Awesome: The Iron Sheik

  • Admittedly, January 23, 1984 the night of his most crushing defeat as a wrestler was also likely the peak of his career. Crowned WWF World Heavyweight Champion less than a month earlier, the Iron Sheik lasted less than six minutes against Hulk Hogan (in a nationally televised match broadcast live via the USA Network), but what made his role awesome was that Sheik refused an alleged offer of $100,000 by Verne Gagne (Hogan's former boss from his days in the American Wrestling Association, as well as the Sheik's trainer) to legitimately injure Hogan during the match. Hogan, in one of his autobiographies, has speculated that he saw the bigger picture and the promise of even bigger payouts via the inevitable rematches. In fact, Hogan has even said that he and Sheik embraced backstage (off-camera) to celebrate a well-done match.
  • The 11/15/10 edition of Raw saw him and Nikolai Volkoff reappear. Someone gave Sheik a live microphone. He has it in his hands for all of half a second before he unloads, shooting on the usual targets such as Hulk Hogan, until the guys in the truck cut off his mic.