Thanks for joining me this week for Sheik Week, a collection of the Iron Sheik’s funniest tweets. Reader Brian Richards said “hell yeah!” when I suggested this as a week of “filler” posts. Unless you’re a jabroni, then you have enjoyed these past five days of the Sheik’s most hilarious tweets. From song lyrics to current events to pop culture, the Shiek has capslock commentary on them all. Follow the Sheik on Twitter and check out some of his classic WWF matches.
SATURDAY SHEIK FACT:
Less than a year after the cocaine incident with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the WWF deemed the public’s memory short and the Sheik made a triumphant return defeating “jobbers” (the guys who always lose to the bigger names). He bounced around other wrestling organizations, came back to the WWF in 1991, and then wrestled the independent circuit for almost a decade. Today he enjoys a pop culture status as a minor icon. In 2013 he challenged then-Toronto mayor Rob Ford to a match. Both men were caught doing cocaine during their professional careers. He has even appeared on the Canadian television program Kenny Vs. Spenny, attempting to sodomize Spenny with a bottle when he mentioned Hulk Hogan as one of his favourite wrestlers. We love ya Sheiky!
When I said “should I do a Sheik Week?” reader Brian Richards said “hell yeah!” It’s Sheik Week at mikeladano.com bubba! This week, we are enjoying some of the Sheik’s most hilarious tweets. From song lyrics to current events to pop culture, the Shiek has capslock commentary on them all. And he haaaates Hulk Hogan to this day. This series will run Tuesday to Saturday this week. Let’s hear it for the Sheik!
FRIDAY SHEIK FACT:
It was kind of a big deal when the Iron Sheik was caught doing cocaine while rival Hacksaw Jim Duggan was smoking weed in a car on the way to a match. For the WWF, an impact of this was that the Sheik was caught partying with his supposed enemy. This destroyed the illusion. The WWF let the Sheik go, and Duggan also temporarily left the organization.
You can thank long time reader and recent pal Brian Richards. It’s Sheik Week at mikeladano.com, you jabroni! This week, we are examining some of the Sheik’s most hilarious tweets, bubba. From song lyrics to current events to pop culture, the Shiek has capslock commentary on them all. He really seems to hate Hulk Hogan. This series will run Tuesday to Saturday this week. Let’s hear it for the Iron Sheik!
WEDNESDAY SHEIK FACT:
The Iron Sheik’s real name is Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri. Unlike many “foreign” WWF wrestlers, Vaziri was actually born where he was billed from: Iran. In his early years, he worked as a bodyguard for the Shah of Iran.
Thanks to long time reader and recent pal Brian Richards…welcome to Sheik Week at mikeladano.com, bubba! For the next five days we will be looking at some of the Sheik’s most hilarious tweets. From song lyrics to current events to pop culture, the Sheik has capslock commentary on them all. And he really, really, really still has a grudge for Hulk Hogan. This series will run Tuesday to Saturday this week. Let’s hear it for the Iron Sheik!
TUESDAY SHEIK FACT:
The Iron Sheik won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Bob Backlund on December 26, 1983 due to Backlund’s manager throwing in the towel during a vicious camel clutch. Sheik lost the title January 23, 1984 to Hulk Hogan and his atomic legdrop. Hulkamania had begun.
One of the greatest “heel” tag teams of all time were Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik. It was the height of the Cold War, and what could be more antagonising than the Russian national anthem sung in the middle of Madison Square Gardens? Only the Sheik declaring “Russia #1, Iran #1!” and spitting on the USA. In reality Nikolai (Josip Hrvoje Peruzović) was from Yugoslavia and was known as a really nice guy. By contrast, the Sheik (Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri) actually is from Iran and might be a little psychopathic! Or it could all be an act, who knows?
Even though Nikolai’s anthem was designed to irritate, I actually like it.
In 1990 Nikolai switched sides, turned “face,” and was gifted an American flag by “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. (Incidentally, Duggan and Sheik were once caught doing cocaine together, a tremendous scandal as they were supposed to be sworn enemies!) Nikolai used “The Stars and Stripes Forever” as his entrance music when he turned “face”, waving his new American flag.
But I’ll always remember him as one of the greatest villains, singing that Russian national anthem as only he could!