Hulk Hogan paid tribute to one of his most legendary rivals.
Hulk Hogan posted the following on his Instagram account in remembrance of his former rival:
“Today, we honor the legacy of a wrestling icon. Rest in peace, Iron Sheikh. The wrestling world has lost a true legend, and Sheikh’s contributions to our industry will never be forgotten. I’ll always cherish the battles we had in the ring. Our matches were intense, and our rivalry was legendary. We shared a bond that only fellow wrestlers can understand.
Iron Sheikh’s unique charisma, undeniable talent, and unforgettable personality made him an unforgettable figure in the hearts of wrestling fans worldwide. His legacy will continue to inspire generations of wrestlers to come. Rest in peace, Iron Sheikh. You will always be remembered as a true warrior of the ring.”
Hulk Hogan beat Sheik for the title in 1984, a victory that is recognized as the start of the “Hulkamania” phenomenon. In the years since, The Iron Sheik used television and social media to curse out his former rival, which Hogan has previously claimed was all in-gimmick.