‘The Iranian Hulk’ Wants To Be WWE’s Next Iron Sheik … But First, He Will Defeat ISIS
The WWE runs on antagonists, because without the bad guys, why would they need the good guys? The Iron Sheik, aka Hossein Khosrow Ali Vazirim, was one of the best -- wrestling for the then-WWF in the 1970s and '80s (then in his post-heyday until retirement in 2010). He's Iranian, and therefore was the perfect foil for heroes such as Sgt. Slaughter and Hulk Hogan.
Sheik's shtick was ultra-effective -- literally wrapping himself in the Iranian flag and giving the finger to America and all it stood for. He rose to fame at the height of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979-80, and parlayed his heel status into a 30-year pro wrestling career. (Yet I liked him, primarily because he appeared in the 1980s Cyndi Lauper video: "Goonies 'R' Good Enough").
If ever there was a time for the WWE to revive the Iron Sheik villain vibe, it's now (see: Trump, Donald, RNC speech). Xenophobia is in style once again, and there's one man who thinks he can step in and fill the wrestling void.
Sajad Gharibi, 24, is a 340-pound Iranian bodybuilder who is so massive and muscular that he laughs at The Mountain from Game of Thrones. He's earned the nicknames Iranian Hulk and Persian Hercules, and he's expressed interest in climbing into the WWE ring. And really, who's going to stop him?
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Drawbacks: 1. By all accounts Gharibi is really a sweet guy ... 2. Some say that he's simply too big for pro wrestling ... 3. He's currently headed to Syria to defeat ISIS. Starr Cards:
Recently, Gharibi stated his intention to join Iranian forces in the fight against ISIS in Syria, so any WWE audition will have to be put on hold.
Now they just need Iron Man and Thor to complete the team.
There's truth to the notion that Gharibi will be too musclebound to move around a WWE ring, where most of his opponents will be actual athletes with several years of training. But pro wrestling is mostly about personality and storyline, and an Iranian Hulk would be catnip to wrestling fans.
We hope that Iranian Hulk returns safely from the ISIS wars, and begins a WWE career pronto. He could break most pro wrestlers in two by accident, start a feud with Trump (whose presidential bid is the pro wrestling storyline of politics), and even learn to curse and give the finger.
IF HE LUCKY I CAN TEACH HIM OTHERWISE I BREAK HIS GOOSE NECK WITH MY CAMEL CLUTCH https://t.co/cjgvXwKA1p
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) July 22, 2016
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