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Old 08-08-2012, 02:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 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.

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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.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Would Hulkamania Exist Without The Iron Sheik?

Hey I suggest go back and watch old AWA tapes from 1982-1983. Hogan was one of the biggest draws at the time. Only McMahon elevated him further and he could have done it without Sheik.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default 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.
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Default Re: Would Hulkamania Exist Without The Iron Sheik?

The only two guys that were crucial in making Hogan a huge star were Hogan himself and Backlund. No respect to the Iron Sheik but he was totally expendable. Backlund was an extremely over champion and one of the biggest draws the company had at that time and any generic heel could of went over him and and even if the heel was complete shit, he would of got a short burst of heat for beating the over champion and that would of been enough to carry the heel until Hogan took the belt and went on to become a huge star.
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Default Re: Would Hulkamania Exist Without The Iron Sheik?

Sheik really didn't have much to do with it. He could have been replaced with any heel, as he was a transitional champion and the only reason he even had the belt was because Vince didn't want a face winning the belt from another face.

Hell, I could have been used in that role, with no prior wrestling experience and Hulkamania would have still happened. It was inevitable.
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Sheik really didn't have much to do with it. He could have been replaced with any heel, as he was a transitional champion and the only reason he even had the belt was because Vince didn't want a face winning the belt from another face.

Hell, I could have been used in that role, with no prior wrestling experience and Hulkamania would have still happened. It was inevitable.
Agreed as the prior posters said.....Iron Sheik was a good heel but any of the other top heels could have been used. Howver unlike one of the previous posters, Hulkamiana did in fact start when he pinned Sheik, the Piper fued helped bring it to the masses but Hulkamania was gaining steam Piper or not....Rocky 3 should be given more credit than Piper. I was a teen at the time and remember thinking "Hulk Hogan is going to run wild" as it happened.
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The only two guys that were crucial in making Hogan a huge star were Hogan himself and Backlund. No respect to the Iron Sheik but he was totally expendable. Backlund was an extremely over champion and one of the biggest draws the company had at that time and any generic heel could of went over him and and even if the heel was complete shit, he would of got a short burst of heat for beating the over champion and that would of been enough to carry the heel until Hogan took the belt and went on to become a huge star.
Well the fact is that Iron Sheik was the most hated wrestler back then and since nobody has come close to the heat he got, not even Muhammad Hassan.

And Hulkamania did not start until he beat the Iron Sheik and while I think Sheik could have gotten a longer reign, he put him over that night, he made him look good. Sheik was nothing but nice to Hogan and Hogan was just as grateful back then but when Hogan became huge, so did his ego.

Alright that was a little off-topic but I will say yes, Hulkamania would've still happened but the Iron Sheik put him over that night and Hogan should be forever grateful since Sheik could've made big bugs just for breaking his leg.
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