Throughout the course of his wrestling career, The Rock has been involved in some of the most famous, most talked about and most important matches in WWE history.
From his WrestleMania X-Seven clash with Stone Cold Steve Austin to his ‘Icon vs. Icon’ showdown against Hulk Hogan a year later, The Rock has been present for some of the landmark moments in WWE history.
However, responding to a post on social media, The Rock picked out another legendary clash as the most important in WWE history.
Looking back long before The People’s Champ stepped between the ropes, The Rock singled out the legendary clash between The Iron Sheik and Hulk Hogan in January 1984 at Madison Square Garden.
Going into the match, Sheik had been scheduled to face Bob Backlund who he had beaten for the then WWF Championship a handful of months earlier. However, Backlund never made it to the ring, being replaced by Hulk Hogan.
Hogan went on to win the match, claiming his first WWF Title, but the match is also remembered for the legendary call by Gurilla Monsoon on commentary, “Hulkamania is here!” signalling the arrival of ‘Hulkamania.’ During the match Hogan also became the first man to break Sheik’s Camel Clutch.
In his tweet The Rock also referenced a “legitimate bounty,” a wrinkle in the story which is scarcely believable. In an attempt to extract revenge on Hogan for leaving his AWA promotion, Vergne Gagne offered The Iron Sheik a six figure sum to take action. Despite the offer the Sheik performed the match as planned.
Great pro wrestling question!
Hulk Hogan vs Iron Sheik.
Madison Square Garden.
Seminal match with massive historic implications – and a legitimate bounty thrown in the mix. https://t.co/iTtyxrXdrb
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 14, 2021
In response to The Rock, The Iron Sheik replied as only the Sheik can.
“ROCKY BUBBA YOU SAID IT PERFECT. YOU ARE THE INTELLIGENT MAN. I MAKE THE HULKAMANIA THE HULKAMANIA”
The Rock has been back in the news in recent weeks, with The Great One being linked with an appearance at Survivor Series.
The report from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer noted that The Rock could appear at the event, although nothing has been confirmed.
Survivor Series 2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of The Rock’s WWE debut.