Tagged: Iron Sheik

Please WWE: Bring back “Eye of the Tiger” for Hulk Hogan

We know C.M. Punk got the WWE brass to buy the rights to play “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour instead of some generic tune the organization had previously given him.

The WWE also purchased the rights to a song by Mark Crozer, who has toured as a member of The Jesus and Mary Chain. The tune, renamed by the WWE as “Live in Fear,” is now Bray Wyatt’s entrance music.

So, the WWE will spend money for songs that it wants certain stars to come out to. With that in mind, why can’t the WWE also buy the rights to “Eye of the Tiger” for Hulk Hogan?

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“Eye of the Tiger” was recorded by Survivor, a 1980s group that was well-known to the MTV generation. Survivor catapulted to the big time when “Eye of the Tiger” went on the soundtrack to the Rocky III movie, which Hogan co-starred in. The movie was no doubt Hogan’s inspiration to start using the tune during his AWA days, and he brought it over when he jumped to the WWF in late 1983.

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30 year ago this week: Hogan wins the title, Hulkamania is born

It was 30 years ago this week that Hulk Hogan defeated the Iron Sheik for the WWF Heavyweight Title, ushering in Hulkamania in wrestling and setting the stage for Vince McMahon’s national expansion.

Hogan’s victory also planted the initial seeds of the first WrestleMania, although I’m not clear if McMahon had a supershow in mind at this point.

As I wrote earlier, the Sheik had shockingly defeated Bob Backlund for the belt on December 26, 1983, at Madison Square Garden. At the next monthly house show at the Garden on January 23, 1984, Hogan challenged for the title and won.

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30 years ago this week, the Iron Sheik beat Bob Backlund

I can’t believe it’s been three decades since a moment that until many years later was probably the single most shocking thing I had experienced as a young pro wrestling fan: The Iron Sheik winning the WWF Heavyweight Title from Bob Backlund.

The match took place on December 26, 1983, in Madison Square Garden. The Sheik had attacked Backlund a few weeks earlier on WWF Championship Wrestling and clobbered the champ with a pair of Persian clubs. None of this really indicated a title change, as Backlund was always involved with angles with his challengers on TV.

 

During the match, the Sheik applied his finisher, the camel clutch, to Backlund in the middle of the ring. As Backlund struggled, his manager, Arnold Skaaland, threw Continue reading

With its only 2013 house show coming up, the future of MSG looks bleak for wrestling

I’ve been terrible about updating this blog, due to real life creeping in: new jobs, house renovation loose ends, blah, blah. It doesn’t help that the current WWE product is teetering on boring, too.

The ironic part is I have so much to write about. I keep these little notes on paper or in my email draft folder of topics to post on, and they’ve just been sitting there.

One of the biggest things bothering me these days is Madison Square Garden and just how far this arena has fell in prominence in the WWE. Back in October, we had the 30th anniversary of Jimmy Snuka’s cage match with Magnificent Muraco at MSG, during which Snuka dove off the top of the cage, creating one of the most iconic moments in WWE history.

And now look at Madison Square Garden. As of this writing, the arena has had exactly zero wrestling cards in 2013. There is the annual (albeit routine) Christmas week house show at Madison Square Garden coming up on December 26, and the WWE hosted its 2013 Hall of Fame at the arena. That’s it for wrestling in the house that Bruno Continue reading

Corporal Kirchner failed to wow the WWF audience as a military hero

In the mid-1980s, the WWF started to lose some of its early icons who were big just as the national expansion began. Yes, Hulk Hogan was the star, but right underneath him playing important babyface roles were Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Sgt. Slaughter.

When Snuka left the federation, Vince McMahon tried to replace him with look-a-like “Superfly” Sivi Afi, but the problem was Afi didn’t have the charisma or unique moves of Snuka, so the fans turned on him.

When Slaughter left for the AWA and the short-lived Pro Wrestling USA, McMahon again tried and failed to create a copycat American hero: Corporal Kirchner.

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Van Halen’s David Lee Roth talks about Nikolai Volkoff in a hilarious video

This week, I had the chance to watch a video blog by Van Halen singer David Lee Roth titled, “A Personal History of Professional Wrestling, Part 1,” which was highlighted for me by his commentary about Nikolai Volkoff.

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Private Terry Daniels got into wrestling after a shoot with Adrian Adonis

Some of you may remember Private Terry Daniels, who was a high-on-the-card prelim wrestler who was briefly thrust into the spotlight during Sgt. Slaughter’s feud with the Iron Sheik.

Daniels was a former U.S. Marine in real life, which his wrestling character reflected. At one point, Daniels was standing in the aisle facing the ring while holding the American flag during a WWF Championship Wrestling TV taping. The Sheik attacked him; however, Daniels, despite getting beaten down, never let the flag touch the ground, thus keeping the honor the country intact.

I read an interesting tale about Daniels’ beginnings in wrestling that I had never heard before, thanks to Continue reading