rowdy Roddy Piper when we were in The Rock And Wrestling Era which saw HUGE mainstream exposure due to the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Liberace, Mr T, Muhammad Ali and others all being involved in the company, i can even remember the cartoon they had with Hulk Hogan as the main hero and Rowdy Roddy Piper as the main villian. The Iron Sheik whilst funny to listen to in his shoots because he's crazy is another of these bitter and twisted old wrestlers that hypes up their own contribution to the era he wrestled in and attempts to make himself seem bigger than he was by using a story involving the top star of his era.