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I was a huge fan of wrestling in general back in the ’80s, as you may have noticed through some of my older posts.
Just like every other kid I cheered for Hulk Hogan, but as time went by and I got older, I found the bad guys of wrestling were always more entertaining. You never knew what wrestlers like Rowdy Roddy Piper or Ric Flair were going to do, but they made being bad seem cool.
The Iron Sheik was one of those unpredictable bad guys. This is a post I recently saw on Twitter:
support the legend today for my movie http://t.co/aWG128TlIl and i love you forever otherwise go fuck yourself
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) July 17, 2013
For those of you that don’t know wrestling think about the movie Rocky IV. This was the movie that helped end the Cold War between Russia and the U.S. (It’s TRUE!) The Iron Sheik and Hulk Hogan were wrestling’s version of this.
The Sheik represented Iran during the ’80s and even joined alongside Sgt. Slaughter when he turned during the ’90s to represent Iraq. He made All-American wrestling fans despise him.
Of course, Hulk Hogan and the United States always won these battles, but there is no “Real American” if there is no bad guy. The Iron Sheik played this part to perfection.
The Iron Sheik and Russian wrestler Nikolai Volkoff would get audiences all riled up by talking down the United States and singing the Russian National Anthem. I remember as a kid I would get all fired up watching this.
The Sheik always had the Rollie Fingers mustache and boots that curled up at the toes making him look like an elf. A big, strong, mustached elf!
This made me hate him even more!
Looking back now, I laugh and know that the Sheik was just playing his part to perfection. As I got older I lost touch with professional wrestling. Every once in a while I would find myself watching just to see one of the old wrestlers would show up on TV.
You can still see Hogan, Piper, and Flair, but you don’t see the Sheik.
That was until I finally found him on Twitter! I LOVE good comedy. I follow people that I think are funny on Facebook, Instagram, Vine, and of course, Twitter.
The Iron Sheik is definitely one of the funniest accounts on Twitter. He has the only tweets that make me laugh out loud on a daily basis. Just recently, I noticed that he has been posting about a documentary to be made about his life. I watched the short YouTube clip and realized how interesting a person we were dealing with. They have set up a donation page here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/iranian-legend-the-iron-sheik-story.
Take a second to help out the legend. The Iron Sheik Documentary Project takes donations as small as $1.00, and as an old school wrestling fan, I for one would love to see this documentary made! Please don’t make the Iron Sheik and Yeti Vedder team up to humble you!!!
Support the Iron Sheik Documentary Project!