Would Hulkamania Exist Without The Iron Sheik?
For my 8000th post I bring you this thread.
I'm sure most of you are aware of Iron Sheik's claims of how if it wasn't for him, Hulkamania would never exist.
And for those who don't:
At the time Sheik was the WWF Champion by beating Bob Backlund who was a face. Sheik was a heel and is considered a transitional champion seeing as how he only held the belt for 4 weeks before dropping it to Hulk Hogan who would then go onto hold the belt for 4 years and establishing himself as Hulkamania - the face of the company.
When Sheik was champion, AWA owner and friend of Iron Sheik, Verne Gagne offered Sheik $100,000 to break Hogan's legs in the match and bring the title over to his promotion. Sheik turned down the offer because he didn't want to betray the person who he was working for - "I cannot break the hand of the person that feeds me."
With that being said, does Hulkamania exist without The Iron Sheik? What if Sheik took Gagne's offer and broke Hogan's legs? What if he left with the title?
I say no. If Sheik injured Hogan he'd be out for quite a long time. Two broken legs is worse than one, and one takes long enough to heal already. Hogan would have probably lost his momentum by the time he came back.
THERE IS ONLY ONE DIAMOND IN THE BUSINESS AND HIS NAME IS TITUS O'NEIL