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Forgotten Legends31: Sheik

We are not going to talk about Iron Sheik here but about Ed Farhat or The Original Sheik who came up the gimmick, the camel clutch and the hardcore style that made Mankind, Funks and Sabu, his nephew, famous.

Starting his career in the west, he slowly came up to face Lou Thesz for NWA heavyweight title but chickened out in the last minute knowing Thesz's reputation on Shooting Gimmick wrestlers like himself. Coincidentally, the same event shot his fame to the national scene as the cowardly, traitor, cheating heel.

It was used in WWWF well when he feuded with Bruno Sammartino and the likes in his initial run. A submission specialist, a rich wild man from Syria who cannot speak English well, a coward who carried a pencil to make his opponents bleed when the referee did not notice and throwing a fireball in the face of his opponents; all these were the staple items in his gimmick.

Of all his famous feuds, he had faced Blassie, Thesz, Sammartino, Bobo Brazil, Gene Kiniski, Billy Watson, Carpenter, Bowstrong and Andre the Giant who put an end to his undefeated streak.

His last big match was with Sabu and Jerry Lynn where he broke his leg in a spot he was not informed of earlier with a 49 year career behind him, all as a heel. Bringing blood and violence never seen before, he pioneered the hardcore style in wrestling.

With over 28 titles to his name and in three H.O.F, he is a forgotten legend, often mistaken for his namesake, Iron Sheik.

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Re: Forgotten Legends31: Sheik

He's a Botchamania legend for sure.

I accept Hayley Williams rep.

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Re: Forgotten Legends31: Sheik

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He's a Botchamania legend for sure.
The Iron Sheik or the Original Sheik about whom the post is.

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The Iron Sheik or the Original Sheik about whom the post is.
Could be talking about either to be fair, theyve both been featured frequently (iron sheik moreso).
Its worth noting he trained Sabu and RVD too,though i dont think he was actually in that match with jerry lynn mentioned, thought he was just on the outside as a manager and didnt get out of the way when he was supposed to.

Still an absolute legend from the stories told about him even if his era was long before my time.

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Re: Forgotten Legends31: Sheik

The Sheik has always been one of my personal favorite. It's just, not the whole gimmick or throwing the fireballs or anything but more the stories I have always heard about him that make me like him. Not just shit from Sabu either, but a lot of people talk fondly of him. More than say, Abdullah, whom has his share of detractors.

I distinctly recall one such story where The Sheik was so high on kayfabe that he wouldn't even answer his own phone! Nowadays you have wrestlers posting on Twitter outside of character during the damn show while the fans are talking about the ratings. :-/

Evil Foreigner is a classic gimmick that I suspect will exist in some fashion in pro-wrestling forever. It's a staple. Be it savages from Samoa or madmen from the desert but it almost always gets heat.

EDIT: This thread also gives me an excuse to post this picture of Terry Funk Vs. The Sheik


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Re: Forgotten Legends31: Sheik

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He's a Botchamania legend for sure.
Sheik is a top five heel of all-time....I think you are confussed.

Sheik > Iron Sheik

not the same person

One of the first matches I ever saw was Sheik vs Mark Lewin from Chicago. Sheik jabs Lewin with a tape wrapped tongue deppresent over and over. Lewin bleeding from head to toe wanders into the crowd like a zombie. The crowd flees in fear and chaos. Lewin clibs back into the ring and takes the object and begins destroying Sheik. Ref seperates them giving Sheik time to prepare the fireball. When Sheik throws the fireball Lewin moves and Eddie Cretchman, Sheik's manager gets burnt. Crowd goes nuts....funny from what I remember no one was chanting ECW (denote sarcasm)

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Sheik is a top five heel of all-time....I think you are confussed.

Sheik > Iron Sheik

not the same person

One of the first matches I ever saw was Sheik vs Mark Lewin from Chicago. Sheik jabs Lewin with a tape wrapped tongue deppresent over and over. Lewin bleeding from head to toe wanders into the crowd like a zombie. The crowd flees in fear and chaos. Lewin clibs back into the ring and takes the object and begins destroying Sheik. Ref seperates them giving Sheik time to prepare the fireball. When Sheik throws the fireball Lewin moves and Eddie Cretchman, Sheik's manager gets burnt. Crowd goes nuts....funny from what I remember no one was chanting ECW (denote sarcasm)
Yeah, you're right. I thought of The Iron Sheik for some reason.

I accept Hayley Williams rep.

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